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Training Camp Diary: Day Three

We all hoped it would be a great day of practice and wow, it was. So much happening today, even if a lot of it was sloppy. But days like today remind you of the quantam leap of the team in pads compared to the first two days in shorts….


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Steelers 2015 Training Camp Diary: Day Two

Day two! Fifteen left to go. Today was the last day the Pittsburgh Steelers will be without pads, returning on Wednesday with hopefully an exciting, full-contact practice. Still, there were a lot of great moments on Day Two. Without wasting more time, let’s jump into the notes. – Rookie running…




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Ledyard 2015 Pre-Training Camp 53 Man Roster Prediction

Dave, Alex, and Matthew have already offered you their 53-man roster predictions this weekend, so in the spirit of fun and competition, I felt it imperative to provide you with my own thoughts on the matter. I’ll be at all 18 training camp practices with Alex, prepared to give you…


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Marczi 2015 Pre-Training Camp 53 Man Roster Prediction

We’re cutting it close here with training camp set to start later today—or at least the check-in and run test portion of training camp, which is fairly anticlimactic, but as Dave and Alex did over the course of the previous two days, I’ve also decided to take a stab at…


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Steelers 2015 Training Camp Questions: Clean Bill Of Health?

With the Pittsburgh Steelers’ training camp for the 2015 season now in swing, it’s time to get down to the business of football. The time for “football in shorts” or “football-like” events is over as teams all around the league embark on their own personal journey for the upcoming season….


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Kozora 2015 Pre-Training Camp 53 Man Roster Prediction

As Dave Bryan did yesterday, I’ll send out my best guesses for the initial Pittsburgh Steelers’ final 53 man roster and 10 man practice squad. As he noted yesterday, we’ll update our rosters after each preseason game. Let’s get to it. Offense (23) Quarterbacks (2)  – Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski Analysis: This…


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2015 Steelers 53 Man Roster Prediction: Pre-Training Camp Edition

With the Pittsburgh Steelers reporting to Latrobe for training camp on Saturday, now is the perfect time to release my latest prediction of the final 53-man roster. All explanations are included and as usual, I will be updating my prediction after each and every preseason game. Feel free to chime…


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Preseason Expectations: Nose Tackle

Five games. 18 practices. That’s the allotted time the 2015 Pittsburgh Steelers will have to prove themselves before playing in a meaningful game. The preseason is unique in the sense that it’s the only time when the scoreboard doesn’t matter. 0-5, 5-0, it really isn’t going to matter. It’s the…


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Season Of Change: Bigger Role In Store For Big Dan

Over the course of the past couple of years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have undergone an uncommon amount of change, which could have been largely correlated with the fact that the team had finished 8-8 in consecutive seasons while failing to advance to the postseason. In deference to general manager Kevin…


NORFOLK, Va. -- L.C. Greenwood, a former Pittsburgh Steeler, and Luis Tiant, a former Boston Red Sox player, stand on the brow of USS Albany (SSN 753) with Chief of the Boat, Michael Nichols, before going below decks to tour Albany June 13. The tour was part of Summerfest 2007, hosted by Naval Station Norfolk's Morale Welfare and Recreation. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christina M. Shaw (RELEASED)

Ledyard/Kozora: Greatest Steelers Defensive End

Another series, a collaborative one, to take you through the remaining weeks of the offseason. Jon Ledyard and I will pick a side in choosing the greatest Pittsburgh Steelers at each position. Tell us who is right and who won the debate – those don’t have to be the same…


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Steelers 2016 NFL Draft Watch List: Defense

With training camp right around the corner, most Pittsburgh Steelers fans are eagerly anticipating seeing their team back in action on the fields of Saint Vincent College very soon. While we wait expectantly, I thought it might behoove the Pittsburgh fanbase to highlight some of the key names in college…




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Season Of Change: Time For Stephon Tuitt To Do it

Over the course of the past couple of years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have undergone an uncommon amount of change, which could have been largely correlated with the fact that the team had finished 8-8 in consecutive seasons while failing to advance to the postseason. In deference to general manager Kevin…


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Steelers Film Room: Ryan Shazier Vs Run

There will be several Pittsburgh Steelers under the microscope in 2015, particularly on the defensive side of the football. Ryan Shazier is among that group, a rookie year marred by injury that never let us fully see the type of player he could become. Like any second year player, you’re…



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Depth Remains An Issue At A Few Key Spots For Pittsburgh

We like to talk about competition for starting spots with training camp right around the corner, but the reality is that the majority of the impact from camp battles will be felt in the depth of the roster come September. Most starters are locks to make the team, but discovering…


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2015 Steelers Pre-Training Camp Depth Chart Update: Nose Tackle

The Pittsburgh Steelers have recently concluded their offseason schedule, complete with nine OTA practices and the three-day minicamp, and are currently off for about five weeks before they re-emerge in Latrobe for the start of training camp. Not much is expected to happen between now and then as far as…


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Steelers Defensive Line Depth Could Be A ‘Big’ Deal This Season

Over the course of the past few months during the offseason, we have focused a lot of attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starting defensive line, and for good reason, given the combination of talent and potential focused there, in addition to the speculation about how the line might be used…


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Steelers’ Defense Could Hinge On Three 2014 Selections

When the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Ryan Shazier with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft last year, it was in hopes of making him the long-term running mate to stalwart inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons in the middle of the team’s defense. Sure enough, Shazier was plugged into the…



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Time Is Right To Tweak Thinking On Steelers D-Line

Over the course of this offseason, we have gotten several glimpses of the idea that the Pittsburgh Steelers defense under Keith Butler will be doing away with some of the two-gapping mentality traditionally employed by their defensive line in the base 3-4 alignment, which has become a staple of some…


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Team Speed Not Among The Many Questions Facing Steelers Defense

With the Pittsburgh Steelers being in a natural state of transition, there isn’t a lot about it that can be said right now with any meaningful clarity, particularly with respect to how successful it might be or how it might differ schematically from teams past. To begin with, the unit…