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NFL Update: The Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft

How Much Better Can The Steelers Be This Season?

2014 NFL Off-Season

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2013 Recap: Despite winning six of their last eight games, the Pittsburgh Steelers fell short of the playoffs for a second straight season. The Steelers were flat out horrible out of the gate and began the season with four straight losses. The Steelers didn’t look like their usual self, as they were 28th in the league in rushing yards and 21st in run defense. Those are two areas that you can usually rely on the Steelers being fabulous at. 2013 was simply a bizarre season for the Steelers all around.

Key Losses: The Steelers released LaMarr Woodley, who played his first seven seasons with the franchise and had 57 sacks. After eight seasons, safety Ryan Clark left the Steelers for the Washington Redskins. Offensively, the Steelers lost two of their better receivers in Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery, a duo that combined for 113 catches last season.

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NFL Update: The Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Schedule and Status Report Post-2014 NFL Draft


Key Additions: The biggest offseason signing for the Steelers was wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. In five seasons, Heyward-Bey has 169 receptions for 2,380 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s a speedster who will help stretch the field and bring big plays to Pittsburgh. Other than that, the Steelers extended the contracts of Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller.

Draft: The Steelers wasted no time getting younger on defense by drafting linebacker Ryan Shazier and defensive end Stephon Tuitt. Both players are athletic freaks who will fit well in a defensive culture. The Steelers running game will get a boost from Dri Archer, who was one of the fastest players in college football. The possible steal for the Steelers was the selection of Dan McCullers, who is a mammoth of a human being and could be a solid player with the right coaching.

2014 Outlook, So Far: The Steelers have the pieces in place to get back to the playoffs. Ben Roethlisberger is still an above-average quarterback, Le’Veon Bell is going to be a special running back and the Steelers defense won’t have back-to-back poor performances. The Steelers late surge last season will carry over to this year, and this is a team that will give the rest of the AFC North a run for its money.  

2014 Schedule: 

Sept. 7 Cleveland Browns, 1

Sept. 11 at Baltimore Ravens (Thu), 8:25

Sept. 21 at Carolina Panthers, 8:30

Sept. 28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1

Oct. 5 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1

Oct. 12 at Cleveland Browns, 1

Oct. 20 Houston Texans (Mon), 8:30

Oct. 26 Indianapolis Colts, 4:25

Nov. 2 Baltimore Ravens, 8:30*

Nov. 9 at New York Jets, 1

Nov. 17 at Tennessee Titans (Mon), 8:30

Nov. 23 BYE

Nov. 30 New Orleans Saints, 1

Dec. 7 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1

Dec. 14 at Atlanta Falcons, 1

Dec. 21 Kansas City Chiefs, 1

Dec. 28 Cincinnati Bengals, 1

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