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Draft Likely Spells The End For Former Steelers DE Brett Keisel

The NFL draft is an endless source of miracles, annually making dreams come true for hundreds of prospective athletes hoping to make it to the top echelon of their sport and chosen profession, even if many of those chosen don’t ultimately make it. There’s the other side of the draft as well, the one less […]

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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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2014 Steelers Mock Draft – Alex Kozora Version 3.0 – Final

By Alex Kozora With the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft Thursday, it’s time for my final mock draft. You can check out the first one here and the second one here. Overall, this mock is more about what I think should happen if I was in charge as opposed to what will happen. […]

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The Myth Of The Old Steelers Defense Is Slow To Die And Far From Over

Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers currently project to field an opening day defense that sports just two players over the age of 30, the old and slow moniker still clings to the team as one of the great myths of the current NFL landscape. The false representation is, obviously, due in large part simply 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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Steelers To Hold Monday Pre Draft Press Conference At Noon

The Pittsburgh Steelers will hold their pre draft press conference on Monday at noon as general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin will field questions from the local media. While the two certainly won’t answer any questions about individual prospects or draft strategy, they might shed a little light on current players already […]

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Steelers NT Steve McLendon Could See More Time In Sub Packages In 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon played a career-high 355 snaps in his first full season as a starter last year, but that number figures to increase significantly if what defensive end Cameron Heyward said this past week comes to fruition. “I think our nose tackles have to be ready to play in sub package […]

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Steelers Draft History Under Tomlin – Defensive End

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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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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Brian Baldinger Says Oregon DE Taylor Hart Reminds Him Of A Young Brett Keisel

He might not have a beard or any Super Bowl rings just yet, but one Oregon defensive player is already drawing comparisons to longtime Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel. On a recent episode NFL Network’s “Path to the Draft“, NFL Media analyst Brian Baldinger gave Oregon defensive end Taylor Hart a huge compliment when he […]

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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 – 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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Gil Brandt Has Steelers As One Of Five Teams With Tons At Stake In Upcoming Draft

The annual draft is certainly important every year for every team in the NFL, but on Wednesday, NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt listed the Pittsburgh Steelers as one of five teams he believes the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft is especially important for. Brandt writes: Pittsburgh’s core players are clearly getting up there in age — […]

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2014 Steelers Mock Draft Version 3.0 – Post Pro Days

With today being my birthday, I thought I would give all of you a gift. Now that the 2014 Pro Days now pretty much behind us, it is now time for my third 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers mock draft, or as I like to call them, educated guesses to inspire good draft talk about players. I […]

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Is The Lack Of Defensive Linemen Draft Prospects Visiting The Steelers A Sign?

While it’s not advisable to read too much into the pre draft visitors that the Pittsburgh Steelers have hosted so far in the month April, the lack of defensive end prospects on that list that would fit the defensive system is a bit surprising. Could this mean that the Steelers feel more comfortable at the […]

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Steelers Are Middle Of The Road In Terms Of Roster Turnover

The last time the Pittsburgh Steelers made the playoffs was in 2011. The current Steelers roster, whom have gone 16-16 since then, contains just 16 players left from that last playoff appearance, coming after a 12-4 regular season. And that seemingly substantial roster turnover is actually just middle-of-the-road turnover in today’s NFL, according to an […]

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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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Things We Think We Know With One Month To Go Until The Draft

We are now one month away from the 2014 NFL Draft and now is as good a time as any to go back over things that we think we know as it relates to the Pittsburgh Steelers needs and wants. Below are just a few of the things that are floating around in my head […]

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On The Steelers And Premature Evaluation

Generally speaking, I have passively been an advocate of Pro Football Focus at times by referencing their data when I see it fit to do so. I give them credit for taking on the herculean task of cataloging every snap from every team in every game and formulating a comprehensive system of analysis in an […]

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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 Greatest Draft Hits – Seventh Round

By Michael K. Reynolds If you’re wondering what the Pittsburgh Steelers should do with their seventh round draft pick this year history would suggest they should follow the words sung during the halftime show of this year’s Super Bowl. That’s when the no longer so Red Hot Chili Peppers chimed: Give it away…give it away…give […]

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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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Former Steelers S Ryan Clark Wound Up Signing A Veteran Qualifying Contract With The Redskins

At the conclusion of the 2013 season, former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark was quoted as saying that he didn’t see himself as a player willing to play for the veteran league minimum in 2014. Now that three months has passed since he made that statement, he must have had a change of heart. Sort […]

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Steelers Close The Book On Phase One Of Free Agency

With the signing late last week of running back LeGarrette Blount, the Pittsburgh Steelers put an exclamation point on what is likely the conclusion of Phase One of their free agency plan, which I expect to be on hiatus until June now. The Steelers re-signed many of their own 21 unrestricted free agents in addition […]

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