Friday, August 14, 2009

Bowie State, Steelers 20, Cardinals 10

Short post about the game today. I thought the Steelers were solid for most of the game. Nothing flashy, nothing that blew my mind, just a first preseason game. LaMarr Woodley recorded only one sack though, can't say I am not disappointed that he didn't get two. James Harrison is gonna be a straight freak this year. No doubt about it.

Ben looked ok, got away from a safety and got three yards out of a run. Charlie Batch played a little bit and made a nice throw to Limas Sweed who came back and won a jump ball. Sweed played pretty well making two grabs for 56 yards but he did drop a pass from DD on a third down play in the second half. Shaun McDonald also had a pretty nice second half where he caught six balls for 69 yards. Dallas Baker only made one catch and Mike Wallace showed some flashes and made two catches for 35 yards. Not bad.

Dixon played pretty well. He started off slow and played pretty well towards the end. I know its preseason and that he is playing against the third team Arizona defense, but he was making some stick throws and I look for him to develop into a capable NFL backup this year.

Rashard Mendenhall played alright. Not great stats only getting 24 yards on nine carries but I am sure that will improve. The Steelers however did convert a third and one, thank God.

Bowie State grad Isaac Redman had two touchdown runs in the fourth quarter which might not help him make the team but it will get him another week on the team and a chance to showcase himself for another team or maybe even practice squad time for the Steelers.

Ziggy Hood looked good considering who he was playing against but hurried a throw that turned into a pick and the Steelers first touchdown and then he had a sack on former Steeler Brian St. Pierre. Nice first game. Really looking forward to seeing him develop.

What was really nice seeing last night was Danny S. back and punting for the Black and Gold. He got the biggest ovation from the fans and for good reasons. Six punts for 49.5 yards in punting. Two of those were inside the 20 and his long was only 53 yards so you really can see that it was not just one huge punt followed by a few duds. He was very consistent and looked good both in distance and in hang time. He WILL make a difference this year for the Steelers.

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