Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trey Williams takes punt to the house

Trey Williams takes punt to the house

He'll get his first opportunity to reintroduce himself to Steelers fans today, when Atlanta comes to Heinz Field in the second preseason game for both teams. First round pick defensive end Takkarist McKinley also made his debut for Atlanta and despite not registering any stats he made his presence known when he delivered a shot on Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs as he delivered the pass. He averaged 21.1 yards per catch as in his rookie season and 15.3 in his second-year professional National Football League career while setting a franchise record with 14 touchdowns in his first 16 games.

James Conner added 11 yards on four carries. Unlike last week against the Giants, where Darrius Heyward-Bey and Eli Rogers were Dobbs' primary receivers, the Falcons game will allow Dobbs to play with two receivers higher up the depth chart and will give a better sense of how Dobbs works with one of the Steelers top receivers in Bryant.

Matt Ryan led the Falcons to a touchdown in his only series and finished 4 of 6 for 57 yards. There's no question Rothlesberger will be the starter, and barring injury Jones will be the primary back up. He has been cleared to practice and play in preseason games. Matt Ryan completed all three of his pass attempts for 32 yards and a touchdown.

"We are encouraged by his first time back, and I know he was excited to get going", Quinn said.

Bryant sparkled the last time he was on the field with a personal single-game best of nine receptions for 154 yards and 194 yards from scrimmage during an AFC Divisional loss at Denver.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin held out Brown for the second straight preseason game.

Todd Haley isn't about to make rush judgments about any rookie, let alone one who missed every spring practice and 10 of the 16 sessions during the past month of training camp.

With the third-year pro seemingly completely healthy after breaking a leg last season, this could be the season he becomes one of the top five or six QBs in the league, evenly unsafe running or passing. However, Roethlisberger won't start in the game. Trey Williams scored on a 64-yard punt return in the third quarter for the Steelers other touchdown.

"A little nervous", Bryant admitted about his return to Heinz Field.

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