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  • Steelers Sit Down with Just Released Former Browns DT Phil Taylor

    Cleveland Browns v Buffalo Bills 10-3-2013

    The Steelers have sat down with recently released former first-round pick DT Phil Taylor, who was released on Tuesday by the Cleveland Browns. Pro Football Talk has the story:

    On Tuesday, the Browns gave defensive tackle Phil Taylor $5.477 million to not play for the Browns. The Steelers may now be paying Taylor even more to not play for the Browns.

    Per a league source, Taylor visited the Steelers on Wednesday.

    It was only a visit, but it could lead to something more, given that the Steelers could use any help they can get on defense.

    A first-round pick in 2011, Taylor asked to be released by the Browns after Danny Shelton emerged as a starter. The Browns made no request that Taylor reduce the money he’s owed or agree to provide any offset in exchange for his freedom.

     
  • Checkdown Audible: Rahrig just first of many cuts to come for Steelers

    Collin-Rahrig-Indiana-Hoosiers-Steelers-GuardCheckdown Audible
    The Pittsburgh Steelers parted ways with offensive guard Collin Rahrig after the former Indiana Hoosier went undrafted but played his heart out during the preseason.  Although the move may have surprised some, Rahrig’s departure certainly won’t be the only cut on Tuesday that may be unexpected.  The Steelers will have to get down to 75 men on their roster by 4 p.m.

    The preseason cuts are generally a tough period as many players that looked like they may give NFL teams like the Steelers depth.  While some are harder to see go than others, the predictions are often wrong.  Even snaps in preseason games do not guarantee a player will stick it out – Rahrig a perfect example of just that. He played just under 50 snaps in the preseason.

    The Steelers essentially dismissed tight end Cameron Clear, defensive end Niko Davis and tight end Ray Hamilton by placing them on the waived/injured list.

    Miles Dieffenbach (offensive guard), Kenzel Doe (wide receiver), C.J. Goodwin (wide receiver), Braylon Heard (running back), Joe Kruger (defensive end), Joe Okafor (defensive tackle), Jordan Sullen (cornerback), Kevin Whimpey (offensive tackle) and Ian Wild (safety) were all released.

    The Steelers have several players along the offensive line that are likely to exit via cuts.  After bringing back Doug Legursky and sliding Cody Wallace in at center to fill in for an injured Maurkice Pouncey, B.J. Finney and Reese Dismukes look more expendable. Mitchell Van Dyk is also a likely candidate, although he would make a decent scout team addition.

    Other cuts ahead may include the following players (as the Steelers trim to 53-man roster):

    Jarrod West (WR), David Nelson (WR), Brad Wing (P), Garrett Hartley (K – likely to request injury settlement), Jawon Chisholm (RB), Matt Conrath (DE), L.J. Fort (LB), Shayon Green (LB), Mike Thornton (DT) and Jordan Zumwalt (LB, rumored to be a coach Joey Porter’s black list).

     

     
  • Steelers Alejandro Villanueva looks to slide into Mike Adams’ spot

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    Alejandro Villanueva has been fighting for an opportunity to prove that he is more than a retired Army Ranger; he’s a highly capable NFL player.  After stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers, Villanueva has made a strong case for taking over the offensive line position vacated by Pittsburgh’s Mike Adams in 2015.

    The Steelers were aware that Adams had required surgery on his back before training camp.  It was an injury that seemed to persist and has limited Adams’ ability on the field.  The Steelers felt the reasonable move would be to place Adams on the reserve physically unable to perform list, a situation that limits Adams from being able to participate with the team through the first six weeks of the regular season.

    Behind Marcus Gilbert and Kelvin Beachum, Villanueva has given one of the best preseason performances at offensive tackle.  Some argue that his play has, at times, been respectively more disciplined that that of Gilbert.  With the skill to play on either side of center, Villanueva looks to be a lock for a final roster spot (unless the Steelers opt not to carry an additional offensive tackle in 2015) as the team works its way through cuts to get down to their best 53 players.

     
  • Tomlin Speaks on the Suspension of WR Martavis Bryant

    Wild Card Playoffs - Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers

    The Steelers will be without second-year wide out Martavis Bryant for the first four games of 2015, as the NFL denied the receivers appeal on his suspension.

    “We are disappointed… but we’re going to remain supportive,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said to open his Tuesday press conference. “”We don’t have a definitive plan for him moving forward but we will.”

    The coach went on to say that the team saw the suspension coming, and they will play for life without the wide out, who last season finished with 26 receptions for 549 yards and eight touchdowns in just 306 regular season snaps.

    “We’re not surprised by it, we’ve knew about the possibility (of the suspension) for some time,” Tomlin said.

    The coach said that the teams drafting of Sammie Coates was a direct result of the suspension. Reports say Bryant’s suspension is for multiple failed marijuana tests.

    “He’s let his teammates down, the organization down, his family down, and of course Steeler Nation,” Tomlin said.

     
  • Steelers Make Deal with Jaguars for Kicker Josh Scobee

    Jacksonville Jaguars v Baltimore Ravens

    Desperate for a kicker who has some solid NFL experience, the Steelers today made a move with a former rival for a kicker that has seen plenty of time at Heinz Field.

    That player is Jaguars long time kicker Josh Scobee, this according to Jeff Prosser of 1010XL in Jacksonville.

    The Jaguars kicker has been with the team since 2004, and was a 4th round pick of the Jaguars. The Jags are going to go with young kicker Jason Myers as their new place kicker.

    The Steelers have already lost two kickers this preseason, as Shaun Suisham tore his ACL in the Hall of Fame Game vs the Vikings, and Garrett Hartley hurt his hamstring Saturday, and it appears he’s going to miss at least the season opener.

    Scobee kicked a number of times in Heinz Field over the years, and is a player that hopefully can hold the fort down either for the season or until Hartley returns.

     
 
 

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