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mesaSteeler
08-22-2009, 09:01 AM
Steelers youngsters to see lots of work against Skins
August 21, 11:24 P
MPittsburgh Sports Examiner
Matt Pawlikowski
http://www.examiner.com/x-2703-Pittsburgh-Sports-Examiner~y2009m8d21-Steelers-youngsters-to-see-lots-of--work-against-Skins

STEELERS VS WASHINGTON
Saturday August, 22
Television (KDKA, FOXSPORTS PITTSBURGH, NFL NETWORK)

History
It is one of the oldest series for the Steelers, and began in 1933
Overall: Washington leads 43-32-4
Preseason Series: Pittsburgh is 5-12-1 all-time in the preseason versus the Redskins, including a 4-7 record in Washington...The Steelers did win the most recent preseason matchup between the two teams, 12-10, at FedEx Field during the 2007 preseason...The past four preseason games in this series have been played in Washington, with the Redskins winning three of the four...

THE LAST TIME THEY MET: Last season in akey Monday night meeting on Nov. 3 in Washington on Monday Night, the Steelers defeating the Redskins, 23-6, behind rushing touchdowns by QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB Willie Parker, and a five-yard touchdown reception by WR Santonio Holmes. That game marked just the Steelers second trip to the nationís capital since the NFL merger in 1970. Since the merger, seven of the previous nine regular-season games between these two teams have occurred in Pittsburgh.

GAME STORY: The defending champs look to make it two wins in a row when they travel to meet the Redskins in a prime time matchup on NFL Network (KDKA and FSN will be carrying it locally)

"It's our first time stepping into a hostile environment as a road team, but more important the second time out,' Steeler head coach Mike Tomlin said. " We got our feet wet playing some live football coming off last week, and I expect guys to get better and take some significant steps.I'm looking forward to a good competitive game. "

The game marks the return of Pro Bowler Albert Haynesworth, who signed with the team after spending the first seven years with the Titans.

"Iím going to go out there and show what I can do,Ē Haynesworth told DC reporters this week, ďIím going to knock some of the rust off. You can do some of that in practice, but you need the lights, you need the game speed, you need the crowd to get you ready to go."

What will be interesting to watch is how both Trai Essex and Willie Colon handle Haynesworth's presence, especially Essex.

PLAYERS TO WATCH STEELERS:

1) Linebacker Bruce Davis - In the pre-season opener agains the Cardinals, Davis, a third round pick in 2008, touted some good game time, and looked good recording a tackle for a loss and an interception. While Patrick Baily currently is ahead of him on the depth chart, the Steelers need some depth and are hopoing Davis can be it. if Davis, who has a tendency of being topsy turvy doesn't bring his A game, he could be on the bubble to be cut.

2) Tight end David Johnson - When Johnson was drafted, he had an outside chance of making the team, but all he has done is impress and if he continues to do so in game action could steal a slot from Sean McHugh, the former Penn State player.

3) Returnman Stefan Logan - Coach Mike Tomlin has said he will take back the opening kickoff and also feild punts, but also has said not to read too much into things. With Joe Burnett and Mike Wallace looking good, this could be an audition for another team or a chance to make the practice squad, unless he does something spectacular.

REDSKINS

1) Linebacker Brian Orapko - The first round pick of the Redskins was impressive in his first game against the Ravens and now faces the World Champs.

2) Lineman Chad Rhinehart - A second year man, Rhinehart was a bust his rookie season, being inactive most of the season, and seeing no action. But has seen action at both the guard and tackle slot with the first team during camp and the opener against the Ravens.

3) Tight end Fred Davis - He had been a training camp beast, but when it came time to catch the ball in game action, he had problems.

ROETHLISBERGER UPDATE

Ed Bouchette, the dean of Pittsburgh Sports Writers has posted a story saying that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has traveled with the team which is indication the injury to his foot may not be serious as originally thought. Scott Brown of the Tribune Review also has an updat which is reporting this.

mmalone
08-22-2009, 09:15 AM
2) Tight end David Johnson - When Johnson was drafted, he had an outside chance of making the team, but all he has done is impress and if he continues to do so in game action could steal a slot from Sean McHugh, the former Penn State player..

This may very well happen.. i have not seen the great blocking plays by mchugh..
Still dont see the plus of being a 6'5" FB.

will have to watch these two more closely in the game..

how is johnson on ST..?

The Lakelander
08-22-2009, 03:22 PM
This may very well happen.. i have not seen the great blocking plays by mchugh..
Still dont see the plus of being a 6'5" FB.


He's not! ... He's a 6'-5" HB/TE. ... There's a difference.

mmalone
08-22-2009, 03:31 PM
He's not! ... He's a 6'-5" HB/TE. ... There's a difference.

but everyone on this board talks about him being this great blocker... and beating summers out at fb .. so... thats why i dont get it...

have not seen this great blocking stuff....

MasterOfPuppets
08-22-2009, 03:41 PM
5 players get the axe, so of course they be looking at the bubble guys to make sure.