STEELERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Ben Roethlisberger hopes young receivers “take the next step”

It’s a safe bet that Antonio Brown is going to see plenty of action in the Steelers offense during the 2016 season whether it amounts to enough to set a new single-season record for receiving yards or not. Less certain is how big an impact the team’s other wide receivers will have. With Martavis Bryant suspended for…
Via Pro Football Talk
13 hours ago

Steelers Begin Week Two of OTAs Today

The most important comment you want to hear out of each and every OTA session is “There are no injuries.” Through the first week, the Steelers have been able to say that and we all hope that continues as the team begins the second week of ‘Official Team Activities’ today. Head Coach Mike Tomlin will of course do everything necessary to make sure injuries don’t happen but...
Via Steel City Blitz
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chris Boswell looks to take kicking position from Shaun Suisham

After a near collapse in the early portion of last season in the kicking game, due to both injuries and performance, the Pittsburgh Steelers now find themselves in a position deciding who will take over for the 2016 season. Shaun Suisham and Chris Boswell are the leading contenders currently on the Steelers roster. Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America via Zimbio Pittsburgh found...
Via EndZoneScore
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Steelers Secondary: A Reason for Hope?

The Steelers secondary was not good last year. The pass-defense ranked third worst in the NFL in yards allowed with 271.9 yards per game; Pittsburgh was only one of two teams in the playoffs that ranked below twenty in that category. Ross Cockrell admits, “we gave up a lot of yards last year.” But with all of the incoming talent in the secondary, there is a reason for hope. The...
Via cover32
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2016 Steelers Stock Watch – DE Stephon Tuitt – Stock Up

With the 2016 NFL Draft now over and the bulk of the heavy lifting done with regard to the roster building process now out of the way, it is easier to begin to take stock of where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand at certain positions, and what the implications might be... The post 2016 Steelers Stock Watch – DE Stephon Tuitt – Stock Up appeared first on Steelers Depot by Matthew...
Via Steelers Depot
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sammie Coates to be next man up for suspended Martavis Bryant

Sammie Coates only played in seven games last season for the Pittsburgh Steelers and hauled in only one reception for a mere 11 yards. Coates also snagged in two receptions for 61 yards during the AFC Divisional Round due to Antonio Brown‘s concussion during the Wild Card round. However, Martavis Bryant‘s suspension for the entire 2016 season gives plenty of upside for Coates...
Via EndZoneScore
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Steelers Stock Watch – ILB L.J. Fort – Stock Even

With the 2016 NFL Draft now over and the bulk of the heavy lifting done with regard to the roster building process now out of the way, it is easier to begin to take stock of where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand at certain positions, and what the implications might be... The post 2016 Steelers Stock Watch – ILB L.J. Fort – Stock Even appeared first on Steelers Depot by Matthew...
Via Steelers Depot
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A slimmer Roethlisberger could mean bigger things

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been criticized for a lot of things over his first 12 years in the NFL. People have complained about No. 7 holding on to the football too long, his proneness to injury, his unwillingness to put in as much study-time as other prominent quarterbacks and, of course, his off-the-field behavior (at least years ago–Big Ben is married now, and...
Via cover32
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Happy To Be Home, Gradkowski Chooses Pittsburgh

It’s not often an athlete can play at the highest level while playing in his own backyard. That’s the opportunity Bruce Gradkowski has enjoyed since 2014. So it was an easy decision to want to return to Pittsburgh. Gradkowski apparently had interest from other NFL teams, per this great feature... The post Happy To Be Home, Gradkowski Chooses Pittsburgh appeared first on Steelers...
Via Steelers Depot
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Steelers’ Antonio Brown says Dancing with the Stars improved his footwork

Antonio Brown is back from his stint on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, and — according to Brown — better than ever. The wide receiver joined Steelers OTAs on Thursday, and told NFL Network that participating the dance competition helped improve his skills on the field. “I felt pretty good today, actually, my feet, I’m in shape, running my routes and dropping my hips...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Le’Veon Bell becomes latest athlete to fall into the Skip Bayless Trap

Whaddayaknow, another athlete is mad about something Skip Bayless said on First Take. This time it’s Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell feuding with the ESPN host. Earlier this week, Bell said the Cincinnati Bengals play dirty, and his remarks became a topic across the sports-talk world. Then Bayless initiated the trap he has perfected during his time on First Take. Here...
Via Awful Announcing
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Antonio Brown says ‘Dancing With the Stars’ helped footwork

Who said being on a TV show like “Dancing With the Stars” during the offseason is a distraction? It may have improved Antonio Brown’s game, at least according to Antonio Brown. Brown showed up to organized team activities on Thursday and spoke about appearing on the popular dancing competition show. He told NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala that dancing helped his footwork...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Breakout Season or Not; Jarvis Jones is a Valuable Piece of Steelers’ Future

One of the early storylines out of OTA’s is about Jarvis Jones and how he’ll respond on the field to the team not picking up his 5th year option. Plenty of fans have already firmly affixed the bust label to Jarvis Jones, which is fine, if that’s your opinion. Personally, I think the Steelers were 100% right not to keep Jarvis under contract in his 5th season given what that...
Via Steel City Blitz
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Ben Roethlisberger's newborn already decked out in Pittsburgh gear

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his wife Ashley welcomed their third child into the world Thursday morning, a healthy baby boy named Bodie.  Just in time for the Penguins’ Stanley Cup Playoffs game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the newest member of Steelers Nation is already decked out in Pittsburgh gear. Roethlisberger posted this fantastic photo to...
Via College Spun
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarvis Jones motivated by Steelers not picking up his option

Jarvis Jones says that he is motivated by the Pittsburgh Steelers’ decision not to pick up his contract option for 2017. Jones was a first-round pick by the Steelers in 2013 and is set to earn nearly $1.6 million this season. His salary for 2017 would have gone up to $8.4 million if the team picked up his 2017 option, which they chose not to do. That has him looking to produce...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Steelers' Ladarius Green sits out OTAs after ankle surgery

Ladarius Green, the jewel of the Steelers’ free-agent signings, isn’t participating in organized team activities because he’s recovering from ankle surgery. There’s no timetable on Green’s return, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, but the tight end is expected to be back in time for training camp. The Steelers don’t normally go on a shopping spree in free agency...
Via The Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Antonio Brown betters Combine time with 4.35 40-yard dash

Antonio Brown can fly. The Pittsburgh Steelers receiver hasn’t been slowed down by age, or even an appearance on Dancing With the Stars. If anything, those experiences have made Brown faster. Brown ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the 2010 Scouting Combine. On Monday evening, Brown tweeted his most recent 40 time that not only beats that 4.47 mark, but blows it away. Ran a 4.35/40...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

SCB Steelers Quick Hitters for 5/24/16

Tuesday is upon us Steelers’ Fans. It’s no ordinary Tuesday though because the Steelers opened Phase Three of their offseason program by beginning OTA’s this morning. One sight for sore eyes was Le’Veon Bell who participated and looked very healthy and ready to go. I still believe at this point he will see very little action in training camp. A couple of other good notes...
Via Steel City Blitz
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Steelers: Who is “Artie Burns”?

Other than being the number 25th selection in the 2016 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Artie Burns is a pretty interesting well rounded guy who is also a freak athlete. In his life so far, he has already had to deal with small forms of stardom as well as a ton of adversity. Burns was a track star in high school. In his junior and senior years, Burns was an All-USA high school...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Steelers practice with robotic dummies to serve as players

Nevermind analytics, the Pittsburgh Steelers are using some next-level stuff during practices now. The team is experimenting with using robotic dummies for their workouts at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. The robots never tire, and have stamina that you and I couldn’t even dream of. They were developed by Elliot Kastner, and can be used all over the field/work for any position group...
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Steelers using robots in practice

The term “MVP” has taken on a new meaning at Steelers’ offseason practices. The team has been experimenting with the Mobile Virtual Player, a robotic tackling dummy that mimics a wide variety of football moves. It allows teams to run drills without players hitting each other, minimizing the risk of injuries and concussions. “It’s an awesome piece of football technology...
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Steelers experimenting with robotic 'players' during practice

Many major sports teams and their athletes have began to explore new technological avenues for them to enhance and improve their skills. Whether it’s virtual reality or something has small as advanced statistics, technology is helping to improve the quality of the sports we watch. The Pittsburgh Steelers are about to take that to a whole new level. According to the Steelers...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow pens book on failure, while Marco Rubio proposes a statue

Tim Tebow has a book coming out this fall all about learning to deal with one’s success and failures. The book is called “Shaken: Discovering your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms,” and was co-authored by A.J. Gregory. It will be available on Oct. 25, according to Christianbook.com. This is Tebow’s second book. His first, “Through My Eyes,” was a generally...
Via The Comeback
13 days ago  |  Discuss

James Harrison wanted to record drug test; NFL said no

James Harrison has made it clear in the past that he does not believe NFL drug testing is truly random. Earlier this offseason, he was tested the day after he announced he is returning for a 14th NFL season. An NFL official showed up at his door again on Tuesday, and Harrison once again seemed annoyed. When he was tested back in February, Harrison recorded much of the process on...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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