Jim Wexell


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Steelers DE Nick Williams Doesn’t Appear To Be Close To Practicing Fully

Pittsburgh Steelers second-year defensive end Nick Williams is still unable to practice and by the sound of things, he’s not going to be able to fully practice until the start of training camp at the earliest. According to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider, Williams, the Steelers seventh-round draft pick in 2013 out of Samford, is still recovering…





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Dri Archer Allaying Fears Over His Punt Return Ability

After the Pittsburgh Steelers selected speedster Dri Archer in the third round of the draft, some questions were immediately raised about how he would be used. Given his size, there were naturally concerns about what role he could serve on offense while still protecting him from unnecessary injury. But there…


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On Daniel McCullers: Play High, Play Low

New Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Daniel McCullers is a very big man. So big that he has quite a hard time getting small, which is a problem for a nose tackle. How big a problem is it? When Jim Wexell asked him yesterday how often he’s heard from coaches that…



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Kelvin Beachum Has Come So Far, Yet Remains The Same As Ever

Think back to the tail end of the 2012 NFL draft, after the Pittsburgh Steelers made tackle Kelvin Beachum their fourth of four seventh-round draft picks, not far removed from the honor of being Mr. Irrelevant. Recall the dreadful preseason that he had as a rookie, during which he struggled…


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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…


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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…




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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…



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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…


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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…






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Steelers Offseason Priorities – Riding 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….



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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…


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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…