Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

GERRY DULAC'S SCOUTING REPORT [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

GERRY DULAC'S SCOUTING REPORT [Derived Headline]

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WHEN JAGUARS HAVE THE BALL

Key performers: QB Blake Bortles, RB Denard Robinson, WR Allen Robinson, WR Allen Hurns, LT Luke Joeckel, LG Zane Beadles

Who's hot: Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, is making his second start after completing 29 passes for 253 yards against San Diego. He has been compared to Ben Roethlisberger because of his size (6-5, 232), ability to escape pressure and make plays.

What's been working: Rookie WR Robinson (Penn State), a second- round draft choice, did not play in the preseason because of a hamstring injury. But Robinson has come on quickly, with 16 of his team-high 17 catches coming in the past three games.

Game plan: The Jaguars don't have much of a running game with Toby Gerhart and Robinson, a former college quarterback. And they start five rookies on offense. But they've been able to get off to quick starts and hope to do the same against the Steelers.

Keep an eye on: Hurns, the No. 3 receiver and an undrafted rookie from Miami, is the first player in league history to catch two touchdowns in the first quarter of his NFL debut. He leads the team in touchdown catches (three) and yards per catch (21.2).

WHEN STEELERS HAVE THE BALL

Key performers: DE Chris Clemons, DE Red Bryant, DT Sen'Derrick Marks, DE Andre Branch, MLB Paul Posluszny, SS Johnathan Cyprien

Who's hot: Middle linebacker Posluszny (Hopewell High School and Penn State) is more than the best of an average group of linebackers. He is coming off his first Pro Bowl season in which he was second in the league with 161 tackles.

What's been working: The Jaguars used free agency to sign Clemons and Bryant and improve their pass rush. The result is 12 sacks, second most in the league. That will be an issue for Ben Roethlisberger, who was sacked five times last week against Tampa Bay.

Game plan: The Jaguars will try to stop AFC rushing leader Le'Veon Bell after holding San Diego to 42 yards on just 20 carries last week. …

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