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2015 Preseason: Steelers vs. Jaguars - Winners and Losers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars by the score of 23-21. See who impressed, and who disappointed for the black and gold on Friday night.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers preseason record moves to 0-2 after falling to the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-21. See who impressed, and who disappointed after the loss.


Starting Offense - There could be a number of players in this category, but mainly Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant. It was quick, crisp and clean to the tune of a 6-play, 80-yard drive resulting in a 44-yard play-action bomb to Bryant for a touchdown...capped off by a Markus Whaton two-point conversion. Doesn't get much better than that before they all exited stage right and enjoyed the rest of the game without shoulder pads on.

Ryan Shazier - Surprisingly playing into the third quarter, Shazier was all over the field and was a dominant force in both run support as well in pass defense. Shazier looks more comfortable, but also more confident in his ability as he shows his athleticism and sideline-to-sideline speed which demonstrates why the team took him with their first overall pick in 2014. Shazier looked solid, even without Lawrence Timmons in the lineup next to him due to a toe injury keeping him out of Friday's game.

James Harrison - Just as the offense didn't take long to make their presence felt, neither did Deebo. Only playing a few snaps, it didn't take long for Harrison to win his one-on-one matchup and cause a strip-sack of Jaguars' quarterback Blake Bortles. It was a small sample size, but Harrison showed he still has the speed and quickness to make plays off the edge. He will certainly be pushing Jarvis Jones for snaps by the time week one rolls around.

Garrett Hartley - Just signed off the dump heap, Hartley nailed two field goals and a PAT to help build his confidence in a black and gold uniform. Although his debut was stellar, the true test will come next week when he has to deal with the swirling conditions at Heinz Field.


Landry Jones - Jones wasn't horrible, but his play didn't scream confidence either. His inability to make quality throws when it matters most is still troublesome. Jones is a third string quarterback, and as he played every snap after Roethlisberger exited the game, he showed no signs of being a viable back up to No. 7. If the team feels Bruce Gradkowski's shoulder injury is worse than they thought, look for the team to search elsewhere for a viable backup before turning to Jones.

B.W. Webb - I will admit not all of the plays made on Webb's side of the field were his fault, but he did not put his best foot forward in terms of proving his worth to the coaching staff. Webb and Kevin Fogg seems to be entrenched in one of the few genuine training camp battles, and after Fogg's stellar play in the Hall of Fame Game, and Webb's poor play Friday night, one has to think Fogg has the upper hand on the competition.

Shakim Phillips - After a tremendous one-handed catch in the Hall of Fame Game, Phillips followed that performance up with two drops which were equally tremendous...if that is such a thing. If Phillips has proven anything it is his inconsistency. Luckily for him he will have more chances to prove he resembles the Hall of Fame Game Shakim more, and less the Jacksonville Shakim.

Tajh Boyd - I know what you are thinking. How can a player who hasn't seen the field in a competitive situation be on the losers list? Easy. Despite what experts and media may say, if you can't take any repetitions from Landry Jones it speaks more about your ability than Jones'. In Mike Tomlin's weekly press conference he mentioned Tyler Murphy as a viable candidate for snaps before Boyd. Such talk from the head coach combined with not playing a snap in two preseason games doesn't bode well for the "Boyd to replace Jones" campaign which seems to be building momentum.