One to grow on

GREEN BAY, Wisc. _ The opportunity to grow from preseason experiences isn't lost on Terrell Edmunds.

And the Steelers' No. 1 pick had ample opportunity to do so in Thursday night's 51-34 preseason loss to the Packers at historic Lambeau Field.

The rookie safety got an eyeful of what the NFL is all about on the Packers' first possession, a five-play, 40-yard drive in 1:33 that ended with an 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to tight end Jimmy Graham.

"It was good going out there competing against some of the bigger-name guys," Edmunds assessed. "Just going out there, trying to perfect my craft. There's still a lot to learn, a lot to build on. I'm gonna watch the tape and just build off of that.

"I just have to trust my technique and then next time go out there and make a play."

Edmunds was subsequently victimized again on a perfectly-placed fade pass from quarterback DeShone Kizer to tight end Robert Tonyan for a 1-yard touchdown.

"I had great technique on it; throw and catch," Edmunds said. "Gotta go out there and just try to work on getting the ball out of his hands."

Edmunds' night also included forcing and recovering a fumble on a kickoff.

He's determined to take the good with the bad and use both to his advantage.

"It definitely doesn't get me down," Edmunds said. "At the end of the day I still know the type of guy I am. I know that I can play in this league. At the same time, regardless if I would have made the play or not made the play, you still can find small things you can work on because no play is perfect.

"So you have to keep on perfecting your craft and go out there and learn from every play."

READY FOR MORE: No. 2 pick James Washington's ability to make combat catches translated to five receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Justin Hunter saw the field at wide receiver before Washington did (wide receiver Antonio Brown didn't play).

Washington wasn't campaigning to be moved up in the rotation afterward, but nor would he turn such a promotion down.

"Whatever situation the coach puts me in, I just have to do my best and do what I can do," he said.

Game action photos from the Steelers' second preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

DOING WHAT HE DOES: Running back James Conner's five-carry, 57-yard night included consecutive runs for 8, 24 and 26 yards and a touchdown on the Steelers' third possession.

"I've been trying to run the same ever since I started playing football," Conner said. "Run fast, run hard, make quick decisions.

"I'm doing the same thing I've been doing."

DIFFERENCE OF OPINION: Cornerback Coty Sensabaugh was flagged for the first lowering-the-head-to-initiate-contact penalty assessed against the Steelers this preseason.

But Sensabaugh didn't necessarily agree with the call, which was made late in the first quarter on a 23-yard completion to tight end Marcedes Lewis.

"I didn't even really hit him," Sensabaugh said.

A reporter suggested Sensabaugh had hit Lewis with a shoulder.

"I though I did, too, the little bit of contact I did make on the play," Sensabaugh said. "I don't know, I'll have to watch it on film. It's such a thin line, but we're all learning, us players and the refs.

"We just gotta keep working, try not to make it as close so it won't be called at all."

UNAWARE BUT NOT OFF GUARD: An announcement made early in the third quarter prior to the start of a Steelers possession welcomed safety Morgan Burnett, who played his first eight NFL seasons with the Packers, back to Lambeau.

Burnett was shown on the sideline on the scoreboard and he acknowledged the crowd's applause.

"That totally surprised me," he said. "Good thing I wasn't digging up my nose or anything like that."

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