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Steelers 2014 Player Exit Meetings – FB/TE Will Johnson

End-of-season player exit meetings are not something that we are often privy to as outsiders of the football world. Generally, we only get a glimpse into that world when a player is asked by a reporter how the meeting went, if the player is willing to discuss it. Still, it’s…



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FB/TE Will Johnson Struggling To Get On The Field

One of the big story lines during spring practices and training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers, at least to me, was the coaching staff’s decision to use fullback Will Johnson as a tight end, having him attend tight end meetings and work with the group during practice. The idea was…


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Will Johnson Adjusting To New Role In The Offense

Throughout the duration of the down time between minicamp and training camp, I spent a lot of time examining some of the changes that the Pittsburgh Steelers have undergone or have continued to undergo over the course of this offseason. In some cases, it’s a particular player being asked to…



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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…


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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…



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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…



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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…


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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…