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Eagles shut out Steelers in second exhibition game

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The Steelers struggled offensively, as Pittsburgh wound up on the wrong end of a 17-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night, dropping to 0-2 in preseason play.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, halfback Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Markus Wheaton were among the Steelers starters who did not participate in the contest.

Steelers quarterback Landry Jones threw four interceptions in the first half, his first returned by Nolan Carroll for a pick-six after the Eagles defensive back cut in front of receiver Sammie Coates.

“Sometimes, it’s quality playmaking by them, and sometimes, it’s negligence by us, whether it’s route running or throwing, but they made the plays,” Steelers head Coach Mike Tomlin said in a post-game press conference on CBS. “Hopefully, we learn from that unpleasant experience.”

The Eagles tacked on a field goal to give them a 10-0 advantage going into halftime.

When Jones was done at the end of the first half, he had completed 12 of 20 passes for 111 yards and four INTs.

Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford finished the first half completing 14 of 19 passes for 115 yards.

Chase Daniel and McLeod Bethel-Thompson played quarterback for Philadelphia for the remainder of the game, and Dustin Vaughan played the rest of the game at quarterback for Pittsburgh.

Fitzgerald Toussaint (8 carries for 26 yards) and Daryl Richardson (10 for 15) were the primary ball carriers in tonight’s contest for the Steelers.

Cobi Hamilton (4-44), who made a tough catch in the fourth quarter down the left sideline, and Eli Rogers (4-39) led the Steelers in receptions.

Local product Jesse James, a tight end from McKeesport, Pa., and a fifth-round pick by the Steelers in 2015 out of Penn State, had two receptions for seven yards.

Philadelphia extended their lead to 17-0 in the third quarter on a five-yard run up the middle by Kenjon Barner, capping a 15-play drive that took seven minutes and 13 seconds.

Tomlin said that the Steelers defense struggled in the tackling department.

“Too often, we dictated pace and forced them to throw the ball short of the chains on third down, and then we didn’t make the routine tackle,” Tomlin said. “It’s the downs that are given to them because of those conversions; downs that we shouldn’t have to play if we were [more sound] in our tackling.”

The Steelers’ next contest will take place at the Superdome Aug. 26 against the New Orleans Saints.

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