PITTSBURGH–The Steelers’ vaunted passing game has one vulnerability that might be a problem Sunday against the Dolphins: Ben Roethlisberger holds on to the ball.
Because of his penchant for taking deep shots, his limited mobility and deliberate approach, Miami’s defensive ends have a shot at derailing pass plays and making life easier for the backups stepping into starting roles in the secondary. Here’s one matchup that should be interesting:
Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake
6-foot-3, 263 pounds
Penn State, eighth season
Scouting Notes: Many thought Wake’s time as one of the best pass rushers in the league was over once he tore his Achilles tendon last season, but he’s proven everyone wrong. He had 8.5 sacks this season despite playing limited snaps the first five games. Pro Football Focus rates him the No. 7 defensive end in the NFL this season.
Pittsburgh Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert
6-foot-6, 330 pounds
Florida, sixth season
Scouting Notes: Gilbert was a great find for Pittsburgh in the second round of the 2011 draft and is going to be their right tackle for over a decade by the time he’s done. He did not play in the Dolphins-Steelers game in Week 6 because of an ankle injury. He’s given up four sacks this season, and PFF rated him the 13th-best tackle (left or right) in the NFL.
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