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Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor Absent For Start Of Steelers 2014 OTA Practices

The Pittsburgh Steelers first set of OTA practices got underway on Tuesday and it appears as though that there are only three players not in attendance. In addition to rookie linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, who is unable to attend because of UCLA being on the quarter system, veterans Troy Polamalu and…


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Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Looking Forward To Use Of More Outside-Zone In 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell admits that he didn’t know very much about new offensive line coach Mike Munchak prior to him being hired during the offseason, but now that he’s on board, the second-year Michigan State product is excited about the changes being made on offense which should…


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Ben Roethlisberger Hopes New Players Can Pick Up No-Huddle Quickly

If given his druthers, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would more than likely want to run even more no-huddle offense in 2014 than was run last season, but with all of the turnover that has taken place this past offseason at the skill positions, it might take a little while…


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Steelers Offense Went To “11” Quite A Bit In 2013

According to a recent post by Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders, teams used “11” personnel (one running back, one tight end, three wideouts) 51.2 percent of the time in 2013 and used three or more receivers on 58.8 percent of plays. Also according to their data, teams used “11” personnel…


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Steelers Film Room: Breakdown Of New RB LeGarrette Blount

By Alex Kozora We’ll continue our free agency series with former New England Patriot running back LeGarrette Blount, who was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers on March 28th. In the four games I looked at, Blount always lined up in the backfield so there isn’t much to chart pre-snap. Post-snap charting…


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Pro Football Focus Studies QB Performance And Hits Taken

Breaking news: quarterbacks performance suffers when they get sacked or hit. So says the data set presented by Pro Football Focus. The conclusion seems alarmingly intuitive, but it’s useful to look at some actual statistical analysis to see what reality bears out, rather than relying on conventional thinking. PFF has…


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Start Of Steelers OTAs Brings LB Sean Spence One Step Closer To The Lights

Nearly a full year ago, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence vowed to beat the odds when talking to the media about his attempted comeback from a severe knee injury suffered during the 2012 preseason finale that forced him to miss his entire rookie season. “I’m going to continue to attack…


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Steelers Lineup Turnover 2014 – Right Defensive End

When you look back just to the start of last season and project the starting lineup that the Pittsburgh Steelers can be expected to field when they resume play in September, you’ll see that they’ve undergone quite a bit of change. Certainly more than usual. With two exceptions—Heath Miller and…


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Playoff Absence, Coaching Stability Expose Steelers To Reality TV Future

As highlighted in an article posted on the league’s website, there are eight teams this season that are not protected against being featured on the NFL’s “Hard Knocks” reality television show on HBO. The Pittsburgh Steelers are among “The Vulnerable Eight”. The league implemented new rules last season that would provide…


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Steelers Rookie CB Shaquille Richardson Will Not Miss OTA Practices

As expected, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Shaquille Richardson will indeed be able to attend the OTA sessions that get underway on Tuesday. .@steelers DB @Dr4_Richh (Shaq Richardson) is eligible to & will participate in OTAs & minicamp. — Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) May 26, 2014 During the Steelers recent rookie minicamp,…


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Peter King Sees Short Suspension For Ravens RB Ray Rice

While sources have told NFL insider Mike Freeman that Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice faces a ‘significant’ suspension as a result of his actions in an Atlantic City casino elevator this past February, Peter King of Sports Illustrated wrote Monday in his “Monday Morning Quarterback” post that he expects…


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Steelers T Marcus Gilbert Stands To Gain Most From Mike Munchak Hiring

If there’s one Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman that should be ecstatic that Mike Munchak was hired during the offseason, it’s likely tackle Marcus Gilbert. While he’s nowhere close to being considered a bust since being drafted in the second-round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Steelers, Gilbert certainly hasn’t…


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Steelers WR Markus Wheaton Should Benefit Greatly From OTA Practices

Just when it looked like Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton was starting to see increased playing time during his 2013 rookie season, a busted finger in the Week 4 game in London against the Minnesota Vikings set back his development. Now that he’s back healthy again, the hope is…


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Ramon Foster Sees Last Season As A Foundation To Build From

Yesterday, we highlighted Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Ramon Foster and his gradual emergence as a soft-spoken team leader as he enters his sixth season with the team. An article on the team’s website highlighted some enlightening examples of his quiet leadership offered by the likes of Jarvis Jones and Brian…


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Young Veterans Looking To Make A Mark With Steelers This Season

With so much focus and attention being placed on the Pittsburgh Steelers’s incoming class of rookies by all form of media—including ourselves, naturally—it’s easy to forget about the rest of the youth on the roster. Which is somewhat counterintuitive, given that it is the tendency of organizations such as the…