6 Steelers players whose stock is crashing entering Week 13

James Pierre #42 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
James Pierre #42 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) catches a touchdown pass as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback James Pierre (42). /

Steelers CB James Pierre

I think Steelers fans had far too high of expectations for James Pierre coming into this season. Pierre flashed late in 2020 and had a solid preseason this year, but his true colors are starting to show. After all, there’s a reason he was a former undrafted player last April.

With nearly 4.6 speed, Pierre relies on technique and physicality at the cornerback position. However, when that technique is lacking — even just a bit — it’s very noticeable. Pierre was responsible for yet another big touchdown reception as he played the ball horribly in the air trying to cover Tee Higgins.

While I typically like the effort he puts forth, that’s only going to get him so far, and Pierre was humiliated in this contest. Fortunately for him, the Bengals had such a big lead early in the game that they no longer needed to pick on him in coverage.

Joe Haden may be an old-timer at the cornerback position who has seen his best days, but there has been a noticeable drop in play with Pierre on the field. His stock is crashing and, unfortunately, he doesn’t look like the diamond in the rough fans thought he could be for the defense.