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Steelers start preseason with a win mixed performances from rookie class

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – T.J. Watt had the kind of NFL debut that would do his brother proud, but it was an evening of mixed results for a couple of other prominent Steelers rookies in their 20-12 victory over the New York Giants.

Watt, the Steelers’ top draft pick whose brother J.J. is a three-time NFL defensive player of the year with Houston, bowed into the pros in a grand way. He started at right outside linebacker, played much of the way, had two sacks and helped pressure the quarterback into a poor throw.

On the other hand, things did not go quite as well for two fellow rookies.