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WR Martavis Bryant to miss Steelers' preseason opener

14 August 2017

"To be honest, he did what he was supposed to do", Mike Tomlin said after the Steelers' 20-12 win over the New York Giants in their preseason opener. NY hasn't had a really great tight end since Mark Bavaro, so being able to plug Engram into the starting lineup should give the Giants the ability to stretch the field for more potency.

Pittsburgh also was without injured backup quarterback Landry Jones, but that didn't matter because the Giants didn't get much from either Josh Johnson or Geno Smith, and NY was generous with the football.

After the Giants went up 12-10 in the third quarter, the Steelers scored 10 unanswered points for the 20-12 lead. Moats, however, was in the game against the Giants' scrubs out of necessity.

"Good start for us. There's some bad and there's some ugly", head coach Ben McAdoo said. A lot of good contributions, guys put physical conditioning on display. So it's definitely something that we're going to build off of. Watt ended the Steelers first defensive series with a sack of Josh Johnson, after fighting through an Erik Flowers block.

NY would take possession of the ball again minutes later, and on their very first snap, make a crucial error in letting the Steelers first round draft pick go unblocked.

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Watt's work wasn't complete. It was a 3rd-and-7 and Watt rushes Johnson and takes him down. With his team deep in Pittsburgh territory, Smith underthrew Jerrel Adams and suffered the first of his three sacks.

Hilton showed excellent instincts on his blitzes Friday night, getting to the quarterback one time, forcing a bad fourth-down throw on another and making a stop on fourth-and-short on a run play.

Most of the game, Giants' running backs ran into their linemen who were pushed by the Steelers' line or into the hands of a Pittsburgh defender.

Half of his six tackles were sacks, he made a leaping interception off Geno Smith and played all game long.

"He's a bright-eyed willing worker", Tomlin said. "He is supposed to dominate under those circumstances and he did".

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Dobbs came to understand the vagaries of being a quarterback at a young age, forced into a game against Alabama as a freshman when starter Justin Worley sustained a thumb injury.

"Of course there were some throws you want back and some plays that were good", Dobbs said. How did Dobbs standout with early stats like these?

Dobbs threw a pair of interceptions early that the Giants turned into two field goals.

Below are several breakdowns of Dobbs' pass attempts against the Giants. "I've never been so excited to kick a field goal". Blake's interception and 11-yard return to the Steelers 39 set up a 27-yard field goal by rookie Aldrick Rosas, who added a 52-yarder late in the second quarter for a 9-3 lead. The Giants also converted this one into a field goal.

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WR Martavis Bryant to miss Steelers' preseason opener