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Landry Jones, Greg Hardy, Charles Johnson
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Pittsburgh quarterback Landry Jones gets sandwiched by Carolina’s Charles Johnson, left, and Greg Hardy during the Panthers’ 25-10 exhibition win at Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.

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Only a handful of starters played as both coaches took a long look at players further down the depth chart.

Rookie quarterback Landry Jones played the entire game for the Steelers, completing 16 of 35 passes for 189 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

JAGUARS 20, FALCONS 16: Jordan Todman ran for a touchdown for the second straight week and Mike Kafka threw a fourth-quarter scoring pass to Jeremy Ebert to lift Jacksonville to a win at Atlanta.

Todman, who appeared in only one game in his 2012 rookie season, was trying to take advantage of the void created when Justin Forsett missed the entire preseason with a toe injury. Todman had nine carries for 60 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown run, in his bid to win a backup job behind Maurice Jones-Drew.

Both teams held out most of their starters.

Josh Vaughn, trying to win a job as Steven Jackson's backup, had a 65-yard touchdown run for the Falcons (0-4), who finished their second winless preseason in three years.

The Jaguars (1-3) took their first preseason win.

DOLPHINS 24, SAINTS 21: Drew Brees wore a uniform -- and even eye black -- but never played. Ryan Tannehill also watched from the sideline, laughing at the Kiss Cam when it showed during a timeout on the scoreboard video screen.

The final preseason game for the Saints and Dolphins was for reserves, and host Miami's third-string quarterback Pat Devlin threw for 259 yards, including a 56-yard pass to Marvin McNutt on fourth-and-4 with 3:02 left for the winning score.

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