Originally written on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 6/16/13

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 29: Lawrence Timmons #94 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks off the field after warmups before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 20-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
If the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t see breakout performances from several players in 2013, they’ll miss the playoffs for consecutive seasons for the first time since 2000. Four Steelers look to be on the verge of breakout seasons in 2013. If all of them can make that leap, the Steelers might once again play well into January. Lawrence Timmons It might not sound right to say that Timmons is due for a “breakout” season. According to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider (subscription required), Timmons led or tied for the team lead in tackles (134), sacks (six) and interceptions (three) in 2012, becoming the first player to do that since Joey Porter in 2002. Timmons has never been to the Pro Bowl. If he makes enough of an impact in 2013 to earn that recognition, it would be a breakout season. Look for the 27-year-old inside linebacker to become the same kind of disruptive, game-changing force on defense that Troy Polamalu was earlier in his career. Cameron Heyward Heyward provided a sneak p...
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