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Key Free-Agent Arrivals: RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR Lance Moore
Key Departures: S Ryan Clark, WR Jerricho Cotchery, RB Jonathan Dwyer, WR Emmanuel Sanders, LB LaMarr Woodley, DE Ziggy Hood
Key Rookies: LB Ryan Shazier, DL Stephon Tuitt, RB/WR/KR Dri Archer, WR Martavis Bryant, LB Jordan Zumwalt, DT Daniel McCullers, TE Rob Blanchflower
2013 Record: 8-8
2014 Projected Record: 10-6
It looks like Pittsburgh brought in some nice, young talent on defense this offseason.
Ryan Shazier is one of the most physically gifted prospects in this draft and will instantly make the unit faster. Stephon Tuitt was the best defensive end for a 3-4 defense available in this draft, and he provided great value when the teams selected him in the second round.
Any team with Ben Roethlisberger at the helm is a club that has a chance to win on any given Sunday.
Free-agent pickup LeGarrette Blount should pair nicely with Le'Veon Bell in the backfield, as they each have the ability to wear down a defense with physicality.
The secondary will be a big concern in Pittsburgh, though, and it may ultimately keep the team from advancing in the postseason.