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  • Pittsburgh Steelers Week One OTA RECAP

    The Pittsburgh Steelers finished week one of organized team activities better known as OTAs. It has been a busy week for the organization and it’s players. Today I will recap some things that happened during the week that really stood out to me.

    Chemistry between Ben Roethlisberger and Markus Wheaton

    Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be without star receiver Martavis Bryant, who is facing a year long suspension due to violating the NFL substance abuse policy. This is a perfect time for third-year receiver Markus Wheaton to step up his game and get on the same page as the two time Super Bowl winning QB.

    According to Steelers.com, the two athletes are building chemistry.

    “Ben is good at communicating with us and letting us know exactly what he wants, how he wants it,” Wheaton said. “I think that’s good for when somebody does go down, you have guys that step up and they can now communicate with Ben and he’s easy to communicate with.

    “I think he gets his point across very well, makes it easy for everybody.”

    Artie Burns vs. Antonio Brown

    Artie Burns, a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, had his first faceoff with all-pro receiver Antonio Brown during OTAs this week.

    According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Brown went 1-for-2 on isolated matchups. Burns had great recovery speed after getting beat initially. When he saw Brown streaking, Burns said, “I had to open up and run” to cover the post.

    While the rookie improved as practice went on, earlier in the day Burns wasn’t so “lucky”.

    “He got me,” Burns said. “I had bit on the slant. He went back out. He scored on me.”

    This matchup would have been exciting to watch. Hopefully they continue to battle. This should make Burns a better athlete knowing he is covering one of the best in the game and gaining experience from it.

    Le’Veon Bell is BACK:

    While the third-year running back is keeping it safe, he participated in OTAs this week. According to Steelers.com’s Mike Prisuta, Bell intends to better protect himself this season.

    He said, “I feel like I just have to protect myself,”

    “Right now, I am just trying to do what the coaches tell me to do,”

    “They are trying to protect me from myself. I am listening to those people, taking care of my body, doing what I can. They are getting me back into it slowly. Right now, I feel like I could do everything. But obviously, they are going to protect me from myself, like I said, and really take it slow for me.”

    Hopefully Bell takes it easy while still improving his knee. He suffered a season ending knee injury against the Bengals in 2015 and hopes to become better than ever.

    Center Maurkice Pouncey is FULL GO:

    After Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey injured his ankle in a preseason matchup against the Green Bay Packers, everyone thought the season was over. He is true offensive leader and a player that impacts the game when on the field.

    According to Steelers.com’s Teresa Varley, Pouncey is “Full Go” in OTAs.

    He said,  “It feels good, I love being around the guys. I love football. It all went great.”

    “I am full go. I am not missing anything, I am ready to come out here and play, each day at a time. I am great now. Everything is good. I appreciate all the doctors and trainers for everything they have done. They did a great job.

    “I was ready this offseason to go. I was nowhere near it during the season. I am here now. I am just ready to go out and play.”

    It’s great to have Pouncey back from an injury that sidelined him for the entire season. I can’t wait to have him back on the offensive line opening lanes for running back Le’Veon Bell as he’s on his way earning touchdowns.

    Some minor things that occurred

    • Cornerback William Gay showed respect to retired safety Troy Polamalu by wearing his jersey in practice.
    • Wide receiver Sammie Coates is gearing up for a big season. He addressed the media and how he is in the best shape of his life.
    • Newly acquired tight end Ladarius Green was sidelined due to his offseason ankle surgery. This helps second-year tight end Jesse James earn some first team reps.
    • Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said, ‘You want to win Super Bowls’ and addressed that his expectation is to win a 7th Lombardi Trophy.

    This concludes a list of some important aspects that went down during the first week of OTAs. #GoSteelers

     
  • Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Calls out ESPN’s Skip Bayless over recent comments

    Before I start this article let me remind you that we are talking about the infamous Skip Bayless.

    On Thursday, Bayless and his partner Stephen A. Smith talked about Le’Veon Bell and how his comment about the Bengals injuring him on purpose was “unbecoming of a Pittsburgh Steeler” and that he was “whining” about it.

    This is not the first time Bayless made another athlete upset and will not be the last. Bell took it to Twitter and seemed quite upset about his remarks.

    Bell wants Bayless to say it to his face on ESPN’s First Take. Hopefully they can arrange a show together. That certainly would be entertaining.

     
  • Sports Illustrated gives their take on the Steelers in the their Power Rankings

    Martavis Bryant

    Many experts are throwing out their early power rankings, and Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke is out with his version of power rankings, and he’s got the Steelers ranked 4th in the NFL overall.

    Here’s what he has to say about where the Black and Gold stand as OTA’s for the team get underway.

    The Steelers are an Aston Martin with a duct-taped fender. At their absolute ceiling, they could be a dominant club thanks to what can be close to an unstoppable offense. But persistent injury concerns for Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell, questions in the secondary and Martavis Bryant’s suspension all could lower the value.

    Here’s what Burke has to say about all 32 teams in the league – Click HERE

     
  • Alan Faneca Joins Steelers Coaching Staff During OTAs/Minicamp

    The Pittsburgh Steelers will hire former first-round draft pick Alan Faneca as an assistant coach this summer during the Steelers OTAs and minicamp.

    #Steelers alumni & HOF finalist Alan Faneca has been welcomed back to Pittsburgh & will assist this summer as a coach during OTAs/minicamp.

    — Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) May 24, 2016

    Faneca was one of the best guards in all of football during his stint with Pittsburgh. He won rookie of the year and is a six-time Pro Bowler.

    You may remember Faneca for one major reason. He opened up a big hole that produced one of the greatest runs in Superbowl history. Fast Willie Parker’s 75 yard touchdown run would have never happened if it wasn’t for Faneca’s fantastic run blocking ability.

    This is a great move by Pittsburgh. When you have Mike Munchank and Alan Faneca on a team together, just imagine how much better this team is going to get.

    It’s not like Faneca is a nobody. According to Bill Cowher early in Febrary, Faneca belongs is the Hall of Fame.

    Cowher stated, “We knew if we ran left we ran behind him, if we ran right we pulled him. We always found a way to make sure he was at the point of attack when we ran a running play.” 

    “The guard position, he almost redefined it… He was a staple, he was a constant. He set the tone. He was a quiet leader on our football team. Without a doubt he was the heart and soul of the offensive line.” 

    If you’re someone who wants to put a bet on it at Betfair Casino – Faneca is a player that clearly did enough and deserves a strong look at being in the Hall someday.

    I am truly excited about this coaching move and hope he stays around to teach young athletes the ways to become a professional and well-minded player.

     
  • Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown Getting Extremely Fast this Offseason

    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is one of the best in the game today. His quick speed and elusiveness makes him a threat against any defense.

    Yesterday the former sixth-round draft pick tweeted out that he ran a 4.35 40-yard dash time yesterday; an impressive improvement from his 4.47 40-yard time at the 2010 NFL Combine.

    Brown has been working out with the Nabie Fofanah, better known as “The Speed Doctor”. Fofanah is a former Olympic sprinter who currently runs a speed program in California. As you can see from the video below his improvement was shown in just three short days.

    In just 3 days Antonio Brown learned the “Speed doctor power push” and got faster by a full stride !!! @ab @camhey97

    A video posted by Nabie Fofanah – 2 x Olympian (@speed__doctor) on

    I wrote an article about a month ago talking about how “The Speed Doctor” was helping Cameron Heyward improve his speed. It’s great to Antonio Brown get quicker as he grows older. The Pro Bowl receiver who led the league in receptions and tied with Julio Jones for the leagues receiving yards, hopes to improve in a very crucial aspect of his game: speed.

    As a Steeler fan it’s truly exciting to see Brown improve an aspect of his game that could make him an even better receiver than he already is. We will just have to wait until Pittsburgh’s first set of OTA practices to see him showcase that new electrifying speed. 

     
 
 
 
 

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