Tomlin: Starters to play 10-12 snaps Saturday; Rookie RB Bell will get extended work



PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday that his starters are expected to play about 10-12 snaps in Saturday’s preseason opener against the New York Giants at Heinz Field.

Tomlin said the coaches and players are excited to see another opponent besides themselves.

“It doesn’t matter who we play,” Tomlin said.

Le’Veon Bell is expected to get some work with the first team Saturday, but Tomlin also said Bell will play after the starters are removed. Tomlin added that there’s no timetable for winning a starting job in camp.

As far as the quarterback situation goes Saturday, Tomlin said all four will be used. He said he plans on rotating offensive tackles in the game, just as he has been doing in practice.

Speaking on 2013 first-round pick Jarvis Jones, Tomlin said he’s not displeased with Jones, but he “needs to stay on the field more.”

“We’re working with a lot more young guys this year, but the standard is still the standard,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin was asked about this season of the HBO show "Hard Knocks," and he said he hasn’t seen it, but heard former Steeler James Harrison “has been entertaining.”