Steelers News: good start, ups and downs, film work

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Steelers training camp and preseason are officially underway. For the next few weeks the team will lay the foundation for the 2015 regular season. While the Steelers are sweating in the hot Latrobe sun we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Sunday, August 16th.

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It’s only the beginning

It’s best to look at preseason games like a checklist instead of an actual game. The end result should be checking things off of the list of what the players need to accomplish rather than worrying about a final score. It’s easy to get excited about what we saw from Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon BellMartavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton in the first offensive series, but it’s only a start.

Mike Prisuta explains that there is much work left to be done by the Steelers’ first-team offense; in spite of what we saw them do in just 194 seconds on Friday night. Bell described how the offense can be unstoppable, if everyone participates.

"“We can only stop ourselves. If we make mistakes and have penalties, that’s the only way we will be stopped. We have too many play-makers on the field. As long as we execute the way we can I don’t feel like opposing defenses can do anything about stopping us.” – Le’Veon Bell"

Ups and downs from Friday night

Aside from the first-team offense picking up right where they left off last season the PPG’s Gerry Dulac gives us the rest of the highs and lows from the Steelers Friday night preseason loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Second-year linebacker Ryan Shazier played a considerable amount of time on Friday and collected eight tackles. Garrett Hartley got his kicking career with the Steelers off to a good start by connecting from 48 and 29 yards. Running back DeAngelo Williams gained 28 yards on six carries and showed his talent at finding holes.

Unfortunately, third-year safety Shamarko Thomas was late on getting to Jaguars tight end Clay Harbor on Chad Henne’s 31-yard touchdown pass and Jordan Zumwalt and Gerod Holliman racked up some costly penalties late in the game.

Watch the film

After last season’s record-breaking 4,952 passing yards and Friday night’s 3-3 for 59 yards including a 44-yard touchdown and two-point conversion it’s tough to point out what Ben Roethlisberger needs to be working on to improve.

The Trib’s Mark Kaboly says that Roethlisberger’s QB coach, Randy Fichtner, thinks Ben could use some more time studying game film each week.

"“Ben can always get better during the week putting the time in with film work and really getting a feel for what’s going to happen to him.” – Randy Fichtner"

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