Postgame Takes

Xtra Points: 4 notable items

  • Don't cross the Moats: Linebacker Arthur Moats sacked Eagles' quarterback Sam Bradford for a 12-yard loss in the second quarter. Moats broke free and had a clean shot at Bradford.

Game action from the Pittsburgh Steelers' second preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"It was a great call by Coach (Keith) Butler," said Moats. "It was something we had already seen a little bit on film. We really don't dig too deep into the film right now, but it was something we had seen. Beat the guy one-on-one, and I made the play."

Defensive end Cameron Heyward liked what he saw from Moats.

"He's one of our more established guys," said Heyward. "We are all depending on him to do that. He had a great rush today. He has to continue to do it. And we all have to translate that into the regular season."

  • Mr. Rogers Neighborhood: Second-year receiver Eli Rogers, who spent the 2015 season on injured reserve, is working to find a home in the Steelers passing attack.

"I thought Eli Rogers did some things early on, in terms of working the interior of the field and winning passion downs," said Coach Mike Tomlin.

Rogers had four receptions for 39 yards, including a 14 yarder against the Eagles. He also returned two punts for 23 yards, including a 17-yard return.

"I really like Eli a lot, the way he gets vertical up the field and makes great plays," said Rogers. "And Sammie (Coates), too. Those guys are going to get a lot of experience in the preseason. We are going to need them."

Coates had two receptions for 30 yards, including a 24-yard reception in the first half where he walked the tight rope to keep his feet in bounds.

"I thought he did some nice things," said Tomlin. "I'll look at it in terms of strict detail before I give him a passing grade. But, he made some plays. No doubt."

  • A battle in the backfield: An interesting battle that is playing out in the preseason is for the third running back spot behind Le'Veon Bell and Le'Veon Bell. With both players not seeing action against the Eagles, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Daryl Richardson got the bulk of the work.

Toussaint finished the game with eight carries for 26 yards, including an 11-yard carry. He also had two receptions for 16 yards.

Richardson had 10 carries for 15 yards and one reception for six yards.

  • Not his fault: Quarterback Landry Jones got the start against the Eagles and played the first half. Jones finished the night completing 12 of 20 passes for 111 yards, but he threw four interceptions, one that was returned 38 yards for a touchdown.

Tomlin, though, didn't put the interceptions all on Jones' shoulders. And neither did his teamamtes. Coates said two of them where he was the intended receiver were on him and not Jones.

"Some of it was good plays by them and some of it was negligence by us," said Tomlin. "Whether it's route running or throwing, I understand that it falls under his stat line, but those are unit plays. Sometimes, you have to acknowledge that the opponent makes a quality play or two. The bottom line is that as a unit or team we've got to do a better job of securing the football."

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