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Le’Veon Bell Still Has Work To Do In Pass Protection

By Matthew Marczi Before the season started, the main point of discussion being tossed around with regard to Le’Veon Bell and his ability to get on the field right away was how quickly he would be able to acclimate himself to picking up the blitz in passing situations. Of course, as it turned out, it […]

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Steelers Versus Patriots Week 9 Projected Inactive List

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the New England Patriots Sunday at Gillette Stadium and below is a best guess as to what the inactive list will look like this week. The official list of inactives will be announced 90 minutes before kickoff. Landry Jones – This will mark the eighth straight game that the rookie […]

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Pro Football Focus Ranks David DeCastro Third Overall Among Guards

By Matthew Marczi Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro has reportedly been getting around this week on an ankle sprain without so much as a limp, according to various beat reporters’ accounts on Twitter. That could certainly lead to good news for a Pittsburgh team in dire need of quality offensive line play if he […]

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Le’Veon Bell Learns That Patience Is A Virtue

By Matthew Marczi The Pittsburgh Steelers back in April believed that they selected their new running back in the form of Le’Veon Bell in the most recent NFL Draft; they got their first true sample of what he will bring to the table this past week in the team’s victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Although […]

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Polamalu The Engine Driving Sub-Package Football For Steelers

By Matthew Marczi As the season goes on, Dick LeBeau and the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to implement and deploy small-bodied sub-packages as their go-to defense, rather than the base, or even the nickel, as they had six defensive backs on the field nearly 75 percent of the time against the Baltimore Ravens. Out of 65 […]

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Jonathan Dwyer Carving Out A Niche For Himself Amongst The Running Backs

By Matthew Marczi As the Pittsburgh Steelers get healthier and the games tick on, it appears that a pecking order is taking shape within the running back group. We all knew it was a foregone conclusion that rookie second-round draft pick Le’Veon Bell would assume the mantle once he returned to health, which did not […]

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Richard Mann Explains Decision To Add Of WR Devon Wylie To The Practice Squad

With two wide receivers already on the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad in Kashif Moore and Justin Brown, the decision to add free agent wide receiver Devon Wylie earlier this week to the eight man unit was a curious one. In a recent interview with David Todd of 970 ESPN Radio, wide receiver coach Richard Mann […]

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Heath Miller Took His Lumps Against The Jets

By Matthew Marczi After coming off a very strong game in terms of blocking against the Minnesota Vikings, tight end Heath Miller did not have such an easy time against the New York Jets this past week—and not just because he was beaten for a sack. To be fair, Rex Ryan’s defense is more aggressive, […]

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Coming Off Big Game, Jerricho Cotchery Left Hanging In New York

By Matthew Marczi Jerricho Cotchery was coming off his best statistical performance yet in his three years with the Pittsburgh Steelers entering Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. Two weeks earlier, he recorded five receptions for 103 yards for a 20.3 yards per catch average while also bringing in a touchdown, his second of […]

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Steelers Versus Jets – First Half Notes And Observations

By Matthew Marczi As great a game as Heath Miller may have had against the Minnesota Vikings, he struggled some in this one, particularly as a pass blocker. Not just the sack, but failing to get a commanding angle out on a screen on multiple occasions. First play of the game is a perfect example. […]

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David Johnson Injury Places Steelers In A Tight Space

The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a blow yesterday when they were forced to put tight end David Johnson on injured reserve. After spending the 2012 season out of football due to a knee injury, the veteran tight end was gradually feeling better as the games ticked away this year. In fact, he was coming off one […]

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Steelers Waive S Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith From Injured Reserve

According to the Tuesday NFL transactions release, the Pittsburgh Steelers have waived safety Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith from their reserve/injured list. Cromartie-Smith was waived injured last week with a hip injury suffered in the loss to the Minnesota Vikings in order to make room for veteran safety Will Allen, who had been recently released from the Dallas […]

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Mike Tomlin Bans All Steelers Players From Doing Flips And Somersaults

Following his first career touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings a few weeks ago, rookie running back Le’Veon Bell was told by head coach Mike Tomlin not to do anymore forward flips into the end zone because they didn’t want him to risk getting injured. On Tuesday, Tomlin said during his press conference that he has […]

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Steelers Injury Report: WR Markus Wheaton To Miss Ravens Game; LB Sean Spence To Practice

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin met the media Tuesday to talk about the upcoming game against the Baltimore Ravens and updated the injury situation heading into the week of practice. Tight end David Johnson (wrist) and tackle Levi Brown (triceps) have both been placed on injured reserve and both will have surgery now to […]

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Roethlisberger, Brown, Clark And Allen Played The Best In Jets Game Per PFF

As you would probably expect, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown received the highest grades from Pro Football Focus for their play Sunday in the win over the New York Jets. Roethlisberger was 23-of-30 for 264 yards in the game while Brown caught nine of 11 passes thrown his way for […]

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Steelers Defense Limits Explosive Plays In Win Over Jets

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense held the New York Jets to just six points Sunday to help the team notch their first win of the season and they recorded their first two turnovers of the year in the process. More importantly, perhaps, they limited the killer explosive plays that killed them in the London loss to […]

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Kelvin Beachum To Start At Left Tackle Against Jets

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, second-year offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum will start Sunday against the New York Jets at left tackle. This will be the first career start for Beachum at left tackle for the Steelers 2012 seventh-round draft pick. The Steelers not only demoted tackle Mike Adams following the loss to […]

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Steelers Versus Jets: Seven Things To Watch For In Week 6

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the New York Jets Sunday at MetLife Stadium and below are seven things to watch for in the game. To Beachum, Or Not To Beachum – Mike Adams has been benched and the Steelers traded for Levi Brown during the bye week. So now we wait and see who […]

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S Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith On Steelers Injured Reserve After Clearing Waivers

The Pittsburgh Steelers waived safety Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith injured on Thursday and he is now on their injured reserve list after clearing waivers. Cromartie-Smith, who was originally signed by the Steelers in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of Texas-El Paso, suffered a hip flexor injury a few weeks ago in the loss to the […]

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Could Special Teams Have Played A Role In Kion Wilson’s Release

By Matthew Marczi After the Pittsburgh Steelers quickly realized that they were better-served turning the inside linebacker spot over to rookie Vince Williams, the primary responsibility for Kion Wilson once again shifted back to special teams, which is what got him a spot on the active roster in the first place. Earlier this week, the […]

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Cortez Allen Will Have To Earn His Starting Job Back, Evidence Suggests

By Matthew Marczi As it currently stands, it sounds as though Cortez Allen will have to prove himself before the Pittsburgh Steelers anoint him as a starter once again, as reports are that William Gay has been taking the first-team reps at outside cornerback, with no change throughout the week. Allen has resumed his old […]

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Steelers Sign LB Kion Wilson To Practice Squad; Release LB Alan Baxter

The Pittsburgh Steelers made one practice squad move on Friday as linebacker Kion Wilson was signed and linebacker Alan Baxter was released. Wilson was waived earlier this week when the team signed linebacker Stevenson Sylvester back to the roster. Wilson might be a littler banged up right now after suffering a hamstring injury in the […]

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Troy Polamalu And Calculated Risks

By Matthew Marczi The clearest sign that Troy Polamalu is back to being Troy Polamalu is to watch where he lines up on short-yardage plays. When he is healthy, he is typically up against the line or bursting through a hole off the snap on critical, drive-changing snaps. The last game for the Pittsburgh Steelers […]

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David DeCastro Continues Improving

By Matthew Marczi Earlier in the season, I was among the many who expressed concern over David DeCastro and what seemed to be his lack of development in his second season, in which strength even appeared to be an issue. Fortunately, however, his play has continued to rise since then, with the last being perhaps […]

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Taking A Look At Vince Williams’ First Career Start

By Matthew Marczi Although Vince Williams had somewhat of a rocky game against the Minnesota Vikings, it is fair to point out that it was, of course, his first career start, and just the third game of his career (he was inactive in the season opener). Since that last game, Williams has been officially upgraded […]

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Dick LeBeau Says William Gay Will ‘Play A Lot’ Against The Jets

While he is not currently listed on the injury report, Pittsburgh Steelers third-year cornerback Cortez Allen is still having problems with the ankle injury that suffered in the season opener that resulted in him missing the next two games. With Allen still trying to get himself back into the form, there’s a possibility that cornerback […]

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