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Football 101: Scrape Exchange

A new series we’re going to sprinkle in throughout the regular season. A Football 101 where in each segment, we’ll examine one football term that the casual fan isn’t familiar with or doesn’t quite know. That’s critically important. The funny thing about football is that you never stop learning. It…


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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…


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Injuries At Cornerback May Have Steelers Using Big Nickel Defense

The Pittsburgh Steelers already knew entering this season that there was a lot of uncertainty concerning their secondary, which saw the retirement of two starters over the course of the offseason, though neither were anticipated to return for the 2015 regardless of their contract status. But they likely were not…


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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…



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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…



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Steelers WR Martavis Bryant Training Out Of State During Suspension

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant still has three more games left on his four-game suspension and while one would think that he would want to stay around his teammates during his downtime, he’s instead decided to train out of state. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Bryant is reportedly…


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Steelers vs. 49ers Injury Report: CB Brandon Boykin Unable To Practice Thursday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their Thursday practice and the afternoon practice report doesn’t reveal great news when it comes to cornerback Brandon Boykin (groin). Boykin, who was limited on Wednesday, failed to practice Thursday and it now looks like he will be very questionable to play Sunday…


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San Francisco 49ers Defensive Scouting Report

This year, Jon Ledyard and myself will be collaborating our scouting reports. We’ll play to our strengths – he’ll be focusing on the individuals while I’ll be looking at overall scheme. These reports will be broken down into two articles, one for offense and one for defense. Our reports for…


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Soon-To-Be 33, TE Heath Miller’s Game Is Aging Well

In the Pittsburgh Steelers regular season opening loss to the New England Patriots last Thursday night, tight end Heath Miller registered 8 catches for 84 yards. Think about that stat line for a minute. The last time that that Miller caught that many passes in a Week 1 game was…


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San Francisco 49ers Offensive Scouting Report

This year, Jon Ledyard and myself will be collaborating our scouting reports. We’ll play to our strengths – he’ll be focusing on the individuals while I’ll be looking at overall scheme. These reports will be broken down into two articles, one for offense and one for defense. Our reports for…


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Six Numbers That Must Change Sunday Afternoon

I know most of us are tired of hearing about the Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the New England Patriots, but with the long week, it’s worth digging a little deeper into the box score. Here are six numbers that need to change in order for the Steelers to have a…


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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 May Want To Give Shamarko Thomas Some Snaps This Week

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Will Allen left the team’s season opener late in the game after suffering a concussion, but he seems to have been able to bounce back quickly, clearing the league’s concussion protocol, as he was listed as a full participant on the first practice report of the week….