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Putting A Face On The Rooney Rule

Teryl Austin, graduate of Pittsburgh, born in Sharon, PA, has been a coach for nearly half of his 51-year existence, beginning as a graduate assistant at Penn State in 1991. By 2003, he cracked the NFL barrier, landing with the Seahawks as their defensive backs coach. He was the Ravens’…


Safety Eric Weddle Already Feeling Like A Raven

Former Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle has only been with the Baltimore Ravens for a couple of months by now, after spending the entirety of the rest of his long career with the Chargers, but the veteran already seems to have blended in with his new environment. During a recent…


The Optimist’s Take: Backfield Depth Battle

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…



Shazier Spending Offseason In Effort To Get Stronger

Ryan Shazier is never going to look like Levon Kirkland but he’s spending the offseason adding a little extra muscle. “I definitely working on [adding muscle],” he told reporters following today’s practice. “I was rehabbing a lot throughout the offseason. Just trying to get a lot stronger.” Shazier dealt with…


Ask Alex: Steelers’ Mailbag

Welcome back everyone and thanks for sticking around Depot during the slower part of the season. But we do have OTAs finishing up today and concluding next week. But for now, it’s mainly just lists and short stories, which I know, aren’t always fun. But definitely going to keep cranking…



NFL Officials Shaken Up For 2016

As most of you would agree, 2015 may have been the worst season of officiating to date.  Nearly every game we were subjected to Rules Analysts such as Mike Carey providing their take on a controversial call.  Most of the time, I found myself agreeing with their opinion, but more…


One Step To Take: Ross Cockrell

New series we’re kicking off here to get us through the upcoming dog days of the offseason. Every player wants to improve, to elevate his game in all areas from one season to the next. Understanding that, we’re going to isolate just one area, one faction of a player’s game….


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2016 Steelers Stock Watch – S Mike Mitchell – Stock Up

With the 2016 NFL Draft now over and the bulk of the heavy lifting done with regard to the roster building process now out of the way, it is easier to begin to take stock of where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand at certain positions, and what the implications might be…


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Steelers, Bengals Differ In Roster-Building Priorities

When it comes to the NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers are fairly regarded as one of the most successful drafting teams in recent decades, yet one of the most widely-regarded drafting teams in recent years has been the Cincinnati Bengals, who for a long time were regarded as a poor…


The Pessimist’s Take: Cover 2 Take Two

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…


Three Steelers Crack CBS List Of Top 100

Three Pittsburgh Steelers made Pete Prisco’s list of his Top 100 players in the league. The names should come as no surprise: Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown at seven and eight with Le’Veon Bell at 60. Prisco on Roethlisberger: “He did have the highest completion percentage of his career at…


Matakevich’s Transition Eased By Veteran Peers

That first taste into the NFL isn’t easy. It’s overwhelming, chaotic, removing yourself from the comfort you had as “the guy” in college. The transition is still ongoing but the veterans are helping a guy like Tyler Matakevich get through it. “Now I’m starting to pick it up,” he told…


Prominent College Coaches Talk About Changing Underclassman Rules

One of the most interesting developments recently in the college-to-professional transition in the world of football has been the increase in the number of underclassmen who choose to declare for the NFL Draft. Recent years have represented some of the highest figures of underclassmen declaring, with nearly 100 players doing…