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The Steelers need to find a way to get Al Woods on the field more.
Woods made nine combined tackles, including two for losses, and had a sack in the second half of the Steelers' preseason opener.
The 26-year-old has been a "sensation" at training camp, according to Mike Prisuta of Steel City Insider (subscription required).
Brett Keisel, who turns 35 Sept. 19, and Ziggy Hood are the Steelers' likely starters at defensive end. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see Woods move ahead of Cameron Heyward on the depth chart. Heyward is entering his third season and hasn't produced like a first-round pick.
Woods was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the Steelers picked him up off waivers in 2011.
He appeared in 12 games last season after playing in 11 games combined in 2010 and 2011.
Woods' upward career trajectory will continue in 2013.