View From 522: Steelers vs. Panthers (Preseason)

Finally, it’s time for the real games to start. But before that, there was the annual Steelers vs. Panthers preseason finale where the most exciting thing we saw all night was the girl on the corner of Seventh and Penn eating fire after the game. 

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Eagles 31, Steelers 21: Even Snoop Dogg Is Mad

Let’s call the Steelers a work in progress at this point because, well, that could have gone better.

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Steelers vs. Eagles: Preseason Game Thread

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in Philadelphia to take on the Eagles for what is typically the most important preseason game (the third one). The rules remain the same: Nobody get hurt.

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Mid-Preseason 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Projected Roster and Other Goodies (V 2.0)

With training camp and two preseason games in the books, it is time to update the projected roster and practice squad we posted following the 2014 NFL Draft.

We’ll get to the three special-teams spots later (where there is a great deal of uncertainty). By our count 34 of the remaining 50 spots are roster locks (barring injury), with another eight players near-locks.

Several players have moved into the latter category with strong performances thus far, including ILBs Terrence Garvin and Sean Spence (who have both looked fantastic and fast), and DBs Antwon Blake and Robert Golden, both of whom are also special-teams coverage standouts.

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View From 522: Steelers vs. Bills (Preseason)

It’s difficult to draw any conclusions from what you see in preseason football, but if you really wanted to start getting excited about what the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers can accomplish there were some pretty exciting things that happened on Saturday night in their 19-16 win over the Buffalo Bills.

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Giants 20, Steelers 16

That was everything you expect preseason football to be — sloppy on top of sloppy — but the good news in the Steelers’ 20-16 loss to the New York Giants is that they seemed to come out of it relatively healthy.

A few quick thoughts…

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Steelers vs. Giants: Preseason Week 1

Hi! It’s gameday.

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A Chuck Noll story

I’m still a young Steelers fan, and when I was first introduced to the team as a kid it was the Bubby Brister era of the late 1980s. By the time I attended my first regular season game as an 8-year-old in 1992, Bill Cowher was already the coach (it was actually Bill Cowher’s first home game in Pittsburgh. Barry Foster ran for 190 yards against the New York Jets. I still remember it, especially since I had a cold and didn’t tell my mom because I REALLY wanted to go to the game — sorry, Mom).

So my memories of the Chuck Noll era Steelers aren’t the same as people that grew up with the team or followed them in the 1970s when he was building the best damn team in NFL history.

I can barely picture a Steelers game with Chuck Noll on the sidelines. But I do have a story that still cracks me up to this day.

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Ridiculously Early 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Projected Roster and Other Goodies (V 1.0)

After an unusually active offseason in signing external free agents and selecting nine players in the NFL Draft, the Steelers’ training-camp roster is mostly set.

Per most of the connected insiders who cover the team full-time (e.g., Ed Bouchette, Jim Wexell, etc.), barring injury the Steelers will likely not be re-signing veteran defensive end Brett Keisel, following their drafting of Notre Dame’s Stephon Tuitt in the 2nd-round.

Keisel could still aid this team, which only has three defensive linemen on its roster with any real game experience. But belatedly going with a youth movement will hopefully pay off in the long-term.

While the Steelers will likely tinker with their roster leading up to training camp, they appear to have only two other positions where a veteran addition would have a good chance to make the team.

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2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Recap and Redo

After selecting three players in the first three rounds who are expected to provide immediate help in 2014, the Pittsburgh Steelers closed out the draft with six selections on Saturday, who offered a roughly equal mix of boom-bust prospects with high ceilings to go with a trio of more stable overachievers that add quality depth to the roster.

Specifically, the Steelers took three players possessing the size and physical skills to possibly become NFL starters down the road despite not being drafted until day No. 3. If a couple of these do indeed fulfill their athletic potential, this can go from a decent draft to a great one.

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