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Like it Or Not, Steelers Missed TE Matt Spaeth Last Season

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost several key players to injuries last season, but one player that’s not talked about a lot as being a big loss is backup tight end Matt Spaeth. Spaeth went down last year in training camp with a Lisfranc injury and as a result he needed surgery and missed the first 12 […]

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For Steelers, Health Is Happiness

During an offseason of uncommon change for an organization as conservative in its movements as the Pittsburgh Steelers, there has been a significant amount of focus in recent months on these amendments, as well as discussion about which move will prove to be the most significant offseason acquisition. The go-to answer tends to be new […]

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Steelers Have Enough Tight Ends To Keep Mike Adams From Running Routes

For the third time in Mike Tomlin’s tenure as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the organization drafted a tight end in the 2014 NFL Draft. All three times, however, it has been with a seventh-round pick. One of those former seventh-round picks left in free agency this offseason, while the other two may […]

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Steelers Film Room: G Lead Concept

By Alex Kozora Throughout the rest of the offseason, we’ll examine specific plays from the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 season. We won’t be focusing so much on individual play, though that inevitably comes with any breakdown, but instead, we will focus on concepts used in the pro game to show not just what happened, but why it happened. […]

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Versatility Opens Up Play Book For No Huddle Offense

Every offseason, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger talks about a no huddle offense that never actually comes to fruition in the way he would like by the time the games start to matter. Scott Kacsmar for Football Outsiders even took the liberty of collecting snippets over the years on the subject of what he calls “Big […]

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Replacing A Championship Roster – Johnson To Johnson

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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Steelers 2014 Free Agency As It Relates To Compensatory Formula

Now that June 1 is finally here, we can now close out the unrestricted free agent additions and losses of the Pittsburgh Steelers for the offseason as it relates to what will be used in determining compensatory draft picks next offseason. Remember, unrestricted free agent players signed from this point forward no longer count. As […]

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Steelers Offense Went To “11″ Quite A Bit In 2013

According to a recent post by Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders, teams used “11″ personnel (one running back, one tight end, three wideouts) 51.2 percent of the time in 2013 and used three or more receivers on 58.8 percent of plays. Also according to their data, teams used “11″ personnel 45.7 percent of the time […]

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Steelers TE Rob Blanchflower Hoping To Avoid Another Redshirt Beginning

New Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Rob Blanchflower redshirted in 2009 before becoming a four-year starter at college, twice assuming leadership roles for his team. The Steelers currently have four veteran tight ends on the roster, the youngest entering his third season in the league. Does Blanchflower have enough to overcome the numbers and earn a […]

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Steelers Wrap Up Their Draft Class With Day Three Haul

The Pittsburgh Steelers tripled their draft class on day three of the 2014 NFL Draft, selecting six players in the final four rounds to go along with ILB Ryan Shazier, DE Stephon Tuitt, and RB Dri Archer taken in the first three rounds. On day three, the team started out by filling holes with prospects […]

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Steelers Draft History Under Tomlin – Tight 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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Steelers Draft History Under Tomlin – Running Back

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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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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