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Antwon Blake Arrest Disappointing, But Little More

Many general managers dread the offseason for myriad different reasons. One of the biggest reasons for doing so are the late night phone calls informing you that one of your players has been arrested or gotten into some kind of trouble. The Pittsburgh Steelers received just such a call after…



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2014 Steelers Player Reviews: Running Backs

As we did last year, we’ll review the Pittsburgh Steelers position-by-position, player-by-player, based on what I have recorded in my Game Rewind notes throughout the season. We’ll move forward today with a recap of the Steelers running backs. Le’Veon Bell: It’s been an offense on the hunt for a feature…



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Speculation Begins That Cardinals Will Reach Out To DE Brett Keisel

The Arizona Cardinals lost defensive tackle Darnell Dockett to a season-ending knee injury Monday and already there’s speculation that former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel could be headed out west. Keisel, who will turn 36 in September, has received little, if any, interest from teams during the offseason. Mike…



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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…


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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…



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Kozora: Steelers Draft Grades For 2014 Class

By Alex Kozora After providing a report on each of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ selections in the 2014 NFL Draft, it’s time for a collective wrap up. You can consider this a “grade” because I’ll be providing a letter, but it’s more of a summary of each player and how they…


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What To Expect When You’re Expecting A Giant Nose Tackle

“They’ve been waiting for him to make a play like that for four years!” This is what the announcer said, excitedly, late in the Tennessee game versus South Carolina last season when Daniel McCullers made a big stop. The center tried to reach block him, but McCullers gave him a…


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Back Half Of Steelers’ Draft Class Has A Chance To Compete

While it can be said that the Pittsburgh Steelers came into this draft with one of its weaker rosters in recent memory, the truth is that it’s often difficult to find room for nine draft picks on the roster of any halfway decent team not consistently making their selections in…


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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…


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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…


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Steelers May Be More Open To Trading Picks Following Compensatory Haul

When Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said earlier this offseason that it was doubtful the organization would use either the franchise tag or the transition tag this year, he said it not knowing that the salary cap situation would be much more favorable than was expected. Likewise, he recently…


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NT Interest Says Less About McLendon Than It Does About Fangupo

When it was reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers were meeting with a free agent nose tackle yesterday, this move was no doubt received as a bit of a pleasant surprise by many fans who question the decision to play Steve McLendon at nose tackle. As I have written previously, while…



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The Optimist’s Take – Light Nose Tackles

For a team facing so much adversity in the past season and heading into the next with a litany of questions to address, it’s natural to consider the issues and how they can either go right or wrong, as well as how they will affect  the broader dynamics and future…



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Decision On Brian Arnfelt Could Be Telling

By Matthew Marczi Last week, the Steelers were forced to play without two starting defensive linemen, as both defensive end Brett Keisel and nose tackle Steve McLendon were forced to sit out the game against the Cincinnati Bengals. That thrust both Ziggy Hood and Al Woods into the starting lineup…


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Fan Favorite Brian Arnfelt’s Promotion Could Be A Short One

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers quietly announced yesterday afternoon that they promoted rookie undrafted free agent defensive end Brian Arnfelt from the practice squad to the active roster, releasing linebacker Kion Wilson in the process. They did so quietly, of course, because it really is an insignificant move, and…


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Al Woods Already Paying Dividends In Steelers Defensive Line Rotation

Last year, in his first full season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, reserve defensive lineman Al Woods played all of 30 snaps on defense. In the season opener last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, Woods, a former fourth-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints, played a third of that 2012…


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Steelers Versus Titans Week 1 Projected Inactive List

With the Friday injury report now out for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and no Saturday roster moves expected, we can now look at the projected inactive list for the Sunday season opener against the Tennessee Titans. Heath Miller – Miller was removed from the Active PUP list last Saturday, but is…



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Examining The Rationale Behind The Surprising Roster Moves

By Matthew Marczi The last few spots on a 53-man roster are almost always tough to predict. However, the final roster for the Pittsburgh Steelers was even more difficult to call than usual this year, given the amount of roster turnover from a year ago, including emerging starters replacing aging…