Sunday, August 17, 2014
Observation Deck: Steelers 19, Bills 16
By Scott Brown
August 16, 2014
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) intercepts a pass intended for Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler (84) in the first quarter of an NFL football preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers first-team offense needed less than 5 minutes to score two touchdowns and one of those came on a 67-yard catch-and-run by Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown .
Yet the story of the night at Heinz Field was the Steelers’ defense -- and specifically a prized rookie who is on his way to becoming one of the faces of a unit that is in transition.
Inside linebacker Ryan Shazier starred in his NFL debut, recording six tackles, two stops on special teams and an interception.
And that was just in the first quarter of the Steelers’ 19-16 win over the Buffalo Bills .
“I thought he did an awesome job,” Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons said. “I’m looking forward to playing with him.”
Shazier finished with 11 tackles despite playing a little less than a half. The 6-foot-1, 237-pound speedster answered any questions about how much a bruised knee that cost him two weeks of training camp set back the first-round pick.
The short answer: it didn’t.
Shazier was all over the field, and his interception of an EJ Manuel pass in the second quarter set up the second of Ben Roethlisberger’s two touchdown passes.
Roethlisberger played into the second quarter and looked sharp, completing 8 of 11 passes for 128 yards. The Steelers won their first preseason game since 2012 despite squandering an early 10-point lead.
Some other thoughts from the Steelers’ second preseason game: