3 Reasons Why Steelers Fans Should Be Optimistic About 2015

The Pittsburgh Steelers took their rightful place atop the AFC North in 2014, and there's plenty of reasons to think that 2015 will be an encore performance. Here's 3 Reasons Why Steelers Fans Should Be Optimistic About 2015.

1. An Influx Of Young Defensive Talent

Mark out words -- Kentucky pass rusher Bud Dupree is going to be considered an absolute mid-first round steal when he reaches the prime of his NFL career. Dupree headlined a defensive haul for the Steelers in the 2015 NFL Draft, joining corners Senquez Golson (Ole Miss) and Doran Grant (Ohio State) to form one of the best rookie defensive trios of this year's class.

2. Le'Veon Bell In "Eff You" Mode

Bell will sit out the first three games of the 2015 season as a punishment for his marijuana arrest last year, but can you imagine just how determined he's going to be to make the team's last thirteen games his playground. He's morphed into one of the most dynamic and explosive skill-position players in the league, and he'll have added motivation to showcase that after his suspension.

3. Ben Roethlisberger Trending Up

Big Ben's 11th NFL season in 2014 was easily his best, as he set career highs in passing yards (4,952) & completion percentage (67.1%), along with tying his career best for touchdown passes (32). When your franchise quarterback averages 300 yards+ for the first time in his age-32 season, you know the good times are just beginning.

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