Pittsburgh Steelers' Top 8 Underrated Offensive Weapons in 2012

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Pittsburgh Steelers' Top 8 Underrated Offensive Weapons in 2012
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The Pittsburgh Steelers offense is a cornucopia of talent, but that abundance of skill did not translate to the scoreboard in 2011. Despite their riches, the team finished 21st in the NFL in total scoring last season. Reasons cited for the disappointing point total include offensive line inconsistency, questionable play-calling and poor red zone touchdown percentage.

With dreams of a seventh Lombardi Trophy and expectations for a third consecutive trip to the playoffs, the team addressed the concern areas above. It drafted highly touted offensive linemen, hired a new offensive coordinator and renewed its focus on offensive balance and utilizing key talent.

While the end result can be good or bad, the intention behind change is always positive. Everybody knows that a unit with talents like Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Wallace (hopefully?), Antonio Brown and Heath Miller will see its share of successes.

However, which offensive players could have a greater than expected role in fulfilling the expectations for the unit as an efficient, productive and dangerous scoring machine?

The following eight players are among the offensive talents flying under the radar, whose skills and potential contributions could surprise many in Steeler Nation in 2012.

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