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The progress of Landry Jones, and likely, the opinion of the young man for the next year, right or wrong, will be forged tonight. So that's something.

A daring and intrepid shot of some game footballs in a bag.
A daring and intrepid shot of some game footballs in a bag.
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The final preseason game is kind of like getting to watch a movie you've wanted to see on an airplane. Sure, it's great to pass the time with something you'd actually want to be doing - an option rarely ever experienced on a plane - but it's just not how you want to watch it.

We're going to be paying attention to special teams tonight, which is like watching paint dry while getting to drink beer. It's not fun but something's there to make it kind of fun. The Steelers' depth at both linebacker positions could end up being the main strength of this team. It appears LBs coach Keith Butler has done a phenomenal job with the younger players, and if nothing else, we get to see that on display.

The progress of Landry Jones, and likely, the opinion of the young man for the next year, right or wrong, will be forged tonight. So that's something.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin hinted at cuts coming well in advance of the 6 p.m. ET Saturday deadline, which only leads us to believe there are just a few spots actually left open right now.

Chat here about which ones, and keep your eye on the main page for other tidbits and features that may pop up during the game. Postgame recap will be the same as usual, so please bring your seatback to a downward comfortable position, and turn up any and all electronic devices as loud as possible, drink services will begin momentarily.

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