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Steelers HC Mike Tomlin Believes Team Had A Productive Offseason

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now wrapped up their offseason practices and overall it appears as though head coach Mike Tomlin is happy with what was accomplished by the team over the course of the last four weeks. “I thought that we had a productive minicamp and I also thought we had a productive offseason,” said […]

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ESPN Insider Believes Steelers Will Win AFC North In 2014

It’s still only June, but KC Joyner of ESPN.com believes the Pittsburgh Steelers will win the AFC North division after back-to-back 8-8 seasons. In his Wednesday Insider post, Joyner listed six reasons as to why he believes the Steelers will return to the top of the AFC North and we will have a look at each […]

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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 Sub-Packages Should See Improvement

Yesterday, ESPN’s John Clayton took a look at how players in sub-packages are beginning to command more respect by front offices, even if many of them are not technically starters, and thus are getting paid more. Of course, the fact that teams are employing sub-packages more and more frequently has a lot to do with […]

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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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Five Storylines To Watch During This Year’s Steelers Mandatory Minicamp

The Pittsburgh Steelers will conduct their three-day mandatory minicamp this week and it will be the last set of practices prior to training camp taking place. Here are the five main storylines that we’ll be watching this week. Troy Time – Veteran safety Troy Polamalu will presumably be in town this week after choosing to […]

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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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Ryan Shazier Gives Steelers A Jump On What To Expect

Even though he is essentially already in the starting lineup, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier seemed to leap into it this past week during the final block of voluntary organized practices. From reports, he used about every ounce of real estate afforded by his 42-inch vertical leaping ability to intercept a pass that […]

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Steelers LB Ryan Shazier Expects To Make More Plays Like He Made Wednesday

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier reportedly made an “unreal interception” during Wednesday’s OTA practice and afterwards he was asked if we can expect more plays like that in the future. “Yeah, you should be expecting some of that,” said Shazier of his leaping interception. “People try to throw across the middle, me and […]

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Steelers Rookie OL Wesley Johnson Squares Off Against DE Cameron Heyward In Wednesday Fight

The Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday OTA practice is now underway and apparently there’s already been a fight. According to Scott Brown of ESPN.com, rookie offensive lineman Wesley Johnson got into it with defensive end Cameron Heyward following an interception by rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier. Several players were apparently needed to pull Heyward off of the rookie. […]

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Vince Williams Could Settle Into Long-Term Role As A Reserve

Vince Williams was never supposed to be thrust into such a big role as a rookie, as we all know. The Pittsburgh Steelers knew that as well, which is why they routinely resorted to their dime defense to take him off the field. That same line of thinking also brought them to the selection of […]

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Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski Calls Team Building Exercise ‘Super Important’

On Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers took their annual field trip to the local Dave and Busters to take part in a team building exercise. For a backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, this was his second such team-building trip as a member of the Steelers and he took time out to talk about the importance of it […]

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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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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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New-Look Steve McLendon Will Better Serve Team Needs This Season

From the sounds of it, Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon would very much like to forget about last season. It was his first year as a starter, and at times, it showed. But he knows that he can’t forget, because he knows that it taught him so much on his journey to preparing for […]

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Jarvis Jones Talks Youth And Speed On Defense

NFL Network reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala got a chance to catch up with Pittsburgh Steelers second-year outside linebacker Jarvis Jones following practice at OTAs yesterday, and the former first-round pick had plenty to say. Kinkhabwala relayed that general manager Kevin Colbert was expecting the real jump this season to come from the 2013 draft class, and […]

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Steelers Sign First Round Draft Pick LB Ryan Shazier

The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their second week of OTA practices on Thursday and they also wrapped up a contract with first-round draft pick, linebacker Ryan Shazier. Shazier, an Ohio State product, signed a four-year contract that should total out at around $9.5 million and include a signing bonus somewhere in the neighborhood of $5.234 […]

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Steelers Offer More Candid Comments On Draft Class For Countdown Series

The Pittsburgh Steelers premiered the fourth episode of their behind-the-scenes “Countdown” series yessterday, telling the story of the draft. This fourth installment takes us through to the end of the draft over the course of days two and three. The episode is interesting because it reveals some more candid takes from the front office and […]

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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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Stephon Tuitt Adjusting To Demands Of The Pro Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers allowed most of their defensive ends to walk this offseason, trying to rebuild the position from within, via free agency, and through the draft. The most promising new addition to the pool is second-round selection Stephon Tuitt. But unlike Ryan Shazier, that doesn’t mean he looks like he’s ready to just step […]

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Steelers Mike Tomlin Doesn’t Want Players On The Ground During OTA Practices

After Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee was lost for the entire 2014 season last week to a knee injury suffered during an OTA practice, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin apparently took notice. The following day, Tomlin reportedly took time out to address his team about how they should be practicing with the hopes that […]

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History Tells Us All Nine Steelers Draft Picks Won’t Make Final 53

There’s still a lot of left over excitement about the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 draft class and on Tuesday eight of those nine players will take to the field once again as the second set of OTA practices get underway. History has shown, however, that all nine won’t make the final 53 man roster out of […]

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Chadiha: Steelers Reclaiming Their Hard-Nosed Mentality

A year after turning around a 2-6 start to the 2013 season to end on a 6-2 run, it seems that many are ready and willing to jump on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ bandwagon this offseason. The moves they’ve made in free agency and the draft—including a recently uncharacteristic willingness to part with former key players—has […]

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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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2014 Steelers Post June 1 Offseason To-Do List

With the calendar now flipping over to June, the Pittsburgh Steelers can now put the rest of their offseason plan into action thanks to them having nearly $8 million more in salary cap space with the release of linebacker LaMarr Woodley finally coming off of the books. Here is a look at several things the […]

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