Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/14/13
There is no doubt about it that the team from the steel city has seen a drastic overhaul since the 2012 season when they missed out on the playoffs.  Head coach Mike Tomlin said during training camp earlier this past month that they are “focusing on Steelers vs. Steelers,” during training camp at the moment, and that “the Redskins game is miles away from a preseason standpoint, we want to focus on us as a team.” The Steelers need to find out who is going to take the reigns during their 2013 campaign if the team wants to get to a ninth Super Bowl.  Let’s see if they can make it all the way to the Lombardi Trophy once again and take a look at the most overrated and underrated players on the Pittsburgh Steelers.The Underrated:Emmanuel Sanders- The 5’11”, 180lb wide receiver out of SMU was a part of the original Steelers “Young Money” crew, originally consisting of Sanders, Mike Wallace, and Antonio Brown. Wallace is gone due to the now infamous “Mike Wallace Saga featuring Mike Wallace,” and Antonio Brown is now the go to deep threat.  Pittsburgh has its veteran Jericho Cotchery to look to on those long third downs, but Sanders is the wide receiver that doesn’t get enough attention for his talents.  Emmanuel Sanders is constantly making spectacular catches when it matters, and you can look for Roethlisberger to be targeting him more than ever this coming season.Lawrence Timmons- This seven-year veteran ranks among the league leader in tacklers consistently each season, but his speed and pass coverage skills make him equally as dangerous when dropping back into the secondary, a skill that defensive coordinators would kill for in their linebackers.  The Steelers' defensive philosophy functions like a well-oiled machine with Timmons at the helm in the linebacker position. Heath Miller- Currently, this tight end is injured and healing for the season from a multi-layered knee injury, but he is consistently one of the key contributors to the Steelers offense when he is on the field.  The team's leading receiver last season, Heath Miller has the ability to create separation from defenders and work his body to make the grab every time.  He is the epitome of a combination tight end. The Overrated:Maurkice Pouncey- He is a three-time Pro Bowler and 2011 First Team All-Pro out of the University of Florida.  Maurkice Pouncey looks to be one of the best players at the center position, especially on the Steelers, considering the pounding they have taken in recent years in regards to their offensive line.Make no mistake, Pouncey is a very good player, but overrated does not always equal out to good or bad, and that's what you have with Maurkice Pouncey, nothing but a mediocre on field performance.Troy Polamalu- The former USC Trojan is easily the most overrated player on the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He has had injury problems that have kept him sidelined for a totally of 29 regular season games throughout his professional career, that is a lot of time in street clothes for a sport that only has 16 games a year in its regular season. He may be another hardened Pittsburgh defenseman headed to the Hall of Fame, but in the last four years he has seen a significant drop off in both performance and speed.  It will remain to be seen if the 2013 season is more of the same for Polamalu in the latter part of his career, or if this might be his last season.With the AFC North becoming a tougher division year in and year out, it will remain to be seen if this group of Pittsburgh Steelers can win another title.  The season kicks off on September 8th as the Steelers host the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field.
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