Ryan Shazier

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Steelers’ Defensive “Triplets” Rank In Bottom Third

The argument for where the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive trio should rank is pretty easy. Definitely in the top three and even without sounding homerish, they really should be at number one. Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown. What else do you need to say? But the defensive trio? It’s a…



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NFL, NFLPA Agree To More Inclusive Practice Squad Tweaks

While I have yet to note this elsewhere, a bit of interesting news—to me anyway—came out yesterday courtesy of former Buccaneers general manager and current ESPN analyst Mark Dominik regarding the practice squad. Dominik Tweeted out yesterday a message of congratulations to the NFL as well as the NFLPA for…


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Steven Johnson’s Physicality A Good Match In Pittsburgh

He’s still not a household name but the odds seem high for Steven Johnson making the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster. Signed in late March, he’s part of a Kevin Colbert free agent class that almost never fails to make the roster. Only one player – Kevan Barlow – hasn’t made the…


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Ike Taylor Sees Breakout Year For Ryan Shazier

Last week, NFL Network’s website posted an article asking several panelists who they believe would be one of the next breakout stars for the 2016 season. Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor was on that panel, and it may not surprise you to learn that his choice was a member…


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Ryan Shazier Growing Into A Natural As Defensive Signal Caller

Much has been made, understandably, about the progress of third-year inside linebacker Ryan Shazier, who was the 15th-overall selection by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2014 NFL Draft and an immediate day-one starter from his first practice. Most every detail about his physical development on the field has been covered…


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The Pessimist’s Take: Ascending Run Defense

The Pittsburgh Steelers have, by and large, been on an upward swing over the course of the past two and a half seasons after they missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, and failed to win a postseason game in four straight years. Last season saw them gain that elusive…


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The Optimist’s Take: Ascending Run Defense

The Pittsburgh Steelers have, by and large, been on an upward swing over the course of the past two and a half seasons after they missed the playoffs for two straight seasons, and failed to win a postseason game in four straight years. Last season saw them gain that elusive…


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Shazier Beats Brown, Wheaton, And Coates In Race

We all know Ryan Shazier is fast. But faster than Antonio Brown? Markus Wheaton? Sammie Coates? The Pittsburgh Steelers tested that theory out today. And the answer is yes, Shazier is faster than any of them. Brown, with Vince Williams as your cameraman, posted a video on his Snapchat of the…



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James Harrison Hungry For One More Title Run

For the Pittsburgh Steelers, there are not many left on the roster who can remember all three of the team’s most recent Super Bowl appearances. 38-year-old outside linebacker James Harrison, who was primarily a special teams player for the first one, and the Defensive Player of the Year, is hungry…


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Shazier Primed For A Breakout 2016 Season

For the past two seasons it’s been all about the vast potential that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier possesses. Now, coming into the 2016-17 season it all comes down to the Ohio State product realizing his potential, becoming the possible Pro Bowl linebacker that many thing he can be in…


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Shazier Spending Offseason In Effort To Get Stronger

Ryan Shazier is never going to look like Levon Kirkland but he’s spending the offseason adding a little extra muscle. “I definitely working on [adding muscle],” he told reporters following today’s practice. “I was rehabbing a lot throughout the offseason. Just trying to get a lot stronger.” Shazier dealt with…



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Assignments Show Ryan Shazier Treated By Coaches As Veteran

When referring to what he likes to see out of his linebackers, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is known to say that he would rather have to say ‘whoa’ than to say ‘sic ‘em’”, which means that he likes his linebackers to have a controlled recklessness about them that…