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Five Things To Look For During Steelers Second Set Of OTA Practices

The Pittsburgh Steelers second set of OTA practices will get underway on Tuesday and here are a few things that I hope will surface this week in the various reports that come in from the Southside. Ike Arrival? – Cornerback Ike Taylor was not present for the first set of practices last week, so surely […]

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Sean Spence Says He Will Know During OTAs If He Can Play

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence has been a topic of discussion since he was drafted, but for the better part of the past two years, it’s gravitated around what ifs, and whether he would ever even be able to play, after tearing up his knee in his rookie preseason. As we all know, linebackers coach […]

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Recap Of The Steelers First Week Of 2014 OTA Practices

The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their first week of OTA practices on Thursday and below is a recap of all of the top storylines from the week. Pouncey Healthy – We had a pretty good notion heading into the week that center Maurkice Pouncey might be able to get some live reps in during the […]

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The Terrible Podcast – Talking First Week Of Steelers 2014 OTA Practices Episode

Season 4, Episode 107 of The Terrible Podcast is up and with co-host David Todd now back in the co-host chair, we both go over the news and notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers first set of OTA practices of the 2014 season. The Steelers have made a few roster moves this week, so we catch up on those transactions […]

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Countdown: All Smiles And Handshakes In Steelers War Room

The Pittsburgh Steelers premiered the third episode of their “Countdown” series yesterday, which documents the behind the scenes story of the team’s buildup to the 2014 NFL Draft. This episode takes us through to their first-round selection, inside linebacker Ryan Shazier. Before that, however, Kevin Colbert went into detail about how the team goes about […]

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Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons Comfortable With Position Switch, Rookie Ryan Shazier

For a second season in a row, veteran inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons is having to break in a rookie to play alongside him with first-round draft pick Ryan Shazier seemingly being fast tracked to be the 2014 opening day starter. While the Steelers first OTA session of the year is now only two days old, […]

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Steelers Step Out Of Character As Shazier Steps Into Starting Lineup

The Pittsburgh Steelers, seemingly, broke with apparent convention yesterday by inserting rookie inside linebacker Ryan Shazier into the first-team lineup from his very first full team practice during OTAs. In that bare sense, it is somewhat surprising. After all, the Steelers do have Vince Williams, who started most of the season at linebacker last year, […]

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Maurkice Pouncey Makes Good On His Word By Being “Full-Go” At OTAs

A little over a month ago, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey gave his word that he would be ready to go at the beginning of OTAs following a season during which he missed all but eight snaps due to a torn ACL. Yesterday, he made good on that, declaring himself “full-go” while joining his teammates […]

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Admits To Being Upset On Draft Day

According to a story two weeks ago about agent Ryan Tollner by Austin Murphy of Sports Illustrated, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reportedly sent Tollner a text message not suitable for sharing following the selection of Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier in the first round. When I initially read that report, it didn’t seem like […]

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Report: No Apparent Mobility Issues For Steelers LB Sean Spence

While all of the talk Tuesday about the Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers centered around rookie Ryan Shazier working with the starters during the first OTA practice of the 2014 season, it was an equally important day for another young inside linebacker. Sean Spence, the Steelers third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, was back on the […]

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Rookie LB Ryan Shazier Practiced With First Team During Steelers First OTA Session

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t wasting any time with rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier as the Ohio State product reportedly practiced with the starters Tuesday during the first OTA practice of the 2014 season. Shazier, the Steelers first-round draft pick, still has several months to go before the season-opener against the Cleveland Browns, but being as he […]

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Young Veterans Looking To Make A Mark With Steelers This Season

With so much focus and attention being placed on the Pittsburgh Steelers’s incoming class of rookies by all form of media—including ourselves, naturally—it’s easy to forget about the rest of the youth on the roster. Which is somewhat counterintuitive, given that it is the tendency of organizations such as the Steelers to give players more […]

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Steelers Lineup Turnover 2014 – Inside Linebacker

When you look back just to the start of last season and project the starting lineup that the Pittsburgh Steelers can be expected to field when they resume play in September, you’ll see that they’ve undergone quite a bit of change. Certainly more than usual. With two exceptions—Heath Miller and Le’Veon Bell—the changes to the […]

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Five Things To Watch Out For During Steelers First OTA Session

The Pittsburgh Steelers first OTA session of the offseason gets underway on Tuesday and here are five topics of interest that I will be keeping a lookout for. Who Shows Up? – These OTA practices are of course voluntary, but all eyes will peeled for whether or not safety Troy Polamalu shows up. With Ryan […]

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Bucky Brooks Predicts Return Of The Steelers’ Defense

Many fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers are filled with nervous excitement this offseason over the prospects of their favorite team returning to form this season to become a force to be reckoned with once again, something that they were perennially just a few years ago. With the additions of players such as Ryan Shazier, Stephon […]

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Ryan Shazier Stood Out At Rookie Minicamp

The Pittsburgh Steelers held their rookie minicamp last week, which was the first chance for all to get a glimpse at the team’s new draft picks in uniform—albeit without pads, but at least with a helmet and going through drills. It’s an opportunity to get a feel for how they look on the field, to […]

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Joey Porter’s Coaching Success Hinges On Jarvis Jones’ Production

After the Pittsburgh Steelers selected linebacker Jordan Zumwalt in the sixth round of the NFL Draft, linebackers coach Keith Butler addressed the media about the pick. Given the amount of change that has taken place among the linebackers over the past couple seasons, of course, there were plenty of questions for Butler to answer beyond […]

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Heath Evans On Steelers 2014 Draft: ‘It’s A C-Plus’

On the Tuesday edition of “NFL Total Access” analysts Solomon Wilcots and Heath Evans finally got around to grading the 2014 drafts of the four AFC North teams and when it came time to grade the Pittsburgh Steelers, Evans didn’t sound over impressed. “It breaks my heart because I love me some Mike Tomlin and some Dick LeBeau, but […]

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Sean Spence Calls Finger Injury A Blessing In Disguise

Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler said a little over a year ago that it would be miraculous if then-second-year linebacker Sean Spence would be able to take the field the following season, let alone during 2013. Spence, of course, suffered a severe knee injury in August of 2012 when his leg bent backward awkwardly […]

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Kozora: 2014 Steelers 53 Man Roster Prediction – Post Draft

By Alex Kozora Following Dave Bryan’s lead, here is my first crack at predicting the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 53 man roster. Needless to say, this is subject to change once we hit training camp. Quarterbacks – (3) Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Landry Jones Analysis: Jones is safe for at least another season. Other than that, […]

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Steelers’ Incoming Class Facing Easier Path To Playing Time

The 2014 season will be different for the Pittsburgh Steelers, suggested Bob Labriola, writing in an article on the team’s website. It will be different because of the incoming rookie class; not because they are an overtly special group, but because, as Labriola writes in the article, “there just aren’t as many impediments to their […]

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Snap Predictions For The Steelers 2014 Draft Class

Every year at about this time, I like to take a stab at projecting how many snaps each member of the Pittsburgh Steelers draft class will see on either offense or defense during their rookie season. Here are my pre OTA predictions for the class of 2014. Ryan Shazier – It’s quite possible that Shazier […]

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Best And Worst Case Scenarios For Steelers 2014 Draft Class

By Alex Kozora Predictably and understandably, we’ve given a ton of attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 draft class. But even after giving all of our opinions, no one can deny this is all projection. The measurables, tape study, debates, all now fruitless. What happens on the field is the only thing that matters anymore. […]

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Tomlin On How Pass Rush And Coverage Work Together

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin fielded some questions following the morning practice of the rookie minicamp yesterday, and naturally the questions covered a variety of topics, which can go in one ear and out the other. From what Tomlin is looking for when evaluating during minicamp to whether or not it was intentional that […]

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UCLA Quarter System Might Prevent Steelers LB Jordan Zumwalt From Attending OTAs

Thanks to Ohio State no longer being on the quarter system, it appears as though first-round draft pick, linebacker Ryan Shazier, won’t miss any of the Pittsburgh Steelers summer OTA practices. One of the Steelers other eight draft picks, however, might not be so lucky. Being as UCLA still uses the quarter system, linebacker Jordan […]

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Just One Small Problem With The Cornerback Depth Chart

The Pittsburgh Steelers were clearly at a place of relative comfort with their cornerback depth entering the 2014 season—certainly far more so than outside observers speculated throughout the offseason leading up to the draft. They had an opportunity to draft one of the top cornerbacks in the draft last week, Darqueze Dennard, at the 15th […]

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