The Pittsburgh Steelers began their 2015 season in Canton, Ohio in the NFL’s annual Hall of Fame Game that saw the Vikings defeat the Steelers 14-3 in this preseason contest.
The Steelers of course were on hand to celebrate Jerome Bettis’ induction to the Hall of Fame, and as this is the first of 5 preseason contests, the Mike Tomlin chose to sit veterans such as Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and James Harrison.
With Roethlisberger out and Bruce Gradkowski still on the PUP list, it fell to Landry Jones to lead the Steelers under center. Jones had entered training camp fighting for his NFL life, but Jones had show good progress in the eyes of the press. Jones played the entire game, and per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, only put in a so-so night.
- Jones completed 50% of his passes, and missed key passes to rookies Sammie Coates and tight end Jesse James. Jones was also sacked twice.
Brandon Boykin, whom the Steelers recently acquired in a trade, looked sharp, as did Shayon Green and Stephon Tuitt.
On the ground, the Steelers were led by second year man Dri Archer, who rushed 4 times for 24 yards. Archer also caught six passes for 33 yards, although he appeared to shy away from contact.
Ryan Shazier led the defense, registering 5 solo tackles, and he was followed by Antwon Blake and Terence Garvin and Jordan Zumwalt, both inside linebackers trying to make the team at a very crowded spot on the depth chart. For the record, Eathan Hemer had the Steelers lone sack.
Shaun Suisham headed to the locker room following the opening kickoff of the second half. No word has been released on his health, but Suisham has been a very reliable kicker for the Steelers, and an injury to him could cause problems for the Steelers. Marcus Gilbert also had an eye poked and Cameron Stingily suffered an knee injury and did not return.