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    From Dale Lolley's blog....

    Thursday, August 19, 2010
    Tomlin's thoughts on game against Giants

    Mike Tomlin said Thursday that not only will rookie Maurkice Pouncey share some first-team time at center with Justin Hartwig, but that Jonathan Scott will split time at right tackle with Flozell Adams.

    It's a sign that the Steelers want to push Adams to play a little harder than he did last Saturday against the Lions.

    There's practicing like a veteran, but when you carry that over to a game, it can get the quarterback killed.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]©[/HIGH-LIGHT] Rookie Antonio Brown will handle the majority of the punt and kickoff returns against the Giants.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]©[/HIGH-LIGHT] Daniel Sepulveda will be kicking off instead of Jeff Reed. Sepulveda will win that job.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]©[/HIGH-LIGHT] Finally, Ben Roethlisberger will play, but Tomlin would not say how much.

    Judging by how they split the first-team snaps this week, I expect Roethlisberger to start and play at least two series before giving way to Byron Leftwich.

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    Pittsburgh Steelers Favored Over New York Giants In Week 2 Of NFL Preseason

    August 18th, 2010 - By Alex Groberman





    The Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants face off Saturday at the Meadowlands in a battle of two recent Super Bowl Champions.

    In their last game against the New York Jets, the Giants saw their prized quarterback, Eli Manning, lose his helmet and take a hit to the head that required 12 stitches. He did not return to the game after that, and his status for Saturday’s game against the Steelers is also in question.

    USA Online Sportsbooks have set the Steelers as a three-point favorite in this one, with the over/under sitting at 36 points.

    Regardless of whether Manning plays or not, look for the Giants to continue to develop their offense by giving a lot of playing time to reserve quarterbacks, Jim Sorgi and Rhett Bomar. Both played well against the Jets, in large part due to young stud receiver, Victor Cruz, lighting the Jets’ secondary up to the tune of six catches for three touchdowns and 145 yards. Keep an eye on Cruz against the tough Steelers defense to see if his first game’s performance was a fluke, or something that can come to be expected on a constant basis from the rookie. There were no rushing standouts in the last game for the Giants, so look for Andre Brown to improve on his five carry 26 yard performance.

    Defensively, Gerris Wilkinson had six tackles to the lead the Giants, while rookie pick Jean Pierre-Paul had a sack to raise a few eyebrows in his NFL debut. Antrelle Rolle, Sh’reff Rashad and D.J. Johnson all chipped in with interceptions. Keep an eye on how the Giants play the rushing attack against the Steelers, as that is Pittsburgh’s main weapon now that they’ve traded away Santonio Holmes.

    Offensively, the story of the game for the Steelers will be the return of Ben Roethlisberger. While Roethlisberger didn’t play in the Steelers’ first pre- season game against the Detroit Lions because the team wanted to see more of Dennis Dixon, he will get some reps in this game. Keep an eye on his rustiness levels as well as his ability to get the ball off in time now that he has one less lethal receiving option with Holmes being shipped off during the offseason. Dixon, Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch will all continue getting time at the QB slot, with Dixon likely earning a few more reps by going six of seven for 128 yards and a TD in the last game. The running game will once again be anchored by Rashard Mendenhall who had two yards on five carries in the last game, and Isaac Redman who had 60 yards on 15 carries. Antonio Brown ended up being the most utilized receiving option with 84 yards and a touchdown in the game.

    Defensively, Stevenson Sylvester, Da’mon Cromartie-Smith and Keyaron Fox all finished with four tackles. Meanwhile, Ryan Clark had an interception for the team, and Brandon Renkhart had a sack. Keep an eye on how the defense does against a Giants offense that didn’t seem entirely on the same page in their last game against the Jets.

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    Tomlin says Roethlisberger will play Saturday
    Thursday, August 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged he will play Ben Roethlisberger in Saturday night's preseason game against the New York Giants, but remained non-committal about how and when he will use his two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

    "It's not finalized as of yet," Tomlin said today during a morning news conference at St. Vincent College in Latrobe. "Some of those decisions are made last-minute in the preseason. That's just how it goes."

    Tomlin, though, said center Justin Hartwig would start against the Giants, but that he will also insert No. 1 draft choice Maurkice Pouncey at that position with the first-team offense. He said he would do the same at right tackle, replacing Flozell Adams with free-agent signee Jonathan Scott -- an indication the Steelers are looking at other players to replace injured Willie Colon, who is on the season-ending injured reserve list.

    "Everybody with a helmet is in the mix," Tomlin said. "We just want to see Jonathan Scott."

    Tomlin said rookie running back Jonathan Dwyer (shoulder), a fifth-round pick, is doubtful for the game. Two players are out -- defensive end Steve McClendon and rookie offensive tackle Chris Scott (foot).

    Tomlin said rookie outside linebacker Jason Worilds, their No. 2 draft choice, will play against the Giants. He did not play in last week's preseason opener against the Detroit Lions because of a nagging hamstring injury.

    "'He's going to get a look," Tomlin said. "I don't know if it will be any more extensive than anyone else."

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    Tomlin: Roethlisberger to play, still mulling QB rotation
    By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    Ben Roethlisberger will play Saturday night against the New York Giants but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said today that he hasn't decided who will start at quarterback in the Steelers' second preseason game.

    Tomlin said his quarterback rotation for the 7 p.m. game at the Meadowlands has "not been finalized as of yet."

    Tomlin said at a news conference following the final practice at training camp that the starters will play around 24 snaps against the Giants.

    Justin Hartwig will get the starting nod at center but Tomlin said rookie Maurkice Pouncey will also get playing time with the first team. Both Flozell Adams and Jonathan Scott will play right tackle with the starting offensive line.

    Tomlin said the decision to work Scott in with the starters is not a commentary on Adams' play in the Steelers' preseason opener last Saturday.

    "We just want to see Jonathan Scott," Tomlin said.

    The coaches will get a long look at rookie wide receiver Antonio Brown.

    Brown, who had three catches for 84 yards and a touchdown against the Lions will be the Steelers' primary kickoff and punt returner against the Giants. Also, as expected, punter Daniel Sepulveda will kick off against the Giants.

    On the injury front, running back Jonathan Dwyer (shoulder) is doubtful for the game while offensive lineman Chris Scott (foot) and defensive tackle Steve McLendon (knee) are out for it.

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    On the injury front, running back Jonathan Dwyer (shoulder) is doubtful for the game
    Time seems to be running out on Dwyer. It looks like his best hope might be the practice squad.
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    Time seems to be running out on Dwyer. It looks like his best hope might be the practice squad.
    Yea... It's definitely starting to look that way... I was hoping the kid would seriously impress in camp, but it never happened.
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