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Jonathan Dwyer Looks Sluggish, Justin Hartwig Blows An Assignment, Crezdon Butler Sips Some Tebow Haterade

  • Joe Buck compared Troy Polamalu to John Lynch, who chuckled uncomfortably in the broadcast booth like someone receiving a compliment they know they do not deserve.
  • Jonathan Dwyer is not going to make the roster. The sixth-round rookie running back has been battling injuries throughout training camp and finally saw the field again this evening after missing the preseason matchup against the Giants. He looked indecisive and sluggish, usually failing to burst through the offensive line. After three drives, he had 23 yards on eight carries. 
  • Justin Hartwig has often been a liability in pass protection in the past. Tonight, for some reason, he shifted his hips away from a Denver pass rusher, allowing an easy sack on Leftwich right up the middle. I don't know how anyone could make the argument that the veteran is a better option at center than rookie monster Maurkice Pouncey. 
  • Rookie cornerback Crezdon Butler picked off rookie messiah quarterback Tim Tebow and nearly returned it for the Steelers first touchdown. Dwyer punched it in for five yards out two plays later. With Butler, Joe Burnett, and Keenan Lewis, the Steelers look they have a very good crop of young cornerbacks for years to come. 

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.