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On the Steelers; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly from Buffalo

Anytime you see a score of 38-7 you think, “man, what a blowout!” Let’s remember however this is the preseason and that in the instance of first team vs. first team it was really only 14-7 so keep things in perspective my friends. Obviously, the biggest news is the worst news from last night as first round draft pick David DeCastro left early with what appears to a significant knee injury. More on this later…

The Good

Both Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown played well last night in Buffalo but Allen seems to have separated himself with his ability to come off the edge in the blitz package. Dick LeBeau has to be giddy with this seeing as this was a major thing lacking from last season’s defense.

The two-minute offense which started at its’ own two yard line was outstanding last night. Yes, it took a big play from Ben Roethlisberger and Jonathan Dwyer to get out of the hole, but after that it was a masterful series by the veteran QB which culminated in a six-yard TD pass to Antonio Brown.

Speaking of Dwyer, how do you not get this kid on the field more? Every game he plays in he seemingly finds a way to make a so-called ‘splash play’ which is a something of 20 yards or longer. He has to get some touches in my opinion.

Chris Rainey saw limited action with the first team last night and then he exploded for another superb TD run in the fourth quarter breaking defenders’ ankles and making them drop their jock straps. Do not look for Rainey to be a traditional back, but do look for him to get touches. Too much speed not to get him some action.

If Drew Butler wanted to win the punting job then he showed it last night with some very big kicks and now just has to wait out Jeremy Kapinos’ injury, but I have a strong feeling he may get the job.

The Bad

The switch at Special Teams’ Coach from Al Everest to Amos Jones didn’t exactly result in anything positive. The Bills were still able to get some better than average returns against the Steelers and when Mike Tomlin was asked about Jones’ needing help he said he looks forward to it. Is this going to be ‘micro-managing 101′ here?

I thought Alameda Ta’amu looked a little more pedestrian last night than he had in the previous two games. He lacked quickness and the movement he showed prior was missing a little in my opinion.

Although it was deemed by both Tomlin and Brett Keisel himself as ‘minor,’ I still don’t like seeing the ‘Diesel’ with injury issues this early in the season. The slight ankle tweak last night will probably keep him out of the final preseason game which is fine by me.

The Ugly

It truly is amazing how one play can sort of change everything and last night when David DeCastro went down, everyone knew it was serious. While we have not gotten definitive word from anyone in the Steelers organization yet, is reporting ACL and MCL issues which will more than likely cost DeCastro his rookie season.

What this means now is a possible return to the ‘interchangeable offensive line’ that none of us want to see. Ramon Foster is an excellent, straight-ahead blocker, but he struggles in pass protection and has nowhere near the ability to pull and trap like DeCastro can.

And oh by the way…

I believe Mike Wallace reports some time this week. Notice I didn’t use the word, ‘soon.’

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