Roethlisberger, Timmons on Pro Football Focus Top 101 list

Justin K. Aller

Tis the season for Top Whatever lists, and the Steelers look to add a few more in 2013 to various Top Players rankings.

The Steelers used to have multiple players on any Best in the Game list. After a disappointing 2012 season, the Steelers have two, and according to Pro Football Focus, their best is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who came in at 70. Linebacker Lawrence Timmons placed 89th overall.

Jacksonville and St. Louis didn't have one guy on the list, while San Francisco had 13. Denver and Seattle had six and New England and Minnesota had five each.

Houston's J.J. Watt, the Defensive Player of the Year, was ranked No. 1, with Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and Cincinnati's Geno Atkins being Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.

With star Steelers players from previous years battling injury problems (Troy Polamalu) or contract disputes (Mike Wallace), the lack of Steelers' presence here isn't surprising. The better questions is how many of them will rank up higher next year.

According to PFF, Maurkice Pouncey is tantamount to human excrement, so he likely won't appear on this list any time soon. Right guard David DeCastro looks to come back in 2013 from a knee injury that kept him out of 13 of the Steelers' 16 games last season.

Nose tackle Steve McLendon fared well in PFF's grading system but a lack of opportunity likely stifled his overall score. He'll see far more snaps in 2012, and could be a breakout player.


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