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Stephon Tuitt is expected to return as the Steelers’ starting left end.

Tuitt finished 2014 in an every-down role opposite Cameron Heyward, starting the final four games. He struggled as a five technique against the run and had negative pass-rush grades by PFF. Despite Tuitt's overall sub-par rookie play, the Steelers remain committed to last year's second-round pick.
May 23 - 2:30 PM

The Steelers want to extend contract-year RE Cameron Heyward.

Heyward started all 16 games last year, setting a career high with 7.5 sacks. He’s currently owed $7 million on his 2015 option. The Steelers could get a deal done with Heyward before training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 8:35 PM

Le'Veon Bell is still hoping to get his three-game suspension reduced.

Part of Bell's plea deal for his DUI and marijuana charge involved community service and classes that got the charges off his record. Perhaps that will gain him some leniency. If not, Bell said he's accepted his punishment and wants to put the incident behind him. For now, expect DeAngelo Williams to operate as Pittsburgh's lead back during a tough Weeks 1-3 schedule (at NE, SF, at STL).
Source: ESPN.com
May 21 - 10:00 AM

Steelers claimed WR Devin Gardner off waivers from the Patriots.

The ex-Michigan quarterback was waived on Monday. Gardner has an NFL frame (6-foot-4, 216 pounds), but lacks high-end athleticism. His stay in Pittsburgh probably won't be a whole lot longer than his stopover in New England.
May 19 - 4:34 PM

ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler suggests third-round WR Sammie Coates "might be a year away."

Taking a year to develop in the background wouldn't be the worst thing for Coates, a physically gifted yet unpolished prospect. That said, many had similar thoughts about Martavis Bryant last year. Coates will start off as a backup to Bryant, but is an injury away from a major role in one of the league's best passing attacks. He's at least a name to keep on watch lists.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 8:43 AM

Patriots waived WR Devin Gardner.

Although Gardner is a good athlete generally speaking, he isn't a good enough athlete to make it as an NFL wide receiver. Gardner might want to try the CFL, where passing is voluminous but the game is played at a slower speed.
May 18 - 4:20 PM

Steelers signed No. 87 overall pick WR Sammie Coates to a four-year contract.

A rocked-up speed demon, Coates fell in the draft due to major concerns with his ball skills. He struggles mightily to track the ball in the air and possesses highly inconsistent hands. In Pittsburgh, Coates may open his rookie season as a game-day scratch behind Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton, and core special teamer Darrius Heyward-Bey.
May 15 - 4:20 PM

Steelers signed No. 22 overall pick OLB Bud Dupree to a four-year, $9.2 million contract.

The deal includes a fifth-year team option. Dupree was a playmaker at Kentucky who tore up the Combine, but isn't necessarily an NFL-ready pass rusher. He projects best as a Jamie Collins-type for the Steelers. Dupree should be ready to contribute in coverage, and has sideline-to-sideline athleticism.
May 14 - 5:34 PM

Steelers signed No. 160 overall pick TE Jesse James to a four-year contract.

Heath Miller turns 33 in October and is his contract is up following the 2016 season. The Steelers will give the 6'7/261 James a chance to develop into Miller's eventual replacement. James has the raw ability as seen by his 4.83 speed and 37 1/2-inch vertical, strong numbers for a player of his size.
May 14 - 11:24 AM

Steelers signed No. 56 overall pick CB Senquez Golson to a four-year contract.

An absolute ballhawk, Golson picked off 10 passes as a senior at Ole Miss, earning first-team All-American honors. Golson was a big-time college corner, but is short on athleticism considering his limited size (5'9/176). He projects as a slot corner only, but could be forced to play snaps outside in Pittsburgh considering the Steelers' league-worst cornerback depth chart.
May 12 - 4:50 PM

Steelers signed No. 121 overall pick CB Doran Grant and No. 212 overall pick OLB Anthony Chickillo to four-year contracts.

A 30-game starter and key piece in Ohio State's championship run last year, Grant fell to the fourth round due to concerns he'd get overpowered in man coverage at the NFL level. He'll try to fill a hole at slot corner for the Steelers. The versatile Chickillo projects mainly as an outside linebacker.
May 11 - 9:06 AM

Steelers seventh-round S Gerod Holliman said Louisville's scheme "wasn't meant for me to tackle."

He was responding to criticism about his poor tackling. An interception wizard in college, Holliman fell to the seventh round because teams were afraid he wouldn't be able to tackle in the pros. Steelers GM Kevin Colbert continues to laud Holliman's "great instincts and awareness."
May 10 - 8:35 AM

Steelers signed sixth-round DL Leterrius Walton to a four-year contract.

Walton is built like a two-down five-technique defensive end, where he will be groomed in Pittsburgh behind Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt.
May 8 - 1:39 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette considers Shamarko Thomas the favorite to start at strong safety.

Thomas was limited to special teams last season, playing just two snaps. He received positive marks against the run in 2013, but his coverage skills remain a concern. Fourth-round pick Doran Grant could move to safety if Thomas flops.
May 6 - 4:32 PM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert insists he wasn't targeting TE Maxx Williams with the No. 56 overall pick.

If true, the Ravens overpaid to get Williams, sending Arizona a fifth-rounder to move up two spots. Signed through 2016, Heath Miller showed signs of decline as Pittsburgh’s every-down tight end last year but still managed a 66/761/3 line. Miller is owed $11.3 million over the next two seasons. The fact that Colbert drafted a tight end a few rounds later -- Penn State's Jesse James -- at very least confirms Pittsburgh was indeed targeting tight ends.
May 6 - 4:17 PM


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