Found August 06, 2013 on Down and Distance:
(Credit: Football Nation) When the speedy Mike Wallace bolted for the beaches of Miami this past off-season and signed a huge contract with the Dolphins, it left a glaring hole in an already underachieving Pittsburgh Steelers offense. Heading into April’s draft, it was clear the Steelers needed a receiver who could come right in and produce to help make up for not having Wallace. After all, behind Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders were Jerricho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress. Not exactly burners, right? Enter third round draft pick Markus Wheaton from Oregon State. After missing spring workouts because he still had classes, Wheaton has made up for what he missed in the spring during training camp. Described as a “more polished Mike Wallace” in his scouting reports, Wheaton thus far looks to be a steal with his 4.3 speed and exceptional route running. Via TribLive: What Wheaton already has shown in a relatively brief time is that he could be an impact receiver immediately — though perhaps not to the extent that Wallace and Antonio Brown were as rookies. Both he and running back Le’Veon Bell could play major roles in what figures to be one of the Steelers’ youngest offenses in several seasons. “I’ve seen players come in and play good the first year, and it will be a work in progress,” Mann said. “Every game will be a learning experience, something new, but he’s a smart guy, and he retains. There’s no doubt in my mind that in the very near future he will be productive.” The Steelers have had great success recently when drafting receivers in the third round. First Mike Wallace, then Emmanuel Sanders. With one MW gone, the offense now looks to another MW to fill the void. If his scouting report rings true and his progress in camp continues, I won’t be surprised to hear Wheaton’s name sooner rather than later during Sundays in the fall.   The post Steelers rookie WR Markus Wheaton catching on quickly appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE - Presented by Sports-Kings.

Perhaps The Greatest Ike Taylor Interview Ever

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor has given several great interviews over the course of his many years in the league. Some have had serious tones, while others are just outright funny. The interview Taylor gave a few days ago on DVE Radio is perhaps his all-time greatest one ever, at least from a funny perspective. [...] Perhaps The Greatest Ike Taylor Interview Ever is a...

Steelers 2013 Training Camp – Day Eleven Recap

The Pittsburgh Steelers are almost halfway through with training camp and the Monday practice featured the team back in shorts after several days of wearing the pads. Head coach Mike Tomlin said the decision to get out of pads was an effort to let the team get healthier as they will also have Tuesday off. [...] Steelers 2013 Training Camp – Day Eleven Recap is a post from: Steelers...

Pittsburgh Steelers activate NT Alameda Ta’amu off PUP list

Nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu was the only player on the Pittsburgh Steelers physically unable to perform, or PUP, list that didn’t suffer a major knee injury in 2012. Ta’amu had injured a hamstring two weeks before the start of camp during his conditioning program. According to reports Ta’amu dropped 27 pounds during the off-season and his gut is clearly smaller. Last year...

Steelers Could Play Two Road Games In Los Angeles In 2015

Over the course of the last year, there has been a lot of talk about the possibility of the NFL once again having a team in Los Angeles. Several owners have weighed in with their thoughts on when that might actually occur and this past Friday Pittsburgh Steelers team President Art Rooney II was asked [...] Steelers Could Play Two Road Games In Los Angeles In 2015 is a post from:...

Before And After – LaMarr Woodley’s Pass Rushing As It Relates To 2011 Injury

Much has been made of the fact that Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley has only generated four sacks over the past season and a half since he blew out a hamstring running down Tom Brady midway through the team’s Week 8 victory over the New England Patriots in 2011. With that in mind, I [...] Before And After – LaMarr Woodley’s Pass Rushing As It Relates To...

Keith Butler Says Youth Is The Reason Why Steelers Needed Physical Practices Early

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a lot of depth concerns at numerous positions heading into the 2013 season, and that includes both the outside and inside linebacker spots. Linebackers coach Keith Butler was asked Sunday about the ongoing battles for roster spots, and if he has any more clarity now about the linebacker depth than he [...] Keith Butler Says Youth Is The Reason Why Steelers...

Steelers and Bears essentially trade tight ends; Spaeth has minor surgery

Earlier this off-season the Pittsburgh Steelers chose to let tight-end Leonard Pope leave in free agency. Pope joined the Steelers as a free agent last off-season, but he was surpassed on the depth chart by seventh round pick David Paulson. To add some veteran depth at tight-end the Steelers brought back Matt Spaeth. Spaeth was the team’s third round pick in the 2007 draft, but...

Young Tight Ends Figure To Get A Lot Of Playing Time Against The Giants

Not only are the Pittsburgh Steelers currently banged up at the cornerback position, they also are short a few tight ends as well due to injuries. While the foot injury suffered on Wednesday during practice by Matt Spaeth is not expected to be serious, it could prevent him from playing in the preseason opener Saturday [...] Young Tight Ends Figure To Get A Lot Of Playing Time Against...

As We Near The Preseason, Time To Tone Down The Steelers Physical Practices

By Matthew Marczi The 2013 edition of training camp, and in particular the padded practice portion of the proceedings, really opened up with a bang. Or rather, a series of bangs, spread out throughout the past week or so. More bangs than have been a part of a Pittsburgh Steelers training camp since Chuck Noll [...] As We Near The Preseason, Time To Tone Down The Steelers Physical...

Craig Wolfley Podcast w/ Tom Bradley & Chris Hoke | Steelers Talk

August 7, 2013 Wolf & Tom review Training Camp (so far) & The Craig Wolfley Podcast Mailbag Former Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and former Steelers defensive lineman Chris Hoke join former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman and now broadcaster Craig Wolfley on his podcast. LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST LINKED AT END OF POST: [...]

Troy Polamalu feels great heading into this season

  Steelers safety Troy Polamalu admits he has to pace himself during camp in an attempt to stay healthy. “I absolutely have to pace myself in camp,” Polamalu said.  “You’ve got to see what you need to see. Whether or not you’re practicing every day in camp or whether you miss the entire camp, no one remembers as long as you play 16 games. “It’s been going well in...

The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Depth Chart, Personnel Usage, Left Handed Tackles & More Episode

Season 4, Episode 5 of The Terrible Podcast is up and co-host David Todd and I start off by talking about the most recent depth chart that was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday as well as the most recent transaction that took place Wednesday morning while we recording. Also in this episode we [...] The Terrible Podcast – Talking Steelers Depth Chart, Personnel Usage...

Yon Cameron Hath Lean, Hungry Look

Ziggy Hood could receive a contract extension any day now, and Brett Keisel's coming off one of his best seasons ever. Where does that leave Cam Heyward?

Mike Wallace is practicing again

Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace was back at practice today after missing some time with a strained groin,  according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. I would be surprised if Wallace plays in this week’s preseason game.  Not worth him aggravating his groin.   Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ZergNet The post Mike Wallace is practicing again appeared first...

Mike Wallace returns, says he's fastest in NFL

DAVIE, Fla. -- Bring back the "NFL's Fastest Man" competition. That's the only way we're going to settle this. That was a television show from yesteryear in which NFL players battled it out on the track for that title. Washington Redskins Hall of Famer Darrell Green won it four times. Now, all players can do is brag about who is the speediest of them all....
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