The Heroes and Villains of the Steelers' Season: 5 players saving the day, 5 causing mayhem

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8)
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Steelers second worst-performing player: Levi Wallace

It looked like Levi Wallace was a savvy signing when the Steelers announced the deal in the 2022 offseason. Wallace had been a capable backup and second option for the Bills, and while he wasn’t geared to lock down a top receiver on his own, he was a more quality second-second option for any defense.

He proved that in year one, having the usual ups and downs but overall proving to be a quality addition to this defense. The expectation was for that play to continue this year in a crowded secondary, but that hasn’t been the case.

Not only has he failed to be a great cornerback option, his play has seemingly regressed. More often than not, Wallace is getting burnt by opposing receivers. Not being a great athlete doesn’t help him either, as once he is beat he lacks the speed to recover.

While he was able to get in on some turnovers in week three, his overall play has been bad most weeks. Neither of the starting cornerbacks have earned their keep, but Wallace stands out as the worst of the two. He gets beaten deep as well as giving up big yards after the catch on short routes. I’m not sure what happened, but Wallace’s regression has been a thorn in the Steelers side this season.