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Steelers 2012 Position Battles: Nose Tackle

The next position battle on the list is at Nose Tackle.  The Steelers have a had a stud in this position for years.  Casey Hampton is expected to be sidelined at the beginning of the season though with his knee injury.  Hampton would like to be ready but he is still most likely going to end up on the PUP List when week 1 comes around.
That leaves a gaping hole in the middle.  Hampton is a huge asset.  Literally and figuratively.  The Steelers have counted on Hampton for a long time.  His role will be hard to replace.  Hampton is a space eater who makes all the players around him better by taking up 2 and sometimes 3 blockers.  The Steelers will try to fill that hole with one of three guys.  They have Ziggy Hood, Steve McLendon and fourth round pick Alameda Ta’amu.
I already have Hood starting at LDE.  He could make the transition to NT if the need were to arise.  He has been rumored to be possibly making the switch if necessary.  Hood could be a good nose tackle and would defi…

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NFL bumps back time of 5 Steelers games

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Steelers Come to Terms with former LSU Tigers LB Ryan Baker; Waive Brandon Lindsey

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The Steelers have inked former LSU outside linebacker Ryan Baker following a tryout today that included former Patriots outside linebacker Markell Carter, according to a league source.

Baker is an undrafted rookie free agent. Baker is a 5-foot-11, 232-pounder with 4.7 speed who earned all-conference honors as a senior. He recorded 58 tackles, 3 1/2 for losses and 1 1/2 sacks. The two-year starter had 87 tackles as a junior with 11 tackles for losses and seven sacks.

He started for two years at linebacker for the Tigers, finishing his career with 184 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. In two years as a starter, LSU’s defense ranked No. 12 nationally in total defense (307.2 ypg in 2010) and No. 2 (261.5 ypg in 2011).

He played in 50 games with 25 starts.

In picking up Baker, former Pitt linebacker Brandon Lindsey was wavied.

Lindsey signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent after a stellar career with the Panthers, where he was named second-team All-Big East following his junior season in 2010 after leading the league in sacks.

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Steelers Working Out Former Pats LB Markell Carter

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The Steelers are working out former Patriots outside linebacker Markell Carter and outside linebacker Ryan Baker today, according to a league source. Carter was released by the Patriots this spring. Carter is a former Patriots sixth-round draft pick who spent last season on the practice squad. At Central Arkansas, the 6-foot-4, 252-pounder registered 143 career tackles and 16 1/2 sacks. Baker is an undrafted rookie free agent from LSU.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker Stevenson Sylvester Could Be the Answer at Inside Linebacker

As the days before training camp come to a crawl, fans always have the solace of dissecting different positions and determining who the starters will be. Of course, one of the biggest questions facing the Pittsburgh Steelers is who will assume the mantle at inside linebacker after the release of veteran inside linebacker James Farrior at the start of the free agency period.The battle for Farrior’s position will be one of the biggest battles this offseason with veterans Larry Foote and Stevenson Sylvester fighting it out. Going into camp, Foote appears to have the inside track, after lining up with the starters during the OTA sessions and mini-camp. Foote is well versed in the defense and has started inside earlier in his career before being replaced by Lawrence Timmons. However, he is getting up there in age as well, and could be in his last years in the black and gold.
Sylvester is younger and more athletic and will have a chance to build on the impressive spurts the team saw last …

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NFL changes kickoff times, 5 Steelers games impacted

The kickoff time for Sunday late afternoon doubleheader games on CBS and FOX will be moved from 4:15 PM ET to 4:25 PM ET, the NFL announced today.  The 4:05 PM ET kickoff time for games not on the …

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Brad v. Ben; A look at their first eight years, Part Two

This is Part Two in my comparison of Pittsburgh Steelers’ Quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger through the first eight seasons of their respective careers. Be sure to check out Part One which covered their playoff and Super Bowl numbers.
In Part Two, I’m looking at not just the the regular season numbers for the two stars but also the intangibles as I did in Part One. Intangibles for me are defined as offensive style, the coaches, key players around them, etc.
As I turn to the numbers, remember that Bradshaw played the majority of his seasons in a 14-game schedule versus the 16-games schedule that Roethlisberger plays in today. While not huge, the 2-game per season difference does add up over time.

Attempts/Completions – 2,019/1,008
Completion Percentage – 49.9%
Touchdowns – 93
Interceptions – 118
Average Yards per Completion – 12.9
Win/Loss Record – 57 Wins 30 Losses


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Hines Ward: Players are learning they gave Goodell too much power

When the NFL players accepted the new Collective Bargaining Agreement last year, only one of the 32 teams dissented: The Steelers, whose players voted 78-6 against the CBA. Now one player on last year’s Steelers team says the rest of the players are finding out why they should have been more skeptical. Hines Ward told…

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Butler Likes His Chances Of Beating Out Kapinos For The Steelers Punting Job

Undrafted free agent punter Drew Butler likes his chances of beating out Jeremy Kapinos in training camp and he said as much in an interview last week on 680 The Fan.

Butler of course is the son of former Chicago Bears kicker Kevin Butler, who kicked for 13 seasons in the NFL. Drew, like his dad, played at the University of Georgia, where he won the Ray Guy Award in 2009.

Butler was asked last week if he was pleased to land with the Steelers. “Without a doubt. I mean the Pittsburgh Steelers are/is the best organization in the National Football League. There’s no doubt about it,” said Butler. Read more […]

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Steelers 2012 Training Camp Is Do Or Die Time For Linebacker Mortty Ivy

One player that I will be watching closely this preseason is Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Mortty Ivy. Ivy, who was originally signed in 2009 as an undrafted free agent out of West Virginia by the Carolina Panthers, is believed to be out of practice squad eligibility now after stints on the practice squads of the Panthers, Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams and the Steelers. Should that indeed be the case, Ivy enters training camp in a do or die situation.

Last year in training camp there was a lot of buzz about Ivy and a few in the media liked his chances at making the Steelers 53 man roster. Read more […]

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