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With the lack of OTAs and minicamps, I didn't expect the offense to show anything too impressive in the first game.
What I didn't expect was for the offense to stall, stall and stall some more. The protection was horrendous, and receivers were not getting open.
What's worse is that the Steelers had a grand total of 186 yards and only converted two out of 11 third downs. That is just pathetic
Under center were Leftwich, Batch and Dixon—in that order. Out of the three, only Lefty did a somewhat adequate job.
I am completely torn between Antonio Brown and Issac Redman as to who had the best night.
Brown showed a lot of maturity with four catches for 64 yards. Redman showed some powerful running as he finished the day with five carries for 42 yards and a nice 22-yard touchdown run. Both players definitely need to have the ball come the their way more often this upcoming season.
Byron Leftwich had a pretty solid day, hitting Brown and Battle for some nice passes. As of right now, I think he deserves to backup Big Ben as he clearly outperformed Batch and Dixon.
Who Needs To Improve?
Everyone on the offensive line.
The pass protection wasn't even average. The line was repeatedly beat by the blitz, especially on the left side where Gilbert was always a half-second late.
All of the tight ends were terrible at picking up blockers. Before the game, I thought David Johnson was a shoe-in for the backup tight end spot. After his performance, I can see why the Steelers are trying to sign a veteran tight end. Johnson normally doesn't miss blocks, but during the game he looked lost and slow.
The run blocking was average, but it wasn't much better. There were plenty of missed blocks to go around.
With the exception of Brown, none of the wide receivers showed me anything. Battle was off to a good start, but developed a case of the drops.
When it came to quarterbacks, Dixon only completed one pass and had one nice run. Otherwise, he missed his throws or was sacked.
Batch didn't do much better, as he only completed two out of four passes.
Dwyer carried the ball five times, but only gained seven yards. He looked slow and sluggish, and you could tell he's been out of shape.
Just an all around ugly day for the offense.