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Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Players Whose Stock Has Gone Down

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5 Pittsburgh Steelers Players Whose Stock Has Gone Down

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have experienced the best stretch of their 2013 NFL season from Weeks 10 to 13. During that span, the Steelers had their first three-game winning streak of the year. In addition, the offense has looked much improved while the defense’s pass rush has suddenly come alive. However, there have still been some inconsistencies from key players during the third quarter of this season.

Despite the negativity, Pittsburgh is currently in third place in the AFC North and has managed to still be in the hunt for either the divisional crown or one of the two AFC wild card spots in the postseason. Although, the Steelers’ overall picture could have been much brighter had they continued their winning streak in Week 13 against the rival Baltimore Ravens.

As for some of the players who have struggled during this time span, injuries can be blamed for their decline in production while just purely getting outplayed by the opposition is another reason for other players’ declines during the third quarter of this year’s campaign.

Though kicker Shaun Suisham has been consistent virtually for the whole year, his blunder against the Ravens on Thanksgiving night was ultimately the difference in Pittsburgh’s loss. However, it will take more than one mistake to get on this list of players whose stock is falling.

Four of the players that I have listed are on the defensive side of the ball while there is only one offensive player that I have identified as someone who’s in a slump. Let’s take a look and see who these five players are.

Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+.

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5. Brett Keisel

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Defensive end Brett Keisel has been sidelined with a foot injury that he suffered in Week 10. As a result, Keisel missed the following two games and left the Week 13 matchup against the Ravens due to aggravating the injury.

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4. Steve McLendon

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Just like Keisel, nose tackle Steve McLendon has missed some valuable time due to injury. McLendon has been inactive for two of the last four games because of an ankle injury. Reserve nose tackle Al Woods has stepped in and played surprisingly well in McLendon’s place.

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3. Mike Adams

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The reality that right tackle Mike Adams could be labeled a bust is becoming more evident. The 2012 second-round draft pick has lost his starting position on the offensive line and has only been relegated as a tight end on short-yardage situations.

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2. Ike Taylor

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Even though Pittsburgh’s pass defense is ranked 11th in the NFL, cornerback Ike Taylor has had his share of struggles in the third quarter of the season. Taylor has given up huge numbers to receivers he’s been matched up against. During this span, receivers have caught 26 passes for 509 yards and four touchdowns on Taylor.

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1. Jarvis Jones

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Jarvis Jones had the opportunity to defy the odds in the Steel City by becoming a permanent fixture as a rookie in Pittsburgh’s defense. Unfortunately, Jones has proved that he still has a lot to learn in this defensive scheme.