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Players who impressed Mike Tomlin in the Steelers' first preseason game

First NFL preseason games do not often make for lasting impressions because of all the light star power playing for both sides and understudies moving everywhere.

Yet for those who are trying to either make the ballclub or move up in the pecking order, those first looks could validate what they did through the first two weeks of training camp.

Thus, Mike Tomlin came away from the Steelers’ 20-12 win against the New York Giants Friday night with some better ideas about some of his players.

Here are some examples:

• Rookie Josh Dobbs started out looking like just another middle-round draft choice the Steelers have wasted on quarterbacks who failed them through the years.