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Lawrence Timmons Ready To Emerge As A Leader

For the first time in his career, Lawrence Timmons finds himself standing in a meeting room representing the old guard, the sage veteran whom others look up to for advice, as the most tenured member of the Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers. Throughout his first seven seasons, there have always been veterans from which to learn, starting […]

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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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Steelers LB Vince Williams: ‘I Feel Like I’ve Been Here For Several Years’

After spending a lot of his rookie season as a starter once veteran Larry Foote went down injured in the season-opener, second-year linebacker Vince Williams feels like he’s made tremendous strides since then. “I feel it’s night and day difference right now,” said Williams, who was drafted last year by the Steelers in the sixth-round […]

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Replacing A Championship Roster – Long Road Ahead For Ryan Shazier

The Pittsburgh Steelers have experienced an uncommon amount of roster turnover over the last few seasons, which just so happened to coincide with consecutive years without a postseason berth. As a result, we’re finding an unusual amount of new faces in the starting lineup compared just to last season, when the season before already introduced […]

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Pro Football Focus Not Impressed With Steelers’ Depth

Earlier this offseason, way back in February, Pro Football Focus projected the starting lineups of each team based on their then-current roster, and the site actually came away with a fairly positive take on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2014 prospects. There were a few changes from the lineup since then, of course. Notably, at that time […]

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Replacing A Championship Roster – Health Is Key For Polamalu

The Pittsburgh Steelers have experienced an uncommon amount of roster turnover over the last few seasons, which just so happened to coincide with consecutive years without a postseason berth. As a result, we’re finding an unusual amount of new faces in the starting lineup compared just to last season, when the season before already introduced […]

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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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Justin Brown Hoping To Avoid Leveling Off Again This Preseason

Not much is typically expected of sixth-round picks when it comes to the modern era of the NFL Draft, though the Pittsburgh Steelers have their fair share of exceptions. Vince Williams last season, for example, came on and helped stabilize the defense after losing Larry Foote, playing competently to help the Steelers finish on a […]

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Steelers LB Vince Williams Has Studied Every Play From 2013 In An Effort To Improve

Pittsburgh Steelers second-year linebacker Vince Williams was thrust into a starting role last season as a rookie after starter Larry Foote went down in the season opener. While he initially got off to a rocky start, the Florida State product improved as the season progressed. That improvement, however, was not enough to prevent the Steelers […]

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Steelers Fulfilled The Need For Defensive Speed This Offseason

Once unanimously regarded as the fastest player on the team, even veteran cornerback Ike Taylor was surprised by the collective team speed on display when he returned to Latrobe for the second set of OTAs for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 12th-year veteran believes this team will be “super-duper fast” in 2014 with the combination of […]

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Steelers S Shamarko Thomas Might Be Headed For Less Playing Time In 2014

Prior to him suffering an ankle injury in the Week 10 game last season against the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Shamarko Thomas registered a whopping 193 snaps of playing time on defense. Once he was healthy, however, he never played another snap all season. With less than 100 days to go until the start […]

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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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Steelers Film Room: Putting Pressure On Rookies

By Alex Kozora Throughout the rest of the offseason, we’ll examine specific plays from the Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 season. We won’t be focusing so much on individual play, though that inevitably comes with any breakdown, but instead, we will focus on concepts used in the pro game to show not just what happened, but why […]

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Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons Comfortable With Position Switch, Rookie Ryan Shazier

For a second season in a row, veteran inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons is having to break in a rookie to play alongside him with first-round draft pick Ryan Shazier seemingly being fast tracked to be the 2014 opening day starter. While the Steelers first OTA session of the year is now only two days old, […]

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Steelers Step Out Of Character As Shazier Steps Into Starting Lineup

The Pittsburgh Steelers, seemingly, broke with apparent convention yesterday by inserting rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier into the first-team lineup from his very first full team practice during OTAs. In that bare sense, it is somewhat surprising. After all, the Steelers do have Vince Williams, who started most of the season at linebacker last year, […]

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Rookie LB Ryan Shazier Practiced With First Team During Steelers First OTA Session

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t wasting any time with rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier as the Ohio State product reportedly practiced with the starters Tuesday during the first OTA practice of the 2014 season. Shazier, the Steelers first-round draft pick, still has several months to go before the season-opener against the Cleveland Browns, but being as he […]

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Steelers Lineup Turnover 2014 – Inside Linebacker

When you look back just to the start of last season and project the starting lineup that the Pittsburgh Steelers can be expected to field when they resume play in September, you’ll see that they’ve undergone quite a bit of change. Certainly more than usual. With two exceptions—Heath Miller and Le’Veon Bell—the changes to the […]

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Steelers Lineup Turnover 2014 – Right Outside Linebacker

When you look back just to the start of last season and project the starting lineup that the Pittsburgh Steelers can be expected to field when they resume play in September, you’ll see that they’ve undergone quite a bit of change. Certainly more than usual. With two exceptions—Heath Miller and Le’Veon Bell—the changes to the […]

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Steelers Lineup Turnover 2014 – Left Outside Linebacker

When you look back just to the start of last season and project the starting lineup that the Pittsburgh Steelers can be expected to field when they resume play in September, you’ll see that they’ve undergone quite a bit of change. Certainly more than usual. With two exceptions—Heath Miller and Le’Veon Bell—the changes to the […]

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Steelers Lineup Turnover 2014 – Free Safety

When you look back just to the start of last season and project the starting lineup that the Pittsburgh Steelers can be expected to field when they resume play in September, you’ll see that they’ve undergone quite a bit of change. Certainly more than usual. With two exceptions—Heath Miller and Le’Veon Bell—the changes to the […]

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Former Steelers LB Larry Foote Is In ‘Heaven’ With Cardinals

Blitzzona certainly doesn’t have the same ring to it as Blitzburgh does, but in the case of former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Larry Foote, that’s exactly what he sees his new team, the Arizona Cardinals, as being. “I was watching these guys (Cardinals defense) last year and seeing they led the league in blitzing, and as […]

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Steelers Lineup Turnover 2014 – Left Tackle

When you look back just to the start of last season and project the starting lineup that the Pittsburgh Steelers can be expected to field when they resume play in September, you’ll see that they’ve undergone quite a bit of change. Certainly more than usual. With two exceptions—Heath Miller and Le’Veon Bell—the changes to the […]

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Free Agents Signed By Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Usually Make Final 53 Man Roster

The Pittsburgh Steelers were very busy this offseason when it came to signing free agents as eight have already been added. Three of those eight players added are considered street free agents as they were released outright by their previous teams earlier in the offseason. How many of these eight players will fail to ultimately […]

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Steelers’ Incoming Class Facing Easier Path To Playing Time

The 2014 season will be different for the Pittsburgh Steelers, suggested Bob Labriola, writing in an article on the team’s website. It will be different because of the incoming rookie class; not because they are an overtly special group, but because, as Labriola writes in the article, “there just aren’t as many impediments to their […]

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Steelers Eyeing Potential Of Large Invitee Contingent

It wasn’t so long ago that the Pittsburgh Steelers seemingly had a stacked roster, from nearly top to bottom, at most positions. It was extremely difficult for young, unheralded players to make the roster behind young, pedigreed players who themselves were still waiting their turns for playing time behind established veteran starters. That hasn’t been […]

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Draft Likely Spells The End For Former Steelers DE Brett Keisel

The NFL draft is an endless source of miracles, annually making dreams come true for hundreds of prospective athletes hoping to make it to the top echelon of their sport and chosen profession, even if many of those chosen don’t ultimately make it. There’s the other side of the draft as well, the one less […]

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