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Steelers Backs And Expected Yards Per Carry

When it comes to running the football, there’s a pretty simple concept, supported by data, that says that the more big bodies there are on the field, the more difficult it is to run the ball. We explored this concept yesterday utilizing Pro Football Focus’s compilation of all 73,000 or so qualified carries over the […]

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Steelers Draft Needs – Running Back

Earlier in the offseason, we took a position-by-position look at where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand with their roster before the free agency process both ravaged and replenished the talent pool. The Steelers entered the process with 22 free agents. They re-signed six of them, while losing eight more to other teams, with eight remaining unsigned. […]

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Hearing From RB Coach James Saxon

Earlier this offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers allowed running backs coach Kirby Wilson to walk, ending up with the Minnesota Vikings after they released their own running backs coach, James Saxon. Saxon wound up replacing Wilson as the Steelers’ running backs coach, but we haven’t heard much from him since he joined the team. Yesterday, however, […]

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Things We Think We Know With One Month To Go Until The Draft

We are now one month away from the 2014 NFL Draft and now is as good a time as any to go back over things that we think we know as it relates to the Pittsburgh Steelers needs and wants. Below are just a few of the things that are floating around in my head […]

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On The Steelers And Premature Evaluation

Generally speaking, I have passively been an advocate of Pro Football Focus at times by referencing their data when I see it fit to do so. I give them credit for taking on the herculean task of cataloging every snap from every team in every game and formulating a comprehensive system of analysis in an […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Role Of New Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount, Pre Draft Visits, Pouncey Extension & More Episode

Season 4, Episode 92 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I talk about some of the recent comments made in interviews by new Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount and linebacker Arthur Moats as it relates to their initial roles with the team in 2014. Both of those topics lead […]

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Cam Thomas May Be A Contingency Option To Start

This offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers have done well in recouping their free agent losses pretty much across the board, for which the front office deserves a tremendous amount of credit. It could be quite difficult playing the reactionary role in free agency by trying to plug a hole you didn’t intend to have. When Jonathan […]

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2014 Steelers Mock Draft – Alex Kozora Version 2.0

By Alex Kozora With free agency near its end and more players researched, the draft becomes slightly clearer. A second crack at a mock. Needless to say, still very fluid at this point. Trades aren’t projected in this mock. If you missed it, my first mock draft. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to […]

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Steelers Smart Not To Limit What LeGarrette Blount Can Offer

New Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount was interviewed yesterday on the radio, as we’ve previously posted, but I wanted to expand on some of the comments that he made during the interview pertaining to how he views himself being used this season based on his conversations with the team. While he mentioned that they […]

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New Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount Was Told He’ll Do Short-Yardage And Goal-Line Stuff

New Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount averaged five yards per carry and scored seven touchdowns last season with the New England Patriots and because of that, he said Friday in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he’s kind of surprised they let him get away in free agency. “I didn’t think they were […]

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Steelers Offer Little Guarantees To Their Incoming Free Agents

In stark contrast to recent offseasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers have already handed out new contracts to seven different free agents coming from other teams over the course of the past month since the start of free agency. In the process, they have handed out close to $40 million, with only Mike Mitchell’s contract extending beyond […]

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Pre-Draft Free Agent Movements: Running Back

The vast bulk of the offseason roster moves to be made before the draft are already completed, so now is a good time to start taking a look at how the month of March (and the early portions of April) have affected the depth chart. The Pittsburgh Steelers entered the offseason with 21 unrestricted free […]

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Steelers Left With Just Under $32,000 In Available Salary Cap Space After McCain Signing

Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert has managed to use every bit of available salary cap space this offseason. Following the Tuesday signing of free agent cornerback Brice McCain, the team should now have just under $32,000 in available cap room, according to the NFLPA. McCain signed a one-year qualifying contract on Tuesday and while […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Signing LeGarrette Blount, Ryan Clark Legacy, Draft Prospects & More Episode

Season 4, Episode 90 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I start of this show by talking about the Pittsburgh Steelers signing of former New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount and where his best fit on offense might be. Longtime Steelers safety Ryan Clark signed with the Washington Redskins […]

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Colbert, Bettis, Offer Thoughts On Devaluation Of RB Position

The state of the NFL running back in today’s game is still largely the same as it has been for some time; the state of his position in the market, however, is another matter, and this latest offseason is just another sign of the devaluation of the running back. The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly benefited from […]

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Recapping The Steelers’ Uncharacteristic Madness Of March

The Pittsburgh Steelers have often found themselves busy in March in recent years, but that has generally come before the start of the new league year, just to get in cap compliance. This year was a bit different, as the team was able to actually add some pieces from other teams, including a new starter […]

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Steelers New RB LeGarrette Blount To Wear No. 27

According to a Monday report, new Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount will wear jersey No. 27. Blount wore No. 27 during his first three seasons in the league with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but had to wear No. 29 with the New England Patriots last season. For the last four seasons, Jonathan Dwyer has […]

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Steelers Close The Book On Phase One Of Free Agency

With the signing late last week of running back LeGarrette Blount, the Pittsburgh Steelers put an exclamation point on what is likely the conclusion of Phase One of their free agency plan, which I expect to be on hiatus until June now. The Steelers re-signed many of their own 21 unrestricted free agents in addition […]

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New Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount Solid On First And Ten During His Career

While it’s pretty obvious that new Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount is not a three down player at the NFL level, there is one down and distance in particular  that he has excelled at since coming into the league in 2010. Dating back to 2010, Blount has averaged 5.47 yards per carry on first […]

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A Closer Look, Placing The Steelers Rushing Data In Context

Earlier this morning, we did a side-by-side comparison between running back Le’Veon Bell and the newest Pittsburgh Steelers running back, LeGarrette Blount, to see how they stacked up against one another in situational football. We looked at three key areas, drawing data from last season’s numbers in order to compare how each back performed in […]

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Comparing Le’Veon Bell And LeGarrette Blount In Situational Football

Ever since the signing of LeGarrette Blount, there has been an assortment of commentary from message boards, blogs, and beat writers speculating about how the new back will fit in with the Pittsburgh Steelers offense and what his role will ultimately be. The commentary frequently gravitated toward his size and power and speculated that he […]

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LeGarrette Blount Still Learning How To Be A ‘Big Back’

New Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount is a big back. There’s no disguising that fact behind his 6’, 250-pound frame. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that he runs like a big back, or that he’s always known how. Make no mistake: Blount thrives on making contact and using his physical running style to pile […]

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Despite Addition Of Blount, Steelers Still Might Want To Re-sign Stephens-Howling Once Healthy

On Friday, the Pittsburgh Steelers effectively added an experienced running back to their roster to backup starter Le’Veon Bell when they signed LeGarrette Blount, but they likely will need to add another one to help on third downs between now and the start of training camp. While Blount does have 579 carries to his credit […]

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LeGarrette Blount Looking To Overcome Checkered Past

LeGarrette Blount was a bad seed coming out of college. He missed the majority of his final season due to suspension after sucker punching an opposing player on the field following a loss. His draft stock took a sharp nosedive and he went undrafted, despite significant potential, as shown by his 1000-yard season as a […]

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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Was Spot On With His Free Agency Prediction

Prior the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert weighed in with his thoughts on the then-upcoming free agency signed period during a radio interview and at that time he speculated that it could be different from the norm. “I think there’s a possibility we could be more active in the free […]

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Blount Still Has Work To Do Despite Improvement In Short-Yardage Game

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers turned away from LeGarrette Blount after the 2012 season, they did so holding the belief that they were letting go of a big runner who couldn’t get the tough yards in short-yardage situations. The statistical evidence from that time period of his career generally supports those claims, as does the […]

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