But it didn't feel much like 2012, either.
The Steelers offensive line ran well during one drive, led by LaRod Stephens-Howling. The manner in which they'll run this season was apparent, and a few of those runs saw the athletic Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro down field getting blocks on the second level.
Those are the kinds of plays that produce big yards. On this drive, the Steelers chipped away, and moved down the field.
In fact, if not for a dropped screen pass by Jonathan Dwyer, who subbed in for Stephens-Howling on that play, they could have had more. Fullback Will Johnson was downfield with Pouncey and DeCastro, and with tight end David Paulson having sealed off his guy, Dwyer very well could have gone for 10 or more yards on the play without having been touched.
Preseason is a good time to iron out those kinds of mistakes - Dwyer didn't appear to secure the ball before turning to square his shoulders and get up the field. Had he done that, though, it would have been a big gain.
Both for Dwyer and the confidence of an improving offense line that showed athleticism and balance - something they lacked as a group last season.
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