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Consensus Forming Over Darqueze Dennard, Steelers

Recently, I wrote about my observation of a consensus slowly coalescing around the likely target for the 15th overall pick that the Pittsburgh Steelers possess in the upcoming draft, which is narrowing in on the cornerback position. Since then, that consensus seems to be narrowing in even further on Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, a […]

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Derek Moye, Justin Brown Have An Uphill Battle For A Roster Spot

Earlier this offseason, there were reports that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was working with his young receivers to help develop some chemistry with them, knowing that it would be needed this year. Chief among them, of course, was second-year third-round draft pick Markus Wheaton, who figures to get the first opportunity to fill Emmanuel […]

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Guy Whimper Signing Insulates The Steelers From Need Along The Offensive Line

Even if the Guy Whimper signing ultimately ends up as just a placeholder, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ decision to bring back ‘Abdullah the Butcher’ is a shrewd one that insulates them from need along the offensive line. He was greatly maligned when he was first brought here last offseason, but he proved that he was worth […]

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Report: Steelers Still Expected To Re-sign C/G Fernando Velasco Later In The Summer

The Pittsburgh Steelers have already re-signed unrestricted free agent offensive linemen Cody Wallace and Guy Whimper since the start of the new league year and despite those moves, one beat writer still expects another will be re-signed before the start of training camp. According to Monday report by Jim Wexell of Steel City Insiders, the […]

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NT Interest Says Less About McLendon Than It Does About Fangupo

When it was reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers were meeting with a free agent nose tackle yesterday, this move was no doubt received as a bit of a pleasant surprise by many fans who question the decision to play Steve McLendon at nose tackle. As I have written previously, while McLendon is the best candidate […]

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Florida State S Terrence Brooks Fits One Of The Steelers Many Draft Needs

Of the 17 players listed as safeties that ran Tuesday at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Terrence Brooks from Florida State had the fastest 40-yard dash time. Brooks, who according to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider met with the Pittsburgh Steelers while in Indianapolis, registered a 4.42 official time which was considerably better than […]

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The Optimist’s Take – Cornerback Depth

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 the team, both […]

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The Pessimist’s Take – Running Back Depth

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 the team, both […]

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Report: Steelers Met With Notre Dame NT Louis Nix III At Combine

Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III has been linked to the Pittsburgh Steelers in several mock drafts so far this offseason and he reportedly met with the team at the 2014 NFL Combine, according to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider on Twitter. According to Wexell, Nix’s meeting with head coach Mike Tomlin went […]

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Report: Steelers Met With Penn State WR Allen Robinson Friday Night At The Combine

The Pittsburgh Steelers are all prepared to let wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders leave via free agency in a few weeks and will likely draft a “tall” wide receiver early in the 2014 NFL Draft to fill his void. They’ve already reportedly talked to tall underclassmen wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Donte Moncrief while at the […]

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Report: Steelers Met With Injured Oklahoma FB/TE Trey Millard At Combine

Oklahoma fullback/tight end Trey Millard will not participate in workouts at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine this week because of a torn ACL suffered last October, but that didn’t deter the Pittsburgh Steelers from wanting to talk to him. According to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider on Twitter, Millard, who many thought might be […]

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Report: Steelers To Meet With Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin, Mississippi WR Donte Moncrief At Combine

The Pittsburgh Steelers are allowed to meet with 60 players for 15 minutes each at the 2014 NFL Combine this week and while we will never know the full list of players they met with, a few names have started to emerge. According to Jim Wexell of Steel City Sports on Twitter, Florida State wide […]

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Steelers Offseason Priorities – Riding The The Defensive End Carousel

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers have their work cut out for them coming off consecutive non-winning seasons. It takes elbow grease to get from 8-8 to a contender, as everybody knows, of course, but this offseason, the issue is more complicated than simply improving, due to some uncommon circumstances. One of the big storylines […]

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Steelers 2013 Draft Class Review – QB Landry Jones

By Matthew Marczi It has been a theme for many years that, aside from the occasional special teams contributions, rookies on the Pittsburgh Steelers, including even first-round draft picks, rarely contribute during their first season. That has been especially true over the years on defense, though less so on offense. That pattern changed somewhat in […]

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Fernando Velasco Thinks He’ll Be Ready For OTAs

Pittsburgh Steelers center Fernando Velasco came in off the street and filled in admirably once Maurkice Pouncey was lost early in the season opener. Unfortunately, he ruptured an Achilles in Week 13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens and has since been placed on injured reserve. According to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider, Velasco, who is […]

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Ike Taylor Says It’s Pittsburgh Or Nowhere For Him In 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers veteran cornerback Ike Taylor will be one of several elephants in the room during the offseason thanks to the $7 million base salary that he’s scheduled to earn in 2014. On Wednesday, Taylor let it be known that it’s “here (Pittsburgh) or nowhere” for him next season during his talk with the media, […]

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Velasco’s Unfortunate Injury Might Now Result In Him Being Back In 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers center Fernando Velasco wasn’t going to make the Pro Bowl this season, but there is no denying that he stabilized the offensive line after starter Maurkice Pouncey was lost for the year in the season opener. Now that his season has also come to end due to a torn Achilles suffered late Thursday […]

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Steelers Injury Report: G David DeCastro And WR Markus Wheaton Listed As Not Practicing

The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the practice field Wednesday as they now get ready to play the New England Patriots this coming Sunday. The first injury report of the week is now out. Guard David DeCastro (ankle), nose tackle Steve McLendon (illness), cornerback Curtis Brown (not injury related) and wide receiver Markus Wheaton (finger) […]

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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 Week 7 – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi While right tackle Marcus Gilbert reportedly told Jim Wexell that he’s not losing his “damn job”, he will need to be a quick healer and step up his game, starting next week. Guy Whimper played well at right tackle, especially given the situation and limited work in practice, and Mike Adams looked […]

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Steelers Injury Report: LB Jarvis Jones Questionable; LB Sean Spence Suffers Finger Injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their Friday practice and the final injury report for Sunday game at Heinz Field against the Baltimore Ravens is now out. Linebacker Jarvis Jones (concussion), who continues to try to fight through the concussion he sustained last Sunday in the win over the New York Jets, practiced Friday […]

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Cortez Allen Threatened With Demotion After Poor Outing

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen entered the 2013 season targeted as a player ‘on the ascent’, both within the organization and on the outside, perceived as a possible breakout player after a supposed explosion of turnovers late last season that was taken as a clear sign of the next Charles Tillman. To […]

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Time Is Now To Give Vince Williams The Starter Title To Go Along With Starter Snaps

By Matthew Marczi The writing has been on the wall for the past two weeks, and perhaps this week will be the one that converts words into action. Since the Week One season-ending injury to inside linebacker Larry Foote, the Pittsburgh Steelers have spent the past two weeks deploying their shiny new backup linebackers—Kion Wilson […]

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Steelers Could Get Creative In Replacing Foote

By Matthew Marczi With Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Larry Foote being lost for the season after suffering a ruptured bicep during the team’s opening week loss to the Tennessee Titans, do not be surprised if you see the team try out some creative solutions to fill in the gap as the season goes on. Of […]

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Steelers Wednesday Practice Report: Miller is Keeping An Open Mind About Monday Night

The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to practice Wednesday in preparation for their Monday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The team, however, is not required to submit a participation injury report until Thursday, but several members of the media are reporting who did what in practice. Tight end Heath Miller (knee) is moving ever so closer […]

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Will Fernando Velasco Be Up To Speed In Time To Start Next Week?

By Matthew Marczi With Monday’s confirmation that Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury after being placed on injured reserve, the immediate question now is this: who is playing center on Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals? The Steelers signed center/guard Fernando Velasco yesterday, who started […]

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