After the Colts’ 3rd string quarterback drove down to the Steelers’ 31 yard line, he threw an interception to Josh Victorian, a cornerback buried deep in the depth chart, setting up Johnson at his own 31 yard line with 3 timeouts and 5:37 remaining.
Recent signee Jason Ford got the call to carry the football through much of the fourth quarter, ultimately racking up 42 yards on 8 carries (just shy of Dwyer’s 43 yards on 8 carries). The undrafted rookie back impressed for a player who was brought in only due to injuries at his position, showing some nifty moves for a large back, including a spin move for a 10 yard gain as an encore for a 22 yard gain the play before.
After an 8 yard Jerrod Johnson bootleg scramble converted a 3rd and 4 from the 9 yard line with 2:15 remaining set the Steelers up with first and goal at the 1, the Colts defense held strong, twice knocking Ford back for losses before a Chris Rainey carry on third down drained the clock down to 23 seconds.
Hrapmann, an undrafted rookie kicker looking to unseat veteran Shaun Suisham, was set up with a chip shot 22 yard field goal for a game winner after hitting his previous 3 field goals. Easier said than done, however, and not just due to the pressure of the scenario. The Colts defenders leaped over the line and blocked the field goal; however, they did not get quite enough of the ball, and it still went through the uprights, giving the Steelers a 26-24 lead that would hold up for the remaining 20 seconds.
As previously mentioned, the biggest injury was the avoidance of injuries, but the team also got a look at some key players last night that they hope to carry into the season that are on the fringe of the roster at the moment.
The biggest night of all was had by David Gilreath, whose 4 catches for 78 yards led all receivers. Despite the depth that the Steelers possess at running back, Jason Ford made a case for himself for at least the practice squad. Safety Robert Golden also appeared to have a solid game. Jerrod Johnson impressed during his play period as well, converting 4 of 5 pass attempts for 65 yards and leading two scoring drives, including the game winner. The aforementioned Hrapmann likely opened some discussion about the kicker competition following the game. Finally, outside linebacker Adrian Robinson had a strong showing all around.
Rookie tackle Mike Adams, who injured his knee in the first preseason game, returned to play with the second unit, and had his ups and downs, allowing multiple pressures and at least one sack in pass protection.
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