Chris Rainey

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Post 2016 OTA Practices: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Friday to all of you and I hope you all realize that the start of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 training camp is now just 7 weeks away. The Steelers wrapped up their annual OTAs this past week and the players will now have a few days off before their mandatory three-day…


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Only David DeCastro Now Remains From Steelers 2012 Draft Class

Just over four years ago the Pittsburgh Steelers selected nine players during the 2012 NFL Draft. As of Thursday, guard David DeCastro is now the only one of those nine that remains of the roster as tackle Mike Adams, who was team’s second-round selection in 2012, has now been released…


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Genuine Interest In Eli Apple Not So Far-Fetched

Early in the offseason process, it became evident quickly that Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple was going to be one of those natural players to connect with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and we found his name next to the western Pennsylvania team’s with frequency in the early mock drafts. That seemed…


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Revisiting Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2012 Draft Class

A couple of days ago, I wrote an article about a series of grades evaluating the rookie draft classes of each NFL team following their first seasons, and I talked about the arbitrary nature of the process, in particular the signing of a letter grade for players who have yet…


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Steelers Under Mike Tomlin Do Prefer Carrying Four Running Backs

Yesterday, I wrote about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back position and its hypothetical long-term future—not much of which is known, of course, given that neither Le’Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams, or even Fitzgerald Toussaint are under contract for beyond the 2016 season. I wrote that, given the odd of Williams, at…


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Finding A Kick Returner Requires Looking For One

The Pittsburgh Steelers have never been averse to the idea of having a dedicated returner over the years—particularly recently. Antwaan Randle-El is perhaps the most well-known in this century, a college quarterback turned wide receiver who largely was able to carve out a name for himself as a return specialist,…



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Coates Overcame Childhood Adversity In Route To NFL

The Steelers’ third round pick out of Auburn, wide receiver Sammie Coates, may not have ended up there and in the Steel City if not for his best friend, Andrew Williams. In the summer of 2010, Auburn was holding their final camp for recruits, and Williams, a running back at…







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Steelers’ Archer Without A Quiver

It’s now 10 games into the 2014 season, and rookie running back Dri Archer has yet to register a single explosive play. As a matter of fact, he’s only played 37 snaps all season, and 15 of those snaps came in the season opener. Even the most pessimistic prognosticators of…


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Steelers Still Waiting On Rookie Dri Archer

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back slash wide receiver Dri Archer has logged 23 snaps thus far in three games this season. As a running back, he’s carried the ball two times for six yards. As a wide receiver, he has three catches for nine yards. He’s averaging three yards per…