5 Offseason Additions With Most to Offer for Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014

5 Offseason Additions With Most to Offer for Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014

Mike Mitchell Carolina Panthers
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After fielding one of the older teams in the NFL last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers added some youth during the offseason. The Steelers had a very good draft, and were also more active than usual in free agency. These are the five new players who have the most to offer for the Steelers in the 2014.

5. Dri Archer

Dri Archer Kent State
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5. Dri Archer

Dri Archer Kent State
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Dri Archer could very well be the fastest player in the NFL — he ran the 40-yard dash in only 18 steps, tying Calvin Johnson’s record. An important distinction between the two players: Archer is 5-foot-8, while Johnson stands at 6-foot-5. Archer may be undersized at only 173 pounds, but he could be dangerous on special teams or receiving passes out of the backfield.

4. Lance Moore

Lance Moore New Orleans Saints
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4. Lance Moore

Lance Moore New Orleans Saints
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With both Emmanuel Sanders and Jericho Cotchery departing over the offseason, the Steelers lost two of their top three receivers from 2013. Lance Moore has the experience and ability to inherit the production of Sanders and Cotchery, and should thrive playing second fiddle to Antonio Brown.

3. LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount New England Patriots
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3. LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount New England Patriots
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In LeGarrette Blount, the Steelers have a bruising ball carrier who will bolster a largely unproven group of running backs. He has great speed for his 250-pound frame, and is also confident after excelling with the New England Patriots last season.

2. Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier Pittsburgh Steelers
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2. Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier Pittsburgh Steelers
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Ryan Shazier has a great combination of burst, power and knack to disrupt plays. With the addition of the rookie, the Steelers boast one of the league’s best linebacking corps — Jarvis Jones, Jason Worilds, Lawrence Timmons and Shazier.

1. Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell Carolina Panthers
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1. Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell Carolina Panthers
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Mike Mitchell broke out in 2013, notching 67 tackles, four sacks, and four interceptions. The Steelers were able to cut ties with the aging Ryan Clark by nabbing Mitchell from the Carolina Panthers. He is a relatively young addition to a Pittsburgh defense that has been one of the oldest in the league the past few years.