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Panthers Vs. Steelers: Pittsburgh's Young Wideouts Fight For Spots

Mike Wallace's return from a holdout is great news for the Steelers, but not so much for a group of young receivers all hoping to make the team's final roster.

Thursday night's preseason finale will be the last opportunity for several Steelers to impress. That group of pass-catchers looking to find a home includes David Gilreath, Marquis Maze, Tyler Beiler, and Toney Clemons, three rookies and a second-year man. Behind the Steel Curtain profiled the group of young wide receivers:

It's possible one of those young receivers makes the team based on the speed of their contributions tonight on offense and special teams. Gilreath backed up a strong performance in the Steelers' 26-24 win over Indianapolis in Preseason Week 2 with zero catches on one target - or the same line for Maze. Clemons didn't get a look at all. For whatever this is worth, the preseason game production between these three has been mostly zip.

Pittsburgh will be hoping to find a player who can have an impact in the passing game and also has the ability to contribute running back kicks and punts. Gilreath likely has the edge thus far in the battle, but that could change tonight.

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