Not a lot of starting quarterback action to found in Pittsburgh Thursday, as both Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger stepped aside and let their backups handle the business. Derek Anderson’s baby came in time for him to attend the game and make the start. Anderson led the opening drive to gain a field goal before exiting the game in the second quarter after hurting his hand. Fightin Joe Webb came in and led the rest of way, with the Panthers only touchdown coming in the fourth quarter.
1. You seen enough Fozzy yet?
Fozzy Whittaker scored the only touchdown of the game and saw most of the action at running back with 23 carries for 91 yards. This should mean that Fozzy makes the team, which means you should not see Fozzy again for a good long time. Hopefully DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart will be the only names you hear at running back.
2. Kony Ealy: Sack Man
The Panthers enjoyed pressure on the Steelers quarterbacks all night, but Ealy got in the backfield for two of them. Kawann Short, Wes Horton, Casey Walker, and Anderson Russell each had one sack.
3. Did Pittsburgh really start Landry Jones?
Yes, the Steelers started third string quarterback Landry Jones. Their offense accumulated 185 total yards. There is no correlation between these two facts. None at all. Really. Jones was 14 of 18 for 97 of those yards. He eventually was pulled for Brendon Kay who did worse. Sorry that you were denied the greatness that is Bruce Gradkowski.
4. Philly is not just the city on the other side of Pennsylvania
Philly Brown led the team in receiving, though most of that was on one big pass play. Brown is in good shape to make the roster as he seems to be the last returner standing.
The Panthers finish the preseason 2-2. The question marks of who on the offensive line have largely been answered, but the questions of how remain open. Newton’s health is still a concern leaving the preseason, but he says he will be back for game 1. Kelvin Benjamin looks confident. The return game is still a question mark. So be it. Bring on Tampa!
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