Steelers Stuff You Need To Know – 6/1/15

* One of the more interesting camp battles this offseason will be the competition between Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton for the #2 wide receiver position opposite Antonio Brown. If pressed today, I’d give the early edge to Bryant, as I think the Steelers would prefer to have the taller WR as the #2. Also, Wheaton seems like a more natural fit for the slot. Don’t rule out rookie Sammie Coates for that slot position, either. * On a side note, if the Steelers don’t have the youngest wide receiver corps in the league, they’ve got to be top three: Antonio Brown (26), Markus Wheaton (24), Martavis Bryant (23), Sammie Coates (22). Darrius Heyward-Bey (28) is like the Father Time of this group. * Speaking of Brown, I found the result of this Bleacher Report poll very interesting: Does Antonio Brown deserve a new contract? Yes, after this offseason – 42.3% Yes, […]


Steelers Stuff You Need To Know – 5/13/15

Sorry, Antonio, but we can't afford to lose you to a stupid curse.

* The Steelers signed have now signed three of their eight draft picks. Yesterday, they inked second round pick CB Senquez Golson to a four year $3.7 m deal.  Prior to Golson’s deal, the Steelers had signed sixth round pick Anthony Chickillo and fourth rounder Doran Grant. * Speaking of Golson and Grant, one of the two of them (preferably both) almost HAS to pan out for this Steelers secondary to be anything less than a massive liability this season and beyond. No matter how I try and twist it in my mind, I can’t come up with any scenario where William Gay, Cortez Allen and Antwon Blake combine to form a viable secondary. Golson and Grant will be two players to watch very closely in camp this summer. Fingers crossed. * Following the suspension of Tom Brady, the Steelers are now two point underdogs to the Pats in the season opener. Previously, […]


3 Key Decisions The Steelers Will Need To Make In This Draft

Marcus Peters

While I think it’s generally agreed that this year’s crop of players is not nearly as talented as last year’s, I nonetheless think this will be one of the most important and challenging drafts for the Steelers front office in some time. Here are three key questions they will have to answer in order to get this draft right: 1) Cornerback or Outside Linebacker first? I hesitate to even put this question here as I wouldn’t be entirely shocked if they threw everyone a curve ball here and took one of the offensive tackles, Maxx Williams or even Landon Collins. Still, all signs point to either a corner of OLB with this first round pick, with many leaning corner. The Steelers MO with their first pick has been to draft the best player available and there’s no reason to think that will change here. Simply put, I think they’ll remain […]


Steelers Mock Draft Compilation #3; Week-Of Version

Mock Draft Compilation 3

With the draft set to kick off this Thursday, I wanted to take one last stab at a mock draft compilation to see if there was anything close to a consensus on who the Steelers would take with their first pick. Here’s what I was able to gather: In terms of which specific players got the most “votes” in each of these compilations: Pre-Combine: (tie) Landon Collins (3), Marcus Peters (3) 3/29/15 – Landon Collins (5) 4/26/15 – (tie) Marcus Peters (5), Kevin Johnson (5) Interesting how Landon Collins has almost gotten phased out of Steelers mocks as we’ve moved through the draft evaluation period. My own pet theory on that is that national (ie non-Pittsburgh) sports writers were aware that Troy Polamalu would not be coming back and simply assumed that safety would then become the most pressing need for the Steelers. Once they dug a little bit deeper, […]


My Thoughts On AB’s Potential Holdout For A New Contract

Antonio Brown kicks punter

It’s pretty simple, really: A) he has earned it B) he will never get it by holding out C) the Steelers simply can’t afford to do it (and I’m not talking $ and cents here). Let’s take a quick look at each point here in turn, then I’ll tell you what I think works: He’s Earned It Players outplay their contracts all the time. Antonio’s existing deal was a 5-year $42.5m deal that he inked in 2012 and, at the time, that looked like a pretty stout deal for a guy that showed real promise but still wasn’t quite elite. Well, as we’ve seen over the last two seasons, Antonio has graduated from undergrad and is now working on his master’s thesis. Maybe even PhD. I think it’s safe to say he’s one of the top five wide receivers in the league (maybe top three) at worst and his bankroll […]


Steelers Stuff You Need To Know – 4/15/15

Photo courtesy of JD Seibel

* Another week, another secondary vet hangs it up. This time it was Ike Taylor, who announced his retirement after twelve NFL seasons – all with the Steelers. It was a given that he wouldn’t be back in Pittsburgh, but I think he considered playing elsewhere (Tennessee in particular). When he got no interest from other teams, he decided to call it quits. Ike clearly regressed the last couple years, but that doesn’t change the fact that he gave the Steelers a near decade of solid corner play. Always had a knack for shutting down AJ Green, too. Like Troy, I was glad he didn’t go somewhere else and now retires a Steeler. Photo courtesy of JD Seibel * Here’s an interesting guy that met recently with the Steelers – Nate Orchard, OLB out of Utah. Orchard is projected to be a third round pick and is one of several OLBs […]


Troy’s Retirement Truly Marks The End Of An Era

Don’t know about you, but the news of Troy’s retirement, now that it’s official, makes me really, really sad. It’s not that I thought he would be back…..everyone knew he wasn’t returning…..nor do I think it’s premature. But now that it’s official, it’s really hitting home that a great chapter in Steelers history has come to a close. It didn’t feel so final when the other old stalwarts from that great defense hung it up, but it somehow does with Troy. I think that’s because, with the possible exception of James Harrison, Troy personified what it meant to be a Pittsburgh Steeler more than anyone on those teams. Not just a Pittsburgh Steeler, but a genuinely good guy, as well. I’ve heard many accounts from people who have met him in person and, without exception, he’s been unfailingly nice and gracious. No ego whatsoever. Just a great person. We were […]

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