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Steelers Digest

Steelers Digest April/May 2019

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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12 Issues


6 min.
priority: playmaking corners

“Our game has always been about getting physical (cornerbacks) who can come off the edge and close off the edge and make a tackle. But are they doing that at the expense of not making plays on the football? We have to maybe try to find that balance and maybe be more open to the concept that the game is constantly changing and if you want playmakers in the back end, then find someone who has done it.” That was General Manager Kevin Colbert speaking at the NFL scouting combine on what should be the theme of the Steelers’ 2019 draft preparation, and it should be the theme because if there has been one consistently deficient area of the team’s performance of late it has been in the area of creating…

9 min.
discussing leadership, young players taking the next step, and some of the newcomers

How did it get to the point it did with Antonio Brown? I don’t have a lot of the intimate details about his wants and desires. Probably not fair for me to express that. I know he has expressed that. I have just taken the position that we have from an organizational standpoint. I have been really consistent with it. I was consistent with it addressing it at the end of the year. We can’t do this with hostages. We need volunteers. And we need players, good guys who want to be here. If guys can’t check those boxes, it’s probably best for all parties involved that we go our separate ways. That is the only thing appropriate to be said about that circumstance and Le’Veon Bell’s circumstances. I think it’s…

24 min.
defense the likely focus

Let’s take a look at the 2019 draft class and how it aligns with Steelers needs, which are always so well outlined by team president Art Rooney II at his January press conference: “Number one,” said Rooney, “on defense we just have to be aggressive in taking the ball away and finding players that can do that.” And, the sub-head: “The defense, at times, I thought, played strong,” Rooney said. “I thought the front seven, in particular, had a pretty good year. We got pressure on the quarterback for most of the season and so I like the direction there. The defensive backs, that scenario I think we need to improve on.” Defensive backs. Can we get an amen? “We need more young playmakers, especially on the back end,” said General Manager Kevin Colbert. “The young…

2 min.
still supporting shazier

Editor Throughout this ongoing process, the Steelers have maintained their primary interest was to support Ryan Shazier, first in his quest to be able to live a normal life and then in his pursuit of a return to the field as a linebacker in the National Football League. This move is another step the team has taken toward fulfilling that promise. The Steelers announced that Shazier’s contract will be tolled into the 2019 NFL season, which means he will remain on the team’s roster this year and eventually will be placed on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List. Tolling his contract means Shazier will be paid a salary commensurate with his years of service in the NFL, he will continue to accrue seasons toward his NFL players’ pension, and his medical insurance plan…

6 min.
pouncey thrilled with new deal

Assistant Editor A day after a new deal that will keep him with the Steelers for another three years was in place, Maurkice Pouncey still was a bit in shock that it happened the way it did, as fast as it did. “I am going to be honest with you, it was so out of the blue,” said Pouncey. “I know a lot of people aren’t going to believe that, but honestly it was. It was so out of the blue. I didn’t expect it at all. It’s not like my agent reached out, or I reached out and asked for it. They wanted to do this from the start and it was amazing. It showed how much faith and belief the organization has in me. “I appreciate them more than anyone could…

10 min.
barron ready to be three-down lb

Assistant Editor Mark Barron has proven he knows how to take advantage of an opportunity. Barron, who signed a two-year contract with the Steelers after being released by the Rams, began his NFL career as a safety with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. A college defensive back at Alabama, he figured that is where his NFL career would take him as well. Less than three years into his career, midway through the 2014 season, he was traded to the Rams. He was still used as a safety at the onset, but that eventually would change. In Week 4 of the 2015 season,, linebacker Alec Ogletree fractured his leg. The Rams needed to plug the hole in the game and moved Barron, who was mainly playing in…