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Dri Archer, Rashad Jennings make big plays in Jersey

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Dri Archer was the fastest man at the combine this year and it didn’t take him long to show that his speed can translate to the NFL game.

The Steelers called Archer’s number on a well-designed screen pass on their first offensive possession of the preseason and Archer jetted for a 46-yard gain that set up a field goal for the Steelers. That was the only completion of the the night for Ben Roethlisberger, who departed after one series with the knowledge that the third-round pick could be a useful weapon this season.

Le’Veon Bell had a couple of good runs for the Steelers to start the game, but the offense looked less productive once Bruce Gradkowski entered the game and the other starters began filtering out of the contest. Pittsburgh guard Ramon Foster suffered the only notable injury on the first team as he left the game¬†after getting poked in the eye, but the Steelers say he would have returned in a more meaningful contest.

The Giants stuck with their starters on offense a bit longer in their second preseason outing of the season and got rewarded with a 73-yard touchdown run by Rashad Jennings that was sprung by a great block from aspiring right guard Brandon Mosley. That was the only highlight for the offensive line, which gave up a sack by Jarvis Jones and was flagged for holding twice, and Eli Manning was 0-for-2 while the team emphasized the ground game before turning things over to Ryan Nassib.

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18 Responses to “Dri Archer, Rashad Jennings make big plays in Jersey”
  1. wilson1914 says: Aug 9, 2014 8:36 PM

    Rashad maybe a nice fantasy piece this year!

  2. pnut87 says: Aug 9, 2014 8:46 PM

    Fantasy… blargh…

  3. jmblosser82 says: Aug 9, 2014 9:38 PM

    For starters, it’s preseason. The Steelers run defense was bad last year and looks like it’s starting that way too. This is also the Giants 2nd game and the Steelers first.

  4. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 9, 2014 9:42 PM

    It’s funny, Flashland is right in the Browns back yard yet the Steelers keep getting player after player from the Flashes. Dri Archer can flat out fly.

  5. bigblu73 says: Aug 9, 2014 10:19 PM

    Glad to see that our running game is looking damn decent. Eli needs a strong running game to be his most effective. And Corey Washington is going to have Manningham looking for a job!

  6. kingcowboysfan says: Aug 9, 2014 10:24 PM

    Rashad i s going to be a great fantasy add this year. I am “keeping” him as my #2 back behind AP….Boom goes the dynamite!!!

  7. blackandyella says: Aug 9, 2014 10:51 PM

    After watching this whole game. I have come to 2 conclusions…

    1. The Steelers are in BIG trouble if Ben goes down.
    2. The Giants are in BIG trouble if Eli stays healthy…

  8. wave222 says: Aug 10, 2014 12:45 AM

    NICE WIN AT HOME!!
    GO!! GIANTS GO!!

  9. steelcurtainn says: Aug 10, 2014 1:01 AM

    Dri Archer is the real deal. You can already see the guy just blazes by defenders. He’s only going to electrify an already good steelers offense.

  10. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 10, 2014 1:32 AM

    First and 10 from the Giants’ 15. Steelers eventually settle for a FG. Typical.
    Between the 20s, Roethlisberger is a top-5 QB. In the red zone, he’s a bottom-third QB. And not all the money in the world is ever going to change that.

  11. kev86 says: Aug 10, 2014 9:52 AM

    Dri Archer looks good but is a smurf. Doesn’t seem very Pittsburg to me but I guess the game has changed a lot. Good luck This year Pitt – NYG

  12. 2blingluvinit says: Aug 10, 2014 10:33 AM

    One trick pony.

  13. Umbra Aeternus says: Aug 10, 2014 2:28 PM

    Im surprised the officials missed a holding call on the long TD by Jennings. Or maybe players can hug each other between plays celebrating the start of the season.

  14. cwifyou says: Aug 10, 2014 4:20 PM

    Umbra my guess is that in 50% of similar long plays there was a hold that was never called. The officials are terrible.

  15. holeinone09 says: Aug 10, 2014 5:01 PM

    it didnt take bobzilla long to blame Ben for the Steelers loss. Laughable.

  16. nykfanwakemeupin2015 says: Aug 10, 2014 5:38 PM

    Just some fantasy advice for non giants fan. All of our # 1 rb have a goal line handcuff. You can only expect a td from the #1 if its from ten yards out

  17. stoogy says: Aug 10, 2014 7:14 PM

    Bobzilla isn’t blaming ben, he’s just stating a FACT. Balloon Ben is terrible in the red zone. Sorry yinzers. Maybe yinz will get to 9-7 this year.

  18. steelcurtainn says: Aug 10, 2014 11:23 PM

    Stating Facts…..that’s not fact…… show me where he’s a bottom-third qb in the red zone last year. One preseason drive stalls and all of a sudden he’s a bottom 3rd qb in the red zone. Hole in one is right, that’s laughable.

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