Pittsburgh Steelers look to keep improving against Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 14: Ben Roethlisberger
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 14: Ben Roethlisberger /

Week two of the NFL preseason is upon us and we are inching closer to the regular season. Before we can get there, the Pittsburgh Steelers have three more games to play, this week they face the Atlanta Falcons.

This week’s game will yet again be televised nationally on NFL Network at 4pm eastern from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Here again is the link to the radio list for local and non local areas: Steelers Radio list.

The Steelers had an overall good showing in week one against the Giants. They will look to build on that performance in week two.

The biggest story of week two is the return of Martavis Bryant. He has been cleared to practice and play in preseason games.

Bryant practiced this week and will look to get ready for the season in the next three games. Expect to see him play longer than normal for a starter after being out all of 2016.

Another fresh name for the game will be James Conner. The rookie sat out last week recovering from an early camp shoulder ailment but is poised to play Sunday.

Fans expressed excitement to see Conner play in his first NFL game. He is the power style back that fans are sure to love.

The injuries are still much the same as last week and are as follows:

  • Mike Mitchell (shoulder)
  • Keion Adams (shoulder)
  • Ryan Shazier (hamstring)
  • Senquez Golson (hamstring)
  • Cameron Sutton (hamstring)
  • Landry Jones (abs)
  • Maurkice Pouncey (leg)

The big thing here is that Sean Davis and Artie Burns will play Sunday. They both missed the week one game.

These two being back is a step toward getting a better look at the full-time defense the team will deploy in 2017. Bud Dupree also seems poised to play Sunday.

Shazier will not play although he did return to Steelers practice this week. He is headed in the right direction to get ready by week one.

With Landry Jones down again, the team will roll out Josh Dobbs again as the starter. The rookie had a rough first outing but showed flashes throughout the game.

Fans will certainly be watching to see if TJ Watt can give an encore to last week’s two sack night. Watt showed why the Steelers took him with their first pick in the 2017 draft.

Watt got the nod as the week one starter after his breakout performance against the Giants. He will look to build on that and show the coaches made the right call.

Pittsburgh will look to keep things rolling positively and get another good showing from the team. A better showing from the run game is something to look for this week.

Next: Notable injuries heading into Altanta

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