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Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Players to Watch in Week 14

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5 Players to Watch in Week 14

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This week’s matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers will be a pivotal one for the AFC. Both the Dolphins (6-6) and Steelers (5-7) are still in the hunt for the final Wild Card spot, and this game could potentially mark the end of the quest for the playoffs for one of these teams.

On Miami’s sideline, all eyes will be on wide receiver Mike Wallace, as he makes his return to the Steel City wearing something other than black and gold. Wallace signed with the Dolphins this past offseason after the Steelers decided not to offer him the big contract that he was seeking. However, Pittsburgh did put their faith, and money, into Antonio Brown, who is currently second in the NFL in receptions with 85, and is tied for fifth in the league with 1,103 receiving yards.

Of course, everyone will be looking to see if Wallace will go out and put up an “I told you so” moment against his former team, but I’m sure that many will be comparing the stats between Wallace and Brown throughout the contest.

While all eyes will be on Wallace, there is another Wallace on the Steelers’ sideline that could catch some people’s attention. Cody Wallace will step in as Pittsburgh’s starting center due to the season-ending injury to Fernando Velasco.

Although the aforementioned players will draw plenty of attention, there are five individuals for the Steelers that will have a great impact on this game. Let’ take a look and see who they are.

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5. LaMarr Woodley

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After missing the last three games with a calf injury, outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley will make his return to the gridiron. But, how effective will Woodley be playing on the right side of the defense rather than his natural left position?

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4. Jason Worilds

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It appears that outside linebacker Jason Worilds will continue to play on the left side of the defense, a place where he’s registered three sacks in the last three games. This transition and sudden increase in production could possibly lead to a new contract with the franchise.

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3. Le'Veon Bell

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Pittsburgh’s coaching staff will keep a close eye on rookie running back Le’Veon Bell. The second-round draft pick is listed as probable for this week’s matchup after suffering a concussion in Week 13. His durability and performance will be vital to the Steelers’ success on offense.

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2. Mike Adams

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After being benched yet again, offensive tackle Mike Adams will get another crack at proving that he belongs in the starting lineup. Adams will be replacing Kelvin Beachum, who’s recovering from a knee injury.

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1. Ike Taylor

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Recently, cornerback Ike Taylor has had difficulty defending the best receiver of opposing teams. In three of the last four games, Taylor has allowed receivers to catch 26 passes for 509 yards and four touchdowns. Let’s see if Wallace will give him the same trouble this week.