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Steelers Average Age Of Projected Starting Defense Is 26

Remember when the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense was old? Remember all the 30-somethings roaming the field, many of them even lasting to their mid-30s in the starting lineup? Those days are clearly gone. Consider that of the entire 90-man offseason roster, only 11 players are at least 30 years old, and…


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The Steelers Future’s Report: Final Grades Part 2

So far, we’ve graded 9 out of 19 players currently on the Steelers roster signed to a futures contract. Now, we will finish evaluations with the top 10 best graded futures’ players. The same rules apply from last time, but here’s a reminder about how this works. First off, this…


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Memorial Day Weekend: Steelers Friday Night Five Questions

Happy Friday to all of you and I hope you have a great holiday weekend planned. Me, I still have a little bit of moving to finish up on Saturday, but will celebrate by having about 50 smoked wings. After the holiday weekend the Pittsburgh Steelers OTA sessions will get…


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2015 Steelers 53 Man Roster Prediction: Post Draft

With the 2015 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for my first offseason 53 man roster prediction for the Pittsburgh Steelers. You will see that there are 54 players listed because of the extra spot needed because of running back Le’Veon Bell being suspended. In the comments below, tell me the selections…


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Steelers All-22: Backside Pursuit vs Wide Zones

Back at the tape today with a small, but important, breakdown of how defenses successfully play the run. Zone blocking schemes are mixed into every team’s playbook. Pittsburgh Steelers’ fans specifically are well accustomed to seeing them as the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, and Baltimore Ravens use it heavily, though…


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Contract Extension Possible For Steelers NT Steve McLendon

Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have almost all of their 2015 draft class under contract, we’ll all wait until training camp gets underway to find out which players who are entering the final years of their current contracts receive extensions. While defensive end Cameron Heyward and tackle Kelvin Beachum are…


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Final Steelers Defensive Line Spots Up For Grabs This Offseason

Entering each training camp, there are typically only a handful of roster spots that are truly open. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, the most wide open battle could be along the defensive line. The team usually tries to keep six, doing just that in three of the last four years. Only…





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Add Defensive End Depth, Improve Run Defense

It is apparent to the more than casual observer that the Pittsburgh Steelers have some issues when it comes to the defensive side of the ball. And while many tend to focus on their deficiencies in the passing game—highlighting the need for rush linebackers and cornerbacks, especially—they still have their…


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Steelers 2015 Draft Needs: Nose Tackle

The calendar is quickly flipping through the month of April, and each day brings us closer and closer to the 2015 NFL Draft. By now, teams should have by and large accomplished everything that they have set out to do in terms of free agent roster building, which means that…


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Texas DT Brown Could Be “Hampton 2.0″ For Steelers

If we know anything about Kevin Colbert’s draft tendencies, it’s that the braintrust of the Pittsburgh Steelers values leadership, maturity and, at the same time, youth. Or, as they like to call it, third-year juniors. Enter the University of Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown, the 6-foot-2, 319-pound force of nature…


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Steelers 2015 Pre-Draft Movements: Nose Tackle

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered this league year with 12 players scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency, and another three players who would be restricted free agents. They ended up retaining five of those unrestricted free agents in addition to tendering all three of their restricted free agents. Pittsburgh also added…


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Goldman Could Be The Black And Gold’s Man In The First Round

If you were to ask 10 different Pittsburgh Steelers fans to name the position they believe the team will draft in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, 12 of them would probably tell you it will either be outside linebacker or cornerback. While those two positions are obvious…