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Season Of Change – Stepping Up From JV Punters

After two straight seasons of equivalent wins and losses, it’s certainly no surprise that the front office of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been busier and more active than usual in their efforts to reshape a middling roster into a true competitor. The past few months could be fairly described as a season of change amid […]

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48 Plays That Shaped The Steelers 2013 Season: Week 8 Versus Raiders

By Alex Kozora Before turning out attention to the start of training camp, we’ll revisit 2013 one more time. This is a brand new series that will be recapping each game by highlighting three plays that shaped the final score – and the 2013 season – of the Pittsburgh Steelers. After the mini two-game winning streak, […]

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Steelers Hoping A Long-Term Answer At Punter Is In Camp

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been unable to find stability at the punter position for some time now. The last player one could make an argument for would be the three years that Chris Gardocki spent at the end of his career with the Steelers from 2004 to 2006. A more fair and realistic answer, however, […]

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Steelers Punter Battle Already Being Called An ‘Interesting Competition’

A punter battle appears to be in full swing already during the Pittsburgh Steelers OTA practices. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review calls the early offseason battle between veteran Adam Podlesh and youngster Brad Wing an “interesting competition” right now through four practices. Last year at this same time, Drew Butler was battling veteran Brian Moorman for the […]

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Steelers DE Brian Arnfelt Has A Chance To Accomplish A Rare Feat In 2014

During the Kevin Colbert era, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had their share of rookie undrafted free agents that managed to beat the odds and make the final 53 man roster out of training camp. I’m not going to go over all of the names, but the most recent ones to accomplish that feat are Terence […]

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Report: Bears Expected To Release Former Steelers P Drew Butler

The Chicago Bears were the only team to select a punter during the 2014 NFL Draft and as a result, it looks like punter Drew Butler will be released soon. Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports Sunday afternoon that the Bears plan on cutting Butler now that the rookie camp has wrapped up. The […]

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Steelers Draft History Under Tomlin – Specialists

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’ Punter Search Won’t Include Pat McAfee

The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly figure to be in the market for a new punter this offseason, given that all three punters that spent even a second on the roster last year are either not on the team or will be a free agent on Tuesday. But that search will not include Pat McAfee, who re-signed […]

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Brad Wing With A Prayer?

As far as punters go, it’s difficult to generate much enthusiasm, regardless of how talented a player might be. Frankly, quality punting is more of a concern for teams with bad offenses, and barring a hemorrhaging of touchdown returns, if you’re so worried about the quality of your punting game, chances are there are bigger […]

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Steelers Early Offseason Positional Draft Needs – Specialists

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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Special Teams Signings Could Suggest Steelers Have Diagnosed A Problem

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers may have taken a step in the right direction yesterday when they signed Bryce Davis—a long snapper—and Brad Wing—a punter. That step: diagnosing a problem. Selecting these two special teams players as their first signings from outside the organization could suggest that the Steelers see a need to improve […]

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Steelers Opt To Punt On Special Teams Woes

By Matthew Marczi To the surprise of exactly nobody, the Pittsburgh Steelers elected yesterday to waive punter Zoltan Mesko after seven games, replacing him with veteran free agent punter Mat McBriar, hoping to punt on their recent special teams woes. The Steelers, of course, brought in Mesko after the New England Patriots released him upon […]

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Steelers Versus Vikings – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi The Steelers were off to a strong start on their kick return coverage this season, and it continued into this game, with Shamarko Thomas making Cordarrelle Patterson pay for taking back the opening kickoff from nine yards deep, short of the 20. Likewise, the running defense got off to a fine start […]

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Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Terence Garvin Makes Me A Liar

By Matthew Marczi With the move Tuesday to call up rookie undrafted free agent linebacker Terence Garvin from the practice squad after placing tight end Matt Spaeth on short-term IR, the young man has officially made me a liar. Well, not exactly, but his inclusion onto the roster negates one observation that I made after […]

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Steelers Hope Pair Of Roster Transactions Will Help Bolster Sluggish Special Teams Unit

By Matthew Marczi It was an unlikely Labor Day for the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday, who rarely see fit to do much tinkering with their roster. This year, however, is different, as they added two players that they presumably believe will help bolster their special teams performance in 2013, which has been an area of concern […]

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Steelers 2013 Roster Now Includes 19 Players That Weren’t On The Team Last Year

You can officially color me surprised as not only did the Pittsburgh Steelers add offensive lineman Cody Wallace to the roster on Sunday, they also added punter Zoltan Mesko and defensive back Antwon Blake on Monday. While the jury is still out on Wallace being an upgrade over John Malecki, the addition of both Mesko […]

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Report: Steelers To Sign P Zoltan Mesko

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 is reporting Monday on Twitter that former New England Patriots kicker Zoltan Mesko will be signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers today. Former Pats P Zoltan Mesko, cut the other day, will be signing with the Steelers today. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 2, 2013 Mesko, who was drafted by […]

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Examining The Rationale Behind The Surprising Roster Moves

By Matthew Marczi The last few spots on a 53-man roster are almost always tough to predict. However, the final roster for the Pittsburgh Steelers was even more difficult to call than usual this year, given the amount of roster turnover from a year ago, including emerging starters replacing aging veterans, which drained the depth […]

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Marczi – Steelers 2013 Final 53 Man Roster Prediction

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their preseason schedule last night with a 25-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers, but they survived the four games seemingly without any major injuries, based on the way rookie running back Le’Veon Bell seems to be recovering from a mid-foot sprain. I am not entirely sure how […]

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Steelers 2013 53 Man Roster Prediction – Final Edition

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 preseason has now come and gone and now the team must trim the roster down to 53 players by Saturday evening. The last few cuts are always the hardest and trying to figure out the last three of four roster spots is a yearly chore. Below is my best educated guess […]

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Steelers Versus Panthers: 11 Things To Look For Thursday Night

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Carolina Panthers Thursday night in their preseason finale and below are eleven things to look for during the game. Jones I – Rookie quarterback Landry Jones figures to get a ton of playing time against the Panthers, and it will likely be the last time he sees the field […]

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Steelers Final Depth Chart Of The Preseason

Below is a copy of the final depth chart for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare to take on the Carolina Panthers Thursday night. It is very east to see with the shorter lines that we will more than likely see a few players such as Joe Madsen and Mike Golic Jr. play this week […]

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Steelers Versus Chiefs – Second Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi Below is a list of random notes and observations from the second half during the third preseason game for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Kansas City Chiefs. Unfortunate for Maurkice Pouncey to rack up a couple of penalties to start the second half. He looked much better in the first half in […]

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Mike Tomlin Says Punting Battle Is Still Pretty Even Heading Into Saturday Night

The punting battle between Drew Butler and Brian Moorman has been closely contested thus far as the Pittsburgh Steelers now get ready for their third preseason game Saturday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. Head coach Mike Tomlin was asked Friday to give his thoughts on the competition and he let it be known that […]

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Steelers Versus Chiefs: 11 Things To Look For Saturday Night

The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday night at Heinz Field in their third preseason game of the season and below are eleven things to look for during the game. Working With A Plan – Head coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger both have admitted that there was no game plan […]

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Steelers 2013 53 Man Roster Prediction – Post Preseason Game 2 Edition

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now played two preseason games, so it is now time for my fifth 53 man roster prediction for the 2013 season. If you missed my first four 53 man roster predictions following the draft, OTA practices, pre training camp and first preseason game, you can view them by following the links […]

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