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Return Of The Living Dead


By Michael K. Reynolds

Who will rise from the ashes this preseason? The answer to this question will greatly impact the Pittsburgh Steelers chances of returning to postseason play this year.

New Kid in Town is a classic song by the Eagles which tells a story familiar to every NFL camp this time of the year.

You’re walking away and they’re talking behind you 
They will never forget you ’til somebody new comes along
Where you been lately? There’s a new kid in town
Everybody loves him, don’t they? 

With all of attention on the rookies and newcomers for the Steelers many of last year’s up-and-comers can easily be forgotten.

At this time last year, many Steelers fans (and perhaps a few coaches) had long buried both Jason Worilds and Cameron Heyward in the “bust” graveyard only to see them rise from the dead with triumphant glory.

After finally getting the opportunity to prove themselves on the field of play both of these players are now considered not only among the Steelers finest players, but peers to the top players in the league at their position.

So with all of the attention on the Ryan Shaziers, the Dri Archers and the Stephon Tuitts this summer, the biggest story of the preseason might just be the Return of the Dead.

Who will be the surprise players that take their game to a whole, new surprising level?

Will it be the much maligned Mike Adams who finally reaches the promise of his high round pick? Or perhaps it will be Landry Jones who proves he is worth being on the 53-man roster with some outstanding play. Will it be Brice McCain, who until last year’s disappointing season with the Houston Texans was considered a promising young corner?

Maybe it’s one of the old timers, like Ike Taylor, who suddenly discovers his hands and ends up with a league-high eight picks. And speaking of hands, could this be the year that Darrius Heyward-Bey puts on his Velcro gloves and flashes some brilliance?

For the Steelers to be a true contender this season they are going to need some forgotten players to surprise everyone and take things to a whole new level.

What are your thoughts? Who do you think will be the players who really shock the naysayers this season and radically prove their worth?

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About Michael K. Reynolds

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers fanatic and author of the acclaimed Heirs of Ireland series. MichaelKReynolds.com
  • William Bigelow

    Cannot wait to see these ’14 Steelers hit some fools

  • Geoff Cordner

    I really hope its Ike Taylor who rises up and show’s people what he has left in the tank. Definition of commitment and loyalty!

  • Ryan Roberts

    Team game. Play like a team and do your job. Play with your skill set to help the team play at its best every week. Leave it on the field each week. And for the love of limit the penalties to 5or fewer per game

  • Aric Brown

    Not that he has any naysayers, but Heath Miller could have his most productive statistical year ever, putting him in the conversation for the leagues top tight end due to being a top receiver and blocker

  • Kris Gusto Williams

    I’m so ready

  • Game_Time

    Cortez Allen was benched in favor of William Gay last season… I have a feeling he will turn it around and have a big year this year

  • Ike Evans

    Ill put my money on marcus gilbert, ike taylor, and cortez allen rising from the dead…hopefully jarvis too

  • Nick Williams

    How about Troy p “surprising everyone” and winning another defensive MVP because he’s not playing mlb

  • William Weaver

    I am hoping Jarvis shocks the world with a dominating 14-16 sacks!! Want to be a Jarvis fan. Hoping to see some assistant coach in him this year if you know what I mean! Miss those days and the attitude.

  • steeltown

    Cortez Allen and Will Johnson

  • pittsburghjoe

    Walter Abercrombie and John Rienstra

  • Louis Goetz

    When was Cam Heyward ever in the bust column?

  • walter mason

    Cam always looked good to me but they didnt play him enough in the beginning.

  • Louis Goetz

    You’re 100% correct. He was behind Ziggy Hood and Brett Keisel far too long.

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