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GenErick - Steelers Waived Bryant Browning, James Shaw, signed Graham Pocic, Dayonne Nunley. meh!

........ and signed

8/19/14 9:13 PM
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Kitana - Resigned Keisel today as well.

I love Keisel but not too sure about the signing. Phone Post 3.0

Dude is a proven leader, did he take the vet minimum?
8/19/14 9:21 PM
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The beard is back!! Not sure on his contract. Glad to have him back, he will be a great leader even in a backup role. Phone Post 3.0
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Didn't realize this but looks like we're in a good position to see Polamalu do some damage:

Perhaps no one will benefit more from rookie Ryan Shazier's play in the middle of the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense than Troy Polamalu.

The 33-year-old spent last season dropping down to fill in at linebacker because the group lacked anyone who could cover in space. Shazier and Polamalu both played their first game of the preseason on Saturday and the rookie showed exactly why the veteran shouldn't have to worry about filling that role in 2014.
 
Polamalu said he'd play anywhere asked, but getting back to his natural strong safety position should be a boon for him and the Steelers.
 
"It depends, you know, because my role has changed so much through the years," he said. "So, it really all depends on how coach LeBeau wants to use me. It's evolved, it's changed, it'€™s kind of done everything."
 
Entering his 12th season, the veteran has proven over the course of his career when he is allowed free reign to make plays, he can be a disruptive weapon. However, he didn't start his career with as big a bang as Shazier.
 
"To make that kind of impact in one game, in a preseason game, has to be a confidence booster,'' Polamalu said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I did not do anything like that my whole rookie year. I'm sure that is going to really give him a lot of confidence, and, hopefully, he can carry that into the next game and the season."
 
If the rookie can continue to play like he did in his first game it will free Polamalu to be the wild, free-ranging playmaker that has made him one of the best and most entertaining playmakers of the last decade.
8/20/14 1:24 PM
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Not sure about you guys, but I think Wheaton is prime for a big season, relative to a #2 receiver.

Ben Roethlisberger is excelling in the no-huddle. The offensive line is keeping him grass stain-free. Antonio Brown is turning short catches into long gains, and September isn't even here yet.  For all that's going well with the Steelers' offense — and how many times has that been written in August during recent seasons — its regular-season success or failure might hinge on a player with one career start.

The starting wide receiver job opposite Brown is Markus Wheaton's to lose — and, so far, the third-round draft pick from last season is winning it. He turned an inside-out move and solo coverage into a 16-yard touchdown catch against Buffalo, and Brown was as happy afterward as he was.

“I think it's definitely a key — a key — for him to make those plays when he gets one-on-one matchups,” Brown said Monday.

For Brown to again put up team-record stats, for the no-huddle to operate efficiently, for Roethlisberger to have multiple options downfield in an increasingly wide-open offense, the Steelers badly need Wheaton to be productive and reliable.

Failure simply isn't an option.

“It's absolutely important (for him to succeed) or teams are going to come to the stadium and put two or three guys on me,” Brown said. “We're going to need other guys (contributing) to win.”

It's not that the Steelers don't have other options, but Wheaton clearly is the best. They'd prefer to keep Lance Moore in the slot rather than move him outside and, while fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant and 2013 pick Justin Brown are having impressive days in camp, both need more polishing.

“I would say it's my job to lose, but we have a lot of good receivers that are shooting for that spot,” Wheaton said. “I would still say it's still up in the air, but I would definitely say it's my spot to lose.”

Wheaton, a third-round pick in 2013, was just beginning to take on a bigger role in the offense last season when he broke his left pinky finger in three places during the Vikings game in London. He had three catches in that game, but made only three more during what became a lost rookie season.

“It was the first time I'd gotten hurt,” said Wheaton who needed two operations to repair a finger that remains badly bent. “It was very frustrating.”

Spending a year in the NFL, even as disappointing as it was — and with Roethlisberger residing in the locker next to his — appears to be greatly benefiting the 5-foot-11 Wheaton. He was very productive at Oregon State, making 227 catches, including 91 for 1,244 yards and 11 TDs in 2012.

“I'm a lot more confident. It's easier (in his second season) to get out there and play and retain everything,” Wheaton said. “I'm not being force fed as much, knowing a lot of stuff we already learned coming in (to camp). It's made it a lot easier.”

Wheaton is a strong route runner who plays much faster than his NFL Combine 40 time of 4.45 suggests. He's also one of those never-takes-a-day-off-from-practice players who earns the respect of those on the other side of the ball.

“He didn't look like a rookie even when he was a rookie,” cornerback Ike Taylor said.

According to Roethlisberger, Wheaton is “learning and growing fast — and we need him to.”

“He doesn't make the same mistake twice,” Roethlisberger said. “He's going to be a key because if we don't have another receiver, then people can just watch A.B. We all see what A.B. can do in a game. So we need Markus to step up. … We can't afford for teams to put three guys on A.B.

“I hope Wheaton is that guy because he is a young guy that people don't quite know about yet. He hasn't earned the respect, and that's probably rightfully so because he hasn't done much. But I'm excited for him because I think he is going to surprise a lot of people.”
8/20/14 1:46 PM
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Not sure about you guys, but I think Wheaton is prime for a big season, relative to a #2 receiver.

Ben Roethlisberger is excelling in the no-huddle. The offensive line is keeping him grass stain-free. Antonio Brown is turning short catches into long gains, and September isn't even here yet.  For all that's going well with the Steelers' offense — and how many times has that been written in August during recent seasons — its regular-season success or failure might hinge on a player with one career start.

The starting wide receiver job opposite Brown is Markus Wheaton's to lose — and, so far, the third-round draft pick from last season is winning it. He turned an inside-out move and solo coverage into a 16-yard touchdown catch against Buffalo, and Brown was as happy afterward as he was.

“I think it's definitely a key — a key — for him to make those plays when he gets one-on-one matchups,” Brown said Monday.

For Brown to again put up team-record stats, for the no-huddle to operate efficiently, for Roethlisberger to have multiple options downfield in an increasingly wide-open offense, the Steelers badly need Wheaton to be productive and reliable.

Failure simply isn't an option.

“It's absolutely important (for him to succeed) or teams are going to come to the stadium and put two or three guys on me,” Brown said. “We're going to need other guys (contributing) to win.”

It's not that the Steelers don't have other options, but Wheaton clearly is the best. They'd prefer to keep Lance Moore in the slot rather than move him outside and, while fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant and 2013 pick Justin Brown are having impressive days in camp, both need more polishing.

“I would say it's my job to lose, but we have a lot of good receivers that are shooting for that spot,” Wheaton said. “I would still say it's still up in the air, but I would definitely say it's my spot to lose.”

Wheaton, a third-round pick in 2013, was just beginning to take on a bigger role in the offense last season when he broke his left pinky finger in three places during the Vikings game in London. He had three catches in that game, but made only three more during what became a lost rookie season.

“It was the first time I'd gotten hurt,” said Wheaton who needed two operations to repair a finger that remains badly bent. “It was very frustrating.”

Spending a year in the NFL, even as disappointing as it was — and with Roethlisberger residing in the locker next to his — appears to be greatly benefiting the 5-foot-11 Wheaton. He was very productive at Oregon State, making 227 catches, including 91 for 1,244 yards and 11 TDs in 2012.

“I'm a lot more confident. It's easier (in his second season) to get out there and play and retain everything,” Wheaton said. “I'm not being force fed as much, knowing a lot of stuff we already learned coming in (to camp). It's made it a lot easier.”

Wheaton is a strong route runner who plays much faster than his NFL Combine 40 time of 4.45 suggests. He's also one of those never-takes-a-day-off-from-practice players who earns the respect of those on the other side of the ball.

“He didn't look like a rookie even when he was a rookie,” cornerback Ike Taylor said.

According to Roethlisberger, Wheaton is “learning and growing fast — and we need him to.”

“He doesn't make the same mistake twice,” Roethlisberger said. “He's going to be a key because if we don't have another receiver, then people can just watch A.B. We all see what A.B. can do in a game. So we need Markus to step up. … We can't afford for teams to put three guys on A.B.

“I hope Wheaton is that guy because he is a young guy that people don't quite know about yet. He hasn't earned the respect, and that's probably rightfully so because he hasn't done much. But I'm excited for him because I think he is going to surprise a lot of people.”

Been saying this all year..We are goning to have a great season, a lot younger and healthier on both sides of the ball.  Pumped for this year.   Just wait until Bryant gets a year under his belt, he has all the physical tools of a big strong wr..reminds be of a boldin/fitzgerald mold.

8/20/14 6:58 PM
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I'm really happy that Troy will be back in his position, dude is a fucking beast. Between him and Lambert they have been my favorite Steelers.
8/20/14 7:03 PM
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Wheaton is gonna be a great WR for y'all. I'm and Oregon state fan and him and Brandin Cooks were a lethal combo.


With that being said Go Niners Phone Post 3.0
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GenErick -


Now that is awesome Phone Post 3.0
8/20/14 8:08 PM
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holy shit

Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount both arrested

Posted by Michael David Smith on August 20, 2014, 7:53 PM EDT bellblount AP

The Steelers’ top two running backs were arrested together today. Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, Pittsburgh’s first- and second-string running backs, were in a car together and stopped by Ross Township Police this afternoon. According to Will Graves of the Associated Press, the traffic officer detected smoke coming from the car, and police found about 20 grams of marijuana in the car. Both Bell and Blount were charged with possession of marijuana. Bell was also charged with driving under the influence. An unidentified female in the car was also charged with possession of marijuana. The Steelers took Bell in the second round of last year’s draft, and he won the starting job as a rookie. He carried 244 times for 860 yards and eight touchdowns last year. Blount signed with the Steelers this offseason after spending last year in New England, where he had 772 yards and seven touchdowns on 153 carries. Bell and Blount could both now be subject to league discipline, but likely not until the case is resolved.

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Huggsbear - 

holy shit

Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount both arrested

Posted by Michael David Smith on August 20, 2014, 7:53 PM EDT bellblount AP

The Steelers’ top two running backs were arrested together today. Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, Pittsburgh’s first- and second-string running backs, were in a car together and stopped by Ross Township Police this afternoon. According to Will Graves of the Associated Press, the traffic officer detected smoke coming from the car, and police found about 20 grams of marijuana in the car. Both Bell and Blount were charged with possession of marijuana. Bell was also charged with driving under the influence. An unidentified female in the car was also charged with possession of marijuana. The Steelers took Bell in the second round of last year’s draft, and he won the starting job as a rookie. He carried 244 times for 860 yards and eight touchdowns last year. Blount signed with the Steelers this offseason after spending last year in New England, where he had 772 yards and seven touchdowns on 153 carries. Bell and Blount could both now be subject to league discipline, but likely not until the case is resolved.


FUCK, FUCK FUCK

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Now Goddell will give them 500 game suspensions for marijuana, But Ray Rice gets four games for laying a woman out.
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GenErick - Now Goddell will give them 500 game suspensions for marijuana, But Ray Rice gets four games for laying a woman out.

Rice only got two games, haha
8/20/14 8:20 PM
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Oh man, Tomlin is cleaning out the doghouse as we speak.

8/20/14 8:40 PM
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I was so excited for this season. Shakes head in disgust. Can't these idiots keep that shit in the house. Phone Post 3.0
8/20/14 8:41 PM
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And how in the hell did you guys get that info so fast it has not even gone across the ticker yet on espn. Phone Post 3.0
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baj54 - And how in the hell did you guys get that info so fast it has not even gone across the ticker yet on espn. Phone Post 3.0

When huggsbear posted, I immediately checked BTSC and it was reported.
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I hope the chick in the car takes the blame. Bell can get away with the DUI. Phone Post 3.0
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That sounds really dick of me. Fuck these guys can't afford a driver or maybe just smoke at home. Wtf. Why do you need almost an ounce of weed when you go out. In my dad a 20 sack would have done the trick Phone Post 3.0
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baj54 - And how in the hell did you guys get that info so fast it has not even gone across the ticker yet on espn. Phone Post 3.0

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BlackandGold - I hope the chick in the car takes the blame. Bell can get away with the DUI. Phone Post 3.0
I'm a Steeler fan to the core but I would never hope she takes responsibility for the deuce if she wasn't driving. That makes no sense. Phone Post 3.0
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Lets hope Bell gets back soon, fucking kids and their mary jane these days!!