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It wasn't a win. It wasn't a loss. It was ... weird.Seventy minutes of flags

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Authentic Damarious Randall Jersey , fumbles and the occasional fight. Forgive the Pittsburgh Steelers if they're not quite sure what to make of their 21-21 tie against Cleveland in the season opener.A full day removed, they still can't quite put a finger on how to feel after a 14-point fourth-quarter lead somehow morphed into the franchise's first tie in 16 years."Very surreal," guard David DeCastro said on Monday. "I don't think it's really settled in yet. It feels like a wash ... It's a very foreign feeling in terms of football. Really hard game all around, kind of hard to describe."And for the defending AFC North champions, maybe the less said the better.The Steelers (0-0-1) outgained the Browns by 150 yards and received a breakout performance by running back James Conner, who had 192 combined yards.They sacked Tyrod Taylor seven times — including four times by outside linebacker TJ Watt, they were also called for a dozen penalties and couldn't hold on to the ball.Ben Roethlisberger threw three picks and fumbled twice. Conner scored twice, but also fumbled in the fourth quarter to give the Browns all the momentum they would need to start a stunning rally. It also started what the Steelers understand is a familiar cycle once the games start to count. Every Monday, everybody overreacts."Win or lose going to get the same questions from the fans, question from the media, they want to frame it every week the same way," said left tackle Alejandro Villanueva Womens Denzel Ward Jersey , who had trouble keeping Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett in check on a day Garrett had two sacks and two forced fumbles."It is upsetting when you come up with results like Sunday against a team you should potentially beat."Something the Steelers have done with regularity against the Browns since Cleveland re-entered the league in 1999. Yet instead of the typically raucous two-hour bus ride back to Pittsburgh, the Steelers drove quietly through the remnants of a hurricane trying not to get caught up in the storm.Getting buried in penalties is nothing new for Pittsburgh, at least early on. They've averaged nearly 10 penalties a game over the course of their past five season openers.Over time, they tend to clean things up. They have finished in the top 10 in most penalty yards in a season just once since 2013. They believe they'll get better. After becoming the first team in more than 600 days to not beat the Browns, they don't really have much choice."There's a lot of things that could have been better," DeCastro said.Save for the fumble — which came when Garrett expertly punched the ball loose — the play of Conner wasn't among them. Thrust into the starting lineup while All-Pro Le'Veon Bell continues to wait to sign his one-year franchise tender, Conner ran 31 times for 135 yards and two scores and caught five passes for another 57. It was, in many ways, Bell-esque.Not comes the hard part. Doing it again. And again. And again."It's the nature of the game," DeCastro said. "It's a war of attrition."Bell's locker remained empty on Monday, though Joe Haden's was not. The veteran cornerback underwent an MRI on Monday after tweaking a hamstring on the wet turf in Cleveland. Haden made a brief appearance in the locker room and walked without any visible distress.Overall, Pittsburgh's revamped secondary acquitted itself just fine. Taylor finished 15 of 40 for 197 yards with a touchdown and two picks http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/jc-tretter-jersey , one by Sean Davis and one by Cam Sutton, who replaced Haden. Sutton, however, also gave up a score when Josh Gordon made a spectacular leaping grab at the goal line to tie the game and Artie Burns briefly found himself on the sideline after losing his composure thanks to a little trash talk from Cleveland wide receiver Jarvis Landry.Burns knows that can't happen moving forward. Then again, neither can a lot of things that transpired on Sunday."We've just got to finish the game out," Burns said. "We can't give up 14 points at the end of the game. We've got to close the game out and win the game for the team."Browns likely have one wide receiver spot still open This week marks the final week of the preseason and a key date is looming as teams must cut their rosters down to the NFL-mandated limit of 53 players on Sept. 1 by 4 p.m. While the Cleveland Browns appear set at the top of the various position groups, there are still end-of-the-roster battles to watch, most notably at wide receiver.On Saturday, head coach Hue Jackson expressed his desire to have six wide receivers on the roster, calling that a “good number.” So who are the six that will make the initial roster?It is safe to say that veterans Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon - now that he has remastered the art of breaking the huddle — are locks to make the team. Go ahead and put down rookie Antonio Callaway and Rashard Higgins, who is showing what a player in his third year can do when given a chance, down for spots as well. Damion Ratley http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/joel-bitonio-jersey , a sixth-round selection from Texas A&M has looked good in the preseason and should see a considerable amount of playing time in the final preseason game on Thursday against the Detroit Lions. Unless he is injured or has an incredibly poor game against the Lions, put Ratley down for the fifth spot.That leaves one roster position up for grabs. At the outset of training camp it appeared that veteran Jeff Janis would make the team. He was brought to Cleveland in free agency after spending four seasons with the Green Bay Packers, playing primarily on special teams. The link to Green Bay, where general manager John Dorsey and front office mates Alonzo Highsmith and Eliot Wolf all worked, would seem to favor Janis, but he hasn’t done much in the passing game so far and his play on special teams has been erratic at best.That could open the door for Derrick Willies, an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech. Willies has the size — 6-foot-4 and 207 pounds — that coaches like, and he has been a vocal target of offensive coordinator Todd Haley, which could indicate that Haley sees something in Willies worth working with. The final preseason game can be a difficult one to watch as the majority of a team’s top players do not play. But with the Browns still finalizing the back end of the roster, there will be a few players at the wide receiver position worth keeping an eye on at Ford Field.

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