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Steelers vs. Eagles: Mike Tomlin Assesses First Preseason Game

The Steelers came close in their 24-23 loss against the Eagles on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, but not quite close enough for coach Mike Tomlin, who said his team "didn't get the job done" in his post game press conference.

"That is always our intention every time we step into a stadium, to win football game," he said. "Obviously we fell short in some areas. We have to go back to Latrobe and get back in the business of developing as a team. Too many errors, physical and mental. We’ll deal with it. We won’t accept it; we will deal with it this time of year."

He recognized, however, that it was an exhibition game without anything really on the line and that he saw some good things from his squad. He highlighted wide receiver Chris Rainey's contributions in particular. Rainey led the team with a pair of receptions for 65 yards including a 57-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown.

"He did some good things tonight," Tomlin said. "He has some growth, some detail things, some assignment things. Obviously he provided a splash or two for us in the football game."

He also like some things about the performances of rookie offensive lineman David DeCastro and Mike Adams.

"I thought they represented themselves well at times," Tomlin said. "From an assignment standpoint I thought they were above the line. They were beat physically some, but that is life in the National Football League. I am sure they will take the lessons learned in this stadium tonight and build from it."

Tomlin confirmed that Adams sustained an injury in the game, but that it is "less significant" than the injury suffered by tight end David Johnson, which Tomlin described as "severe."

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