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Kozora: Steelers 2014 53 Man Roster Prediction – Post Third Preseason Game Edition

By Alex Kozora The fifth and next to last attempt at predicting the Pittsburgh Steelers 53 man roster as we roll into the final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. This article has been written before the announcement of their first 15 cuts. Feel free to add in with your input below. Offense (24) Quarterbacks […]

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Steelers Vs. Bills Game Rewind – First Half

By Alex Kozora Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 19-16 victory against the Buffalo Bills. First Half – Like last week, going to run through the special teams’ units at once. Harder to see them this week due to poorer camera angles and so many kicks out of the end zone, but it’s as complete […]

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Steelers Coach Keith Butler Wants LB Terence Garvin To Swing In 2014

So far during training camp this year there hasn’t been a lot of talk about Pittsburgh Steelers second-year linebacker Terence Garvin, who made the opening day 53 man roster last year as an undrafted rookie tryout player. Just because we’re not hearing much about the West Virginia product, however, doesn’t mean that he’s not having […]

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Lawrence Timmons Talks About Moving To Buck Linebacker Position Full-Time

During the 2011 season, Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons was forced to start four games at right outside linebacker due to then-starter James Harrison being sidelined with a fractured orbital bone. Those four games didn’t go well for the former first-round draft pick and he hasn’t been asked to start outside since and likely never […]

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Keith Butler Talks Jarvis Jones’ Mental Development In Year Two

Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler was on with David Todd last week prior to the team’s first preseason game against the New York Giants, during which he went up and down his unit. But one of the main focuses of the discussion was, unsurprisingly, second-year outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who will be one of […]

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Back Healthy, Steelers Rookie LB Jordan Zumwalt Looking To Earn Respect

Thanks to a groin injury suffered early on in training camp, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jordan Zumwalt has missed valuable practice time. Now that he’s finally overcome that injury and gotten himself back on the practice field again, he knows that he needs to show the coaching staff a lot between now and the final […]

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Linebackers Coach Keith Butler Talks About His Starters

Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler has long held the reputation of being one of the more straight-shooting coaches in the league, speaking candidly and freely about what he makes of his players, or whatever the topic may be. It’s for that reason in particular that I always like to hear what Butler has to […]

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Steelers Young Linebackers Will Be Moving Their Assets Around In 2014

During the Pittsburgh Steelers first backs on backers drill that took place in training camp this year, defensive assistant Joey Porter made sure that rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier knew one thing. “Speed is your asset!” Porter repeated over and over, according to Will Graves of the Associated Press. Because of Shazier’s speed asset, the […]

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Steelers’ Comfort In OLB Group Supported By Early Camp Returns

If the Pittsburgh Steelers feel that there are legitimate concerns about their depth at the outside linebacker position, they’re certainly not letting on, even if general manager Kevin Colbert said Monday that they had not yet ruled out anybody from being re-signed, implying that James Harrison was still an option. Much like the wide receiver […]

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Less Of Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons In 2014

It might be hard to tell, but apparently there is less of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons this year. Timmons told the media on Saturday that he now weighs 242 pounds after playing last year at 250. When Timmons entered the league in 2007 as a first round draft pick, he reportedly weighed 234 pounds, […]

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Keith Butler Sees Terence Garvin As The New Stevenson Sylvester

Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler thinks that second-year former undrafted free agent Terence Garvin has a future as a starter in this league. That is what he said to Jim Wexell of Steel City Insider earlier this summer prior to the month-long break leading up to training camp. The veteran position coach seemed effusive […]

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Next Man Up Syndrome Applies To Coaches Too

All it takes is one bad game for the entire house of cards to come crashing down—or at least that seems to be how it is in the minds of some fans. I am speaking about the vaunted ‘Dick LeBeau defense’, and now that we’ve been through essentially a whole season of below par defense, […]

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Speculation That James Harrison Might Return Bothers Steelers OLB Chris Carter

2014 is a contract year for Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Chris Carter, who is currently on pace to enter training camp as the backup to Jarvis Jones on the right side. Due to the lack of experienced and accomplished depth currently at the outside linebacker spots for the Steelers, there’s been a lot of speculation […]

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Joey Porter Happy To Be “Back Home” In Pittsburgh

Former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Joey Porter is finally “back home”, as he put it, and while everybody appears to be happy about it, nobody can match his own enthusiasm for his latest employment opportunity. But yesterday was the first time he could talk about how happy he is to be back, because the Steelers […]

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Steelers Rookie LB Ryan Shazier Has Two Traits That Keith Butler Really Likes

Rookie Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier wears the number that previously belonged to Larry Foote and his position coach doesn’t think the similarities between the two players stops there. “He reminds me a lot of Larry Foote in terms of football intelligence,” said linebackers coach Keith Butler of Shazier after Tuesday’s practice. “He is a […]

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Coach Keith Butler Says LB Chris Carter Has Had A Good Offseason

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Chris Carter is entering his fourth year in the league and so far it’s hard not to label his first three as being anything but disappointing. With those three disappointing seasons now behind him, Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler had some encouraging words to say Tuesday about the former fifth-round draft […]

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Steelers Rookie LB Jordan Zumwalt Continuing To Work Outside During Minicamp

As expected, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jordan Zumwalt is present for the week of mandatory minicamp practices after missing all of the OTA practices due to UCLA being on the quarter system. According to a Twitter post by Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Zumwalt, the Steelers first of two sixth-round draft picks back in […]

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Minicamp Could Show Whether Steelers Plan To Keep Jordan Zumwalt Inside-Out

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Jordan Zumwalt will be lining up with his teammates out on the field again for the first time since the rookie minicamp that took place shortly after the 2014 NFL Draft in early May. But it remains to be seen where he will be lining up, and how often. Because his […]

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Coaches Discuss Schematic Impact Of Ryan Shazier On Defense

During this stage of the offseason, only the team website is allowed to formally interview Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coaches, so getting the chance to hear from them isn’t necessarily such a common occurrence. The website put up some quotes of value from John Mitchell, Carnell Lake, and Keith Butler yesterday, as well as from head […]

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“Mistake Speed” Helps Put Ryan Shazier On The Fast Track To Starting

As Ryan Shazier looks to become the first rookie to start a season with the Pittsburgh Steelers on defense since Kendrell Bell, he does have one notable advantage that many other past rookies have not, which is a big part of why he was drafted: speed. More specifically, mistake speed. You know, I’ve heard this […]

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Sean Spence Says He Will Know During OTAs If He Can Play

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence has been a topic of discussion since he was drafted, but for the better part of the past two years, it’s gravitated around what ifs, and whether he would ever even be able to play, after tearing up his knee in his rookie preseason. As we all know, linebackers coach […]

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Start Of Steelers OTAs Brings LB Sean Spence One Step Closer To The Lights

Nearly a full year ago, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence vowed to beat the odds when talking to the media about his attempted comeback from a severe knee injury suffered during the 2012 preseason finale that forced him to miss his entire rookie season. “I’m going to continue to attack this like I’m going to […]

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Ryan Shazier Stood Out At Rookie Minicamp

The Pittsburgh Steelers held their rookie minicamp last week, which was the first chance for all to get a glimpse at the team’s new draft picks in uniform—albeit without pads, but at least with a helmet and going through drills. It’s an opportunity to get a feel for how they look on the field, to […]

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Joey Porter’s Coaching Success Hinges On Jarvis Jones’ Production

After the Pittsburgh Steelers selected linebacker Jordan Zumwalt in the sixth round of the NFL Draft, linebackers coach Keith Butler addressed the media about the pick. Given the amount of change that has taken place among the linebackers over the past couple seasons, of course, there were plenty of questions for Butler to answer beyond […]

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Sean Spence Calls Finger Injury A Blessing In Disguise

Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler said a little over a year ago that it would be miraculous if then-second-year linebacker Sean Spence would be able to take the field the following season, let alone during 2013. Spence, of course, suffered a severe knee injury in August of 2012 when his leg bent backward awkwardly […]

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Steelers Rookie LB Jordan Zumwalt Already Comfortable With Defensive Scheme

The Pittsburgh Steelers first of two sixth-round draft picks, linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, will have to miss valuable practice time during the offseason due to NFL graduation rules, but because he played in a 3-4 defense at UCLA, he doesn’t feel like he will be behind when he is able to able to practice again later […]

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