The Pittsburgh Steelers are heading into their final preseason game of 2014 at home taking on the Carolina Panthers. Many key starters won’t take the field , however there are still a few roster spots up for grabs as the Steelers will make final cuts August 30th.
Lets take a look at this weeks news & notes.
<> The Steelers released 15 players Tuesday cutting linebacker Vic So’oto,tight end Eric Waters,wide receiver Kashif Moore,cornerback Devin Smith,wide receiver C.J. Goodwin, running back Jordan Hall, safety Jordan Dangerfield, running back Miguel Maysonet,cornerback Lew Toler,defensive linemen Brian Arnfelt,nose tackle Hebron Fangupo,offensive lineman Chris Elkins,offensive lineman Emmanuel McCray, long-snapper Luke Ingram and tailback Tauren Poole.
<> Steelers veterans that wont see playing time Thursday night include quarterback BenRoethlisberger,defensive end Cam Heyward,and safety Troy Polamalu. Coach MikeTomlin said these are “established guys we’re looking to preserve,”
<> Linebackers Sean Spence, Jason Worilds, and wide receiver Lance Moore are not expected to play due to minor injuries, but all three players are expected to be ready for game one of the regular season.
<> Quarterback Landry Jones is expected to see the bulk of the work load against the Panthers. Coach Mike Tomlin spoke on what he is looking for from Jones…
Mike Tomlin:“Just consistent, above the line play, and that’s about as straight of an arrow as I can fire.” “It’s a big-time opportunity for him, and I look forward to him showing what he’s capable of from that perspective.”
<> Defensive end Brett Keisel is expected to see his first action since returning to the Steelers. Coach Tomlin spoke about Keisel…
Mike Tomlin: “I’m interested in taking him to the deep end of the pool to see if he can swim a little bit, we’ll see how he does.”
Tweets of the Day…
Tomlin on Keisel: he understands his role is ever-changing, & he’s a shining example of what the professional approach needs 2 b 4 yng pple
Tomlin on Troy’s outburst during game vs. Eagles: I like to create an environment where guys don’t need to apologize for caring. Troy cares
Mike Tomlin calls tonight “Star Search” in his interview w/
@BobLabriola – http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Tomlin-talks-run-defense-Landry-Keisel/8041c3ed-7dbe-4296-9509-67c8b8b885ef … #Steelers
#Steelers finished w/ 7 DL, 8 LB, 10 DB.. could be roster fight 2night bet a 7th DL & Sean Spence + Chris Carter v Howard Jones
#Steelers roster battle tonight appears to be keeping 6th WR or 4th TE Darrius Heyward-Bey & Derek Moye v TEs Blanchflower & Paulson
Thoughts on the last preseason game vs. the Carolina Panthers and where we need to be coming out of tomorrow… http://fb.me/1tx6ZDR15
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