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Steelers Digest August 2018

Steelers Digest is the official fan publication of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Each issue provides game previews, inside information, award-winning columns and features, and complete statistics. Steelers Digest is published 12 times a year, twice per month throughout the NFL regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl.

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search on for playmaking db

LATROBE, Pa. — Ready or not, here it comes: “I can’t remember the last time that they had a playmaker on the defensive side,” Rod Woodson said during a mid-June appearance on NFL Network. “(Ryan) Shazier was going to be that guy, and unfortunately he got hurt, but I’m just trying to figure out who it’s going to be. The last time I’ve seen a playmaker on that side, Troy Polamalu was suited up for the Pittsburgh Steelers. “At the end of the day, when they lose their game against Jacksonville, 45-42, your defense is a concern,” Woodson added. “And I can’t remember the last time they had a playmaker on the defensive side. Shazier was gonna be that guy, and he unfortunately got hurt. The last time I’ve seen a…

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touching on a variety of camp topics

What are the changes in your camp plan this year? We’ll see, and by that I mean I do have a plan. The one thing that being up here for 12 years has taught me is plans are subject to change for a variety of reasons — environment, weather, health of the overall group. I assure you that this is going to be a challenging camp. It needs to be. It’s going to be a competitive camp. I just feel like we’ve got a quality group of men ready to go, and that’s a good issue to have. It’s going to be highly competitive. We’ve got to make sure that we put guys in circumstances where they can put their skills on display so we can evaluate them. We’ve had a…

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teamwork on anthem issue

Editor LATROBE, Pa. — A joint statement was released July 19 by the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association regarding the league’s national anthem policy. Within all levels of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization, there is optimism regarding a resolution to this issue, and the optimism boils down to the use of the word “joint.” As in, the owners, players, and the union all working together. “The policy we put in place in May, the Players Association didn’t participate in any of those discussions, and the thing I’m encouraged about now is the Players Association and the league are engaged in these talks to come to a resolution,” said Steelers President Art Rooney II. “I think it’s a positive development. Even though there has been good dialogue among the owners…

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facts & figures

For the fifth year in a row, the Steelers will feature a “Play 60 Fun Zone” for children in grades 1-12 to enjoy at the team’s 2018 Training Camp. The “Play 60 Fun Zone” will include football-themed activities for 60 minutes each day (3:30-4:30 p.m.) the Steelers hold practice. Children will be able to register for the “Play 60 Fun Zone” once campus opens and is limited to the first 200 registrants. The Play 60 Fun Zone is located at the baseball field at the bottom of the steps of Carey Hall. The Steelers will host a youth football team each day at practice. The youth football squad will welcome the Steelers to the field each day while enjoying a skills clinic to celebrate Play Football month. For all practices at Saint…

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taking stock of the steelers

Associate Editor Maybe there wasn’t that persistent heart-aching, lost-in-the-mist feeling that followed the Steelers’ loss against the San Diego Chargers at the end of the 1994 season. Maybe there was. That kind of disappointment followed the Steelers after their unexpectedly early playoff loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. It lingered into the draft season and then into the spring. In fact, it still follows the franchise today, since nothing keeps a sting alive like modern social media. Fans wanted their pound of flesh for the performance of a defense that was pushed around for 45 points, at Heinz Field, even if the highest draft pick since Ben Roethlisberger missed the game with an injury. Ryan Shazier’s absence proved catastrophic both physically AND mentally, since the inside linebacker had become the hub of communications and…

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defense: on the cusp

DEFENSIVE LINE Cam Heyward was named a first-team All-Pro last season and Stephon Tuitt certainly has that potential. Both were deemed 3-4 defensive ends when they were drafted, and both can also play either 4-3 defensive end or tackle as the Steelers install more nickel fronts to match up better with today’s passing attacks. But the old 3-4 could continue its Steelers legacy with Javon Hargrave as the nose tackle. The Steelers allowed 4.4 yards per carry last season — their worst average allowed since 1953 — so teams just may continue to attack them the way Jacksonville did in the playoffs. Hargrave will be a huge part of that defense as he enters his third season. Tyson Alualu played well in his first season as the top reserve on the defensive line. L.T.…