Dobbs, a fourth-round draft pick from Tennessee, did not initially do what the two-time Super Bowl victor told him on Friday night in the Steelers' 20-12 victory over the New York Giants in their preseason opener at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Giants WRs Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard did not play. Goodson wasn't spectacular and also committed a false start penalty prior to a Giants punt, but he also made an impressive sack of Steelers QB Josh Dobbs and McAdoo thought the "physical" Goodson got off to a "good start".
It was a night in which backups had a chance to prove their mettle and try to elevate this status.
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He finished with three solo tackles, five total tackles, two sacks, three quarterback hits and a pass defensed.
Photo of the Pittsburgh Steelers courtesy of Julio Cortez/Associated Press. Johnson and Smith were each sacked three times, and Webb was sacked once. As you can see in the clip, Watt stays in his lane and his teammates help him out by collapsing the pocket.
Enter ex-Jet Gino Smith, who received some jeers when he took the field with 5:45 remaining until halftime. He also did something he never accomplished in 113 career regular-season and playoff games when he intercepted a pass, a turnover that led to the go-ahead points.
In a larger body of work than Johnson, Smith completed 10-of-16 pass attempts for 114 yards.
Rookie quarterback Davis Webb, making his National Football League debut for the Giants, finished 8-for-15 for 67 yards. "They ran a nice double-move, he was isolated there for a touchdown towards the end of the game on the double-move". After the run and the deep pass, Dobbs looked comfortable.
A 45-yard field goal by Mike Nugent on the opening series of the second half put NY ahead 12-10, but Arthur Moats intercepted Smith later in the quarter and returned the ball to the NY 14, setting up Boswell's go-ahead kick.
Smith didn't throw a single touchdown, and neither did Webb. Still, anyone wish Ryan Nassib was still here?
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Not counting Sammie Coates (PUP list) and Le'Veon Bell (absent), the Steelers brought 88 players to MetLife Stadium on Friday night. It looked like the G-Men might be able to have a productive night on the ground. He led the running backs with 10 carries for 44 yards.
DEFENSE: The Giants' first-team defense was solid and the reserves also nicely filled most of the gaps.
On Friday night, Martavis Bryant put on a Steelers uniform for the first time in 571 days. Devin Taylor had the defensive highlight when he stepped off the line, picked off a pass over the middle and almost scored.
It wasn't the best of games. The game is expected to kick off at 4 p.m.
Before the game, Roethlisberger did give Dobbs some advice.
"I just wanted to go out there and put on display what I've been doing for the past few weeks in training camp".
The Steelers have had a pretty good idea of what they have in both young players.
The worst thing anyone can do is overplay the importance of the first preseason game of the season. He started the game, but didn't catch a pass and made an early exit.