The Pittsburgh Steelers were handed their final loss of the 2016 NFL preseason on Thursday night by the Carolina Panthers.
After coming off a promising win against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3 of preseason action, the Steelers’ dropped the ball against the Panthers. The Panthers only points came from field goals, as kicker Graham Gano converted six of seven field goals.
The Steelers did not get a point on the board until the fourth quarter. Daryl Richardson, who is trying to make a case to stay on the Steelers’ roster against Fitzgerald Toussaint, ran in a touchdown with Bryn Renner leading the team down the field. However, on the two point conversion attempt, Renner was sacked.
Neither quarterback, between Landry Jones and Renner, were impressive against the Panthers’ defense. Renner led the two quarterbacks in stats, with 5/11 completed passes for only 39 yards. Jones threw only four out of five completed passes for only 29 yards. Neither quarterback threw a touchdown or an interception.
Not playing in the game was recently signed quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Mettenberger will seemingly take over the backup spot behind Ben Roethlisberger, who also did not suit up. Renner and Jones fought against each other for the No. 3 spot, presumably.
In the running back competition, Richardson led the team in rushing against the Panthers with nine carries for 45 yards and a single touchdown. Toussaint had seven carries for only 11 yards.
Jordan Dangerfield led the defense in tackles and assisted tackles, having five in each category. Doran Grant followed behind Dangerfield with four tackles and four assisted tackles. Rookie, and round one NFL Draft pick for the Steelers, Artie Burns had three tackles and one assisted tackle.
The defense sacked Panthers’ quarterback, Joe Webb, three times. Anthony Chickillo had a single sack, as well as Arthur Moats. Moats also had an assisted sack, teaming up with Javon Hargrave for the sack against Webb.
The Steelers certainly need to kick it into high-gear when their Week 1 regular season game against the Washington Redskins on September 12 rolls around. The game will be kicking off at 7:10 p.m. ET.
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