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Steelers need strong rookie seasons from Sean Davis, Javon Hargrave

The Steelers confirmed in Friday night’s 27-14 preseason win at New Orleans that their offense is primed for the 2016 season. The defense still could use a little work, but the good news is that the Steelers could be getting their biggest rookie contribution on that side of the ball in 15 years. Third-round pick Javon Hargrave …

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Five Steelers facing make-or-break seasons

Several Steelers are fighting for roster spots with three preseason games remaining. These five players aren’t necessarily in danger of being cut, and at least one of them is virtually assured of being on the team beyond 2016. But these players, who all have been on the team for at least two years, are at a …

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 draft report card

The 2016 NFL draft provided the Pittsburgh Steelers an opportunity to add missing pieces to a team that was two wins away from Super Bowl 50. For the second straight year, the Steelers drafted according to specific needs rather than the “best player available” policy. How did they do? These are their grades for each pick followed by a …

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2016 seven-round mock draft

The cornerback watch is on in Pittsburgh. The 2016 NFL draft begins Thursday, and the Steelers could draft a cornerback in the first round for the first time since they took Chad Scott in 1997. Cornerback isn’t the Steelers’ only need, however. There are other positions that could use an upgrade, depth or a little …

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Martavis Bryant suspension tames Steelers’ lofty 2016 expectations

Thank you, Martavis Bryant. Not for getting suspended for a year, but rather for giving Steelers fans six months to get used to the possibility that the Steelers might not be as great as everyone thinks they’ll be. Bryant chose not to appeal his impending one-year suspension, and it became official on Monday, according to Pro Football …

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Steelers can’t afford any more setbacks in Roethlisberger Era

Have all Steelers fans breathed their sigh of relief that Tom Brady won’t be in the Super Bowl? Good. Let’s limit our reaction to just that, a sigh of relief. There’s no reason to celebrate. We saw how silly the Bengals looked tweeting away after the Broncos beat the Steelers 23-16 in the AFC divisional playoffs last …

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Steelers ride out Burfict storm, conquer Bengals

Will the Pittsburgh Steelers win Super Bowl 50? Who knows. Even if they don’t, their efforts in 2015 won’t be entirely in vain. That’s because thanks to the Steelers, the Bengals won’t be winning the Super Bowl. The Steelers extended the Bengals’ playoff futility with an emotional 18-16 wild-card win Saturday night at Cincinnati. Among Steelers fans, Whoever …

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Steelers, Bengals raise stakes in bitter rivalry

The Pittsburgh Steelers got just what they wanted for Christmas. The Bengals. The Steelers did what they had to do to make the playoffs. They beat the Browns 28-12 at Cleveland Sunday and got the help they needed in Buffalo when the Bills beat the Jets 22-17. Bills cornerback Mario Butler – the anti-Ryan Succop …

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Inexcusable loss puts Steelers’ playoff hopes in jeopardy

The rest of the NFL can come out from under the bed. All those teams that were shaking in their shoes at the thought of facing the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs don’t have to worry now, because they probably won’t have to. Even if they do, the Steelers showed in Sunday’s confounding 20-17 loss to …

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Steelers 34, Broncos 27: Comeback victory shows how far Steelers have come from last season

The Pittsburgh Steelers are two wins away from their second straight perfect December. So does this mean it’s 2014 all over again? Not exactly. That would be short-changing the 2015 Steelers, who overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Denver Broncos 34-27 Sunday at Heinz Field. This year’s Steelers have shown a mental toughness that was missing last …

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