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Old 07-25-2005, 12:37 PM   #1
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Troy Polamalu

Polamulu's outstanding '04 season was blemished somewhat when he was burned for a long touchdown against the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Polamulu led the Steelers with five interceptions last year, and he's outstanding against the run and rushing the passer. He has a knack for making big plays, and should have the same kind of impact safety Ed Reed has had on the Ravens defense.


Antwaan Randle El
Wide Receiver

With Plaxico Burress gone to the Giants, Randle El will have a chance to become the No. 2 receiver if he can hold off former 49er Cedrick Wilson in training camp. The speedy Randle El is the most exciting player on Pittsburgh's offense, and with more opportunities this season, he should get a lot more national attention.


Joey Porter

With the ascendancy of fellow Steelers LBs James Farrior and Clark Haggans, it's easy to forget about Porter. But Porter had seven sacks and made the Pro Bowl in '04. His numbers may be down from a few years ago, but for the Steelers defense to remain elite, Porter needs to play at a top level, even if pundits believe his career is on the way down.

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