Articles by Daniel Valente

Believing In James Conner As A Receiving Option Out Of The Backfield

As Le’Veon Bell works toward a new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers organization during his absence from the team, many in the media have continued to tussle with the topic of his workload moving forward with a heavy focus on utilizing rookie running back James Conner. While the obvious solution on…



A Closer Look At James Harrison’s Recent Home/Away Sack Splits

It has now been three seasons since the Pittsburgh Steelers recruited James Harrison out of retirement and back onto the gridiron as a member of the team’s defense. Originally a one season stop-gap solution to help beef up the outside linebacker position, Harrison has been a fixture of the Steelers’…


Steelers Film Room: Optimism For Xavier Grimble Heading Into 2017

There are two stages to every roster move – react and reassess. The Pittsburgh Steelers release of tight end Ladarius Green certainly brought an abundance of reaction, as the move should, considering that he was still only one year or six games into his highly lucrative four-year contract. But now that…


Keion Adams Built In A Similar Mold To OLB Coach Joey Porter

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker coach Joey Porter will surely have his hands full this offseason as he oversees the development of his outside linebacking core. Not only will Porter be tasked with continuing the development of Bud Dupree but he will also be aiding the Steelers newest additions in rookie…


Tomlin Hopes To Find Another MAC Gem With Keion Adams

Under Mike Tomlin, the Pittsburgh Steelers have looked far and wide in search of replenishing their outside linebacking core. For a defense built on the fundamentals of getting to the quarterback, Tomlin has explored many different outside linebacker skillsets and backgrounds in order to keep the Steelers defense up to…



What You Call A Long Snapper, Colbert Calls A Sixth-Round Pick

The strangest feature about the list of individuals who gave Louisville long snapper Colin Holba a draftable grade is not the names on the list but rather the one name not on the list. The one name missing is significant because it belongs to Colin Holba himself. Long-snapper Colin Holba,…


Around The North: Cincinnati Bengals’ Day Three Recap

The Cincinnati Bengals were going to have a tough time to recreate the same buzz they generated on day two when they selected Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon and Kansas State edge rusher Jordan Willis. With most of the franchise’s day two buzz the result of an off-field incident, the…


Statistical Reasons Why You Should Continue To Love James Conner

James Conner is the embodiment of Pittsburgh, both on the field and in his heart. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and a former member of the Pittsburgh Panthers, Conner has never played football for a team outside of the Pennsylvania. And by becoming a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization last…



Around The North: Cincinnati Bengals Day One Recap

With the ninth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals selected former Washington wide receiver John Ross. Enticed by Ross’ blazing speed, the Bengals did not hesitate to add the receiver to their receiving core. Setting the record for the fastest 40-yard dash time in NFL Combine history…



2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Wisconsin EDGE T.J. Watt

From now until the 2017 NFL Draft takes place, we hope to showcase as many prospects as possible and examine both their strengths and weaknesses. Most of these profiles will feature individuals that the Pittsburgh Steelers are likely to have an interest in, while a few others will be top-ranked…