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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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Steelers 2013 Draft – 7th Round Pick – DE Nick Williams – Breakdown & Grade

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Samford defensive tackle Nick Williams in the seventh-round of the 2013 NFL draft and below is my breakdown and grade of the pick. Measurables: Combine Invite: Yes, Height: 6044, Weight: 309, 40 Yrd Dash: 4.84, 20 Yrd Dash: 2.80, 10 Yrd Dash: 1.70, 225 Lb. Bench Reps: 28, Vertical Jump: 33, […]

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2013 Steelers Mock Draft Version 3.0 – Post Pro Days

Here we go with mock draft version 3.0 for the Pittsburgh Steelers. As many of you well know by now, I only do five of these during the draft process as I like to watch as much tape possible on players throughout the offseason. The pro days are now pretty much behind us and next […]

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Is Steve McLendon An Attractive Restricted Free Agent For Teams Switching To A 3-4?

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be assigning their restricted tenders offers in a few more weeks and restricted free agent nose tackle Steven McLendon certainly will be receiving one of them. While the former undrafted free agent out of Troy is most likely to receive the lowly right of first refusal tender in the amount of […]

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Will The Steelers Be Too Stubborn To Draft A Nose Tackle In The First Round?

By Christopher DiMarino There has been a lot of discussion about who the Pittsburgh Steelers might draft in the first round. For mockers and speculators alike, it has seemed more like sticking your hand in a grab-bag versus using discernible logic. I want to try and simplify the process. The general consensus is that right […]

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Steelers Defense Faces Question Marks At Six Positions During The Offseason

On Monday we looked at the five question marks the Pittsburgh Steelers have on offense heading into the offseason and today we will look at the questions that will need to be answered on the defensive side of the ball by the time the team arrives for in Latrobe for training camp. Right Outside Linebacker […]

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2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp – Thursday – Day Twenty Three Recap

Training camp is winding down for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now that the Thursday practice is over, there is only the Friday practice that remains open to the public prior to the team breaking camp on Saturday as they prepare to face the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night in the second preseason game of the year. There […]

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Steelers Versus Eagles Preseason Game Preview: 14 Defensive Players To Watch

The Pittsburgh Steelers begin their 2012 preseason tonight against the Philadelphia Eagles. In this game preview we will look at 14 players to watch closely tonight on the defensive side of the ball. Ziggy Hood – A lot has been made about the offseason transformation that Hood has made and we should briefly get to […]

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2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Training Camp Roster Battles: Defensive Ends

We are now just over a week away from the Pittsburgh Steelers reporting to Latrobe for training camp, so today we continue on with our look at the training camp roster battles with our look at the defensive end position and the battles for roster spots within. When you look at the Steelers defensive end […]

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Two Roster Spots Could Be Up For Grabs On Defensive Line If Hampton Starts On PUP

It is no real surprise that Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton could possibly start the 2012 regular season on the reserve PUP list. Hampton, who just this past week said that his goal is to be ready by week one, is still not five full months removed from surgery to repair the torn ACL […]

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Casey Hampton Contributing As A Coach While Rehabbing His Knee

Pittsburgh Steelers veteran nose tackle Casey Hampton might not be ready to practice yet, as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery, but it is not keeping him from contributing in mini-camp as coach and mentor to fourth round draft pick Alameda Ta\’amu. The video recap of the first day of mini-camp, that is […]

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2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Minicamp Talking Points

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 mandatory mini-camp gets underway today and below are a few talking points and things to look for over the next few days. Offense Installation Continues – Things seem to be going right according to schedule with the installation of the offense of Todd Haley thus far. Ben Roethlisberger noted last week […]

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Steelers Shape Shifters: What\’s The Story With These New Looks?

By Christopher DiMarino This is a time of the offseason where finding Steeler specific news in the general media is tough. Most are discussing top draft picks and key free agent transitions, yet outside of Warren Sapp\’s belligerence and the alleged friction between Todd Haley and Ben Roethlisberger, the media is avoiding the Pittsburgh Steelers […]

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45 More Reasons To Like Steve McLendon

By Jeremy Hritz There was no shortage of buzz surrounding nose tackle Steve McLendon during the first week of organized team activities. McLendon, who was named the MVP in three different sports during his senior year at Carroll High School in Ozark, Alabama, showed up with a little something extra. 45 of ‘em to be […]

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