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

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Steelers WR Anthony Miller

The Steelers were quick to add Anthony Miller to their practice squad after JuJu Smith-Schuster got injured earlier in the season. He has sat there ever since, and even with the team lacking options at receiver against the Lions, they opted to bring Steven Sims up (who had been on the practice squad since the start of the year) instead. Miller deserves a shot, as he is the most accomplished healthy slot receiver on the roster right now.

Miller looked to be on the path to a solid NFL starter earlier in his career with the Bears, as the former second-round pick was making key plays early in his career. He fell out of favor in Chicago though, and after a short stint with the Texans, he found himself as a free agent. The Steelers have yet to use the slot option, but with so many of their receivers ailing, now is a good time to get him involved.

Miller could split snaps with either Sims or Ray-Ray McCloud in the slot, and quite frankly, he is the superior receiving option over the other two. They provide more value as return men granted, but for a team struggling to field receivers, Miller makes the most sense. The team needs to give him a chance sooner rather than later.