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Bengals’ Dalton One Of NFL’s Most In Need Of Encore Performance

Last season, the Cincinnati Bengals—and quarterback Andy Dalton most specifically—took significant strides forward in a manner that could threaten to make the team, at least offensively, a perennial threat for the division title, and for a postseason run more broadly speaking. That pathway was diverted late last season when Dalton…



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Cam Heyward Not Making Excuses For High Snap Counts

Though Cam Heyward was one of several along the Pittsburgh Steelers’ staff to advocate for a more frequent rotation of snaps, he won’t be one to trot that out as an excuse. “We just need to get stops,” he told reporters after Wednesday’s practice. “I don’t think we can just…


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Heyward And Tuitt Playing Major Role In Resurrecting Pass Rush

Prior to the start of last season, much was made about the dreadful Pittsburgh Steelers pass rush and how the front seven needed to get back to its attack ways getting to the quarterback consistently. Although the Steelers recorded 48 sacks last season — the third-most sacks in the NFL…


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Bucky Brooks Ranks Steelers’ Roster Second In The NFL

While it is certainly nothing that we didn’t already know, it’s always nice to see the talent of this Pittsburgh Steelers roster received its due accolades from the national media, and they got just that earlier this week on the NFL’s website, with columnist Bucky Brooks deeming that the Steelers…


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Steelers Bell And Tuitt Named To NFL.com’s Under-25 Team

For the second year in a row, Le’Veon Bell has been named to Elliot Harrison’s All Under-25 team. The post, originally written up back in March but updated a few days ago, also selected Stephon Tuitt to the group. Bell, who turned 24 in February, “is quite simply the best…


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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 Should Be Motivated To Play Javon Hargrave

Of all the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2016 draft picks, it has to be third-round selection Javon Hargrave who walks into the most interesting predicament as a rookie. Put simply, he is the only player the Steelers drafted whom they have a strong compulsion to play, without starting, because of who would…


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2016 Steelers Stock Watch – DE L.T. Walton – Stock Even

With the 2016 NFL Draft now over and the bulk of the heavy lifting done with regard to the roster building process now out of the way, it is easier to begin to take stock of where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand at certain positions, and what the implications might be…


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Steelers Defense Continues Annual Personnel Turnover

While I think it can be pretty safely agreed upon that the Pittsburgh Steelers defense made significant, and perhaps sustainable strides last season, it is also obviously a unit that still has a long way to go particularly with respect to being able to better defend the pass. They are…


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Steelers Weighing Future Cap In Offseason Moves

I wrote an article yesterday about Pittsburgh Steelers veteran inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons and his contract status, in the final year of a six-year contract as he enters his age-30 season. While his base salary is south of $9 million for the season, his cap hit has ballooned to over…


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Steelers Should Look Back Into Veteran DE Market As Well

Yesterday, I wrote an article suggesting that the Pittsburgh Steelers should consider exploring the residual free agency market at the cornerback position, now that the threshold has passed during which unsigned players—distinguished from free agents who were released—would influence the compensatory pick formula. As I pointed out, the future compensatory…


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Steelers Banking On Return After Major Investment On Defense

Over the course of the past four draft classes, the Pittsburgh Steelers have used every one of their first-round picks on a defensive player. The last time that the team devoted four consecutive picks to one side of the ball in the first round was in the 50s, when they…


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Versatility The Theme For Steelers On Day Two

The Pittsburgh Steelers made sure to go in on what they likely viewed as the last viable first-round cornerback on their board on Thursday night when they hastened in their first-round selection of Artie Burns, a young and physically gifted player whom the team described as one they are looking…


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2016 AFC North Day Two Roundup

Today is Friday, April 29, 2016. Today is Day Two of the 2016 NFL Draft, which means that today will see to the second and third rounds of the draft in the wake of the completion of round one just hours ago, as of the time of this writing. (Almost)…