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What we learned from Josh Dobbs in his preseason debut?

Despite talk outside of Pittsburgh that some around the league believe Dobbs could be the Steelers No. 2 this season, Landry Jones is too well liked by Steelers coaches and management where he’s in no danger of being pushed, even if Dobbs were to put together a Dak Prescott type preseason.

Jones is locked in as the No. 2 behind Ben Roethlisberger for the 2017 season.

There’s no question about that and Friday night’s preseason game also proved that.

But, that doesn’t mean there’s isn’t some intrigue with Dobbs.

Dobbs went 8/15 for 100 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions in his NFL debut. He was sacked 3 times for 22 yards and posted a QB rating of 56.9.

He had a horrific start to the game against a very good Giants front-four that man-handled the Steelers first team O-line that was missing two starters.

As expected against some of the Giants 1’s, Dobbs struggled mightily with his reads and was jittery in throwing the ball on short and intermediate routes, starting the game 0-5.

A good sign is Dobbs began to get more comfortable as the game progressed with more reps and against lesser talent. He was 8/10 for 100 yards on his final 10 passes of the game.

What showed in the preseason opener and what was already known, he’s got an NFL arm and can wing it down field when he gets time to step into throws, as evidenced on the 44 yard strike to Cobi Hamilton.

The athleticism and ability to move is also intriguing.

As camp and the preseason progresses, what you want to see out of Dobbs is increments of improvements on reading defenses and on short to intermediate passes.

On raw ability there’s some talent here Steelers coaches can work with but no chance he’ll supplant Jones as the No. 2 this season.

— Every camp has a long shot player coaches, media and fans are all drawn to during the first couple weeks of camp.

That player this camp is Mike Hilton.

All the undrafted free agent cornerback does is make plays and that continued Friday night.

He’s a very cerebral player who plays the run really well and reminds me of DeShea Townsend in how well he executes with slot blitzes.

Hilton had a blitz sack, forced a fourth down on slot blitz with pressure and made a number of stops against the run from the same scheme.

Players like this who come out of nowhere with great performances during the early stages of camp usually tail off as camp progresses (Jordan Dangerfield is a good example) but Hilton is doing everything he can so far to be put in the discussion for the 53-man roster.

Any chance of making the roster, though, will come down to whether he can lock in a spot on special teams.

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