Every season, there are players who finally get it together. The light goes on, and they take their game to the next level. They typically hint at it the season before, but sometimes guys just come out of nowhere like a speeding truck.
The Pittsburgh Steelers ended the 2013 season in a flourish. For all the criticisms of this team and its age, it has a talented young core. It's just a matter of getting those young players to the next level, paired with the veterans already in place.
All of the players on this list have the opportunity to work their way into full-time starting jobs. And some of them have the opportunity to ascend to a level that is commensurate with the top players at their respective positions in the league. This is exciting stuff, people.
If these men could play all season the way they flashed last year, this team will be tough to beat.
Let's take a look at seven Steelers who are poised to break out in a huge way in 2014.
All stats courtesy of NFL.com.