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  • Last Chance To Make The Cut – Steelers Vs Panthers

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    In many peoples eyes the last game of the pre season is the most important for the backups The starters don’t usually play much at all if any. It’s a chance for the backups to show what they can do in their last chance to make the roster or be picked up by other teams.

    Steelers Offense Vs Panthers offense:Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not play As well as Carolina Panthers starting quarterback Cam Newton. Bruce Gradkowski may play some snap but the team wants to protect him,from injury. Same can be said for backup quarterback Derrick.Anderson. Landry Jones will face pressure from the Carolina Panthers front seven The Carolina Panthers backup defensive players has shown a willingness to get after the passer. Players like wide receivers Justin Brown,Derrick Moye will be looking to make the final roster. Expect multiple thrown their way. Backup linemen Wesley Johnson,Guy Whimper,as well as Mike Adams will be looking to secure top backup spots on the offensive line.

    Steelers Defense Vs Panthers Offense: Linebackers performances will be key in this game. Can Vince Williams impress with Sean Spence being out with a knee injury. Which Carolina Panther inside linebacker will emerge as a top backup ?Outside linebackers Howard Jones and Chris Carter will aim to stand out against the Carolina Panthers as both are trying to earn the top outside linebacker spot . Any corner back from both teams who can show a nose for the ball in the run and pass game will most likely make the team it be picked up by another team.

    Steelers Special Teams Vs Panthers Special Team. In this phase of the game it comes down to which players make open field tackles. Who can be wedge busters,and who can show,speed and quickness in the open field. Hopefully Archer can show what he can do.

     
  • Last Chance To Show He Belongs

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    Quarterback Landry Jones has struggled this preseason. Jones is with out a doubt on the hot seat. If Jones wants to make the opening day roster he must perform well against the Carolina Panthers.

    Jones came into the pre season with a slight chance to upseat quarterback Bruce Gradkowski as,the top backup. Over the past three pre season games Jones has not thrown a touchdown pass and has turned the ball over. Jones must show the ability to make quick reads and release the ball much quicker this Thursday. Jones must avoid being sacked multiple times against the Carolina Panthers.

    The positive thing going for Jones is that he will likely play most if not all of the game against the Carolina Panthers to show what he can do. Jones will have to impress working with second and 3rd team players. There is a outside chance that Jones will work with some first team players. Playing against the Carolina Panthers relentless rush Jones must show he can excel at reading the defense pre snap. Jones will receive some help from the running game with Le’Veon Bell and Blount playing some snaps. Jones has been given many chances. This will be his last if he struggles.

     
  • Rooney II Says Amount Of Penalties In Preseason A Problem

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    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin took part in a conference call with other members of the NFL competition committee on Tuesday, and he surely relayed some of the uneasiness his boss has with the number of penalties that have been called in the preseason, Scott Brown of ESPN.com reports.

    An analysis by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert earlier in the preseason showed that the number of penalties called has increased significantly — a spike that can be attributed to the NFL’s point of emphasis in calling illegal contact after the 5-yard zone in which defensive backs are allowed to disrupt passing routes as well as pass interference.

    “I think it’s fair to say there’s concern around the league about [the increase in penalties] and I think that the point has been made by the officials,” Steelers president Art Rooney II told ESPN.com. “I hope we’re going to get back to a more normal number of penalties per game.”

    The thinking is that the officials are calling illegal contact and pass interference more closely in the preseason to get players to adjust to it when the games don’t count in the standings.

    “I think that’s been the history that you’ve seen things called in the preseason more than you’ve sometimes in the regular season when they’ve decided to make a point,” Rooney said. “That’s been the pattern that I’ve noticed in the past so we’ll see if that holds true this year.

    “I don’t think anybody’s trying to increase the number of penalties or the number of stoppages in games. It will go up and down depending on a game, but on the whole I think we need to hopefully get back to something that’s more like we had last year in terms of number of penalties per game.”

     
  • Steelers Injury Report Update: Getting Healthy For Road Ahead

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers have suffered some major injuries over the past few seasons. Key players missed important games that hurt the Steelers in the win column. This preseason the Steelers injury report lists have been much shorter than the past.

    During last Thursday’s game versus the Philadelphia Eagles, linebackers Sean Spence and Jason Worilds both suffered knee injures. After having x-rays and being checked out by doctors, it has been determined that neither one has a serious knee injury.

    Both Worilds and Spence will be inactive versus the Carolina Panthers Thursday night as a precaution to avoid further injury. In all likelihood linebackers Vince Williams, Chris Carter and Arthur Moats will  receive more playing time in place of Spence and Worilds unless they do not make the final 53-man roster cut that must be completed by Saturday, overall.

    Wide receiver Lance Moore returned to practice Monday. Moore missed last Thursday’s game against the Eagles with tightness in his leg. Moore is the projected slot receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers offense this season so the state of his health is important.

    Safety Will Allen and cornerback Devin Smith returned to practice on Monday as well. It was reported earlier today that the Steelers have parted ways with Smith, but Allen is on the bubble and must continue to working in practice to convince the Steelers coaches to keep him for the 2014 NFL season.

     
  • Steelers Make First Round Of Cuts

    Linebacker Vic So’oto

    Linebacker Vic So’oto

    The first round of cuts has become official for the Steelers, as the team said ‘so long’ to 9 players today, and will have to release 6 more by 4pm today.

    Here’s the list of players released: running backs Jordan Hall and Miguel Maysonet, wide receivers C.J. Goodwin and Kashif Moore, tight end Eric Waters, safety Jordan Dangerfield, cornerbacks Devin Smith and Lewis Toler, and linebacker Vic So’oto.

    Overall the team has till Saturday to get it’s roster to 53 players, as the team will get set for their opener on September 7th at home against Cleveland.

     
  • AFC North Rosters: Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati all make cuts early

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    The only team in the National Football League’s AFC North Division to not make cuts ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, was the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals all cut at least two players, with Cleveland seeing the most leave the team early.

    The following are the announced AFC North Rosters and players who left their respective teams and a preview of what the Steelers may do on Tuesday afternoon.

    Baltimore Ravens Players Cut

    S Omar Brown, LB Nick DiMarco, P Richie Leone, OT David Mims, CB Marrio Norman, CB Deji Olatoye, LB Austin Spitler, WR LaQuan Williams, WR Mike Willie, RB Cierre Wood, FB Shaun Chapas, OT Brett Van Sloten

    Cincinnati Bengals Players Cut

    CB R.J. Stanford, DT Larry Black, S Isaiah Lewis, K Quinn Sharp, WR Ryan Whalen

    Cleveland Browns Players Cut

    WR Anthony Armstrong, DB Royce Adams, RB Edwin Baker, OL Randall Harris, DB T.J. Heath, DL Cam Henderson, WR Jonathan Krause, OL Ryan Lee, LB Caleb McSurdy, OL Keavon Milton, LB Keith Pough, WR Tim Smith, OL Jeremiah Warren, TE Martell Webb

     

    The fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers waited to make their cuts is most likely an indication that they wanted time after a day off of practice to go over final analysis of players at training camp, especially in key positions, and during their first three preseason games.  Their fourth and final preseason game is against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.

    Anticipated Pittsburgh Steelers Players to Be Cut

    WR Lanear Sampson, WR C.J. Goodwin, OL Chris Elkins, OL Emmanuel McCray, TE Bryce Davis, TE Eric Waters, RB Josh Harris, RB Stephen Houston, RB Tauren Poole, WR Derek Moye, WR Kashif Moore, LDE Josh Mauro, NT Roy Philon, RDE Ethan Hemer, LILB Dan Molls, LCB Dayonne Nunley, SS Jordan Dangerfield, RCB Lew Toler, RCB Devin Smith

    It is definitely not easy to predict what the Steelers organization may ultimately decide.  The above-mentioned players were placed under the ‘anticipated’ category mainly for their placement on the current depth chart, which even Coach Tomlin has said is an ever evolving machine of its own, playing time during the preseason thus far and performances while on the field that made it appear the players were not ready for a final roster.

    Some of these players may make it past the cut – it’s very possible – only to see the final cuts send them away from Pittsburgh or onto the practice squad.

    Note:  As of this post, the only verified cuts that have been made are those that involve the AFC North teams, other than the Steelers, as listed above.

     

    If you’d like to get into the roster discussion, please join us at GridironChatter.com and share your opinion, especially if you think we may have jumped the gun on some of the Steelers players.

     
  • Steelers President Art Rooney II Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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    In a great show of support for ALS, Steelers President Art Rooney II stepped up to the plate today and took the now famous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?.

    If you have been under a rock and don’t know what that is – you drown yourself in a bucket of ice water in a show of support for those with ALS

    Former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis also stepped up today and took the challenge.

    To see Rooney’s Ice Bucket Challenge – click HERE

     
  • Steelers Gab Black & Gold Links of the Week: 8-25-2014

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    After a disappointing 21-31 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, the Pittsburgh Steelers have remained in the NFL spotlight.

    • Bruce Gradkowski is the SteelersGab Player of the Week (SteelersGab.com):  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Bruce Gradkowski played well against the Philadelphia Eagles, while the overall team effort was not very good. After not being very consistent the first few games of the 2014 NFL preseason, Gradkowski showed improvement. Gradkowski is the Steelers Gab Player of the Week.
     
 
 
 
 
 

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