Two young Steelers make their mark in preseason opener

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

In many ways, the Pittsburgh Steelers' 20-12 victory Friday night in MetLife Stadium looked like a typical opening preseason game from a Giants' perspective.

"I think just getting out there in general, having a play on [special] teams and then having the sack as I did, it calmed the nerves a little bit", said Watt, who had five tackles, two sacks and three quarterback hits. However, it is impossible to not feel good about Pittsburgh's future and the young future stars it belongs to. "I came into this game with a certain amount of confidence because of the work I put in".

After his rocky start, however, Dobbs settled in and showed flashes of his potential. He picked up a sack in each of the Giants' first two offensive series, finished with three tackles, and threw in a deflected pass. Watt could not have looked better in his first game, hustling all over the field and playing the entire game. "He competed nicely, came out of the pocket, had some chances to make some plays, he did fairly well". "He had a great start to his career and he's only going to get better". Fourth-round quarterback Josh Dobbs completed 8 of 15 passes for 100 yards, shaking off two early interceptions with a 28-yard touchdown strike to Cobi Hamilton.

Moats was a force on defense for the Steelers.

T.J. ended the game with five tackles, two sacks and a batted pass.

"I learned quickly at the college level that you never know when your time is going to come", Dobbs said.

"Phenomenal", veteran Arthur Moats (three sacks Friday night) said of Watt, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. No. 1 pick tight end Evan Engram got into the game in the second quarter and caught a pass for 11 yards.

Nugent gave the Giants the lead with his 45-yard field goal in the third quarer, but not for long thanks to the Steelers converting on another Giants turnover.

As for the Giants, Eli Manning sat out and let Geno Smith and Davis Webb contribute to the offense. Smith was 10 of 16 for 114. Orleans Darkwa had a modest 18 yards on three carries. Smith started and played eight snaps compared to just one snap for Jacob Huesman, who missed his man on a lead-block.

INJURIES: Steelers second-round draft pick JuJu Smith-Schuster left the game with a concussion in the first quarter. Though the Steelers have one of the deepest, most dynamic receiving cores in football, Hamilton has performed nicely as a backup to guys like Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. McAdoo said he was going to "slowly start to integrate" numerous other injured Giants beginning with practice on Sunday. Odell Beckham, Jr. was also in uniform, but never stepped on the field after warmups. Jason Pierre-Paul and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are all healthy, but didn't play.

Bryant talked for the first time Friday since he was cleared by the league. "I worked hard and I'm just happy the process is nearly over".

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