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Cameron Heyward Shows Off Motor Against The Vikings

By Matthew Marczi Some Pittsburgh Steelers fans have been vocal in their disappointment that former 2011 first-round draft pick Cameron Heyward has yet to crack the starting lineup in his third season, even though he is playing behind another former first-round draft pick in Ziggy Hood and a former Pro Bowler in Brett Keisel. Well, […]

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Steelers NT Steve McLendon Is The Outside-Zone’s Kryptonite

Lost in the season opening loss Sunday to the Tennessee Titans was the play of nose tackle Steve McLendon, who registered two quarterback hurries, a hit and three tackles in 39 snaps played. When going through the game tape once again, there were three plays that really stood out to me and below is a […]

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Steelers 2013 Practice Squad Prediction

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now made their roster cuts and the next course of action will be the signing of eight players to the practice squad. Below is my educated guess as to who those eight players will be. Terry Hawthorne – Hawthorne is now healthy after missing the offseason practices and a good portion […]

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Knee Subluxation Forced Steelers To Place Rookie DE Nick Williams On Injured Reserve

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie defensive end Nick Williams was placed on injured reserve this past week with an injured knee, and now we know the extent of his injury. According to David Todd of ESPN 970 Radio, Williams, the Steelers seventh-round draft pick back in April, suffered a subluxation of his left knee cap in practice […]

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Steelers DE Brian Arnfelt Stout Against The Run In Preseason Debut

By Matthew Marczi Over the past couple of seasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers seem to have had no shortage of quality defensive end-capable linemen in camp, making cuts all the more difficult. Back in 2011, an undrafted rookie out of Northwestern University by the name of Corbin Bryant was able to make a name for himself […]

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Al Woods Back Where He Belongs After Roundabout Journey Across The League

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Al Woods is being given a fair bit of attention this week, and rightfully so after his impressive start to the 2013 preseason, registering six solo tackles, including two run stops, and a sack against the New York Giants on Saturday. Woods has only been with the team […]

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Steelers Rookie DE Nick Williams Back Practicing Again As Of Monday

Not only did Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Terry Hawthorne return to the practice field on Monday, but rookie defensive end Nick Williams also was back working as well, according to head coach Mike Tomlin following practice. Williams, the Steelers seventh-round selection in 2013 NFL Draft has missed a lot of time thus far during training […]

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Steelers Al Woods Gets First Team Nose Tackle Reps On Monday

Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon was excused from practice Monday for personal reasons, according to head coach Mike Tomlin, so defensive end Al Woods received first team reps in his absence. Tomlin was asked about that move following practice. “One man\’s misfortune or circumstance creates opportunity for others,” said Tomlin. “Hopefully those guys will […]

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Steelers DE Al Woods Is Going In The Right Direction

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Al Woods is an example of a draft pick that may have been give up on too quick by the team that drafted him. While it was only one preseason game, the LSU product was the defensive star Saturday night in the preseason opener against the New York Giants. Woods was […]

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Steelers Versus Giants – Winners And Losers

There was some good, bad, ugly and average on display Saturday night as the Pittsburgh Steelers lost their preseason opener at home to the New York Giants. After now going through the game a few times, here is my list of winners and losers in the game. Make sure to add yours below in the […]

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Report: Steelers Rookie DE Nick Williams Unlikely To Play Against Giants

According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, rookie defensive end Nick Williams is not dressed for the Saturday night preseason opener against the New York Giants. Just got to Heinz Field and noticed that #Steelers rookie Nik Williams not dressed. — Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly_Trib) August 10, 2013 Williams had a knee problem early in […]

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Six Steelers Defensive Players On The Bubble To Keep Your Eyes On Against Giants

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the New York Giants Saturday night in their preseason opener and there are several defensive players still on the roster bubble. Here is a look at six players on that bubble, that in my opinion, have the most to gain or lose. DaMon Cromartie-Smith – According to several members […]

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Defensive Turnover Includes Steve McLendon Taking Over For Casey Hampton In 2013

By Matthew Marczi After over a decade of watching Casey Hampton anchor the defensive line for the Pittsburgh Steelers (with the exception of a long stretch during the 2004 season when Chris Hoke filled in due to injury), it is an unusual feeling picturing the team’s defense without that comically large helmet spearheading the troops. […]

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Former Steelers DL Chris Hoke To Be Coaching Intern This Year At Training Camp

Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Chris Hoke announced on Wednesday that he will be a coaching intern for the team this year at training camp. Hoke, who originally signed with the Steelers in 2001 as an undrafted free agent out of BYU, played 11 seasons in Pittsburgh before retiring in January of 2012. “I\’m going […]

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Steelers 2013 Training Camp Battles: Alameda Ta\’amu Versus Hebron Fangupo

In exactly 31 days the Pittsburgh Steelers will report to Latrobe for training camp, so it is now time for us to start previewing the 2013 training camp battles that will take place. First up on the list is the battle between nose tackles Alameda Ta\’amu and Hebron Fangupo. Feel free to add your comments […]

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Don\’t Expect A Training Camp Competition Along The Steelers Defensive Line

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Ed Bouchette speculated about it last season. Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider suggests that it will come during this offseason instead. But will it actually take place, and what are the ramifications should it occur? I am talking about a suggestion that has floated around for a few […]

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Steelers NT Steve McLendon Drops Weight For 2013

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Monday during his press conference that he hasn\’t put nose tackle Steve McLendon in a box as it relates to the former undrafted player saying last week that he wants to be an every-down player in his first season as a starter. However, If Tomlin was going to […]

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Steelers Sign Seventh-Round Draft Pick DE Nick Williams On Monday

The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their barrage of draft pick signings on Monday as it is now being reported that seventh-round draft pick Nick Williams has agreed to terms. Williams played defensive tackle at Samford and has already started the process of becoming a defensive end in the Steelers 3-4 system. Steelers defensive line coach John […]

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Steelers DE Ziggy Hood Trimming Technique Fat For 2013 Season

Last year at about this time, we were tracking the conditioning of Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood as he was transforming his body in an attempt to get stronger while trimming his body fat in the process. This offseason, however, Hood\’s main focus is transforming his technique, specifically his hand placement and his footwork. […]

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Steelers Rookie DE Nick Williams Trying To Forget Everything He\’s Learned

Coming from a small school such as Samford, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie defensive end Nick Williams was probably taken back a bit at first by the quality of players that he is currently going up against in the first few OTA sessions. However, so far, he doesn\’t seem to be overwhelmed by it at all. David […]

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Being Good Isn\’t Good Enough For Steelers NT Steve McLendon

Nose tackle Steve McLendon was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as undrafted free agent in 2009 and since that time, he has logged a total of 381 snaps on defense. In those 381 snaps; however, the Troy product showed enough to earn a three-year, $7.25 million contract extension this past offseason. McLendon talked to […]

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Al Woods Playing Some Nose Tackle During Steelers First OTA Session Of 2013

With the first Pittsburgh Steelers OTA session of the 2013 season now in the books, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review listed Isaiah Green, Will Johnson, Al Woods, Kelvin Beachum, and Adrian Robinson on Twitter as his “winners” of the week. First week of #Steelers OTAs are in bag. My winners: CB Isaiah Green, FB […]

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Don\’t Bet On Steelers DE Cameron Heyward Opening The Season As A Starter

With Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward now entering his third season in the league, many believe that he will open the 2013 season as a starter, but I wouldn\’t be so quick to bet on that happening. Even though Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette posted this week in his online chat that he\’s […]

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Steelers Lack Experienced Depth At The Nose Tackle Position

The Pittsburgh Steelers did right by signing nose tackle Steve McLendon to a three year contract a few weeks ago. The former undrafted free agent out of Troy finally graduated from Mitchell University and deserves a chance to start in 2013. Now that we have that out of the way, what about the depth at […]

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Samford Defensive Coordinator Bill D\’Ottavio Says Rookie Steelers DE Nick Williams Has Great Upside

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Samford defensive tackle Nick Williams in the seventh and final round of the 2013 NFL draft with hopes of eventually turning him into a 3-4 defensive end. Samford defensive coordinator Bill D\’Ottavio was a guest of David Todd\’s this past week on ESPN 970 radio and was asked to talk about […]

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Steelers 2013 Draft Class Rookie Season Expectations

The 2013 NFL draft is now behind us and the nine Pittsburgh Steelers draft picks will be present for rookie camp this coming weekend in Pittsburgh. Now that things have settled down, here is  my look at what I expect this upcoming season for every member of the Steelers 2013 draft class. Round 1 – […]

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