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Steelers Draft Needs – Nose Tackle

Earlier in the offseason, we took a position-by-position look at where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand with their roster before the free agency process both ravaged and replenished the talent pool. The Steelers entered the process with 22 free agents. They re-signed six of them, while losing eight more to other teams, with eight remaining unsigned. […]

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Steelers Draft Needs – Inside Linebacker

Earlier in the offseason, we took a position-by-position look at where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand with their roster before the free agency process both ravaged and replenished the talent pool. The Steelers entered the process with 22 free agents. They re-signed six of them, while losing eight more to other teams, with eight remaining unsigned. […]

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Is The Lack Of Defensive Linemen Draft Prospects Visiting The Steelers A Sign?

While it’s not advisable to read too much into the pre draft visitors that the Pittsburgh Steelers have hosted so far in the month April, the lack of defensive end prospects on that list that would fit the defensive system is a bit surprising. Could this mean that the Steelers feel more comfortable at the […]

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Pre-Draft Free Agent Movements: Defensive End

The vast bulk of the offseason roster moves to be made before the draft are already completed, so now is a good time to start taking a look at how the month of March (and the early portions of April) have affected the depth chart. The Pittsburgh Steelers entered the offseason with 21 unrestricted free […]

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2014 Steelers Mock Draft – Alex Kozora Version 2.0

By Alex Kozora With free agency near its end and more players researched, the draft becomes slightly clearer. A second crack at a mock. Needless to say, still very fluid at this point. Trades aren’t projected in this mock. If you missed it, my first mock draft. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to […]

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Owners’ Meetings Continue To Produce New Rule Changes

A day after two new rule proposals passed during the Owners’ Meetings, we now have some more changes to adjust to after yesterday’s news. The most significant new rule, in my estimation, is the ability to challenge possession on a play involving a loose ball even if the play was blown dead. This was a […]

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Tomlin: Emphasis In Today’s NFL Is Sub-Package Football

We currently find ourselves at the critical mass of the front office’s media exposure during the early portions of the offseason leading up to the draft. Especially this week at the annual Owner’s Meetings, we seem to be hearing from head coach Mike Tomlin, general manager Kevin Colbert, or even owner Art Rooney II on […]

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Breakdown Of New Steelers NT Cam Thomas

By Alex Kozora Using the All-22 Coaches Tape, an evaluation of nose tackle Cam Thomas. Beginning with individual game breakdowns and notes. I watched four games of Thomas in 2013. For each, I did a pre and post snap tally. Looked at the following categories. Pre-Snap Snaps at Zero or One Tech Three Tech Five […]

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A Look At What The Steelers May Have Offered Bills Free Agent DE Alex Carrington

The status of Buffalo Bills free agent defensive lineman Alex Carrington currently remains in limbo following his visits with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders, and now one has to wonder what kind of money he is looking for at this point. First, it’s important to remember that Carrington only played in three games last […]

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Bills Free Agent DE Alex Carrington Left Monday Visit With Raiders Unsigned

Buffalo Bills unrestricted free agent defensive end Alex Carrington met with the Oakland Raiders Monday, but left town unsigned, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. This is great news for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are believed to have serious interest in Carrington after having him in for visit this past Friday. According […]

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Cap Space Should Not Prevent Steelers From Signing Alex Carrington

While the Pittsburgh Steelers did make a move in free agency yesterday to help bolster the defensive line, it wasn’t the move that many were hoping they would make. Rather than coming to an agreement with free agent defensive end candidate Alex Carrington, the Steelers signed Cam Thomas. Thomas, a former San Diego Charger, was […]

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Steelers Added Cam Thomas For Depth Purposes

The Pittsburgh Steelers have now officially announced the signing of former San Diego Chargers nose tackle Cam Thomas and Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest reports that the 330 pound North Carolina product was added for depth purposes. Whew! When it was announced that Thomas would be visiting Pittsburgh, I posted that it was in my […]

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NT Interest Says Less About McLendon Than It Does About Fangupo

When it was reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers were meeting with a free agent nose tackle yesterday, this move was no doubt received as a bit of a pleasant surprise by many fans who question the decision to play Steve McLendon at nose tackle. As I have written previously, while McLendon is the best candidate […]

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Cam Thomas Would Not Be An Upgrade Over Steve McLendon

For all of the grief that Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Steve McLendon has received, he is by far a more superior player than San Diego Chargers unrestricted free agent Cam Thomas is. Thomas, who is scheduled to meet with the Steelers on Friday, has played well at times during his short NFL career, but found […]

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DT Paul Soliai Signs With The Atlanta Falcons

Former Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai has quickly gone off the market, signing a five-year, $33 million contract to join the Atlanta Falcons. The contract includes $14.5 million guaranteed and $11 million in total value in the first year of the contract, averaging out to just under $7 million per season. The Falcons also […]

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Red Bryant To Join Former Defensive Coordinator In Jacksonville

It has still yet to be established if the Pittsburgh Steelers are actually shopping for a new nose tackle—either in free agency or in the draft—with general manager Kevin Colbert sharing an overall positive view of Steve McLendon’s debut season as a starter. Should they hope to acquire one in free agency, however, one of […]

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With Top Priority Addressed, The Steelers Can Turn Their Attention To Other Interests

While there’s still the matter of completing a long-term contract, the Pittsburgh Steelers have made early progress on completing their top priority this offseason, which was to retain outside linebacker Jason Worilds. They did so by applying the transition tag to him on Monday, which he accepted yesterday, guaranteeing his services for at least the […]

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A Look At The Free Agent Market Value Of Steelers DE Ziggy Hood

In just a little bit more than a week, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood will be an unrestricted free agent and the organization must decide whether or not to move on from their former first-round draft pick or try to re-sign him for a more few years. Should the Steelers ultimately decide to let […]

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Mapping Out The Steelers’ Free Agency Plans

With the salary cap now confirmed to be $10 million higher than last season—and nearly $7 million more than projected—the Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in a much more favorable position to operate than was anticipated just a few weeks ago. The fact of the matter is that the Steelers are virtually already in cap compliance, […]

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Breaking Down Whether Or Not The Steelers Would Have Interest In Dolphins Free Agent DT Paul Soliai

With the start of free agency now right around the corner, a few people have asked my thoughts on whether or not the Pittsburgh Steelers should go after soon-to-be Miami Dolphins free agent nose tackle Paul Soliai, so here are my thoughts on him. For starters, if you are in the group that believes starting […]

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On Steve McLendon: Right Man For The Job Versus Right Job For The Man

It would be hard to argue that there’s a better candidate on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster right now to play nose tackle than Steve McLendon. After all, that is why the team signed him to a three-year contract last offseason. And when all was said and done, the run statistics suggest that by and large, […]

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The Optimist’s Take – More Quarters?

For a team facing so much adversity in the past season and heading into the next with a litany of questions to address, it’s natural to consider the issues and how they can either go right or wrong, as well as how they will affect  the broader dynamics and future success of the team, both […]

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The Pessimist’s Take – Light Nose Tackles

For a team facing so much adversity in the past season and heading into the next with a litany of questions to address, it’s natural to consider the issues and how they can either go right or wrong, as well as how they will affect  the broader dynamics and future success of the team, both […]

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The Optimist’s Take – Light Nose Tackles

For a team facing so much adversity in the past season and heading into the next with a litany of questions to address, it’s natural to consider the issues and how they can either go right or wrong, as well as how they will affect  the broader dynamics and future success of the team, both […]

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Mike Mayock Cold On Louis Nix For The Steelers, Hot On Kyle Fuller

On Tuesday, NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock held his first conference call of the offseason with the media prior to the Scouting Combine taking place and late in the session he was asked to give his thoughts on Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III. While Mayock does list Nix as his top rated […]

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How Much Will It Cost The Steelers To Keep Al Woods In Pittsburgh?

In less than a month, Pittsburgh Steelers backup defensive lineman Al Woods will be an unrestricted free agent and while you don’t hear much talk about him, you would have to think the organization would like to keep him around a few more years. The Steelers have a lot of time invested in Woods, who […]

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