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Instant Analysis Of The Steelers 10 Man Practice Squad

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now announced their initial 2014 practice squad players and here is quick break down of every one of them DE Nick Williams – Williams, the Steelers seventh round draft pick from 2013, remains a project of defensive line coach John Mitchell. Williams lost his rookie season to a knee injury and really […]

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Annual Fear Of Losing Undrafted Rookies To Waivers In Full Swing

It seems like every year during the preseason that fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers are concerned about losing rookie late-round draft picks or undrafted free agents to the waiver process come the final cut-down date. In reality, this fear can be found in the fan bases of 31 other teams around the league and it […]

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Chris Carter In For Yet Another Fierce Roster Battle

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Chris Carter is in the final year of his contract, but the front office isn’t exactly knocking down his door to ensure that they have his exclusive rights heading into 2015. To be fair, they didn’t do that for Jason Worilds a year ago either, even though he was being moved […]

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Steelers Vs. Giants: What To Watch For By Position Groups

By Alex Kozora We’ve already looked at the rookies. By position, here are some additional individual storylines I’ll be keeping an eye out for while seeing the game live and re-watching it afterwards. Quarterback The team knows what they have in Ben Roethlisberger and Bruce Gradkowski. The only person of interest here is Landry Jones, […]

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Steelers Pre-Camp Thoughts: Under The Radar Storylines

By Alex Kozora Before I head out to St. Vincent College today to take in the first practice, there’s a couple storylines I’ll be paying close attention to for my post-practice reports. These aren’t going to be anyone’s first choice to talk about heading into the season but are nonetheless important. The headlines that lie […]

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Howard Jones Looking To Continue Trend Of UDFA Outside Linebackers

The Pittsburgh Steelers currently find themselves in a bit of a bind at outside linebacker—particularly when it comes to depth. With both James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley now a thing of the past, the team is turning to Jason Worilds and Jarvis Jones to start. Which is a problem, because Worilds has been the depth […]

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Former Steelers Practice Squad LB Alan Baxter Waived Monday By Colts

In an interview last August on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert was asked if there were any off-the-radar players that had surprised him in the early stages of training camp. Colbert noted that there was undrafted free agent that had indeed caught his eye. “Alan Baxter, an outside linebacker,” said Colbert […]

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Former Steelers LB Alan Baxter Signed To Colts Practice Squad

On Tuesday, the Indianapolis Colts announced that they have signed former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Alan Baxter to their practice squad. Baxter was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Illinois on April 27, 2013. He was then signed to their Steelers practice squad after the final roster moves were […]

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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 at defensive end and nose […]

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Help, Health Wanted Along The Offensive Line

By Matthew Marczi Ever since the inexplicable scene two weeks ago in which the newly-acquired tackle Levi Brown injured himself during pre-game warmups, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has gone against his own grain and dressed eight offensive linemen on game day. Did the shock of having just Guy Whimper as a reserve lineman […]

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LaMarr Woodley Re-Establishing Himself As An Elite Pass Rusher

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley came into the 2013 somewhat under fire after spending the past season and a half slowed or sidelined by a series of injuries. The team collectively was forced to deal with a supposed locker room schism in which a player allegedly claimed that many on the […]

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Steelers Sign LB Kion Wilson To Practice Squad; Release LB Alan Baxter

The Pittsburgh Steelers made one practice squad move on Friday as linebacker Kion Wilson was signed and linebacker Alan Baxter was released. Wilson was waived earlier this week when the team signed linebacker Stevenson Sylvester back to the roster. Wilson might be a littler banged up right now after suffering a hamstring injury in the […]

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Sadly – The Standard Is The Standard

NOTE: I don’t normally take outside article submissions, but Michael Reynolds has asked that I post his thoughts on the start of the season. I am sure this will produce some interesting discussion in the comments. ~ DB By Michael Reynolds The familiar refrain of “Here We Go Steelers” is most aptly replaced by “Here […]

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Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Terence Garvin Makes Me A Liar

By Matthew Marczi With the move Tuesday to call up rookie undrafted free agent linebacker Terence Garvin from the practice squad after placing tight end Matt Spaeth on short-term IR, the young man has officially made me a liar. Well, not exactly, but his inclusion onto the roster negates one observation that I made after […]

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Steelers Preseason Depth Chart Offered Clues Regarding Final Roster And Practice Squad

By Matthew Marczi Who would have thought that preseason depth chart moves actually meant something? The Pittsburgh Steelers discretely made a couple of depth chart moves throughout training camp, and it turns out that a lot of them stuck, two of which I previously noted. First, it was cornerback Isaiah Green moving ahead of Josh […]

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Steelers Sign Eight Players To Practice Squad

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now set their initial eight man practice squad for the 2013 season as guard Chris Hubbard, tackle Joe Long, defensive end Brian Arnfelt, linebacker Alan Baxter, linebacker Terence Garvin, running back Alvester Alexander, cornerback Devin Smith and wide receiver Justin Brown were all signed Sunday after clearing waivers. The Steelers surprisingly […]

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Internal Options To Fill Matt Spaeth’s Roster Spot For Steelers

By Matthew Marczi With the decision to carry five tight ends, the Pittsburgh Steelers seemingly expressed their intent to place tight end Matt Spaeth on the Reserve/Injured List with Designation to Return. In order to place the return designation on a player being moved to injured reserve, that player must be on the final 53-man […]

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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 veterans, which drained the depth […]

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Steelers 2013 Practice Squad Prediction

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now made their roster cuts and the next course of action will be the signing of eight players to the practice squad. Below is my educated guess as to who those eight players will be. Terry Hawthorne – Hawthorne is now healthy after missing the offseason practices and a good portion […]

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Instant Analysis Of Steelers Final 53 Roster Cuts

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers made their final roster cuts today, and they made me and many others look foolish with their predictions. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that they kept just eight linebackers on the roster. It will probably be simplest to go position by position and take a look at who is […]

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Steelers Versus Panthers – Second Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi If I am not mistaken, Brian Rolle did not play much of any special teams in the second half. My belief is that he did not have to, and that otherwise he would have. Chris Carter looked his most active of the entire preseason against the weaker competition offered in the final […]

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Marczi – Steelers 2013 Final 53 Man Roster Prediction

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their preseason schedule last night with a 25-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers, but they survived the four games seemingly without any major injuries, based on the way rookie running back Le’Veon Bell seems to be recovering from a mid-foot sprain. I am not entirely sure how […]

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Steelers 2013 53 Man Roster Prediction – Final Edition

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 preseason has now come and gone and now the team must trim the roster down to 53 players by Saturday evening. The last few cuts are always the hardest and trying to figure out the last three of four roster spots is a yearly chore. Below is my best educated guess […]

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Steelers Versus Panthers – Winners And Losers

The Pittsburgh Steelers finished their 2013 preseason winless Thursday night as they lost 25-10 to the Carolina Panthers. Here is my weekly list of winners and losers and make sure to add your own in the comments below. WINNERS: Derek Moye – Moye increased his chances of making the final 53 man roster Thursday night […]

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Could The Steelers Possibly Keep Ten Linebackers This Year?

The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to trim their roster down to 53 players come Saturday evening, and some of the toughest decisions will come at the linebacker position. While the final number kept will likely be no less than nine, keeping ten is not out of the question. We already know that Larry Foote, Lawrence […]

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Six Positions To Be Settled In Steelers Preseason Finale

By Matthew Marczi The preseason finale may not mean a whole lot to many fans, and even to many players—particularly the starters—but for hundreds of players around the league, it is the final preseason game that determines whether or not they have a six-figure salary in their future or if they will be getting an […]

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