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Steelers Training Camp Kicks Off In Latrobe

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Offseason program kicks into another gear

The Steelers offseason program kicked into another gear on Monday with Phase Two of it officially underway. The second phase continues with the weight room and conditioning that Phase One was limit……

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Suisham Kicks the Steelers to a Final Play 16-14 Win Over Eagles

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It wasn’t pretty – but at the end of the day, a win is a win. That collective sigh of relief you hear today coming from Heinz Field are Steelers players and coaches, as the Steelers are 2-2 after a last play 16-14 win over the now 3-2 Eagles. The win came after the Steelers […]…

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Football Season Kicks Off With Annual Kickoff & Rib Festival

(Credit: KDKA)Football season has officially arrived. The Coors Light Kickoff and Rib Festival is underway and there’s plenty of football, food and fun for fans of all a…

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The Fan’s Jim Colony Chats With Steelers As Preseason Kicks Off

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(Photo Credit: KDKA Web Intern Alyssa Klimas)With the Steelers starting their 2012 preseason slate Thursday in Philadelphia against the Eagles, 93-7 The Fan’s Jim C…

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The Weekend Kicks Off With the Draft: Who’s The Next Late Round Treasure to Find His Way to Pittsburgh?

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The Steelers introduced their latest first round draft pick, OG David DeCastro, and the story is very simple; the best possible player fell to Pittsburgh at No. 24. It couldn’t have finished any better for Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Friday and Saturday, though, are the picks that ultimately take contenders to championships. It’s about depth. It’s about finding Maurkice Pouncey in the first, and backing him up with Antonio Brown in the 6th.

There may be a few of those kinds of players available over the next two days, and those players are profiled and highlighted on NFL Network all weekend.

We’ll continue following the Steelers’ picks, providing as much insight as we can, but we welcome any and all analysis of your own. Teach, tell, share and speculate, it’s the most interactive and fun time of the year for fans.

The NFL Draft returns to primetime in 2012. Catch all of the excitement of the 2012 NFL Draft on NFL Network April 26 – 28

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San Francisco’s Addition of Randy Moss Kicks Off Free Agency

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When 35-year-old legendary WR Randy Moss worked out for New Orleans last week, the effusive praise escaping from that tryout wasn’t enough to convince die-hard skeptics Moss was for real.

49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh just needed a few passes of his own to convince himself Moss, and perhaps not Steelers restricted free agent Mike Wallace, is the deep threat he covets.

Harbaugh threw passes in khaki pants and a sweatshirt to Moss, and apparently the NFL’s second-leading touchdown receiver did well enough to earn a one-year deal. And with that signing, the first significant bullet has been fired in this year’s free agency bonanza.

Moss, who was not under contract in 2011, thus making him eligible to sign with any team at any time, highlighted Free Agency Eve, a day that saw Houston surprisingly release veteran RT Eric Winston (likely to free money to help them sign DE Mario Williams, C Chris Meyers and RG Mike Brisiel), Oakland release TE Kevin Boss (signed just last season) and Arizona release LT Levi Brown.

Houston was going to have to make some kind of move to free up cash to help sign more of their free agents, Arizona is trying to put together a package to be able to land 2012 free agent prize QB Peyton Manning and Oakland is, well, Oakland.

Players released from their contracts in 2011 (Manning, for example) are free to sign with another team at any point, so in many ways, free agency is underway.

The additions of Winston and Brown make an intriguing scenario for free agency, which starts at 4 p.m. today for players who were under contract through 2011. The market for offensive linemen is pretty strong, and it likely could affect the draft, scheduled to begin April 26.

Winston is one of the better right tackles in the league and won’t likely fall from his previous salary. Brown, on the other hand, is a guy teams will view as a player with a lot of potential, although he hasn’t shown that on the field very often since the Cardinals selected him in the first round of the 2007 draft. Experienced left tackles do have value, though, and he won’t likely be out of work in 2012.

Manning, who’s playing Master of Puppets this week, is reportedly deciding between Arizona, Denver and Miami, with an alleged meeting with Tennessee head coach Mike Munchak scheduled for this week.

The trickle-down effect for the Manning chase could be intriguing. Titans owner Bud Adams has expressed his desire to bring the former AFC South foe Manning aboard, which could affect the Titans other pursuit, that of DE Mario Williams, another AFC South enemy. Manning is said to be taking his time in deciding where he’ll play in 2012, but Williams will likely move a bit faster.

Chicago is allegedly interested in Williams, which would give the Bears the most physically imposing pass rushes in the NFL, teaming up with DE Julius Peppers. Chicago would have the scratch to decimate the offensive lines of the rest of the NFC North – a division not known for its dominating offensive lines.

Chicago is said to be after WR Vincent Jackson as well, and they have the salary cap room to make both of them competitive offers. Adding those two players, along with keeping RB Matt Forte and getting QB Jay Cutler healthy, the Bears would be strong contenders in the AFC.

A typically quiet free agent player, Cincinnati has loads of cap space and with the young talent it’s already amassed, it could be poised to make a run at a few players as well. The likelihood of Wallace leaving Pittsburgh isn’t very great, but if it would happen, Cincinnati is as likely as destination as anywhere else. That cap space and the presence of two first-round picks, not to mention the impending suspension of free agent WR Jerome Simpson (was indicted for drug trafficking in January) give the Bengals both the means and the motive to make a run at him.

There are plenty of storylines, as is always the case with free agency. With or without cap space, the Steelers are typically sitting back and watching on Day 1, but with the events transpiring thus far, who knows what will happen?

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Emmanuel Sanders Will Return Kicks and Punts in 2012

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Emmanuel Sanders was on ESPN Radio AM 970 Sunday morning, and confirmed he was told he would return kicks and punts for the Steelers in 2012.

Observer-Reporter’s Dale Lolley tweeted the news.

Sanders will replace AFC Pro Bowl WR/KR Antonio Brown, the only player in NFL history with 1,000 return and receiving yards in the same season. It’s likely due to the larger role Brown will play in the team’s offense, but at the same time, Sanders performed well on returns his rookie season, picking up 628 yards on 25 returns.

Sanders added 60 yards on four punt returns in 2010. Last season, he fought through injuries and returned five kicks for 93 yards, and three punts for 22 yards.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin once said, “two dogs, one bone”, of the competition between the young receivers that were both taken in the 2010 draft. They weren’t both active for every game, but it seemed that kind of competitive mentality was paying off – especially in the second half of the season and the playoffs.

Sanders, a third-round pick out of SMU, had seven catches for 91 yards in the Steelers’ three playoff games en route to a Super Bowl loss to Green Bay. Brown, a sixth-round pick out of Central Michigan, came up with a huge clutch reception that helped propel Pittsburgh past Baltimore and into the AFC Championship game that same year.

Brown stepped his game up in 2011 and will be counted on heavily again next year. But a healthy Sanders should be expected to perform at a high level as well.

Looks like they’re still fighting after that one bone.

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