Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Players to Watch in Week 6
5 Players to Watch in Week 6
After a 0-4 start to the 2013 NFL season, the Pittsburgh Steelers has had two weeks to regroup and prepare themselves for the New York Jets for their upcoming Week 6 matchup. During their bye week, the Steelers made a number of moves that would hopefully improve their roster and their fortune.
Pittsburgh surrendered a conditional draft pick to the Arizona Cardinals for left tackle Levi Brown after demoting second-year left tackle Mike Adams. In addition to Brown, the organization brought two familiar faces back to the Steel City. Linebacker Sylvester Stevenson and safety Will Allen both rejoined the Steelers this past week. Stevenson was added after linebacker Kion Wilson was released. Allen, who was recently released by the Dallas Cowboys, was brought back to fill the void left by DaMon Cromartie-Smith, who was waived after suffering a hip flexor injury.
All of these sudden changes to the roster will be closely evaluated by many of the Steelers faithful this coming week and for the remainder of the season. However, as major as the aforementioned changes are to this struggling team, there are some other players that should get even more attention for this week’s game against the Jets.
Some of these players are few of the many changes that head coach Mike Tomlin promised everyone leading up to their bye week, while others are merely stepping in because of the continued plague of injuries that the Steelers are experiencing.
Let’s take a closer look to see why these five players should be focused on for this week’s game against the Jets.
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5. Derek Moye
With the finger injury to rookie wide receiver Marcus Wheaton, Derek Moye will get to see some action. Moye only has one catch on the season, which was for a touchdown in Week 2. With any luck, the 6-foot-5, 210-pound receiver will serve as another big target for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the red zone and third-and-long situations.
4. William Gay
Cornerback William Gay has been given yet another chance to lock down a spot on the Steelers’ defense. Fellow cornerback Cortez Allen was pushed to the side by Tomlin after giving up several big plays in Pittsburgh’s most recent game. Many fans still doubt Gay’s ability on the field. Hopefully Gay can hold his own against the Jets’ passing attack, which is average at best.
3. Cameron Heyward
Third-year defensive end Cameron Heyward will finally get his chance to prove that the Steelers didn’t waste their first-round pick on him in 2011. Heyward is one of the changes that Tomlin was talking about in efforts to shake things up. Heyward is stepping in for fellow defensive end Ziggy Hood. Can Heyward solidify his starting position for the remainder of the season?
2. Le'Veon Bell
In Pittsburgh’s last game, rookie running back Le’Veon Bell gave Steeler Nation some much-needed optimism with his two-touchdown performance. After playing just one game, Bell is already the team’s second-leading rusher. The second-round draft pick will be put to the test against the league’s second-best run defense.
1. Kelvin Beachum
Even though the Steelers made the trade for Brown to replace Adams, chances are that Kelvin Beachum will step in as the starting left tackle this week. Brown has taken reps with the first-team offense, but isn’t totally up to speed with the offensive playbook. Beachum has been the team’s wildcard on the offensive front, and has played three different positions so far this season. Let’s see if he can protect the blindside of his franchise quarterback against a Jets defense that’s fifth in the league in sacks.