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Tight End Usage Starkly Declines As Steelers Trail Against Eagles

On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers opened with a 12 personnel look to being their first offensive series. With Jesse James lined up offset to the right of the offensive line and first-year tight end Xavier Grimble serving as the in-line blocker on the left side, though both ran a route…


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Steelers Vs. Eagles: Player Snap Counts – Week 3

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost 34-3 to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and now enter Week 4 of the 2016 regular season with a record of 2-1. The initial snap counts from the Week 3 road game are now in and as usual, here is a recap of the notable numbers…


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Confidence In Backup TEs May Favor More Snap Distribution

Over the course of the past couple of days, I have taken the time to do some film studying on the blocking of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ top two tight ends right now on the depth chart, namely second-year current starter Jesse James and the returning veteran, David Johnson, whose position…


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Steelers Film Room: David Johnson Vs Bengals

In hindsight, it certainly appears to be a good thing that the Pittsburgh Steelers made the decision, which many seemed to believe as a mere afterthought, to bring back tight end David Johnson, whom they originally drafted in 2009, and who played in Pittsburgh until 2013 before spending two seasons…


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Steelers Film Room: Jesse James Run Blocking Vs Bengals

I reserved some time earlier in the week to gives some props to second-year tight end Jesse James, who caught three big passes for the Pittsburgh Steelers on his three of five catchable targets. His early showing as a receiving target has been roughly as good as could be anticipated,…


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Week 2 Steelers Offensive Charting Notes

As Alex Kozora mentioned yesterday, we have decided to turn our charting notes into a weekly series to make use of the data that we collect, and also, frankly, because we enjoy doing them, and we assume that you guys enjoy reading them as well, as it helps to put…


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David Todd: Quick Thoughts On Week 2: Steelers Versus Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers opened the home portion of their 2016 schedule at a rain-soaked Heinz Field Sunday with a 24-16 win of the Cincinnati Bengals. Weather conditions were a big factor as both quarterbacks struggled to deliver the football accurately and each team’s star receiver was basically a non-factor. The…


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Tackle-Eligible, Fullback Sighted Late In Steelers’ Victory

You may recall that last week after the victory over Washington, I wondered why the Pittsburgh Steelers had chosen to use an inexperienced third tight end over a tackle-eligible option, which seemed to be their preferred method of getting an extra blocker on the field over the course of the…


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Steelers Spread The Ball To Nine Targets Sunday

In the wake of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory on opening day, I made note of the fact that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger highly limited himself when it came to distributing the football in the passing game. Over the course of the past few seasons, he has more and more utilized a…


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Steelers Vs Bengals: Winners And Losers

It got interesting. Too interesting. But what is a Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory without giving their fans 48 heart attacks, right? Your winners and losers. Winners Jordan Berry: Oh yeah, we’re starting with some special teams love. Legitimately, Berry was the best player on the field today. Here is where all…


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Sunday Looks To Be Another Opportunity For Xavier Grimble

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been unable to get second-year fullback Roosevelt Nix onto the field since the first preseason game, and that negative trend will continue tomorrow afternoon against the Bengals, because he was officially ruled out for the game yesterday. This is good news for at least one player,…


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Steelers Use 3TE Sets With Success In Washington

Considering the fact that they ran all but one play in the first quarter of their victory over Washington on Monday night out of their usual 11 personnel, the Pittsburgh Steelers actually ended up playing a respectable number of snaps out of multiple-tight-end sets before the night was through. That,…


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Steelers Film Room: Xavier Grimble Vs Redskins

You know who played a surprisingly high number of snaps on Monday night? This guy. *points above to display image* “This guy” is first-year tight end Xavier Grimble, who played 16 snaps for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Redskins in the team’s season opener, which was just one snap shy…


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Roethlisberger Leans Exclusively On Top 5 Targets In Season Opener

Here is one stat from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Monday night victory over Washington that you might find surprising—I know I did. Throughout the length of the contest, on 37 pass attempts, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger only completed a pass to five different targets. In fact, he only targeted those five players…


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Steelers Enter 2016 Season With 14 Players Set To Be URFAs In 2017

The Pittsburgh Steelers will open their 2016 regular season Monday night against the Washington Redskins and now that their initial roster is set, we can take a quick loom ahead at the several players who are now scheduled to become unrestricted free agents next year. Currently, there are 14 such…