5 players that deserve credit for Steelers undefeated start

T.J. Watt #90 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Ben Roethlisberger

There is no denying having Big Ben back helps this team win. Having to roll with Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges in 2019 made it hard to the Steelers to make the playoffs. Ben is in the latter part of his career, but being an average NFL quarterback has helped Mike Tomlin’s team succeed.

Ben is a veteran presence and commands that offense like a general. His experience is worth its weight in gold and helps lead this team to victory every week. His calm presence and confidence is helping this team win those close games.

Cameron Heyward

This team is able to get a push on the defensive line because of Cameron Heyward’s fight in the trenches. When the Steelers rush four, Heyward is able to get the rush from the interior. It gives Keith Butler some flexibility to drop more players into pass coverage if Keith Butler’s defense is able to generate a natural pass rush.

Stephon Tuitt and Cameron Heyward have been staples of the Steelers defense for the past seven years and now that Heyward is on the other side of 30, he is showing his longevity. Stephon Tuitt is 27 but is declining before Cameron Heyward who is 31. Tuitt is already getting veteran days off and his play is starting to decline a little. Heyward is still elite.