Then there was second half Landry Jones. He threw three interceptions as the Steelers failed to score a point over the final two quarters.
He was similar to the Steelers' 2013 preseason slate of four losses; inconsistent with questionable decision-making, and walked off the field seeming more like a work-in-progress than a legitimate participant.
While the Steelers failed to win a preseason game for the first time in an eternity, it did show once again a few individual highlights as most of the game was played by back-ups vying for roster spots - the linebackers in particular. Wide receiver Derek Moye had an outstanding game, and, if the Steelers take five receivers on this year's team, he's No. 5.
The Steelers have hinted at making cuts well in advance of the league's 6 p.m. ET deadline Saturday, and it didn't seem like anyone else really stood out enough in this game - or in this preseason - to merit a spot they wouldn't otherwise have.
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