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Watt signs; minicamp '17; 'Lord Stanley'

Posted Jun 18, 2017

If you missed anything this week, we have you covered with our weekly recap.

A look back at all the news from Steelers' 2017 minicamp.

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Labriola on '17 rookies, TV ratings don't lie

Pittsburgh loves its hockey team, but TV ratings show Steelers football is still No. 1.
School’s out for summer … That’s truly what the offseason program is for NFL players. School. The idea is to get as much learning out of the way as possible so that come training camp, players are able to execute without thinking.

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Chickillo: 'It doesn't slow down'

Minicamp might be over, but the work isn't done.
The end of minicamp signifies the end of the offseason program for the Steelers, and from the sounds of things a key factor was accomplished…improving as a team.

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Tomlin on offseason, camp & the Cup

Coach Mike Tomlin talked about the offseason, and looks ahead to training camp.
The Steelers put a bow on the offseason on Thursday with their final practice of minicamp. The team won’t gather together again until they meet up at Saint Vincent College for the start of training camp on July 27.

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Steelers welcome 'Lord Stanley' to practice

The Penguins stopped by the final practice of minicamp and brought a friend along.
Just as the Steelers wrapped up their minicamp, and the players were leaving the field for the last time until they report to Saint Vincent College, a surprise visitor arrived. Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino came out on the field at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex hoisting the Stanley Cup.

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Porter already impressed by Watt

He hasn't put the pads on yet, but T.J. Watt already showing Joey Porter plenty.
Just a few hours before the team announced the signing of No. 1 draft pick T.J. Wattto a four-year contract, outside linebackers coach Joey Porter was singing his praises.

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Asked and Answered: June 15

Another installment of Bob Labriola answering your questions about the Steelers and the NFL.
Hello, I am currently stationed in Germany. Hoo-ah. I was wondering who would be your personal top five Steelers defensive players of all time.

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Shazier: 'It gives you motivation'

Ryan Shazier believes the Steelers have what it takes to win it all.
Ryan Shazier leaned back on his locker chair and checked his phone a few times. He then looked at teammates Artie Burns and Martavis Bryant, and started talking about the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup victory parade that he saw a few video clips of, and the three of them started talking about what it would be like.

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Tomlin on Watt, Burns & Cockrell

Coach Mike Tomlin hit on a few topics after practice, including No. 1 pick T.J. Watt.
Steelers’ No. 1 draft pick T.J. Watt signed a four-year deal on Wednesday, becoming the last of the team’s draft picks to sign.

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'Coverage and pressure go together'

More than man-to-man coverage required to defense.
Keith Butler isn’t necessarily trying to coordinate a defense specifically designed to beat New England.

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Steelers sign No. 1 draft pick

T.J. Watt signed a four-year deal with the team.
The Steelers signed first-round draft pick T.J. Watt to a four-year contract.

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Steelers announce inaugural charity walk

The charity walk to benefit The Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research.
The Steelers announced they will hold the inaugural Steelers Charity Walk to benefit The Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research at Saint Vincent College on Saturday, July 29.

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'I'm really excited about this group'

Haley, offense taking significant steps in minicamp.
The arrival of mandatory veteran minicamp advanced the Steelers one step closer to the conclusion of the offseason, and one step further away from 2016’s season-ending loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

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Tomlin talks variables, reps & Bell's absence

Coach Mike Tomlin addressed a variety of topics following the first day of minicamp.
The Steelers kicked off their minicamp on Tuesday under blue skies and summer like temperatures.

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Focused on football

Cameron Sutton's focus is on football only, even after signing his contract.
A few hours after he signed his rookie contract, Cameron Sutton stood in the locker room at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex and fielded questions on the first day of the team’s three-day minicamp.

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Tuitt almost ready to 'do it'

Stephon Tuitt thinks he will be ready to go for training camp.
Stephon Tuitt has been nothing but a spectator for OTAs and now minicamp as he recovers from surgery on his finger, but he said he will be ready to go when the team reports to training camp on July 27.

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Sutton signed to a four-year deal

The Steelers signed Cameron Sutton, one of their third-round draft picks.
The Steelers signed third-round draft pick Cameron Sutton to a four-year contract. Sutton was the first of two third-round picks the team had.

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Asked and Answered: June 13

Another installment of Bob Labriola answering your questions about the Steelers and the NFL.
They say the reason that the 1985 Bears did not repeat as champions is because defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan left to become the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. After the 1977 season, defensive coordinator Bud Carson left Pittsburgh for the same position with the Los Angeles Rams. The Steelers won back-to-back Super Bowls for a second time in 1978-79. Is it more about the coaches or the players in a situation like that?

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'Mentally, it just broke me down'

Coates recognizes what went wrong in difficult 2016 season.
Sammie Cotes was a weapon last September but not much more than a memory by the time the 2016 season ended.

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