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Cockrell Says Crushing Dolphins Loss Made Team Better

Think about the turning point for the Pittsburgh Steelers last year and most will point to right after the Dallas Cowboys game. On paper, reading the schedule, it’s true. The team won the next seven, capturing the AFC North and continuing Mike Tomlin’s underrated legacy of producing strong second-half teams….


Olsavsky Praises Vince Williams For Being Detail Oriented

Though losing Lawrence Timmons was a tough blow for Jerry Olsvasky in the locker room, he’s excited about the steps Vince Williams is taking to replace him. Speaking with Steelers.com’s Missi Matthews, the inside linebacker’s coach said Williams is a detailed player who takes pride in the little things. “Vince…


James Daniel Didn’t Lobby For Steelers To Draft A Tight End

In war rooms, and general pre-draft preparation, everyone is fighting for their guys. Area scouts pushing the big wigs into listening to them and the decision-makers, in this case, Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert, debating to reach a conclusion. Nature of the beast. But when push comes to shove, veteran…


David Johnson The Leader In New-Look TE Room

Gotta admit, it’s like Christmas time when I see interviews with John Mitchell and James Daniel. Daniel, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ tight ends coach, briefly sat down with Steelers.com’s Missi Matthews to go over the tight end room. It’s one that has seen plenty of moving and shaking post-Heath Miller, the…


Steelers Reiterate Desire To Reduce Heyward And Tuitt’s Snaps

It certainly sounds good. But seeing is believing. The team repeated their hope to lower Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt’s snaps, something they’ve been trying to do for the past two years but haven’t been able to reliably execute. This time around, it was John Mitchell expressing that desire. Specifically,…


Learning To Play Backwards Moving Brian Allen’s Career Forward

Brian Allen had never played defense in his football career. When Utah asked him to make the switch for the 2014 season, there was some hesitation. Looking back, it proved to be the right decision. Allen turned into one of the PAC-12’s best cornerbacks and was drafted by the Pittsburgh…


Carnell Lake Hopeful Burns And Cockrell Pick Up Where They Left Off

For the first time in several years, there are high hopes for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary. Carnell Lake is hoping for his corners to continue the strong play they showed at the end of 2016. Sitting down with Missi Matthews on Steelers.com, Lake kept it simple with his expectations of…


Heyward Praises Tuitt, Shazier For Stepping Up In 2016

Cam Heyward gave props to the players along the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense who stepped up in his absence. Heyward, after missing the back half of last year with a torn pectoral muscle, credited two names in particular. Ryan Shazier and Stephon Tuitt. “I thought Tuitt took that next step,” Heyward…


Artie Burns Adding Weight During Offseason

Continuing his mission to get stronger for his second year, Artie Burns says he added five pounds during the offseason. Jacob Klinger of PennLive has the quote and the tweet. Artie Burns said he put on about 5 pounds for this year. — Jacob Klinger (@Jacob_Klinger_) May 31, 2017 Burns…



Ramon Foster Excited To Watch Jerald Hawkins Compete

Steelers’ Nation is showing the love to Jerald Hawkins. Earlier, Matthew Marczi wrote that Hawkins’ stock is up, a fair and accurate point. That stock only continues to rise after hearing what Ramon Foster said about the second year linemen after practice today. Speaking with Steelers.com’s Missi Matthews, Foster said…


Burns Hopes Jiu Jitsu Will Improve Strength, Technique In Year Two

He might never become a black belt but Artie Burns is learning a few moves during the offseason. Sitting down with Steelers.com’s Missi Matthews, Burns said he’s taking jiu jitsu classes during the offseaon to improve his game heading into Year Two. “I’m taking jiu jitsu,” he told Matthews. “Learning how…


Mike Mitchell Deserves Credit For Helping Young Secondary Learn The Ropes

Mike Mitchell is known for his big hits. And his celebrations. And yes, sometimes, his missed tackles. But leadership should join that list. He’s taken the young Pittsburgh Steelers’ secondary under his wing to ease their transition into the NFL. We’ve already seen Sean Davis gives the Steelers’ safety credit….


Can The Steelers 2017 Draft Class Pull Off The Improbable?

Do any of you remember the last time an entire Pittsburgh Steelers draft class made the Week 1 53-man roster? I know I can’t and while odds are probably against it happening this year, one can make a pretty good pre-training camp argument that the unthinkable might just might happen in…


Optimism Growing For Cameron Sutton To Make Immediate Impact

Despite being the Pittsburgh Steelers’ third draft pick in this year’s class, some think Cameron Sutton has a chance to make the most immediate impact. The PPG’s Ray Fittipaldo had a really great chat yesterday afternoon and kept circling back to Sutton anytime he was asked about this year’s rookie…