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Larry Foote Still Has Love For Pittsburgh, And His Buckeye Replacement

Larry Foote once left the Pittsburgh Steelers voluntarily, having become all too aware that he would soon be demoted to make room for third-year linebacker Lawrence Timmons in the starting lineup. He asked for his released and signed on with his hometown Detroit Lions for a season before realizing that he would rather be a […]

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Steelers Pre-Camp Depth Chart Update – Inside Linebacker

With minicamp in the rearview mirror and training camp on the horizon, the Pittsburgh Steelers should already have all of the main components of their offseason roster in place, with all draft picks signed and no more free agents projected to be added until further evaluation. It’s possible that a need should arise for further […]

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Steelers Training Camp Shaping Up To Host Another Heated ILB Battle

The Pittsburgh Steelers weren’t entirely sure what they had at inside linebacker last season, at least when it came to reserve players. They made sure to stock up on the position with low-profile free agent signings and late- to post-draft rookie additions. That translated into a heated training camp competition that went down to the […]

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Steelers Rookie Dri Archer Still Unsure Of Role, But Thinks It Will Be Big

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver/running back Dri Archer will soon experience his first NFL training camp next month and while he was able to partake in a good majority of the offseason practices, he’s still not completely sure how exactly he will be used in 2014. “I’m not sure,” Archer said of what his role […]

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Playing For Ohio State Helping Steelers Rookie LB Ryan Shazier Transition Quickly

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier has started alongside Lawrence Timmons since day one of the offseason practices and he believes playing in a defense at Ohio State that is somewhat similar to the one used by the Steelers has helped him make the jump quickly “Especially some of the things that we did […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Cornerbacks, Browns Offseason With Craig Lyndall & More Episode

Season 4, Episode 114 of The Terrible Podcast is up and with co-host David Todd still out of action, Alex Kozora and I open the show by answering a few emails that we received following our Monday talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker position heading into 2014. This leads us briefly talking about rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier and whether […]

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Steelers Hope Rookie LB Ryan Shazier Can Make An ‘Impact’ With His Run Tackles

With Pittsburgh Steelers rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier already pegged to be a starter in 2014, the team hopes that he will make an immediate impact when it comes to helping stopping the run. Part of stopping the run includes making “impact tackles” and those are defined by NFL Network researcher Matt Hamilton as being […]

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Ryan Shazier Can Do Something In 2014 That Kendrell Bell Couldn’t Do In 2001

Barring something totally unforeseen, Pittsburgh Steelers rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier will start alongside Lawrence Timmons in the 2014 season opener against the Cleveland Browns. When and if that happens, he will be the first Steelers defensive rookie to accomplish that feat since Kendrell Bell last did way back in 2001. Shazier, however, has a […]

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Replacing A Championship Roster – Dimes, Quarters, And Assorted Change

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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LeBeau, Steelers Turn Eyes Forward On Defense

For an organization so intrinsically built upon and invested in its tradition, the Pittsburgh Steelers are facing a hard reality after suffering two consecutive non-winning seasons for the first time in over a decade. Not the simple reality that they haven’t been able to live up to their own standards in recent years, but rather […]

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Steelers DE Cameron Heyward Knows Playbook Tough For Rookies To Grasp

With four weeks of offseason practices now in the books, it looks as though rookie Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will start alongside Lawrence Timmons when the team host the Cleveland Browns in the season opener. During a recent interview with Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network, defensive end Cameron Heyward talked about how tough it […]

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Six Positive Takeaways From The Steelers 2014 Offseason Practices

The Pittsburgh Steelers have not wrapped up their 2014 offseason program and while not a lot of stock can be put into practices that include players only wearing helmets and shorts, there quite a few positive things to take away from the four weeks of work. Here are six main positives to come out of […]

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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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