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The Pessimist’s Take: Will Monday Next In Line At Punter

The Pittsburgh Steelers have, by and large, been on an upward swing over the course of the past two and a half seasons after they missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, and failed to win a postseason game in four straight years. Last season saw them gain that elusive…


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Meet Artie Burns, 2016 Round 1 Steelers Draft Pick

Artie Burns was the first cornerback selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in Round 1 of the NFL Draft since 1997, when the team chose Chad Scott. While notable, that isn’t the only thing that stands out about about Burns, who played his college ball at the University of Miami. The…


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Dupree, Coates, And James Reflect On Their Rookie Year

Though we have been all-in on this year’s rookie class, I wanted to circle back and look back on the 2015 group. Steelers.com had a great segment, sitting down Bud Dupree, Sammie Coates, and Jesse James to look back on their rookie seasons. Over some Primanti Brothers’ sandwiches, naturally. With how little…


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Steelers Draft Class Steers Clear Of Offensive Help

When it comes to the 2016 NFL Draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers, one theme was absolutely paramount, and that was, in a word, defense. Of their seven draft picks, five were defensive players, with two players added on offense, though one of the two was brought in primarily for his…


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PFF Ranks Steelers’ Draft Well Below AFC North Competition

It may not come as a great surprise, but the people over at Pro Football Focus were not among those who would categorize themselves as fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2016 NFL Draft class, grading their three-day haul with a C- overall. The site was down particularly on the Steelers’…




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Drafted As Returner, Ayers Not Limited To Special Teams

The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly let it be known to their first of two seventh-round draft picks as much as anybody else that if he is to make the 53-man roster this year, it will come through Damarcus Ayers earning a roster spot by becoming an asset as a return man….


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The Optimist’s Take: Will Monday Next In Line At Punter

The Pittsburgh Steelers have, by and large, been on an upward swing over the course of the past two and a half seasons after they missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, and failed to win a postseason game in four straight years. Last season saw them gain that elusive…


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Video: Steelers WR Demarcus Ayers – 2015 Touchdowns

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Houston wide receiver Demarcus Ayers in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft Saturday evening and while the team is defending his selection based on the fact he was their top-rated punt returner in this year’s class, it’s hard to ignore the production he had…



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Kevin Colbert Says Steelers Never Considered Trading Out Of First Round

This was Kevin Colbert’s Draft Day moment. Clutching the piece of paper, wrinkled up, with these words scribbled down: Draft Artie Burns. No matter what.  Ok, maybe that didn’t happen. But according to him, the idea of moving out of the 25th spot was never worth the risk of losing out on him. “We…



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Around The North: Baltimore Ravens Day Three Recap

With eight picks on Day 3, General Manager Ozzie Newsome and the Baltimore Ravens had their work cut out for them. Here’s how the board fell for them: 104. Tavon Young, CB, Temple Although undersized (5091, 183) and lacking in play strength, there’s no doubting Young’s abilities. The lead cornerback…


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Last Year’s Trades Hurt This Year’s Draft Flexibility

When all was said and done, the Pittsburgh Steelers came away from the 2016 NFL Draft having added seven players through their selections, but they didn’t come by them purely through their natural draft picks, and that proved to be a bit of a hindrance to them, a reflection on…