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Help wanted: Steelers face intriguing decisions as roster cuts loom

  • Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones (3) evades pressure by Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) in the second quarter of a NFL preseason football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones (3) evades pressure by Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) in the second quarter of a NFL preseason football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Howard Jones (34), top, tackles Carolina Panthers running back Fozzy Whittaker (43) in the first quarter of the NFL preseason football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

    Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Howard Jones (34), top, tackles Carolina Panthers running back Fozzy Whittaker (43) in the first quarter of the NFL preseason football game on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)  (The Associated Press)

The Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff has plenty to weigh as it tries to decide on the 53 players who will survive final cuts.

The Steelers finished up a lackluster preseason with a 10-0 loss to Carolina on Thursday night. It was the first time the franchise has been shut out in an exhibition in 22 years.

Third-string quarterback Landry Jones completed 14 of 19 passes for just 97 yards while playing into the third quarter. Coach Mike Tomlin said he's not certain if the team needs three active quarterbacks heading into the regular season.

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey put together a strong training camp and finished with nine receptions in four preseason games as he tries to beat out Derek Moye for a roster spot.