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Steelers Film Room: Ryan Shazier Vs Run

There will be several Pittsburgh Steelers under the microscope in 2015, particularly on the defensive side of the football. Ryan Shazier is among that group, a rookie year marred by injury that never let us fully see the type of player he could become. Like any second year player, you’re…


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Previewing the AFC North: Cleveland Browns

As training camp fast approaches, I’ve decided to break down the current state of the rest of the AFC North heading into the 2015 NFL preseason. A comprehensive Pittsburgh Steelers breakdown will follow my analysis of their three divisional opponents early next week. Today we’ll take an in-depth look at…


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Steelers All-22: Utilizing Ryan Shazier’s Strengths, Minimizing Weaknesses

Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2014 first round draftee Ryan Shazier had high expectations heading into last season, but injuries and rookie mistakes marred his initial NFL campaign. Shazier himself has referred to the past year as “kinda disappointing”, but an examination of his tape tells a more detailed story. Today we’ll review…


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Steelers Offense Tops In Division, Arguably Leaguewide

If you ask scan across the league, there’s arguably not a division as tough and gritty as the brand of football found in the AFC North. In fact, up until the final week of the season as they jockeyed for playoff positioning, ultimately the Steelers, Ravens and Bengals all made…


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PFF Names Kelvin Beachum Pittsburgh’s Secret Superstar

During the offseason, every avenue that covers football tries to put together features to fill the news void during the down times. In spite of the site’s negative reputation among some people, one of these features that I’ve often found myself enjoying is Pro Football Focus’ “Secret Superstars” series of…


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AFC North Draft History Study: Offensive Line

On the heels of the conclusion of the 2015 NFL Draft, I began to realize the need to enhance my understanding of each team’s draft history; what they’ve built or attempted to build over the past ten years and how they’ve went about that process. This may seem tedious to…


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Kelvin Beachum Unfazed Amid Concerns Over Lack Of Size

It is arguably the most common criticism of Pittsburgh Steelers’ left tackle Kelvin Beachum. Too short. Not long enough. Lacks the power to be an offensive tackle. It’s followed him since coming out of the NFL and undoubtedly was a factor in why he dropped to the seventh round of…


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Fact And Fiction: Jarvis Jones, The Pass Rusher

Few players on the Pittsburgh Steelers current roster have been criticized as much as outside linebacker Jarvis Jones throughout the edge rusher’s first two seasons, but how much of that negative stigma is warranted? As the 17th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Jones was drafted largely because he…



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AFC North News Watch: Day 27

It was not particularly surprising to find that Easter Sunday was a rather slow news day around not just the AFC North, but throughout the entire league as a whole. Realistically, the most significant happening of the day was the NFL Network revealing that fans evidently voted the most recent…


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Browns Offseason Appears To Be Going From Bad To Worse

The Cleveland Browns offseason isn’t off to a great start and judging by several Wednesday reports, it sounds like it might get even worse. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, the Browns and general manager Ray Farmer are facing possible sanctions from the NFL due…


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AFC North Built For Trench Warfare On Offense

Over the past five drafts or so, the Pittsburgh Steelers actively began replenishing their depleted offensive line by investing high draft picks at the position, including first round picks on center Maurkice Pouncey and right guard David DeCastro. Completing the starting lineup are left guard Ramon Foster, a former undrafted…


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Steelers Film Room: Baltimore Ravens Scouting Report

For tonight’s Wildcard matchup, your Baltimore Ravens’ scouting report as they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. OFFENSE – Joe Flacco was a mess against the Houston Texans, completing under 50% of his passes and tossing three picks in his own territory. Problems start above the shoulders with #5. Poor read…


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James Harrison’s Knee May Not Win Jarvis Jones Any Extra Snaps

Though he played all but three snaps against the New Orleans Saints, which was by far the largest percentage of snaps he’s taken in a game this season, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison suffered a knee injury “of some description”, as Mike Tomlin might say, which he and the…


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Steelers Vs. Browns Game Rewind – Second Half

By Alex Kozora Observations from the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-10 loss against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. Second Half – Troy Polamalu appears to be cheating on this route, expecting a corner route. Not sure why though. Saw something on film study? It’s just odd because it’s typical for the Browns…