The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 5 Most Intriguing Players of 2014

The Pittsburgh Steelers' 5 Most Intriguing Players of 2014

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The Pittsburgh Steelers finished 8-8 last year, missing the playoffs for the second straight season. In order to get back to the postseason and compete for another Super Bowl, the Steelers need to make major improvements on both sides of the ball. Here are five of Pittsburgh's most intriguing players to watch in 2014.

5. Dri Archer, RB

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5. Dri Archer, RB

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The Steelers drafted Dri Archer in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The diminutive Archer instantly adds big-play ability to the Steelers' offense. He has incredible explosiveness, having ran a 4.26 forty and recorded a 38-inch vertical at the combine. Archer is a threat to score whenever he has the ball in space. It will be interesting to see how Pittsburgh incorporates him into the offense.

4. Markus Wheaton, WR

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4. Markus Wheaton, WR

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Markus Wheaton is another player who can have a major impact on the Steelers' offense. The departure of Emmanuel Sanders leaves a hole at the No. 2 receiver spot for Pittsburgh. Wheaton will compete for this position with the recently signed Lance Moore. Wheaton has great speed and playmaking ability, but he will need to prove he can handle a bigger workload as a starting wideout.

3. Stephon Tuitt, DE

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3. Stephon Tuitt, DE

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The Steelers drafted Stephon Tuitt to infuse their defensive line with youth and athleticism. Tuitt has prototypical size for a 3-4 defensive end. He is stout in the run-game and has the quickness to pursue quarterbacks. Tuitt has a chance to impress during training camp and enter the season as a starter.

2. Kelvin Beachum, LT

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2. Kelvin Beachum, LT

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Kelvin Beachum is the projected starting left tackle for Pittsburgh entering the 2014 season. Beachum started 11 games at left tackle last season and played well. The Steelers hope Beachum can stay healthy and finally bring a sense of stability to their offensive line. Beachum's success will go a long way in dictating Pittsburgh's success.

1. Troy Polamalu, S

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1. Troy Polamalu, S

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Safety Troy Polamalu has been a fixture in the Steelers' defense for the past 11 seasons. Polamalu managed to stay healthy last season and put together a solid year. If he can repeat his performance from 2013, the Steelers' defense will be fine. If his play drops off, the team will be in a world of hurt.


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