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5 Takeaways From the Pittsburgh Steelers’ First Preseason Game

5 Takeaways From the Pittsburgh Steelers' First Preseason Game

Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Tomlin
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The 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers will be vastly different than the 2013 Steelers. In their opening preseason game, we saw a lot of things to be excited about, and a few others that were concerning. For the Steelers to get back to their winning ways and make a return trip to the playoffs, they will need a lot of help from some relatively new faces. Here is a look at five takeaways from the Steelers’ first preseason game.

5. Dri Archer Is A Weapon

Pittsburgh Steelers: Dri Archer
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5. Dri Archer Is A Weapon

Pittsburgh Steelers: Dri Archer
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Everyone knows about his speed, but for a lot of people, this was their first chance to see him actually play football. It only took three plays for him to show what he is capable of by catching a pass and breaking off on a 46-yard run. Archer's explosiveness is clearly going to demand touches in 2014.

4. Martavis Bryant Is Oozing With Talent And Inconsistency

Pittsburgh Steelers: Martavis Bryant
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4. Martavis Bryant Is Oozing With Talent And Inconsistency

Pittsburgh Steelers: Martavis Bryant
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Bryant showed flashes of being an explosive, 6-foot-4 playmaker, but also made a few plays that could cost the Steelers games in the future. He was able to get behind the defense and draw pass interference calls twice, but also dropped a critical third-down pass, muffed a punt, and lost a fumble. If he can overcome his inconsistencies, he could develop into a special player.

3. The Steelers Can’t Afford Any Offensive Line Injuries

Pittsburgh Steelers: Maurkice Pouncey
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3. The Steelers Can’t Afford Any Offensive Line Injuries

Pittsburgh Steelers: Maurkice Pouncey
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The starting group looked solid, but the second and third groups had the back-up quarterbacks running for their lives all night. Offensive line coach Mike Munchak should mold this group as the season goes on, but if the first preseason game was any indication of the Steelers' depth, then an issue could arise if any of the starters go down. I could see the Steelers claiming an offensive lineman off of waivers on cutdown day.

2. Jarvis Jones Showed Signs Of Improvement

Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones
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2. Jarvis Jones Showed Signs Of Improvement

Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones
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Jones’ first quarter sack of Eli Manning matched his total for all of 2013. He also showed signs that he worked to develop different pass rush moves other than a straight speed rush. For the Steelers to make a serious run, they will need a revamped pass rush and Jones, the former first-round pick, could provide that.

1. The Steelers Should Have A Balanced Offense

Pittsburgh Steelers: Le'Veon Bell
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1. The Steelers Should Have A Balanced Offense

Pittsburgh Steelers: Le'Veon Bell
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Ben Roethlisberger is on track to have a big year working heavily out of the no-huddle offense. Likewise, Le’Veon Bell looks poised to take the next step in his budding career. Throw in Antonio Bryant, Dri Archer, Markus Wheaton and Heath Miller and the Steelers have a lot of solid weapons. Look for the running game to be a more than an adequate complement to the Steelers' passing game in 2014.