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Steelers ready for games to begin

After almost two weeks of going against each other, Steelers’ players are looking forward to facing the New York Giants on Saturday night in the preseason opener at Heinz Field. “We’re excited,” sa......

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Steelers OTAs: Outside linebackers begin sharpening iron for a fierce competition

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Steelers.com Update: 2013 OTAs Begin

The Pittsburgh Steelers began Phase 3 of the 2013 Offseason Program. Head Coach Mike Tomlin, Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Safety Troy Polamalu and Wide Receiver Antonio Brown gave interviews about the day's practice....

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Steelers back to work as OTAs begin

The heat and humidity on Tuesday made it feel like the first day of training camp, but on this spring day it was the beginning of OTAs (organized team activities) that had the Steelers sweating it ......

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Steelers Organized Team Activities (OTAs) Begin Tuesday in Pittsburgh


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Big Blue View editor Ed Valentine does a great job in summarizing the specifics of what OTAs are, and what Steelers fans can expect to happen at the start of Phase One of OTAs, which is set to begin Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

The main goal of Phase One is based around conditioning and rehabilitation. In other words, this time will mostly be spent with strength and conditioning coaches conducting variations of track practice or military basic training.

OTAs are broken into three phases, and per the CBA signed Aug. 4, 2011, they are defined thusly:

Phase One

Phase One shall consist of the first two weeks of the Club's offseason workout program. Subject to the additional rules set forth in S ection 5 of this Article, Phase One activities shall b e limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. During Phase One, only full-time or part-time strength and condi­tioning coaches, who have no other coaching responsibilities with the Club, shall be
allowed o n the field; n o other coaches shall b e allowed on the field or to otherwise par­ticipate in or observe activities. No footballs shall b e permitted to be used (only "dead ball" activities), except that quarterbacks may elect to throw to receivers provided they are not covered by any other player. Players cannot wear helmets during Phase One.

Conditioning is important, and unfortunately, the only news that comes out of this phase of OTAs involves injuries. This is why it's key players maintain good conditioning in the time leading up to OTAs.

During this time, players aren't allowed any access to position coaches or coordinators, and the players themselves more or less run drills without coaching. They may run seven-on-seven passing drills or work together on footwork and technique.

Phase Two

Phase Two shall consist of the next three weeks of the Club' s offseason workout program. Subject to the additional rules set forth in Section 5 of this Article, during Phase Two all coaches shall be allowed on the field. On-field wor­
kouts may include individual player instruction and drills, as well as "perfect play" drills (e.g., offense or defense only, but not offense vs. defense), or special teams drills on a "separates" basis (e.g .. , kicking team or return team only, but not kicking team vs. return team). No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted. No offense v s . defense drills are permitted (e.g .. , no one-on-one offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills, no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump­ and-run drills, and no one-on-one special teams drills involving both offense and defense are p ermitted.) Players cannot wear helmets during Phase Two.

Phase Two for the Steelers is May 29-31.

Phase Three

Phase Three shall consist of the next four weeks o f the Club's offseason workout program. Subject to the additional rules set forth in Subsec­tions 5 (a) and 5 (c) of this Article and Appendix G to this Agreement, during Phase Three each Club may conduct a total of ten days of organized team practice activity ("OTAs" or "OTA days"). The restrictions set forth in Subsection 5 (b) of this Article shall not apply to OTA days. The Club may conduct a maximum of three days of OTAs during each of the first two weeks of Phase Three. A maximum of four days of OTAs
may be conducted during either the third week or the fourth week of Phase Three, with the Mandatory Veteran Minicamp (Article 22, Section 2) to be held during the other week. During weeks in which the Club conducts only three days o f OTAs, the Club may also conduct a fourth day of non-OTA workouts, but such activities shall be subject to the rules governing Phase Two workouts, as set forth in Subsection 2 (b)(ii) of this Ar­ticle. During Phase Three, all coaches shall be allowed on the field. No live contact is permitted. No one-on-one offense vs . defens e drills are p ermitted (i. e . , no offensive linemen vs. defensive linemen pass rush or pass protection drills, no wide receivers vs. defensive backs bump-and-run drills, and no one-on-one special teams drills involving both offense and defense are permitted). Special teams drills (e.g., kicking team vs. return team) are p ermitted, provided no live contact occurs. Team offense vs . team defense drills, including all drills listed in Appendix G to this Agreement, are p ermitted, provided no live contact occurs. Clubs may require players to wear helmets; no shells are permit­
ted during Phase Three of the Club's offseason workout program or any minicamp.

Phase Three for the Steelers is June 4-7.



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Steelers Begin 3rd Day Of 2012 NFL Draft

NEW YORK (KDKA) – The third day of the 2012 NFL Draft got underway Saturday morning.

The Steelers continued to address needs in the fourth round by taking Washington State defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu.

According to NFL.com, Ta’amu will be best served as a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense.

In the fifth round, the Steelers drafted running back Chris Rainey from the Florida Gators.

This past season, Rainey rushed for 861 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught 31 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns. Size could be an issue with Rainey at 5-feet-8-inches tall, but he can make people miss with his speed and agility.

The Steelers traded their sixth round pick, and then had four picks in the seventh round.

First, they selected local kid Toney Clemons from Valley High School in New Kensington. He played receiver at Colorado.

Then, they took tight end, David Paulson from Oregon. Six picks later, it was Terrence Frederick, a corner from Texas A&M. Finally, with the 248th pick of the draft, five shy of being Mr. Irrelevant, the Steelers picked up offensive guard Kelvin Beachum from Southern Methodist.

On Thursday, the Steelers selected Stanford guard David DeCastro in the first round.

On Friday, the Steelers turned heads by taking Ohio State tackle Mike Adams who was wrapped up in the Ohio State scandal with Terrelle Pryor.

He was one of the five Buckeyes caught up in that scandal along with Terrelle Pryor which resulted in him being suspended for five games last year.

Adams was caught with drug paraphernalia back in 2009 and he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Combine in February.

In the third round, the Steelers chose Sean Spence, a linebacker out of Miami.

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Steelers begin search for Arians’ replacement

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Bruce Arians, the Steelers' offensive coordinator the past five seasons, retired Friday, bringing uncertainty to the offense.

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Let the hype begin for 49ers/Steelers clash

The national perception of the 49ers has been wavering recently, but there’s no question they’ll get to show the football world what they’re really all about when they take the Monday night stage against the Pittsburgh Steelers. “The 49ers and Steelers, these are two global franchises,” ESPN analyst Jon Gruden said Wednesday. “Both these teams should be playing this time of year in a big game.”

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