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Film Room: T.J. Watt Meets Joe Thomas

The first regular season game of Pittsburgh Steelers rookie T.J. Watt’s career was, I thought, a momentous occasion for him and for the franchise, in an obvious understatement. Their third outside linebacker drafted in the first round over a five-year span, much of the team’s future could be built on…





Film Room: Vance McDonald Debuts On Short Notice

While it is certainly nice and all that the Pittsburgh Steelers were very proactive in improving their roster deep into the preseason process, including trading for two players and adding a third as a street free agent, the downside is that those players get very little playing time before they…



Film Room: Jesse James Lacking Consistency

To be honest, it’s not Jesse James’ fault that he is in the position that he is, presumably acting as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ number one tight end. While I have written that I believe the team would be wise to take more of a committee approach, and that James’ talent…



Film Room: B.J. Finney Better At Center

It still somewhat perplexes me how a player who has the size to play his natural position at the NFL level might struggle to do so more than at another. Yet despite being a college center, Pittsburgh Steelers second-year offensive lineman B.J. Finney himself has admitted to his struggles there,…


Film Room: L.T. Walton On The Nose

When the Pittsburgh Steelers first drafted L.T. Walton in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, I don’t know that he would have fit the bill for what they were looking for at the time at the nose tackle position. Two years on, however, it is clear that he…


Film Room: Jerald Hawkins Rebounds Versus Falcons

You might have noticed that I was pretty down on Pittsburgh Steelers second-year offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins earlier this week. The former fourth-round pick was coming off what was by all accounts a bad training camp, confirmed by virtually all beat writers, even Bob Labriola, and he had a rough…