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Winners and Losers from Steelers vs. Bills Saturday

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A huge debut for the rookie Ryan Shazier but a pretty bleak performance from a certain back-up quarterback bracketed Saturday night's action.

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Winners

Ryan Shazier - A remarkable performance from the rookie, who's allegedly been hindered by a knee injury. His mobility looked just fine when he climbed right along with tight end Scott Chandler in the first quarter, baiting Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel into making a poor decision. Shazier broke perfectly on the ball, and nabbed the interception.

Shamarko Thomas - A forced fumble and a great tackle on a wide, short throw in the red zone, it's getting harder and harder to keep Thomas out of the lineup at this point. He's not a starter, per se, but they're going to have to find ways to get him on the field. He's played well in both the Steelers' preseason games.

Markus Wheaton - For all the flack Steelers cornerback Lew Toler got, Wheaton did the same thing on a Bills cornerback. It was a great route, and Ben Roethlisberger's throw was a beauty. Speaking of him.

Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown - He was sharp in his delivery, and commanded a quality balance of offense. He didn't need the no huddle, he needed simply to deliver accurate passes to good playmakers, likeBrown, who took an inside route to the house in the first quarter. Brown showed serious jets around that edge. You really have to do a lot to defend him in the open field.

Vic So'oto and Howard Jones - The Crosby to Malkin combination of defensive players has led to a touchdown and a game-winning field goal in the Steelers' two preseason games. So'oto made a great move to get around the edge of the Bills' right tackle and Howard Jones came a foot away from his second touchdown in two games. How do either of these two not make this team right now?

Losers

Landry Jones - It's difficult to describe how bad of a throw his interception was, but simply put, a very poor decision on the throw. This team really needs to wonder at this point if the Landry Project is worth the effort.

Antwon Blake - Penalties on consecutive plays - the first being a brutal pass interference as the result of poor positioning, the second being on a head-shaking offside (he was a cornerback on the play) on a touchdown play. Not a quality performance from a player fans held in high regard heading into training camp.