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Steelers second-year ILB Ryan Shazier has bulked up to 233 pounds.

That's apparently eight pounds heavier than Shazier played as a rookie. The No. 15 overall pick in last year's draft, Shazier weighed 237 at the Combine, but must have played in the low-220s. Shazier missed a bunch of time with ankle and knee injuries and is aiming to have better durability as a sophomore.
Jun 24 - 11:38 AM

Steelers first-rounder Bud Dupree has been running "exclusively" at left outside linebacker.

Dupree dabbled at right outside linebacker following his selection, but that's where Jarvis Jones and James Harrison will compete. New Steelers DC Keith Butler will hope to get pass-rushing heat from the right side, with Dupree serving in more of a Jamie Collins role on the left. His competition at LOLB is Arthur Moats, who is Pittsburgh's best run-stopping linebacker.
Jun 23 - 9:06 PM

Suspended RB Le'Veon Bell told reporters Wednesday that he "doesn't know" when the NFL will hear the appeal of his three-game ban.

The NFL clearly hasn't made Bell's appeal a priority. Bell confirmed the appeal has not happened yet, and he doesn't know when it will. We're still optimistic the league will reduce Bell's three-game suspension. He's a first-time offender of league policy with a squeaky-clean, high-character track record.
Jun 17 - 10:25 PM

Markus Wheaton is expected to be the Steelers' slot receiver this season.

Martavis Bryant and rookie Sammie Coates are pure perimeter threats, while Antonio Brown is a "movement Z." Wheaton's primary competition for snaps is Bryant in two-receiver formations. Per ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler, Bryant has been "a beast" in OTAs, and will be difficult for Wheaton to unseat. Wheaton will have a hard time making any re-draft impact this year.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 3:57 PM

Steelers OLB James Harrison said he has a better mindset than last season.

"My mindset is a little different because I'm actually into football," said Harrison. "Last year, it was just about working out. It's about football conditioning now." Harrison, who turned 37 in May, said he's in better physical shape and hopes to play until he's 50. Steelers DC Keith Butler envisions using Harrison about 15-to-25 snaps a game.
Jun 14 - 11:44 AM

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Martavis Bryant has left an "imprint" at Steelers OTAs with his "obvious athleticism and speed."

In addition to taking up MMA and adding ten pounds of muscle, Bryant spent the spring running routes in sand. Bryant said running in sand pits and on beaches was designed to improve his mobility. "I used to not be that way," he said. "I used to be just big." Ben Roethlisberger has praised the sophomore breakout candidate for "working at his craft" and "wanting to be great."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 7:08 PM

Ben Roethlisberger suggested that the Steelers' 2015 supporting cast will be the best of his career.

Pittsburgh returns all five offensive line starters, in addition to Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton, and Heath Miller. Under the guidance of OC Todd Haley, Roethlisberger has quietly played the best football of his career, and is coming off career-best statistics. Big Ben is set up for top-five or six fantasy quarterback production in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 10 - 9:53 PM

Steelers LCB Cortez Allen is expected to regain his starting job this season.

Fantasy owners, rejoice. Allen was one of the worst corners in the NFL before a thumb injury mercifully ended his 2014 campaign. With special teamer Shamarko Thomas replacing Troy Polamalu and Mike Mitchell coming off a bad year at free safety, Pittsburgh may field the league's poorest secondary this season.
Jun 10 - 12:16 AM

Ben Roethlisberger says he's seen "growth" in second-year WR Martavis Bryant this offseason.

Bryant spent the spring learning mixed-martial arts to improve his hand usage at the line, and added ten pounds of muscle. "I have seen a guy that wants to be good, wants to be great," Big Ben said. "Every day he is working at his craft and talking to me about things he can improve on. You just see him continuing to grow and learn from the best in the business who is in his room in Antonio (Brown)." Bryant scored eight TDs in ten games as a rookie, despite playing well under half of the Steelers' offensive snaps. He has WR2 upside in year two.
Jun 9 - 8:06 PM

Steelers second-year RB Dri Archer is expected to serve as the team's primary kickoff returner in 2015.

Archer lost his return duties last season after managing a 17.9-yard average on nine attempts. He was similarly ineffective on 17 offensive touches. Coach Mike Tomlin insists he remains "excited" about last year's third-round pick, though 5-foot-8, 173-pound scatbacks rarely develop into much in the pros. "He is a good guy," Tomlin said. "He is a smart guy. He is hard working. He has all the variables that usually produce a positive outcome. We're going to give him an opportunity."
Jun 7 - 1:43 PM

Martavis Bryant added 10 pounds of muscle this offseason.

Bryant bulked up by working out three times a day this offseason, doing most of his training in Hollywood alongside Odell Beckham. At 225, Bryant is now 25 pounds heavier than he was at Clemson, and 14 pounds heavier than his 2014 Combine weigh-in. Bryant is in the driver's seat to operate as Pittsburgh's No. 2 wideout this season, behind Antonio Brown.
Jun 7 - 10:00 AM

The Steelers have yet to open long-term talks with contract-year LT Kelvin Beachum.

Beachum has made 28 consecutive starts since taking over for Mike Adams. He played every snap last year, grading out as a top-five tackle by PFF. 26-year-old Beachum is due $1.54 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Jun 5 - 7:35 PM

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Landry Jones' accuracy "hasn't improved."

It's not a surprise. Jones has been scattershot going back to his days at Oklahoma. The 2013 fourth-rounder is battling Tajh Boyd for No. 3 duties, and could easily lose his spot on the Steelers' 53-man roster. Jones simply isn't an NFL-level talent.
Jun 4 - 3:26 PM

The Steelers have moved undrafted rookie Devin Gardner back to quarterback.

Gardner, of course, played quarterback at Michigan, but was an ineffective passer and worked out at receiver during the pre-draft process. The Patriots signed him as an UDFA but cut him after two weeks. He must not be cutting it as an NFL wideout. Gardner faces extremely long odds of making an impact.
Jun 4 - 8:40 AM

Steelers signed No. 239 overall pick S Gerod Holliman to a four-year deal.

Pittsburgh now has all eight of its draft picks under contract. A playmaker who recorded 14 interceptions his final year at Louisville, Holliman fell to the seventh round because of tackling and athleticism concerns. He will struggle to make an early impact in the pros.
May 30 - 11:36 AM


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