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Steelers Versus Bills Sack Breakdown

By Alex Kozora Breakdown of the four sacks the Pittsburgh Steelers allowed in Sunday’s win (rejoice Steelers Depot readers!) over the Buffalo Bills. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE 1. 3rd and 7, 9:29 2nd. Shotgun, 11 personnel. Five blocking vs a four man rush. Tackle/end stunt vs David DeCastro and Guy Whimper. End loops […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Shamarko Thomas Ruled Out For Lions Game With High Ankle Sprain

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has now wrapped up his Tuesday press conference and during it he updated the injury situation as the team prepares to play the Detroit Lions this coming Sunday at Heinz Field. Tomlin said defensive end Brett Keisel (foot) has plantar fasciitis and it could possibly limit him early in […]

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Steelers Versus Bills – Second Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi Jarvis Jones sure got an ear-full after the special teams penalty. The Steelers really hurt themselves on special teams with stupid mistakes. In the first half, they were offsides on a kickoff. In the second half, Shaun Suisham sent one out of bounds before the end zone. Will Allen played 32 snaps […]

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Mike Adams, Jonathan Dwyer, Ike Taylor, Ryan Clark Earn Top Grades From Pro Football Focus

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense played a heck of game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills so it should be no surprise that several players graded out well on Pro Football Focus. Safety Ryan Clark (2.3), cornerback Ike Taylor (2.3), cornerback William Gay (1.7) and linebacker Lawrence Timmons (1.6) received the top grades on the defensive side […]

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Steelers Versus Bills Winners And Losers

The Pittsburgh Steelers beat to the Buffalo Bills 23-10 Sunday and below is my list of winners and losers from the game. Feel free to add your own in the comments below. Winners: Antonio Brown – Brown continues to be the Steelers most productive player on offense and he caught another six passes for 104 […]

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Guy Whimper Against The New England Patriots

By Matthew Marczi Considering the fact that both Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams are questionable to play today, there is a strong possibility that we will be seeing even more of Guy Whimper. Although he had a fairly quiet game against the New England Patriots—in the good sense—he did have some issues at guard. The […]

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Ramon Foster Developing Into An Asset In Pass Protection

By Matthew Marczi Because of his unheralded entrance into the team and his lack of pedigree, left guard Ramon Foster has by and large gone unnoticed amidst the attention and scrutiny paid the other linemen, whether it is due to their draft positions and expectations or the fact that they are expected to step in […]

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Steelers Injury Report: T Mike Adams Added Friday As Questionable; T Marcus Gilbert Also Questionable

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their Friday practice and the final injury report of the week is now out and it includes one new player. Tackle Mike Adams (ribs) was added on Friday after not practicing with a rib injury and is listed as questionable. Tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) is also listed as […]

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Steelers Injury Report: Tackles Kelvin Beachum And Marcus Gilbert Still Limited

The Thursday injury report for the Pittsburgh Steelers is now in and it includes some good news, as several players that were limited on Wednesday were able to practice fully on day two. Guard David DeCastro (ankle), defensive end Cameron Heyward (knee) and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) all practiced fully for a second straight […]

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Steelers Injury Report: David DeCastro And Markus Wheaton Both Practice Fully

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now released their first injury report of the week as the prepare to host the Buffalo Bills this coming Sunday and only two players were listed on it as not practicing Wednesday. Cornerback Ike Taylor (concussion) and linebacker Vince Williams (concussion) were both sidelined Wednesday as they continue to undergo testing […]

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Steelers Injury Report: G David DeCastro & WR Markus Wheaton Cleared To Practice

During his Tuesday press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin updated the injury situation as the team will now prepare to host the Buffalo Bills this Sunday at Heinz Field. Guard David DeCastro (ankle) and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) have both been cleared to practice Wednesday, according to Tomlin. DeCastro was inactive this […]

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With The Steelers Season In Flames – Ten Questions That Demand An Answer

By Michael K Reynolds Not only have the Pittsburgh Steelers thinned their playoff chances down to a mathematical miracle over the weekend, they did so with historic flare. With the worst defensive effort in Black and Gold history, the team is not only out of it, but appears to be drifting in the wrong direction. […]

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Cotchery, Foster, Heyward And Woodley Receive Top Grades From PFF For Play Against Patriots

The grades are in from Pro Football Focus and according to their breakdowns, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery and guard Ramon Foster were the top offensive players in the Sunday loss to the New England Patriots while defensive end Cameron Heyward (3.0), linebacker Lamarr Woodley (2.7), defensive end Brett Keisel (2.1), linebacker Vince Williams […]

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A Few Bright Spots From Cody Wallace Against The Raiders

By Matthew Marczi When Cody Wallace was forced into the game due to the injuries to Ramon Foster and Guy Whimper, it was certainly alarming—not simply because it meant the Pittsburgh Steelers were down two linemen, but also because we had never seen Wallace play before and did not know what he offered. While he […]

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Inside The Tape: Breakdown Of Steelers Versus Raiders

By Alex Kozora The weekly breakdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE First Half – Starting kick coverage in no particular order. Terence Garvin, Robert Golden, Shamarko Thomas, Will Johnson, Stevenson Sylvester, Jarvis Jones, Will Allen, Antwon Blake, Cortez Allen, and William Gay. – On kick returns. Garvin, […]

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Steelers Versus Raiders Sack Breakdown

By Alex Kozora Breaking down the five sacks allowed by the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Oakland Raiders in Sunday’s loss. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE 1. 1st and 10, 1:19 1st. 21 (2 RBs 1 TE) personnel. Six blocking vs a five man rush. Raiders blitz the WILL and MIKE while dropping the strong […]

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Help, Health Wanted Along The Offensive Line

By Matthew Marczi Ever since the inexplicable scene two weeks ago in which the newly-acquired tackle Levi Brown injured himself during pre-game warmups, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has gone against his own grain and dressed eight offensive linemen on game day. Did the shock of having just Guy Whimper as a reserve lineman […]

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Kelvin Beachum Settling In At Left Tackle

By Matthew Marczi Second-year tackle Kelvin Beachum made only his second career start as a left tackle in the ranks of the professionals this past week, but he spent his entire college career as a left tackle before playing right tackle, left guard, center, and tight end in the NFL. I don’t know whether Beachum […]

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Todd Haley Lets The Wildcat Out Of The Bag

By Matthew Marczi I am not entirely sure what the biggest surprise of the last game was, but it could have been a tie between the performance of Guy Whimper at right tackle and the installation of the Wildcat offense with Le’Veon Bell. Since I will be writing pieces on both, I will conveniently not […]

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Tight End A Good Look On Mike Adams, For Now

By Matthew Marczi Although Jim Wexell Tweeted out just prior to the game to look for Mike Adams at tight end, the fact that he actually played tight end—and significantly—for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the  Baltimore Ravens this past week was probably somewhat surprising to most people. Even I was somewhat surprised, and I had […]

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Steelers Versus Ravens Sack Breakdown

By Alex Kozora Another look at the sacks and penalties allowed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in their win over the Baltimore Ravens. CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO SEE LARGE VERSION 1. 2nd and 10, 11:28 2nd. Shotgun, empty. Slightly unusual look. Heath Miller the No. 1 receiver (closest to the numbers) on the strong side […]

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Steelers Offensive Line Grades Out Very Well For Play Against Ravens Per PFF

While you probably don’t need them to confirm this for you, but Pro Football Focus thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line had their best game of the season Sunday in the win over the Baltimore Ravens. David DeCastro, Guy Whimper, Kelvin Beachum, Mike Adams, Ramon Foster and Fernando Velasco all graded out with positive scores, […]

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Left Tackle Shuffle Forces Rethinking Of Backup Plan

By Matthew Marczi The developments at the left tackle position over the past couple weeks obviously have wide-ranging implications with regards to how it affects the Pittsburgh Steelers and their plans going forward. The team obviously had hoped to plug in Mike Adams at left tackle and perhaps play him for the next decade there, […]

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Reviewing Le’Veon Bell’s Performance Against The Jets

By Matthew Marczi Following the Pittsburgh Steelers’s first win of the season, head coach Mike Tomlin was highly complementary of his high-pedigreed yet inexperienced new tailback, Le’Veon Bell, who was making just his second career start. Such a dichotomy often sends Tomlin’s mind into a tailspin, as he loves to boast about pedigrees but also […]

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After A Shaky Start, Kelvin Beachum Played Well Against The Jets

Pittsburgh Steelers second-year offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum made his first career start Sunday against the New York Jets and despite him being flagged three times and almost allowing an early sack/safety. I really thought he represented himself well. Below is a breakdown of his play. Beachum’s game actually got off to a good start on […]

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On The Other Hand…Fernando Velasco And The Vikings

By Matthew Marczi Yesterday, I wrote a piece exposing some of the lowlights in the performance of Pittsburgh Steelers center Fernando Velasco during the team’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings last week. They were valid, legitimate flaws or errors in his game, but they were by no means unfixable, nor were they the norm. In […]

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