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Default Week 3 PS Gameday thread, Bills vs. Steelers


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Tomlin on Preseason game against Bills

Coach Mike Tomlin talks about various issues relating to the Steelersí third preseason game, which is tonight against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Q. How did you evaluate the performance of rookie quarterback Jerrod Johnson in the game against the Indianapolis Colts?

A. I think Iím developing a different impression of all the guys based on a body of work. Heís one of the young guys who has taken advantage of some opportunities and moved the offense down the field late in some ballgames. You have to give him credit for that. You have to take note of that. And we have.

Q. It was only a preseason game, but Johnson did move the team 65 yards in 15 plays for the game-winning field goal by Daniel Hrapmann, and he seemed to have all of the poise he needed?

A. He did a nice job in the preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, but I thought the difference in the Colts game was that he was more situationally aware. He had a third-and-4 when he had a bootleg, and he kept the ball, he tucked the ball, he didnít run out of bounds, he cut back in and kept it in play. He was just aware of the fact we were in the red zone, it was a third down situation, that it was a two-minute situation and we needed to continue to burn the clock. That shows me growth and development really more than the play itself.

Q. Again itís only the preseason, but did 146 yards rushing by the offense against the Colts impress you?

A. It was OK, but of course we have a desire to be better than that. We donít want to be good, we want to be great, but we like where we are. We see signs of positive growth, and weíre just going to continue to work.

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