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Steelers vs Panthers Film Review: Ross Ventrone On Special Teams

If you were wondering how Ross Ventrone made it on to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad despite the team already carrying five other safeties on the 53-man roster, and 12 other defensive backs in total, the following plays will show you why. Put quite simply, he showed in the team’s final preseason game that he […]

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Steelers vs Panthers Film Review: Big Nickel Defense

I’ve mentioned over the course of the last few days that the Pittsburgh Steelers broke out their big nickel sub-package look for a few snaps in their preseason finale, a 10-0 shutout loss to the Carolina Panthers. In the big nickel, the Steelers employ a four-man defensive front with two true defensive ends and two […]

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Steelers Roster Ready To Spread The Ball Around

If you’ve watched the Pittsburgh Steelers lately, you may have noticed that their average personnel on any given play isn’t as big as has been tradition. On offense, the Steelers, with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger pushing to run the no huddle, spend much of their time in three wide receiver sets. On defense, the nickel defense […]

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Relaxed Rules Help Shape Steelers’ 2014 Practice Squad

Slowly but surely, it seems as though the league is ultimately coming around to change and updating some policies and practices that have become obsolete. Speaking strictly of on-field matters rather than disciplinary issues, incorporating a central command center for reviews, for example, was an overdue change. The NFL’s practice squad rules had been in […]

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Steelers Roster Cranks Secondary Up To 11 For First Time Under Tomlin

Perhaps I shouldn’t get ahead of myself, with potential further roster moves pending, but I was certainly not surprised to see that the Pittsburgh Steelers chose to keep 11 defensive backs on the initial 53-man roster. The fact of that matter is that the Steelers spend more time with five defensive backs on the field […]

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Newcomer B.W. Webb Should Follow The Path Of Antwon Blake

Around this time a year ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers picked up a second-year cornerback off waivers and added him to their 53-man roster, carrying him throughout the entire season. The Steelers released Isaiah Green, who made the roster initially, in order to make room for Antwon Blake, while Green spent the rest of the year […]

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Steelers Roster Moves Suggest Positional Targets For Waiver Upgrades

The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly made some interesting decisions with their 53-man roster yesterday, but as recent history suggests, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the team is finished assembling the roster for this season. Last year, for example, the Steelers signed center Cody Wallace and punter Zoltan Mesko off waivers, and released John Malecki and Drew […]

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Wesley Johnson Must Now Center In On Playing Tackle

When the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Kelvin Beachum in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft, they were getting a left tackle that they believed, initially, would be best suited to kick inside, but that would eventually be able to play every position. Beachum worked all along the offensive line barring the center position as […]

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Steelers Initial Final 53 Both Keeps And Breaks With Traditions

The Pittsburgh Steelers trimmed their roster to 53 players today, with some surprising cuts among them. The team remained orthodox in some ways, such as keeping three quarterbacks, while breaking with tradition in others by keeping only three outside linebackers or going with less-tenured players over veterans. I happened to have flipped the wrong way […]

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Former Steelers Linebacker James Harrison Announces His Retirement

Former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison just announced via social media today that he is retiring from the NFL. The 36-year-old was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent, and most recently played for the Cincinnatti Bengals. He said in a statement on Facebook and Twitter: I have made the difficult […]

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Steelers vs Panthers – Second Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations for the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers: On his first opportunity Derek Moye converted a third and two on a pass just a bit behind him from Landry Jones. On the following play, it looked like Josh Harris might have a hole […]

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Steelers vs Panthers – First Half Notes And Observations

Below are my notes and observations for the first half of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers: Throughout the entire preseason, Ben Roethlisberger has been the sole team captain. Will that change? He didn’t even play and he won the coin toss, but as they almost always do, the Steelers deferred. As […]

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Tomlin Sends Another Message To Bell, Blount On The Field

During his press conference earlier this week, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that any further in-house punishment due to running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount would not be made known publically a week after a very clear on-field message was sent, keeping the backs on the field well into the fourth quarter. […]

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Marczi: Steelers 53-Man Roster Prediction – Final Edition

The Pittsburgh Steelers have completed their slate of preseason games, and in fact will be trimming their roster down to 53 players later today. They signed a late addition in the recently released B.W. Webb, a second-year fourth-round cornerback, which certainly throws a monkey wrench into my decision-making here, but let’s try one last time […]

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Arizona Detour Won’t Land James Harrison Back In Pittsburgh

Last week, when defensive end Brett Keisel flew out west to visit with the Arizona Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Steelers got the wheels in motion to have him on the next flight back, signing the veteran to a two-year contract. The deal came after the conclusion of training camp, which is the timeframe during which any […]

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Steelers Test Whether Size Matters With Big Nickel

As several venues have written about since last week’s poor showing by the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 31-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Steelers have been cramming the nickel defense down offenses’ throats in the preseason. The only problem is that opposing offenses have been eating it up. When the Steelers go to their […]

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David Paulson Hasn’t Done Enough To Lose

The Pittsburgh Steelers gave veteran tight end Michael Palmer the opportunity to start last night against the Carolina Panthers, and it almost seems as though everybody lost sight of him once he threw a strong lead block on the end around to Markus Wheaton for 15 yards that they ran to open the game. It […]

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Bottom Of Wide Receiver Depth Chart Gets Blocked Up

Throughout the offseason, I’ve been fairly consistent in maintaining that the Pittsburgh Steelers could carry six wide receivers into this season, despite the fact that Dri Archer is as much a receiver as he is a running back. I believe that most of my roster predictions have included six wide receivers, and I believe that […]

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Steelers vs Panthers Second Half Live Update And Discussion Thread

The Pittsburgh Steelers trail the Carolina Panthers by a score of 3-0, the “first-team” defense allowing a field goal drive on the opening possession, but holding firm for the rest of the first half. The Steelers will receive after deferring to halftime. Dayonne Nunley took a knee in the end zone to give Landry Jones and the Steelers the […]

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Steelers vs Panthers First Half Live Update And Discussion Thread

The Pittsburgh Steelers fell on their collective faces during last week’s ‘dress rehearsal’ for the regular season, which might result in some extended encore performances from select starters, though many will also be sitting out. As they so often do, they close out their preseason schedule against the Carolina Panthers. There are a few jobs up for […]

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Steelers vs Eagles Film Review: Ben Roethlisberger Mistakes

In the first two preseason games, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was not asked to carry out many difficult throws, but he was proficient. In his four drives, he completed nine of 13 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns while avoiding sacks. The offense scored 17 points on those four drives. Against the Philadelphia […]

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Nick Williams Hoping To See Greater Workload In Preseason Finale

The Pittsburgh Steelers said goodbye to one of last year’s preseason favorites yesterday, as defensive end Brian Arnfelt was a member of the team’s first roster cuts in order get in compliance with the Tuesday 75-man roster limit. Early in the offseason, it seemed almost as though he would be a shoe-in to make the […]

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Steelers vs Eagles Film Review: Heath Miller

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had the luxury of tight end Heath Miller’s services for nine full seasons now, with 2014 being his tenth. Although he has only been named to a pair of Pro Bowls during that time, his value to the team has gone far beyond mere accolades. Miller is an increasingly rare breed […]

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Steelers vs Eagles Film Review: David DeCastro

Among the more consistent performers this preseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers has been right guard David DeCastro, the team’s first-round draft pick from 2012. The right side of the offensive line as a whole, in fact, has been among the few highlights for the Steelers during the preseason. DeCastro at times flashed hints of dominance […]

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Steelers vs Eagles Film Review: Jarvis Jones

There seems to be no shortage of criticism for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ other recent linebacker drafted in the first round, Jarvis Jones. The second-year edge rusher is coming off a frustrating rookie season that he’s understandably sick of talking about, hoping that experience and strength training would lead to a more productive year two. Jones […]

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Steelers vs Eagles Film Review: LeGarrette Blount

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was certainly enthusiastic about the team’s ability to bring in running back LeGarrette Blount as a free agent during this offseason to complement their young frontrunner, Le’Veon Bell. Admittedly, he probably wasn’t anticipating complementary possession charges on the eve of the Steelers’ third preseason game. But the coach took […]

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