Brandon Boykin

Steelers Film Room: Brandon Boykin Vs 49ers

When it comes to cornerback Brandon Boykin, the Pittsburgh Steelers fan base has seemingly eager anticipated his debut far more than the coaching staff. After the front office acquired him for a conditional fifth-round draft pick during training camp, he has been unable to crack the starting nickel package. Boykin…

Steve McLendon

Steelers Film Room: Steve McLendon Week 1

Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon is looking to play through his first injury-free season as a starter, his third attempt in accomplishing such a feat. While he has been healthy, he has played well, in spite of his many critics who regard him as undersized, and the season opener…

James Harrison

Steelers Film Room: James Harrison Week 1

Though Pittsburgh Steelers veteran outside linebacker James Harrison played the most snaps out of everybody at his position on opening night, it would be hard to argue that his snap count—about 50 percent bigger than originally projected—translated into production. On a night on which Jarvis Jones got the better of…

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Steelers Film Room: Marcus Gilbert Week 1

It’s getting to be the point where Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert is the Steve McLendon on the offensive side of the ball, a player who often doesn’t get noticed unless he does something wrong, but is otherwise, when healthy, a relatively consistent performer. After a rough start, last…

Lawrence Timmons

Steelers Film Room: Lawrence Timmons Week 1

Veteran Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons had a disappointing showing on opening night, allowing a touchdown in coverage and missing two tackles, the second nearly leading directly to another touchdown. He struggled to get off blocks consistently, and played a game largely lacking aggression. But he is still the only…

Ryan Shazier

Steelers Film Room: Ryan Shazier Week 1

During the season opener last week against the Patriots, second-year inside linebacker Ryan Shazier essentially showed us just what type of player he is at this point, capable of making explosive, momentum-swinging tackles in the run game with his excellent sideline-to-sideline speed, but also with the tendency to miss here…

Cody Wallace 2

Steelers Film Room: Cody Wallace Week 1

There are two separate levels of offensive line evaluation, both equally relevant. You judge the offensive line collectively, how they work as a group and perform. The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line, generally speaking, passed this test in the season opener. You also look at linemen individually to see how they…

DeAngelo Williams

Steelers Film Room: DeAngelo Williams Week 1

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed veteran running back DeAngelo Williams in the offseason in large part because they believed that he could fill in adequately for starting running back Le’Veon Bell while he served a suspension of then-undetermined length. Williams, who turned 32 during the offseason, was questioned after battling a…

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Steelers Film Room: Jarvis Jones Week 1

No individual players on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster is facing greater scrutiny than third-year outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, the former first-round pick who has been heavily criticized followed his first two seasons of play. The Steelers just drafted another outside linebacker in the first round, and are using a rotation…

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Steelers Film Room: David DeCastro Week 1

While the Pittsburgh Steelers collectively stumbled out of the block to start the season, some individual players did not. Among those was right guard David DeCastro, who was perhaps the Steelers’ best lineman, both in terms of consistency and impact, which was felt from the opening play of the game….

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Steelers Film Room: Cortez Allen vs. Patriots

For the last two seasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers have trotted out Cortez Allen with the starting lineup on opening day, only to demote him, and then bench him, as in the case of last season, as he struggled. Instead of waiting, the coaching staff evidently demoted him to the nickel…

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Steelers Film Room: Matt Spaeth

Watching the Pittsburgh Steelers’ opening game live, you saw a team that was, by and large, having little trouble getting what they wanted on the ground with running back DeAngelo Williams in the backfield. The most logical conclusion would be that the offensive line blocked well consistently throughout the night….

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Steelers Film Room: Kelvin Beachum

The Pittsburgh Steelers and fourth-year veteran left tackle Kelvin Beachum were not able to agree to terms on a new contract before the start of the regular season as the former seventh-round pick heads in to a contract year, after which he will inevitably want to test the open market….

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Steelers Vs Bills Film Room: David DeCastro

While the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line is being tasked, once again, with going on without All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey, at least for half of the season and likely more, they are certainly better equipped to do so than in 2013. Not just because it happened in the middle of the…

Cody Wallace sack

Steelers Vs Bills Film Room: Cody Wallace

The Pittsburgh Steelers enter the 2015 regular season knowing that they must make it most of the way without the leader of their offensive line, All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey, after suffering a fractured fibula that required surgery and will assuredly land him on the injured reserve; designated to return list….