5 Steelers that must see more playing time for rest of 2021

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Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Zach Gentry (81). Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

The Steelers are still in the playoff hunt, and if they want to remain competitive, they need to get these five players on the field more.

The Steelers have successfully found a way to turn this season around after a miserable 1-3 start and are now squarely in the playoff race for the AFC. That said, there are some players that notably need to see the field more often. Some are sitting behind veterans or are just not being utilized to their full extent, but no matter the reason, each of these players deserves more looks.

Here are five Steelers that must see more playing time going forward.

Steelers TE Zach Gentry

One of the biggest surprises from the Steelers this season has been the solid play of backup tight end Zach Gentry. The former Michigan quarterback looked lost during his first two seasons in the league, and most, including myself, wrote him off in camp. He showed up and began making plays, and with Eric Ebron suffering through injuries, he has taken on the role as a backup tight end.

Yes, Pat Freiermuth is the top dog at tight end, and rightfully so, but that doesn’t mean Gentry shouldn’t be on the field more. His biggest improvement has been as a blocker, so having him out there instantly makes the running game better. He has shown to be competent when catching passes as well. With so many receivers injured for the team, having a capably second tight end to make plays is a huge plus. The team can find a way to work in a few more snaps a game for him easily.