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Steelers Training Camp Practice Report: Day Two – Sunday

By Alex Kozora Practice notes from a rain-shortened day two of Pittsburgh Steelers’ training camp. Before I begin, some good news. A friend from out of town was gracious enough to give me a ride to camp tomorrow so I will be there.  So you’ll have to thank him for making tomorrow’s notes, the first […]

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Marczi: 53-Man Roster Prediction – Training Camp Edition

Now that training camp has finally begun and we’re starting to get a clearer picture of the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers, it’s time to take another crack at predicting the 53-man roster. These predictions are based on the accumulation of data through the offseason, of course, and are not just based on what was seen and […]

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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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Bryan: Steelers 2014 53 Man Roster Prediction – Training Camp Edition

With the Pittsburgh Steelers reporting to Latrobe for training camp on Friday, it’s now time for the latest installment of my 53 man roster prediction. If you would like to see my previous version, it is right here. In the comments below, tell me the selections you disagree with and which player makes it instead. […]

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Kozora: Steelers 2014 53 Man Roster Prediction – Training Camp Edition

By Alex Kozora My second crack at projecting the Pittsburgh Steelers 53 man roster. Something I’m sure we can all look back at and make fun of in a few weeks. If you listened to me on The Terrible Podcast, you already know my roster. Feel free to agree or disagree in the comments below. Couple […]

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Season Of Change – Speed From All Corners

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 CB Brice McCain Make The Final 53?

The Pittsburgh Steelers will begin training camp a little more than one week from today, so I thought we would 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 […]

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Steelers Kickoff Coverage In 2013 Didn’t Match Up To Their Ranking

Last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers kickoff coverage team allowed an average of 22.3 yards per return and that was good for a 10th overall ranking. While those raw stats look good on paper, I’m about to show you why those numbers are really just fluff and why Steelers special teams coach Danny Smith has to […]

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Steelers Pre-Camp Depth Chart Update – Cornerback

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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Replacing A Championship Roster – Dimes, Quarters, And Assorted Change

The Pittsburgh Steelers have experienced an uncommon amount of roster turnover over the last few seasons, which just so happened to coincide with consecutive years without a postseason berth. As a result, we’re finding an unusual amount of new faces in the starting lineup compared just to last season, when the season before already introduced […]

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On Flowers And Fertilizer

First off, apologies to all the gardeners who have stumbled across this article seeking advice of the plant nurturing variety through search engines. Multiple reliable Pittsburgh Steelers beat writers have confirmed the team’s interest in free agent cornerback Brandon Flowers by speaking directly to team personnel. Of course, when a former Pro Bowl cornerback is released in […]

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Steelers Sub-Packages Should See Improvement

Yesterday, ESPN’s John Clayton took a look at how players in sub-packages are beginning to command more respect by front offices, even if many of them are not technically starters, and thus are getting paid more. Of course, the fact that teams are employing sub-packages more and more frequently has a lot to do with […]

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Pro Football Focus Not Impressed With Steelers’ Depth

Earlier this offseason, way back in February, Pro Football Focus projected the starting lineups of each team based on their then-current roster, and the site actually came away with a fairly positive take on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2014 prospects. There were a few changes from the lineup since then, of course. Notably, at that time […]

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Special Teams Of Primary Concern For Steelers Secondary

The Pittsburgh Steelers have rarely benefitted greatly from special teams throughout the organization’s history. Chuck Noll famously refused to employ special teams coaches until late in his tenure, when he shifted responsibilities for both defensive line coach John Kolb and inside linebackers coach Dennis Fitzgerald, requesting that they jointly coach the special teams unit in […]

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Steelers Antwon Blake On Playing Special Teams: ‘I Just Want To Be A Wrecking Ball’

Pittsburgh Steelers third-year defensive back Antwon Blake was second on the team in special teams tackles in 2013 and he’s going to be hard to keep off of the 53 man roster this year. It takes a unique kind of player to be successful on special teams and Blake recently went over a few of […]

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Steelers CB Antwon Blake Looks Back While Focusing On The Future

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake was seemingly just like everybody else this past May, having read all the pre-draft press and speculation. He assumed, as so many did, that the Steelers would draft a wide receiver early in the process. He also assumed that they would make his job much more difficult by taking another […]

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Steelers HC Mike Tomlin Has His Eyes On CB Antwon Blake

During the 2014 NFL Draft, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and defensive backs coach CarnellLake both made it a point to mention the name of third-year cornerback Antwon Blake when talking about depth in the secondary. On Tuesday during practice, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin let the former undrafted free agent know that he’s […]

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Two Steelers Players On The Backend Of The Roster That Will Be Tough To Cut

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs Robert Golden and Antwon Blake combined to play all of 56 snaps last year on defense, but both former undrafted free agents will be extremely tough to keep off of the 53 man roster in 2014 just the same. Golden, who was originally signed by the Steelers in 2012, is still […]

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Will Allen Still Ahead Of Shamarko Thomas On Steelers Depth Chart

On Sunday, I wrote about how Pittsburgh Steelers second-year safety Shamarko Thomas might find it tough to see the field in 2014 as much as he did as a rookie and according to a Monday report by Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Syracuse product still has some climbing up the depth chart to […]

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Marczi: Steelers Roster Projections – OTA Edition

It’s now the beginning of June, and we’ve already gotten some of our first glimpses of the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers roster through the first round of OTAs. I don’t expect that the Steelers will add anybody new, but if they do, it will be dealt with then. Now, it’s time to start exploring how the […]

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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 Steelers to give players more […]

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Steelers Lake Sings Praises Of Blake

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake has played all of nine defensive snaps so far during his two seasons in the league, but defensive backs coach Carnell Lake heaped a lot of praise on the UTEP product during the 2014 NFL Draft. “The one or two corners that we picked up last year and this year; […]

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Kozora: 2014 Steelers 53 Man Roster Prediction – Post Draft

By Alex Kozora Following Dave Bryan’s lead, here is my first crack at predicting the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 53 man roster. Needless to say, this is subject to change once we hit training camp. Quarterbacks – (3) Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Landry Jones Analysis: Jones is safe for at least another season. Other than that, […]

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Just One Small Problem With The Cornerback Depth Chart

The Pittsburgh Steelers were clearly at a place of relative comfort with their cornerback depth entering the 2014 season—certainly far more so than outside observers speculated throughout the offseason leading up to the draft. They had an opportunity to draft one of the top cornerbacks in the draft last week, Darqueze Dennard, at the 15th […]

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2014 Steelers 53 Man Roster Prediction – Post Draft

With the 2014 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for my first offseason 53 man roster prediction for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all of these right, but this is where my head is at after the selection of nine players by the Steelers over the course of the […]

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Steelers Draft Needs – Cornerback

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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