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5 impact players to watch in Steelers vs. Browns Week 1

Who besides the big names could impact the Steelers’ fortunes? BTSC explores the possibilities.

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With the Steelers getting ready for a season in which their ultimate goal is to climb the two extra rungs to Super Bowl glory, the usual suspects representing the firm of Roethlisberger, Bell, Brown and Shazier are expected to put up big numbers and lead the Steelers to victory. But please indulge us at BTSC as we highlight some other Black-and-gold warriors who could steal the headlines tomorrow against Cleveland.

No. 10 WR Martavis Bryant

Many people feel that Bryant is the x-factor and the one piece of the puzzle that could vault the Steelers over the Patriots offensively. Martavis has Randy Moss talent, but substance issues have cost him and the Steelers his presence on the field for 23 games. He's back now and his redemption story might start with a big day against the Browns.

No. 81 TE Jesse James

With Vance McDonald rolling into town to return the tight end position back to varsity status, James still is TE No. 1 for the moment. Jesse has an established rapport with Roethlisberger and he ought to be especially motivated to stave off the advances of the former 49er.

No. 91 DE Stephon Tuitt

The ink is fresh on a much-deserved new deal for the man-mountain from Notre Dame. Tuitt doesn't need to justify his contract, but he’s the caliber of player who prides himself on his performance, so he might go off on Sunday.

No. 21 CB Joe Haden

The Browns gave up on Haden and cast him off after two injury-plagued seasons. Haden seems to be better off in Pittsburgh and, while he’s saying all the right things regarding not wanting revenge, the chance to show what his ex-team and town let slip away seems too tempting not to take advantage of.

No. 90 OLB T.J. Watt

Watt is much heralded and wants to make his own NFL legacy. He draws a tough task in his matchup with perennial All Pro, Joe Thomas. But a sack or two against a future Canton enshrinee might help to move his legacy along at a more rapid pace.