BEREA, OH - APRIL 21, 2016: Running back Duke Johnson #29 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball during a voluntary mini camp on April 21, 2016 at the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Duke Johnson

Hue Jackson Believes In Browns’ Backfield Tandem

Considering the fact that they had over a dozen selections in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns could have made sure to address every position on the roster if they so chose. They likely came pretty close to doing so, although they quadruple-dipped at wide receiver in a way…


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The Pessimist’s Take: Insulation At Tight End

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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Matakevich Hopeful Film Study Puts Him Over The Top, Onto NFL Roster

When you’re not the biggest, the stronger, or the fastest, you’re going to have to excel, to borrow the Mike Tomlin phrase, above the neck, if you want a chance to succeed in football. That’s what Tyler Matakevich has done his entire career. An unknown, written off prospect with a…


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Analyzing The AFC North Defenses

Now that the draft is over and free agency has calmed down, let’s take a look at how the AFC North defenses will look heading into the 2016 NFL season. Some of the notable additions and returning players will be featured. Cleveland Browns Notable Draft Picks: 1. DL/OLB Emmanuel Ogbah…



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Post-Draft Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agency Wishlist

Ok, I want to be clear. These certainly are far from “prize” free agents and our first wishlist way back in March wasn’t exactly star-studded either. But instead of slogging through a meaningless rankings list, here is a slightly less meaningless free agency wishlist. Honestly, I don’t have any attachment…


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2016 Steelers Stock Watch – G David DeCastro – 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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‘Patriot Way’ At QB Is No Road Map To Success For Steelers Or Others

Recently, Jeremy Fowler wrote an article at ESPN about the ‘Patriot Way’ to approaching the backup quarterback position, which generally consists of investing in early-mid-round draft picks on the quarterback position every couple of year. Fowler writes that the New England Patriots’ approach is not one that has been emulated…



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The Optimist’s Take: Insulation At Tight End

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 Canaan Severin – 2015 Touchdowns

There is a still quite a bit of buzz ongoing about former Virginia wide receiver Canaan Severin, who signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent, and with the start of the team’s OTA practices about to get underway next week, I finally have cleared enough time to…


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Video: Steelers S Sean Davis – 2015 Maryland Pass Targets Versus Iowa

I found myself watching the 2015 game between Maryland and Iowa earlier this morning so I decided to go ahead and chart the targets that new Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis faced in that game. Davis, who played cornerback last year at Maryland, was official targeted 11 times against Iowa…


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Roster Building A Balancing Act Between Production And Potential

One of the annual conversations that takes place in the late stages of every summer in football country concerns the value of the present versus the future, or known quantities versus potential. When it comes to building a 53-man roster, it can be a very delicate process, knowing that you…


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Bills HC Rex Ryan Takes Shot At Dri Archer

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan has never been one to hold his tongue and when recently asked to talk about why running back Dri Archer was placed on the team’s reserve/did not report list after being claimed off waivers from the New York Jets, he gave as straight-forward of a…


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2016 Steelers Stock Watch – FB Roosevelt Nix – Stock Even

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…