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Steelers DE Brian Arnfelt Hoping Hard Work Will Pay Off

Pittsburgh Steelers second-year defensive end Brian Arnfelt is the only end on the roster other than Cameron Heyward to have taken even a single snap on defense for Dick LeBeau last year, and he merely doubled that with his two total plays on the line. But that doesn’t mean he’s a shoe-in to make the […]

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Brett Keisel Could Help Cam Thomas Assume Dual Role Along D-Line

Technical difficulties prevented me from getting my article on Cam Thomas yesterday posted in the morning. Mechanical difficulties—e.g. spending seemingly half the day in a bell tower—prevented me from getting to this topic sooner. And Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin obviously chose yesterday to give Steve McLendon a day off just to ensure that […]

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Four Steelers Training Camp Battles On Defense To Watch

The Pittsburgh Steelers report to Latrobe for training camp on Friday and the team will take the field on Saturday. Here is a look at four key training camp battles that will take place over the coming weeks on the defensive side of the football. Nick Williams versus Brian Arnfelt If veteran defensive end Brett Keisel isn’t ultimately […]

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Season Of Change – Defensive Line Shuffle

After two straight seasons of equivalent wins and losses, it’s certainly no surprise that the front office of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been busier and more active than usual in their efforts to reshape a middling roster into a true competitor. The past few months could be fairly described as a season of change amid […]

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Steelers 2014 Pre Training Camp Roster Polls: Will NT Hebron Fangupo Make The Final 53?

The Pittsburgh Steelers will report to Latrobe for training camp on Friday, so I thought we would continue to spend these last several days talking about a few players that many believe will have a decent shot at making the final 53 man roster. Basically, these are players that we can’t quite consider locks, but do consider […]

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Steelers Pre-Camp Depth Chart Update – Defensive End

With minicamp in the rearview mirror and training camp on the horizon, the Pittsburgh Steelers should already have all of the main components of their offseason roster in place, with all draft picks signed and no more free agents projected to be added until further evaluation. It’s possible that a need should arise for further […]

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Steelers Pre-Camp Depth Chart Update – Nose Tackle

With minicamp in the rearview mirror and training camp on the horizon, the Pittsburgh Steelers should already have all of the main components of their offseason roster in place, with all draft picks signed and no more free agents projected to be added until further evaluation. It’s possible that a need should arise for further […]

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Steelers Favored Experience With Cam Thomas In Case Of Need Of Interim Starter

The Pittsburgh Steelers were fortunate to have quality depth at the defensive end position last season, with all of the top four ends on the roster receiving significant playing time, even starts, at some point or another. But such security was short-lived, as three of those four players hit unrestricted free agency this spring, with […]

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John Mitchell Asked To Trust In Youth Along Defensive Line

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell is certainly no greenhorn. He’s been with the Steelers alone since 1994, bringing four of his front lines to the Super Bowl and coming out victorious in two of them. His coaching career began in 1973, however, beginning as the defensive ends coach for Alabama, his alma mater, […]

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Weighing The Roster Prospects Of Daniel McCullers

During the last ‘Live” segment hosted on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ website late last week, Mike Prisuta and Bob Labriola were discussing the second-year players on the roster and what to expect from them during this summer. As they were discussing the pieces along the defensive line, Labriola said something that at first struck me as […]

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Steelers 2014 Free Agency As It Relates To Compensatory Formula

Now that June 1 is finally here, we can now close out the unrestricted free agent additions and losses of the Pittsburgh Steelers for the offseason as it relates to what will be used in determining compensatory draft picks next offseason. Remember, unrestricted free agent players signed from this point forward no longer count. As […]

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Bucky Brooks Predicts Return Of The Steelers’ Defense

Many fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers are filled with nervous excitement this offseason over the prospects of their favorite team returning to form this season to become a force to be reckoned with once again, something that they were perennially just a few years ago. With the additions of players such as Ryan Shazier, Stephon […]

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Steelers Wrap Up Their Draft Class With Day Three Haul

The Pittsburgh Steelers tripled their draft class on day three of the 2014 NFL Draft, selecting six players in the final four rounds to go along with ILB Ryan Shazier, DE Stephon Tuitt, and RB Dri Archer taken in the first three rounds. On day three, the team started out by filling holes with prospects […]

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Steelers John Mitchell Says Addition Of Cam Thomas Gives Defense A Lot Of Flexibility

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed former San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Cam Thomas during the offseason and during his Friday night press conference following the selection of Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt in the scond round of the 2014 NFL Draft, defensive line coach John Mitchell was asked if Thomas still has a lot to […]

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Mike Tomlin Reminds That Steelers Have Other Defensive Ends

One of the main themes during the course of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ pre-draft press conference yesterday was the defensive line position, and whether or not the team is set at defensive end after this offseason’s departures. Head coach Mike Tomlin conceded the fact that “we’ve lost more than we’ve added”, with the notable losses of […]

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Steelers HC Mike Tomlin Says Defensive Line Positional Group Still Incomplete

We’ve long speculated that there’s still a possibility that the Pittsburgh Steelers will re-sign veteran free agent defensive end Brett Keisel later on in the summer and during the Monday’s pre draft press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin addressed his situation heading into the big weekend. “The door is not closed to anybody that’s on […]

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Heyward Thinks Thomas Will Be Steelers New Swingman, Doesn’t Rule Out Keisel Returning

What role will new Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cam Thomas play in 2014? Will veteran defensive end Brett Keisel be re-signed later this summer? It looks like defensive end Cameron Heyward knows the answers to those questions. On Tuesday, Heyward had a session with the media and according to Scott Brown of ESPN, the fourth-year […]

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Steelers Draft History Under Tomlin – Nose Tackle

With the 2014 NFL Draft coming up in a bit, and having finished taking stock of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster, it’s now time to look back and see how the team assembled the roster they currently have through the draft. It would be most simple to set a dividing line at 2007, the year Mike […]

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One Steelers Beat Writer Thinks Team Has Moved On From DE Brett Keisel For Good

It doesn’t appear as though veteran free agent defensive end Brett Keisel has had many suitors so far this offseason and one local beat writer wrote on Wednesday that he thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers have moved on from the bearded one for good. “I do not think that is their intention,” wrote Gerry Dulac of […]

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Steelers DE Cameron Heyward Puts Team Goals First

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward certainly had a breakout year in 2013 and he’ll look to improve on that performance in 2014. For Heyward, however, his biggest concern is helping the Steelers get back to the playoffs after back to back 8-8 season above everything else. “I don’t have individual goals,” Heyward told Michael […]

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Steelers Draft Needs – Nose Tackle

Earlier in the offseason, we took a position-by-position look at where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand with their roster before the free agency process both ravaged and replenished the talent pool. The Steelers entered the process with 22 free agents. They re-signed six of them, while losing eight more to other teams, with eight remaining unsigned. […]

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Steelers Draft Needs – Defensive End

Earlier in the offseason, we took a position-by-position look at where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand with their roster before the free agency process both ravaged and replenished the talent pool. The Steelers entered the process with 22 free agents. They re-signed six of them, while losing eight more to other teams, with eight remaining unsigned. […]

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Pre-Draft Free Agent Movements: Defensive End

The vast bulk of the offseason roster moves to be made before the draft are already completed, so now is a good time to start taking a look at how the month of March (and the early portions of April) have affected the depth chart. The Pittsburgh Steelers entered the offseason with 21 unrestricted free […]

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Cam Thomas May Be A Contingency Option To Start

This offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers have done well in recouping their free agent losses pretty much across the board, for which the front office deserves a tremendous amount of credit. It could be quite difficult playing the reactionary role in free agency by trying to plug a hole you didn’t intend to have. When Jonathan […]

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Steelers Free Agent Departures Piling Up

While the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed seven free agents from outside the organization, they have now lost eight of their own free agents in the process, having come in with 22 free agents in total. Granted, few of them went on to sign contracts of any significance, or are expected to play a big role […]

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Steelers Offer Little Guarantees To Their Incoming Free Agents

In stark contrast to recent offseasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers have already handed out new contracts to seven different free agents coming from other teams over the course of the past month since the start of free agency. In the process, they have handed out close to $40 million, with only Mike Mitchell’s contract extending beyond […]

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