was despondent last season as he sat alone on the bench during the end of the ' 48-37 wild-card playoff lo s to the . , Roethlisberger's best friend on the team, joined him on the bench, as the two veterans shared one last moment as teammates. It was a bitter end to what was a once promising season for the Steelers, who won their first 11 games before injuries, dropped pa ses and a non-existent running game led to a 1-5 finish.That was the final game in a glittering career for Pouncey, but Roethlisberger chose not to Chris Baker Jersey let January's playoff lo s be his final game as the Steelers' quarterback. The 39-year-old agreed to a contract restructure in order to return for an 18th season. His restructure, along with the restructure of several other veterans' contracts, allowed the Steelers to add significant pieces via free agency. Pittsburgh also filled some of their roster needs during the draft that included the first-round selection of former Alabama running back .There are legitimate questions hovering over the 2021 Steelers. Offensive line is a concern after the team lost four of last year's starters. The secondary will have to prove that it is still one of the league's best after losing two starters during the offseason. Roethlisberger will look to prove that he can play at a high level for an entire season. Pittsburgh will try to answer each question while navigating through the NFL's toughest schedule.It won't be easy, but the Steelers have the pieces to win the franchise's seventh Vince Lombardi Trophy. Here's a look at the three reasons why Pittsburgh can get back to the mountaintop. Two years ago, Roethlisberger mi sed 14 games after undergoing major elbow surgery on his throwing arm. Big Ben said the injury not only healed his elbow, it took care of other lingering i sues that had bothered him over the past several years. Once his arm had recovered from surgery, Roethlisberger began the grueling proce s of rehab. He also threw on an almost daily basis in order to get his arm back in shape.Roethlisberger played better than even his expectations at the start of the 2020 season. He attributes some of his struggles late in the year to his arm simply being worn out after having to rehab it back into shape the previous offseason. With that in mind, Roethlisberger gave his arm plenty of rest this offseason. The result was a fresher arm during training camp, thus leading to the return of his formidable deep ball, something that was dormant during the end of the 2020 season."Oh, he's still got an arm," Steelers defensive backs coach C.J. Uzomah Jersey Teryl Austin , via Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider. "There's no i sue with that. He made some throws out there that were, really, typical Ben throws." Going deeeeeeepppp : - Friday at 7:30 pm on KDKA & NFL Game Pa s: Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) While a healthy Roethlisberger is good news, a quarterback is only as good as his receivers, something Pittsburgh fans know all too well. After catching nearly everything in sight at the start of 2020, the Steelers' wideouts had butterfingers during the season's final six games. , the team's leading receiver last season, worked extensively on improving his hands this offseason after leading the league in Damion Willis Jersey drops in 2020. If he and the rest of the Steelers' receiving corps (a group that also includes former Pro Bowler , , and tight end ) play like an elite group, Pittsburgh's pa sing attack will be one of the league's best.Speaking of the pa sing game, general manager Kevin Colbert gave Roethlisberger another weapon during the draft in tight end . The recipient of both of Roethlisberger's preseason touchdown pa ses, the former Penn State standout reportedly did not drop a single pa s during training camp. His play has drawn subtle comparisons to , the best tight end in franchise history. . would like another please : / Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) New offensive coordinator Matt Canada's game plan will have more pre-snap motion, jet sweeps, bubble screens, and other gadgets that will give the Steelers' offense a needed facelift. More so, Canada's offense will be more committed to running the football after team president Art Rooney II e sentially mandated it after his offense finished last in the league in rushing last season. That's why it was no surprise to see the Steelers select a running back in the first round for only the second time in Colbert's two-plus decades as general manager. Harris will be a constant reminder for Canada to not leave his running game in the rearview mirror. Can Big Ben return to glory? Will Najee Harris rush for 1,000 yards in his rookie season? Get the latest Steelers scoop from Bryan DeArdo, our local expert who's on the ground in Pittsburgh,. If you already have the app, favorite the Steelers to get up-to-the-second news.Pa sing has become the NFL's preferred mode of transportation, running the football is still a nece sity as it relates to being a championship-caliber team. Just ask the , who were the beneficiaries of a strong postseason by that included his 135-yard, two touchdown performance in Super Bowl LV. Running games remain the backbone of a succe Mark Walton Jersey sful team. That was the case when Franco Harris led the Steelers to their first of back-to-back Super Bowls in the 1970s, and it remains the case in 2021.What does a succe sful running game mean for the Steelers? It means that Harris and company can help limit third-and-long situations for Roethlisberger and the offense. It also means the occasional third-and-short pickup as well as being able to churn out the tough yards in short yardage situations. Being able to do those things are the subtle yet crucial ingredients to a succe sful offense. Harris, along with teammates , and , should be able to do that, even behind an offensive line that is still finding its way. Fans should have reasonable expectations for Harris in his rookie season. Yes, he Kevin Huber Jersey should be able to break both Franco Harris (1,056 rushing yards in 1972) and (1,259 all-purpose yards) rookie records, but fans will be disappointed if they are expecting Jerome Bettis circa 1997 type numbers from Harris in 2021. In three preseason games, Harris rushed for 42 yards on 11 carries, with a high run of eight yards. He had several negative runs, mostly due to breakdowns from Pittsburgh's offensive line. That's going to continue to happen, but as long as it happens on a le s consistent basis during the season, Harris and the Steelers' running game should be able to hold their own. Harris did show his flair for making big plays on a 46-yard catch-and-run during the preseason, as fans should expect Harris to be a significant contributor to the pa sing game. Was gonna tweet this earlier but just haddd to score before we could get it out : & Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) The succe s of the offensive line (led by rookies and , , , and ) wil