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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette indicates Kelvin Beachum will have to hold off Mike Adams for the Steelers' starting left tackle job.

Beachum started 11 of the final 12 games on Ben Roethlisberger's blind side last season after Adams was destroyed in pass protection the first four games, yielding four sacks and 13 hurries. Adams has the draft pedigree as a former second-rounder, but Beachum is a technician and has consistently proved he can play. New OL coach Mike Munchak will try to turn Adams' career around.
Jul 20 - 10:53 AM

Steelers receivers coach Richard Mann said Antonio Brown looks "smoother" this season.

It doesn't sound like Brown has gotten complacent as he comes off a sparkling 110-1,499-8 season. "He doesn't really look like the same guy. He's made a transition," Mann said. "He's very confident. He's matured. He understands the concepts." Brown is going to be featured heavily once again this season, especially with Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery gone. Another 100 catches is well within reach.
Jul 14 - 8:11 AM

Steelers C/G Cody Wallace "appears to be entrenched" as Maurkice Pouncey's primary backup.

Wallace made five spot starts filling in for Pouncey last year and graded out positively in run blocking. He only needs to hold off David Snow to keep the No. 2 center job. A career journeyman, 29-year-old Wallace re-signed to a three-year, $3.48 million deal with the Steelers this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 4:47 PM

ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown believes sixth-round NT Daniel McCullers could be ticketed for the practice squad.

The Steelers don't have any proven options behind Steve McLendon, but McCullers is a long shot to open the season as the No. 2 nose tackle. At 6'7/352, he could eventually be a two-down run-stuffer in Pittsburgh's 3-4. McCullers played just two seasons at Tennessee and is going to be a project. Brown believes anything the Steelers get from McCullers in 2014 will be a bonus.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 4:28 PM

Steelers NT Al Lapuaho "really stood out" during offseason practices.

Lapuaho, 22, spent the majority of last season on the Dolphins’ practice squad. He signed with the Steelers in January and is in the mix for the backup job behind Steve McLendon. Lapuaho is competing with sixth-round NT Daniel McCullers.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 4:14 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has been impressed with second-year RB Le'Veon Bell this offseason.

"Le'Veon has had a great offseason," Tomlin said. "He's really shown that he is excited about taking the next step, particularly from a conditioning standpoint." Bell accounted for 71 percent of the Steelers' carries in his 13 starts last year and projects for 300-plus touches if he stays healthy. LeGarrette Blount isn't a threat to Bell’s workhorse status.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 12 - 3:58 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed rookie Dri Archer will be used at running back and receiver.

Tomlin called Archer a "speed guy" the Steelers want to get touches in multiple roles. Archer played both positions at Kent State and has experience as a slot receiver. It's possible Archer will be limited to returning kicks as a rookie, but he has potential to make an impact in four-wide and change-of-pace packages.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 12 - 3:35 PM

Steelers wide receivers coach Richard Mann said the team "can utilize (Martavis Bryant's) talents in the red zone."

The departures of Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery left a 16-touchdown void in the Steelers' wide receiver corps that is unlikely to be filled by the additions of Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey. In a group populated by smurfs, the 6-foot-4 Bryant stands out as the only real red zone threat, and that size advantage should allow him to contribute in real football early in his career. He is still a long shot to make any fantasy noise this season.
Jul 12 - 1:47 PM

Antonio Brown has fired his representation from Roc Nation, and is planning to return to Rosenhaus Sports.

It's a slow news day. Brown joined on with Jay-Z's Roc Nation not too long ago when it was the flashy, fun thing to do. Now, Roc Nation has lost its luster. Brown is entering year three of a six-year, $43 million deal. He finished second in the NFL with his 101 grabs and 1,499 receiving yards. Brown is a locked-in WR1.
Jul 11 - 12:43 PM

A study done by the New York Times' Jonathan Bales last offseason showed that tight ends historically take their biggest statistical steps back beginning at age 31.

Bales' study also showed that tight ends have the shortest shelf lives off all skill positions -- even shorter than running backs. Tight ends entering their mid and late 20s make the best breakout candidates, while tight ends begin to take big nosedives going on ages 31 and 32. Some tight ends around the NFL at those ages are Heath Miller (32 in October), Jason Witten (turned 32 in May), and Owen Daniels (32 in November). Antonio Gates just turned 34.
Source: FF Today
Jul 6 - 10:03 PM

Steelers RCB Ike Taylor says he was "hurt" by the $4.25 million pay cut the team forced him to take this offseason.

Taylor wasn't really forced, of course. He could've refused, been cut, and tested the open market. PFF's No. 98 corner last year out of 110 qualifiers, Taylor's free agency would've been quiet after routinely getting roasted and emerging as a weekly target for savvy fantasy owners. "I'm (ticked) off about it, still am (ticked) off about it, and I'm going to be (ticked) off until the end of the season about it," said Taylor. He has plenty to prove now, but we're not expecting a bounce-back season at age 34.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 1 - 6:28 PM

ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown believes LCB Cortez Allen will get a new contract.

Set to make just $645,000 in the final year of his contract, Allen is a prime extension candidate as the only long-term solution at cornerback on Pittsburgh's roster. Brown believes the two sides should be able to work out a deal. Allen turns 26 in October.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 28 - 12:54 PM

ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown believes Le'Veon Bell could see "300-plus carries this season."

Bell handled 71% of Pittsburgh's carries in his 13 games last year, averaging 20.5 rushing attempts over the final eight weeks. The arrival of LeGarrette Blount means both those numbers are sure to fall, but Bell is still a lock to surpass 300 touches if he can stay healthy. He is a low-end RB1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 28 - 12:44 PM

Steelers second-year S Shamarko Thomas is training with Troy Polamalu in California this summer.

As veteran CB Ike Taylor put it, it's not something to take lightly as Polamalu rarely invites others to work out with him over the summer. Thomas played just 184 defensive snaps as a rookie, with none of them coming in the last seven games when he was demoted to the No. 4 safety. Thomas is a highlight-reel hitter and is being groomed as Polamalu's successor at strong safety.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 10:40 AM

ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown says Lance Moore "stood out as much as any player" during offseason practices.

Moore has proven to a quick study in Todd Haley's scheme, which isn't surprising for a savvy eight-year veteran. We're still skeptical he'll be effective in replacing Jerricho Cotchery. The 5'9/182 Moore won't have the same red-zone impact as the 6'1/200 Cotchery, and had separation issues in his age-30 season in New Orleans. There's much more upside in a flier on likely starting "X" Markus Wheaton.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 24 - 6:54 PM


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