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Early Camp Injuries Giving Huge Opportunities To Young Players

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ training camp is in full swing and thankfully the team has not had to deal with any major injuries to this point. As we all collectively keep our fingers crossed after uttering that statement, I have not forgotten about the loss of Nik Embernate for the season. Losing undrafted rookie Nik Embernate …

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Shamarko Thomas Can Bring Swagger Back to Pittsburgh Steelers Defense

Shamarko is already making his mark. Pittsburgh Steelers rookie safety Shamarko Thomas, drafted in the fourth round, told Tom Robinson of the Virginian-Pilot that he expects to be fined in the NFL because of the way he plays football. Believe or not, that should be music to the Steelers’ ears. When the Steelers cut James …

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This Could Be A Make Or Break Training Camp For Curtis Brown

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted cornerback Curtis Brown in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft and then took Cortez Allen in the fourth round. Normally, the Steelers take their time developing their corners and they don’t see much playing time in their first couple seasons. The most recent corners to pan out were Ike …

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The Loss Of Keenan Lewis Won’t Be Felt Until After 2013

We all thought that the Pittsburgh Steelers top priority this offseason would have to be re-signing unrestricted free agent CB Keenan Lewis. Obviously that wasn’t the case as Lewis signed a five year contract with the New Orleans Saints and Lewis said his farewell to Steelers’ fans on twitter via Dave Bryan of Steelersdepot.com. According …

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ Free Agency Hinges On One Player

The Pittsburgh Steelers have started free agency exactly how we all thought they would by re-signing their own players while sprinkling in a couple of other teams veteran free agents. Expected signings were ILB Larry Foote and LS Greg Warren, as well as tendering RB Jonathan Dwyer, who has already signed, WR Emmanuel Sanders, NT …

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2012 Grades, Position by Position, Defense

When it’s all said and done, exactly how well did the defense play this last season? How well did DC Dick Le Beau and his staff handle the ups and downs, the pressure of stopping NFL offenses. The strict statistician in me wants to point to the numbers and say, “They did just fine.” But, …

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Grading the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Round-by-Round Value in the 2011 NFL Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers will need some help from their 2011 NFL Draft class if they want to avoid a second straight season that ends in December. It will be a few years before the value grade for this draft is set in stone. Six of the seven players chosen are still with the Steelers. If …

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Pittsburgh Steelers Should Re-Sign Cornerback Keenan Lewis, Even if Cortez Allen is Ready to Start

Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers are handcuffed by the salary cap, they have to find a way to re-sign Keenan Lewis, who had a breakout season as a starting cornerback in 2012. Or do they? Second-year cornerback Cortez Allen showed in the final two weeks of 2012 that he could push for a starting job …

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Six Pittsburgh Steelers Players to Watch in 2012 Season Finale

Wouldn’t taking down the Christmas tree be a better way to spend Sunday afternoon than watching the Steelers? Steelers fans did not get all they wanted for Christmas, because the Steelers won’t be in the playoffs this season. The Steelers’ season finale Sunday against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field will be the first game …

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Steelers-Ravens; The Three Keys for Both Teams on Sunday Night

The game of football and especially at the professional level is about match-ups and being able to take advantage of them. Both the Steelers and Ravens have been scheming all week on how to take advantage of each other’s weaknesses. Rarely does a game seem so simple in terms of those match-ups than this one …

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