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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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Pre-Draft Free Agent Movements Tight 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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Is The Tackle-Eligible Doomed To Go The Way Of The Dodo?

In order to stem the tide of injuries that engulfed the tight end position during the early portions of the 2013 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers resolved to use their reserve offensive linemen as tackle-eligible ends last year. During the first four games of the season, that role went to Kelvin Beachum, though his tight end […]

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Michael Palmer Signing Could Put The Pressure On David Paulson

The Pittsburgh Steelers inked two players to contracts yesterday, the far less interesting of the two being tight end Michael Palmer. Palmer was the blocking complement to Tony Gonzalez with the Atlanta Falcons before being released last offseason, ultimately finding his way to Pittsburgh late in the offseason. With both Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth […]

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With Cotchery Gone, It’s Antonio Brown’s Time To Lead

The Pittsburgh Steelers withstood their sixth free agent loss of the offseason thus far when veteran wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery elected to accept an offer with the wideout-starved Carolina Panthers rather than return to Pittsburgh. Before him were the departures of defensive linemen Ziggy Hood and Al Woods, running back Jonathan Dwyer, tight end David […]

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A Way Too Early Look At The Steelers Gains And Loses From a Compensatory Draft Pick Standpoint

The 2014 compensatory drat picks will be announced later on this month and already people are starting to look forward to what the Pittsburgh Steelers might get in 2015 for the free agent loses they incurred so far this offseason. Here is a quick look at what has happened so far as we start moving […]

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How Will The Losses In Free Agency Alter The Steelers’ Offseason Strategy?

The Pittsburgh Steelers uncharacteristically dipped into the free agent pool early to bring in an outside free agent, signing former Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Mitchell to a five-year contract on Tuesday. Yesterday was a different story. As per their norm, they worked toward rebuilding their roster by re-signing a trio of their own free […]

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Recapping The Steelers Second Day Of Free Agency

The first full day of the 2014 league year officially came to an end at 4:00 p.m. EST and for the Pittsburgh Steelers it was day highlighted by the re-signings of several of their own unrestricted free agents. In case you missed anything, here is quick recap of what happened on Wednesday and you can […]

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Steelers Free Agent TE/FB David Johnson Signs With Chargers On Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now lost one of their own unrestricted free agents as tight end David Johnson has signed with the San Diego Chargers on Wednesday. Johnson was originally drafted by the Steelers in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Arkansas State and mostly played fullback and on special teams […]

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2014 Steelers Mock Draft Version 2.0 – Post Scouting Combine

With the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine now behind us, it is now time for my second 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers mock draft, or as I like to call them, educated guesses to inspire good draft talk about players. I usually do about 5 or 6 mocks prior to the actual NFL draft taking place and you […]

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The Pessimist’s Take – The Tight End Position In 2014

By Matthew Marczi 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 success of […]

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The Optimist’s Take – The Tight End Position In 2014

By Matthew Marczi 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 success of […]

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Steelers Early Offseason Positional Draft Needs – Tight End

By Matthew Marczi Ask any Pittsburgh Steelers fan now and he’ll tell you that the offseason began way too early for their team, which even according to team president Art Rooney II should have been in the playoffs. If you asked that same fan at the Bye Week for their mock draft, however, they might […]

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Steelers 2013 Player Evaluations By Position – Tight Ends

By Alex Kozora A Pittsburgh Steelers player by player recap, grouped by position, reviewing the 2013 season. This round, a look at the tight end position. Heath Miller: There are two schools of thought when it comes to evaluating Miller. 1. It was unreasonable for him to look the same only a little over eight […]

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Free Agents Analysis: TE David Johnson – Unrestricted

By Matthew Marczi Player: David Johnson Position: Tight End Experience: 5 Years Free Agent Status: Unrestricted 2013 Salary Cap Hit: $665,000 2013 Season Breakdown: The 2013 season was a brief one for fifth-year tight end/fullback David Johnson, who had his year ended prematurely after suffering a season-ending wrist injury in the fifth game of the […]

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A Look At Matt Spaeth Versus The Browns

By Matthew Marczi Matt Spaeth shored up a critical deficiency as a second true tight end when he returned from injury following the first three months of the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers already started the year without Heath Miller, and it wasn’t too much longer that they also lost David Johnson, who was at the […]

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First Look At The Steelers 2014 Free Agents

NOTE: Bumping this back up for New Years Day banter. ~ DB With the final week of the regular season now upon us, it’s time to take a quick and dirty look at the 2014 free agents the Pittsburgh Steelers will have during the offseason. I have included a small note on each player and […]

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Steelers End 2013 Season Without Suffering Any Serious Injuries

The 2013 season is now over for the Pittsburgh Steelers but it appears as though they will enter the offseason without any serious injuries to overcome. “On the injury front, a few minor ones,” said head coach Mike Tomlin during his post game press conference. Jerricho Cotchery hurt his ribs. I don’t know the status […]

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Return Of Matt Spaeth Helping Offense Find Identity

By Matthew Marczi For much of the season, the Steelers have by and large stayed away from heavily using multiple tight end sets, especially after losing David Johnson for the season and before Heath Miller was back from his knee injury. That wasn’t exactly the plan entering the season. The Steelers brought back Matt Spaeth […]

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Tight End Reps Keeping Mike Adams In The Loop

By Matthew Marczi Mike Adams should be thanking Levi Brown for being so fragile as to suffer a season-ending injury during pre-game warm ups. Had that not occurred, perhaps Adams would still be spending his Sundays in sweat clothes as he ‘hones his craft’ in practice. That is hyperbole, of course. Given the carousel of […]

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Isn’t It Time To Give New TE Richard Gordon An Opportunity To Fail?

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed tight end Richard Gordon off the street several weeks ago and Sunday marked his third straight game of being inactive. While I understand that he needed time to recover from a great toe injury that he suffered during his very first practice with the team, he wasn’t on the injury report […]

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David Paulson Back In A More Comfortable Role

By Matthew Marczi The season-ending injury to tight end David Johnson has once against thrust second-year tight end David Paulson into action after his playing time had been truncated with the return of Heath Miller. He had his early season struggles as a blocker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and helped contribute to a dreadful running […]

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Steelers TE Matt Spaeth Offers No Clues As To When He Might Return

The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly could use blocking tight end Matt Spaeth back in the lineup and according to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the veteran hasn’t wore a boot on his previously injured foot for some time now. Spaeth, who suffered a Lisfranc injury during training camp, is eligible to return to practice right […]

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Le’Veon Bell Passes The Eye Test

By Matthew Marczi Last week, I wrote about Le’Veon Bell’s performance in which he ran for just a 2.1 yard per carry average. I noted that while the poor run-blocking performance of the offensive line was at issue, the rookie back displayed some tendencies, particularly earlier in the game, of not trusting himself, and as […]

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Timetable For Matt Spaeth’s Return Unclear

ByMatthew Marczi With David Johnson recently putting himself out for the rest of the season with a wrist injury and newly acquired Richard Gordon failing to escape even a single practice unscathed, there should be a clear path for the Pittsburgh Steelers to reintroduce Matt Spaeth into the tight end mix. That is, provided that […]

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On Mike Adams And Job Security

By Matthew Marczi It was believed by some that the decision of the Pittsburgh Steelers to acquire offensive tackle Levi Brown from the Arizona Cardinals was made in part because it gave the team the opportunity to put Mike Adams on the shelf for a while in order to break him down without the pressure […]

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