“Obviously, it was a gap-integrity issue in the core but that’s less of a concern. I’m more concerned about, when those things do occur, that we do a good job of trying to minimize the explosion play and make it an 8-, 10-, 12-yard gain, not 78.
“We got to get it on the ground in the secondary.”
Jennings took a handoff on the Giants’ fourth offensive snap and went up the gut through the gap between left guard Geoff Schwartz and center J.D. Walton and ran almost untouched into the end zone (diving safety
The Steelers’ starting nickel defense was on the field for the start of the second series of the preseason, with the exception of inside linebacker
“I’m supposed to be in the A-gap right there,” Timmons said. “I got to make that play, me being the middle linebacker.”
Heyward was moved from his gap laterally by offensive tackle Charles Brown. Timmons was held by pulling guard Brandon Mosley. And neither Allen nor free safety
“The secondary has to make a tackle,” Allen said. “We didn’t. I didn’t. You don’t want it to happen, but it’s preseason. We have a chance to correct it. We have to eliminate it next week.”
BACK TO BACK TO BACK: The early distribution of labor at running back shed some light, perhaps, on how the Steelers intend to keep Le’Veon Bell,
Bell started at running back, was replaced by Blount when the Steelers entered the red zone and then replaced Blount on third down in the red zone on the Steelers’ opening drive. Archer entered initially as a slot receiver.
The first four plays were runs of 9 and 8 yards by Bell, a 46-yard screen to Archer and a 5-yard run by Blount.
“It was crazy how they were spreading the ball around with the three backs,” Bell said. “I’m excited to see what this offense can do.”
ZERO TOLERANCE: The NFL has vowed to keep a close eye on illegal contact, illegal use of hands, hands to the face and offensive pass interference this season, and has made that intention clear via a video shown to players and coaches in training camps.
The Steelers also declined an illegal contact penalty against cornerback Prince Amukamara on a 17-yard hookup between quarterback
All of that happened in the first two-plus quarters.
“It’s going to be called pretty tight, at least during the preseason and maybe even on into the regular season,” Miller said. “As long as they don’t call me for pushing off, I’ll take it.”
NOT GOOD ENOUGH: Tomlin had said he wanted his team to play hard, fast and with urgency in the preseason opener.
He’ll be looking for more of the same against Buffalo than his Steelers delivered in MetLife Stadium.
“I’m less concerned about style points,” he said. “Tomlin said. “I’m more concerned about the bottom line. My emphasis in that regard was geared towards wining. So even if it was above the line it’s going to have to be better.”