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Pittsburgh Steelers: Who’s Riding High, Sitting Low Heading Into Week 1

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Who's Riding High, Sitting Low Heading Into Week 1

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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Well, the preseason has concluded and teams are now gearing up for the start of the regular season. With all 32 organizations trimming their roster to 53 men, the games are no longer for evaluation. Games are now played to win. The Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to have their first taste of victory in 2013, leaving all four games with a loss.

With injuries and surprising roster cuts to the squad, Pittsburgh has had a great chance to get a look at players and determine their worth to the franchise. Although not winning a single game in four tries, the Steelers have no worries as they enter their Week 1 matchup against the Tennessee Titans on September 8.

Players like Markus Wheaton and Kelvin Beachum have emerged and asserted themselves as not only being worth roster spots, but they look to be able to contribute in the 2013 campaign as well.

With good comes the bad, and players have also missed their chance to put their name on the roster as well. Hopefuls such as Reggie Dunn and Baron Batch didn’t capitalize on opportunities given to them, and unfortunately will not be seen much, if at all on the following Sundays of football season.

With seven days until Steelers football is underway at Heinz Field, players are ready to hit the gridiron and chalk up the first W of the season. So without further due, here’s the list of “who’s riding high, who’s sitting low” going into Week 1 for the Pittsburgh Steelers:

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Riding High: Troy Polamalu

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Troy Polamalu managed to remain healthy and showed no signs of his career slowing down. Flying around the field and forcing errors for the opposition, Polamalu looks indeed fantastic and healthy for next Sunday.

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Sitting Low: Landry Jones

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Landry Jones was drafted in hopes of taking over the reigns of quarterback once Ben Roethlisberger retired. Jones, who operated in a shotgun system in college, struggled this preseason. Jones is not a bust and must have time to grow and learn, but for now Landry remains a work in progress at best.

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Riding High: Cortez Allen

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With the absence of Keenan Lewis in the Pittsburgh secondary, Cortez Allen has stepped up big time, providing a physical presence that is much needed.

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Sitting Low: Jarvis Jones

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Jarvis Jones was taken to the hospital with what is now diagnosed as a bruised chest. While Jones has been making noise with his play throughout the preseason, this injury gives Jason Worilds the solidified starting spot ... for now.

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Riding High: Felix Jones

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Felix Jones was brought in on a low-risk, high-reward trade from Philadelphia. While Jones struggled to remain healthy in Dallas, he has showed flashes of the quick, agile player he is. His name is now in the hat for the starting position at running back.