1. Why It's Smart to Wait Until 2015 to Make Ben Roethlisberger a Steeler for Life

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger 's current contract won't be up until 2016, but the team is already discussing an extension. It's just that it won't come this year...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 1 month ago 10,683 reads 28 comments

  2. How Bernard Pierce Can Salvage Baltimore's Run Game in Weeks 1 and 2

    With ESPN.com reporting that Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season, the Baltimore Ravens will have to rely on his backup, Bernard Pierce , to be the focus of the team's run game early on...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 1 month ago 4,295 reads 11 comments

  3. Ravens' Response to Rice Suspension Shows NFL's Big Issue with Domestic Violence

    On Thursday, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season, a paltry punishment for a February incident in which he knocked ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 1 month ago 16,868 reads 171 comments

  4. Any New Andy Dalton Contract Needs to Protect Bengals First

    Contract negotiations between the Cincinnati Bengals and starting quarterback Andy Dalton have been ongoing this offseason. Dalton is heading into the final year of his rookie deal and will be making just shy of $1...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 1 month ago 1,630 reads 5 comments

  5. Is Giovani Bernard Ready to Break into NFL's Running Back Elite?

    Giovani Bernard was easily the most electrifying member of the Cincinnati Bengals ' offense in 2013. In his first year, he rushed just 170 times, but it netted him 695 yards and five scores...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 1 month ago 10,316 reads 16 comments

  6. Why Running Back-by-Committee Is Best for the Cleveland Browns in 2014

    One of the Cleveland Browns ' biggest offseason priorities this year was to improve the run game. In 2013, the Browns totaled just 1,383 rushing yards and a paltry four touchdowns...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 1 month ago 6,236 reads 40 comments

  7. Under-the-Radar Mike Mitchell Key to Pittsburgh Steelers Secondary's Success

    The Pittsburgh Steelers spent their offseason trying to get both younger and faster on defense. Though drafted players like linebacker Ryan Shazier have gotten most of the attention, ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 2 months ago 12,892 reads 22 comments

  8. Top 15 Must-Watch NFL Players at Training Camp

    NFL training camps open for all teams within the next 10 days, signaling the true beginning of pads-on football practices. With the pads on, the stars and starters begin to separate themselves from the backups and those fighting to keep their jobs...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 2 months ago 67,840 reads 69 comments

  9. Does an Offseason of Arrests Point to a Leadership Void in Baltimore?

    Over the weekend, Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested. According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN , Smith was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct at a bar outside of Baltimore...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 2 months ago 3,409 reads 44 comments

  10. Healthy Dennis Pitta Will Finally Take on a Starring Role in Baltimore's Offense

    Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta broke out in 2012, catching 61 of 93 regular-season passes thrown his way for 669 yards and seven touchdowns...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 2 months ago 7,555 reads 7 comments

  11. How Todd Haley Can Turn Dri Archer into a Versatile Star in Pittsburgh

    When the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Dri Archer in the third round of this year's NFL draft, offensive coordinator Todd Haley's fingerprints were all over the pick...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 2 months ago 12,252 reads 21 comments

  12. Why the Cleveland Browns Shouldn't Give Up on Josh Gordon Despite Latest Misstep

    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was arrested over the July 4 weekend for driving while impaired, as well as cited for speeding...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 2 months ago 35,947 reads 222 comments

  13. How the Steelers Are Going to Turn Their Run Game Around This Season

    The Pittsburgh Steelers ' run game was the weakest aspect of their offense last year. They ranked 25th in rushing attempts, with 394 on the season, tied for 27th in rushing yards per game, at 86...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 3 months ago 19,631 reads 63 comments

  14. How Brian Hoyer Will Win Cleveland Browns QB Job over Johnny Manziel

    When the Cleveland Browns drafted Johnny Manziel with the 22nd overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, it was clear that a quarterback competition would be on between him and Brian Hoyer ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 3 months ago 13,913 reads 85 comments

  15. What Will the Bengals Pass Rush Look Like This Season?

    The Cincinnati Bengals have spent years amassing talent in their defensive front seven to become one of the NFL 's most fearsome pass-rushing units...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 3 months ago 776 reads 4 comments

  16. It Does Not Matter What Johnny Manziel Does in His Spare Time—Period

    Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Johnny Manziel likes to party. He likes to party on an inflatable swan with a bottle of champagne. He likes to party while holding money ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 3 months ago 36,339 reads 313 comments

  17. Will the Ravens Field a Dominant Defense in 2014?

    Much attention is being paid to the Baltimore Ravens ' attempt to improve their offense, from the line to the running game to the receiving corps...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 3 months ago 3,368 reads 14 comments

  18. Why the Pittsburgh Steelers Are Set for Biggest Turnaround in 2014

    For the past two years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have ended their seasons with an 8-8 record. For many other teams, this wouldn't be a cause for concern, but the Steelers are presently less than four years removed from their last Super Bowl appearance.

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 3 months ago 20,747 reads 48 comments

  19. Steelers Foolish in Giving Massive Maurkice Pouncey Extension

    According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk , the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed center Maurkice Pouncey to a five-year, $44 million extension, bringing his current payday to a six-year, $48 million deal...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 3 months ago 19,755 reads 208 comments

  20. Could Dre Kirkpatrick Be a Starter in the Bengals Secondary This Season?

    It's been over two years since the Cincinnati Bengals selected cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick with the 17th overall in the 2012 NFL draft...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 3 months ago 4,405 reads 16 comments

  21. Andrew Hawkins Poised to Be a Star in Browns Offense

    When current Cleveland Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins was with the Cincinnati Bengals , he was a bit player. Though he was fast and elusive, he didn't often start and instead worked as part of Cincinnati's receiver rotation...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 3 months ago 7,998 reads 24 comments

  22. A Closer Look at the Steelers' Inside Linebacker Battle

    A hallmark of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense under Dick LeBeau is the role the inside linebackers play...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 15,755 reads 24 comments

  23. Are the Baltimore Ravens Back on Right Track to Super Bowl Return?

    On February 3, 2013, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers to win the franchise's second Super Bowl. The season that followed, however, didn't lead the Ravens to a championship...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 3,814 reads 24 comments

  24. The State of the Browns' Receiving Corps as OTAs Begin

    The Cleveland Browns have themselves quite the situation right now when it comes to the wide receiver position...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 15,254 reads 78 comments

  25. Breaking Down the Battle for Steelers' No. 2 WR Gig

    One of the most important positional battles for the Pittsburgh Steelers this summer is for No. 2 wide receiver...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 months ago 22,889 reads 70 comments