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CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 3, 2016: Linebacker Anthony Chickillo #56 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after a fumble recovery on a kickoff during a game against the Cleveland Browns on January 3, 2016 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Pittsburgh won 28-12. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Anthony Chickillo

One Step To Take: Anthony Chickillo

New series we’re kicking off here to get us through the upcoming dog days of the offseason. Every player wants to improve, to elevate his game in all areas from one season to the next. Understanding that, we’re going to isolate just one area, one faction of a player’s game….


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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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Unknown Steven Johnson Hungry To Compete

When it comes to modern sports fandom, there is seemingly no shortage of resources that enable those who seek to learn the ability to acquire just about any sort of relevant information about a player that can be made publicly available. This fact seems to me particularly true for the…


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Film Room: Cover 3 Still A Steelers’ Staple

When you think of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense, you probably circle a couple of common concepts: tough, hard-hitting, stellar run defense, and a potent pass rush. That’s been a constant since the 1970s. But the scheme wrapped around those core football values has evolved. Bud Carson’s Cover 2, a 4-3…


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Steelers Draft Class Tasked To Bridge Special Teams Gap

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost a lot of firepower for their special teams units during free agency this year. They lost five significant special teams contributors to signings by other teams, and you can add a sixth with the evident decision not to re-sign veteran Will Allen, who earned his keep…



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Only David DeCastro Now Remains From Steelers 2012 Draft Class

Just over four years ago the Pittsburgh Steelers selected nine players during the 2012 NFL Draft. As of Thursday, guard David DeCastro is now the only one of those nine that remains of the roster as tackle Mike Adams, who was team’s second-round selection in 2012, has now been released…


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The Steelers Are Buying Into “New Age Of Linebackers”

Over the course of recent years it is clear that an emphasis on athleticism and playmaking ability has been placed throughout the NFL.  These categories now dominate the conversation. The linebacker position has not evaded this focused attention, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are riding the wave. If the draft selections…


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Steelers Use Late Picks To Restock At Linebacker

Much of the final day of the 2016 NFL Draft was a drag for those following the Pittsburgh Steelers, considering the significant delay that existed between their first and second selections of the day, but they finished the evening off with three selections in a 27-selection span, and two of…


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2016 Steelers Pre-Draft Movements: Inside Linebacker

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered this league year with nearly a couple dozen players scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency. They ended up retaining five of those unrestricted free agents, but did not tender their one restricted free agent, who signed elsewhere. Pittsburgh also added help from outside of the organization at tight…


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NFL Draft News: Concerns Over Long-Term Future Of Smith, Jack

Not a ton of news going on in Pittsburgh today. So let’s take a moment to look league-wide at some draft news. Unfortunately, the news buzzing around isn’t positive. Though obviously no report has been confirmed, there appear to be serious long-term health concerns over a pair of linebackers: UCLA’s…



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Bryan: 2016 Steelers Mock Draft 3.0: Post Pro Days

Now that free agency and the pro days are behind us, we now three weeks exactly until the 2016 NFL Draft takes place. Being as the Pittsburgh Steelers are almost halfway through their allotted amount of pre-draft visitors, it’s time for me to release the third version of my seven-round…


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2015 Player Exit Meetings – ILB Jordan Zumwalt

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season ended a few weeks earlier that they had planned it to, but now that their 2015 campaign has drawn to a conclusion, it’s time to wrap things up and take stock of where they are and how they got there. Part of that process involves holding…


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Scouting Report On Newly Signed ILB Steven Johnson

Like we did for Ladarius Green and Ryan Harris, we’re back dishing out some information on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ latest free agency signing, inside linebacker Steven Johnson. Now, Johnson is a tougher evaluation and we won’t use the same mold as we did for the other two. Johnson was almost…