Sep 16, 2012; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) runs out of the tunnel before the game against the New York Jets at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Projected 2014 Starters

It’s never too early to start thinking about the starting lineup, is it? With just 108 days and a couple of hours to go till the Steelers kick off against the Cleveland Browns, it’s time to start wondering who will be running onto the field for those first plays for the Steelers. The projected 2014 Steelers starters, according to Around the League’s Chris Wesseling are as follows:

Pittsburgh Steelers Projected 2014 Starters
Offense Defense
QB Ben Roethlisberger DE Cameron Heyward
RB Le’Veon Bell DT Steve McLendon
WR1 Antonio Brown DT Stephon Tuitt
WR2 Markus Wheaton OLB Jason Worilds
WR3 Lance Moore ILB Lawrence Timmons
TE1 Heath Miller ILB Ryan Shazier
LT Kelvin Beachum OLB Jarvis Jones
LG Ramon Foster CB1 Ike Taylor
C Maurkice Pouncey CB2 William Gay / Cortez Allen
RG David DeCastro SS Troy Polamalu
RT Marcus Gilbert FS Mike Mitchell

 

On offense he’s projecting that Markus Wheaton wins out the battle for the No. 2 WR spot, with free agent acquisition, Lance Moore rounding out the wide receiving corps. The offensive line looks pretty similar to how last season ended, with the exception of Maurkice Pouncey returning from his ACL injury at center.

For the defense, Wesseling has rookies Ryan Shazier and Stephon Tuitt earning starting jobs and the cornerbacks to be a combination of Ike Taylor, William Gay, and Cortez Allen. Free agent acquisition Mike Mitchell will start opposite Troy Polamalu at safety.

While, there are surely many things to be determined by the outcomes of the remaining OTA’s, training camp and preseason, I don’t see how the lineup on September 7th would be a whole lot different than what he has projected here. I agree with most of his assessment aside from his statement that last year’s top draft pick Jarvis Jones pushed LaMarr Woodley out the door. Not quite sure that’s how it actually happened. Jones definitely has a lot of pressure on him, as do the rest of the 2013 draft class, to improve upon their previous year as individuals and as a team.

The Steelers are going to be tasked with a unique situation of trying to build upon the momentum of finishing 2013 strong, while having a ton of turnover and a lot of new faces on the team in 2014. How successful they are at achieving that certainly depends upon how well the starters perform on the field.

What are your thoughts, Steeler Nation? Do you envision a different starting lineup?

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