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Steelers vs. Eagles: Ben Roethlisberger Praises Chris Rainey

Steelers rookie wide receiver Chris Rainey made perhaps the most exciting play of Pittsburgh's 24-23 preseason loss at the Eagles on Thursday night when he took a third-quarter pass from quarterback Jerrod Johnson 57 yards for a touchdown. He finished the night as the Steelers' leading receiver, with two catches for 65 yards and that score.

After the game, starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was impressed by the young wideout's efforts and skills, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"He is explosive," Roethlisberger said of the rookie. "He brings a lot to the table, and you never know what you are going to get. You just give him the ball and you sit there and watch because he is explosive and fun."

Rainey was a dual threat at Florida last season, racking up 861 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while catching 31 passes for 381 yards and two scores. Pittsburgh uses a fifth round pick to select the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Lakeland, Fla. native in April's NFL Draft.

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