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NFL Preseason 2014: 5 Bold Predictions For Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

NFL Preseason 2014: 5 Bold Predictions For Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

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There are only two and a half weeks left until the start of the 2014 NFL season. The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to make the playoffs this year, while the Philadelphia Eagles will be looking to build upon last year's season. This will be a good matchup because both teams have a ton of quality players trying to make the final 53-man roster.

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5. Frances Mays Will Turn Heads

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5. Frances Mays Will Turn Heads

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Frances Mays is an undrafted free agent who played decently in his first two games. Looking to build upon his last performances, Mays will need to play with more consistence. Mays is a 6-foot-9, 290 pound defensive end. He passes the eye test, but he is still extremely raw. Philadelphia has an intriguing project in Mays and it is up to them to get the most out of him.

4. Dri Archer Will Have A Big Role On Offense

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4. Dri Archer Will Have A Big Role On Offense

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Dri Archer was the fastest player at the NFL Scouting Combine, and that skill alone will be extremely beneficial for the Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger could use a weapon in and out of the backfield, and that's what Archer is. This is Pittsburgh's third preseason game, and it is time for Archer to find his niche in this offense.

3. Pittsburgh's Rookie Class Will Prove To Be One Of The Best

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3. Pittsburgh's Rookie Class Will Prove To Be One Of The Best

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Many draft experts have said that the Steelers' rookie class is the league's best. By drafting players like Archer, Ryan Shazier, Martavis Bryant and Daniel McCullers, the Steelers have players who can come in and make an impact immediately. There are two more preseason games and that is more time for the rookies to prove their worth.

2. Jordan Matthews Will Continue To Amaze

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2. Jordan Matthews Will Continue To Amaze

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Jordan Matthews is becoming a playmaker in the Eagles' offense. His combination of size and speed is special, and Matthews could realistically be a big contributor in his first season. Jeremy Maclin is coming off reconstructive knee surgery, so the Eagles need a player who can stretch the field. Matthews could be that guy if he keeps playing the way he's playing.

1. Mark Sanchez's Play Will Stir Some Questions

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1. Mark Sanchez's Play Will Stir Some Questions

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Mark Sanchez has been playing really well since becoming a member of the Eagles. Despite many unattractive years in New York, there is a reason why Sanchez was a first-round pick. In college, Sanchez broke records, and with some coaching, he could start to give Nick Foles some competition. It will be interesting to see what happens over the course of the next two weeks.

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