Because the game on FSN was blacked out in D.C., I just got a chance to see yesterday's preseason finale, and for a game in which the starters left with the lead and the team eventually won, there weren't a ton of positive signs.
Who looked good
Jeff Reed - Not losing the accuracy even with the rampant partying. (Okay, he had a rare miss, but still - he hit four others from decent distance).
Anthony Smith - I'm as shocked as you are. But he was at least laying the wood to people, which has never really been a problem for him. But at least he looked decent in coverage as well.
Willie Parker - Had a couple nice runs, including one long scamper off the right end.
Troy Polamalu - Okay, he didn't really do shit, but he was on the field. Good enough for me.
Rashard Mendenhall/Limas Sweed - I mean, I know you're rookies, but you have to constantly remind us of that fact? Drops, fumbles, running backwards. Luckily the early part of the Steelers schedule is a least a little softer than the stretch run so they have some time to get their shit together.
Justin Hartwig - Granted Ben was partially to blame, but he launched a shotgun snap over Roethlisberger's head on the opening drive.
Byron Leftwich - Ye gods. Ben cannot got hurt.
Paul Ernster - Shanked a 22-yard punt in the first half and revealed that he has retarded back-arm tattoos. Mitch Berger is the new clubhouse leader.
Rush D - Starting unit looked soft in two series against the Panthers' second team offense. At least Week 1 opponent Houston is starting Ahman Green or I'd be concerned.