I'm a day late with my post, but I just finished watching the TiVo'd game. The last five minutes were cut off so if I missed anything big, let me know in the comments section.
Here are my thoughts:
- It's a good thing this was a preseason game, because the most memorable part of the game was the number of penalties. (Which tells you the level of excitement of the game). The Steelers didn't look like a disciplined team, but Tomlin should iron this out. The refs were in preseason form as well. Although the highlight was seeing two "Willie Colons" - a lineman not lining up on the line of scrimmage - in the game. Funny enough, neither was on Colon. But it's good to know that Tony Hills has been studying the all-pro, because he was flagged for one.
- The starting offensive line was pushed around by the Redskins defensive front. It's once again tough to judge as this was Hartwig's first game back from injury and Doug Legursky started in place of Kemo. It's not surprising the Legursky vs. Albert Haynesworth didn't go too well for the Steelers. Nonetheless, I'm expecting another year of frustrating times for the o-line.
- Charlie Batch looked hesitant in the first couple drives, but started to make plays after a couple series. I'd like to see him get more work than Dennis Dixon, who flashed potential but is still a year away from taking the primary back up roll.
- The biggest winner of the night was Stefan Logan. He looked absolutely electric as a kick and punt returner. If the decision was based solely on return duties, Logan would be a lock to make the team (especially after Joe Burnett fumbled another punt return, which led to the Redskins winning score), but Logan doesn't bring anything to the table on coverage teams and the team is already deep at running back. Where does that leave us? I'm not sure. But if Allen Rossum can take a roster spot as a pure returner, Logan may be in better shape than originally thought.
- Limas Sweed had an unsettling drop, but returned to make a couple nice catches. Mike Wallace had another nice game. From the looks of it, he will play situational football and have the opportunity to run some reverses and maybe a screen pass.
- The screen pass game still looks horrendous.
- Joe Burnett may have secured himself a spot on the practice squad. Keiwan Ratliff had a nice interception and provides veteran experience as the fourth or fifth cornerback. Burnett's best shot to make the team was through his versatility as a returner and corner. The shot at returner should be in danger, with two fumbles in two games.
- Ziggy Hood - two games, two sacks.
- I was disappointed Isaac Redman didn't get an opportunity at the goal line. Willie Parker did a nice job on the two yard touchdown run, but we know what we have in Willie. Redman is more of a question mark. And as a brief aside, I think the run outside at the goal line will be a bigger part of the offense this year. We know we can't run inside in short yardage situations.
- Mendenhall had a couple nice runs, but he struggles in pass protection. I'm underwhelmed by his development.
- Biggest takeaway - no injuries.