NFL Hall of Fame Game 2015: What we learned

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The 2015 NFL Hall of Fame Game is in the books, with the Minnesota Vikings beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 14-3, at Canton, Ohio. Minnesota was not able to generate much offense but did score the only two touchdowns of the night, with one being setup by a Stefon Diggs 62-yard punt return to the Steelers' 1-yard line.

However, Diggs' return won't be leading the news cycle. Here are the three top takeaways from Canton:

1. Trae Waynes has work to do

The Vikings invested their first-round pick in the corner from Michigan State University, hoping to land a stud. While they may have done that, Waynes looked brutal in his first outing. Of course, this was going to cause people to massively overreact and do everything short of asking him to retire. Waynes was consistently beaten by Pittsburgh reserves and took a trio of penalties out of necessity.

Waynes does not have to start right away with Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman penciled in, but head coach mike Zimmer was likely hoping to see the youngster play a big role. If Sunday night was any indication, Waynes could need some seasoning first.

Pictures from the 2015 NFL Hall of Fame game:

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Former NFL player Jerome Bettis, left, unveils his Hall of Fame bust with his presenter and brother, John Bettis III, during an inductions at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tom Puskar)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 9: Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders get ready prior to the NFL Hall of Fame Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 9, 2015 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Bill Polian, right center, former president and general manager of the Buffalo Bills, poses with Bills who preceded him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, during inductions Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in Canton, Ohio. From left are Joe Delamielleure, Bruce Smith, Jim Kelly, Marv Levy, Polian, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed and James Lofton. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 9: Fans are seen in front of a banner honoring the Class of 2015 inductees prior to the NFL Hall of Fame Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 9, 2015 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 9: A program vendor is seen as fans make their way to the NFL Hall of Fame Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 9, 2015 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 9: Dri Archer #13 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs away from pursuit by Gerald Hodges #50 and Antone Exum Jr. #32 of the Minnesota Vikings in the first half of the NFL Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 9, 2015 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 9: Dri Archer #13 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs away from pursuit by Gerald Hodges #50 and Antone Exum Jr. #32 of the Minnesota Vikings in the first half of the NFL Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 9, 2015 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Minnesota Vikings tight end MyCole Pruitt heads to the end zone for a touchdown after taking a pass from quarterback quarterback Mike Kafka during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Canton, Ohio, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 9: Head coach Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings talks with officials in the second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the NFL Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 9, 2015 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham (6) kicks a field goal during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Canton, Ohio, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
CANTON, OH - AUGUST 9: Charles Johnson #12 of the Minnesota Vikings tries to break a tackle in the first quarter of the NFL Hall of Fame Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 9, 2015 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Minnesota Vikings running back Joe Banyard, right, celebrates with tackle Carter Bykowski, left, after rushing for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Canton, Ohio, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, visits with Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, left, on the field after an NFL preseason football game in Canton, Ohio, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. The Vikings won 14-3. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
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2. Landry Jones is terrible

Jones played the entire game for the Steelers at quarterback with head coach Mike Tomlin wanting to give Ben Roethlisberger the night off. Backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski was also out with an injury, giving Jones a great chance to showcase his skills.

Instead, the third-stringer out of the University of Oklahoma was brutal. Jones only completed 15-of-32 passes for 128 yards with zero touchdowns and an interceptions. Jones looked lost most of the evening, consistently overthrowing open receivers. Roethlisberger better stay healthy.

3. Preseason games are meaningless to stars

The preseason is a great time for the 32 NFL teams to get a good look at players trying to make the roster. For some clubs that are weaker and young, the preseason is also a good time to evaluate some up-and-coming players who might be able to start, However, for the established players, it is a complete waste of time.

On Sunday, Roethlisberger stayed on the sidelines and was joined by Le'Veon Bell, Heath Miller and Antonio Brown. On the other sideline, Adrian Peterson was just chilling.

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