Steelers Preview 2010: Offensive Workhorses Need to Pick Up Ben’s Slack

July 31, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is currently suspended by the NFL for six games due to his disorderly conduct in Georgia this offseason. His suspension may be reduced to four games if he continues to behave well.
From a football standpoint, this means that the Steelers will either have Byron Leftwich or Dennis Dixon starting. Leftwich is 30 years old, has good size, and throws a good deep ball. Dixon is 25 years old and has good size also. Dixon's main strength is his mobility and ability to run after plays break down.
Either way, neither quarterback is of Roethlisberger's caliber.
Because Roethlisberger will be out for a minimum of four weeks, other members of the Steelers' offense will need to step up.
Two players in particular will need to carry the load on their shoulders. Those players are running back Rashard Mendenhall and wide receiver Mike Wallace.
Mendenhall is going into his first full season as the every down back. Last year, Mendenha...

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