1. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers Have Cause for Concern After Showing vs. Eagles

    The third preseason game of the year is often thought of as a tuneup game, a dress rehearsal for how the starting offense and defense will perform once the regular season begins...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 1 day ago 23,070 reads 143 comments

  2. Nothing Shocking in Browns Naming Brian Hoyer Starting QB over Johnny Manziel

    Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine announced to the media on Wednesday morning that veteran Brian Hoyer would indeed be the team's starting quarterback in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 3 days ago 67,684 reads 141 comments

  3. No Matter What Mike Pettine Decides, Brian Hoyer Should Be Looking over Shoulder

    Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said late last week that a committee comprised of himself, quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains , offensive coordinator ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 4 days ago 3,724 reads 22 comments

  4. Rookie LB Ryan Shazier Adds New Element to Aging Pittsburgh Steelers Defense

    It wasn't long after the Pittsburgh Steelers selected inside linebacker Ryan Shazier with the 15th overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft that the "S-word" was being thrown around: Starter ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 6 days ago 18,174 reads 82 comments

  5. Marvin Jones' Injury Is Not a Death-Blow to Bengals Offense

    Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis announced on Monday that third-year wide receiver Marvin Jones would be out "a few weeks" after suffering a broken foot on Saturday ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 11 days ago 2,598 reads 4 comments

  6. Checking in on the Browns' QB Battle After Preseason Week 1

    The Cleveland Browns ' quarterback battle saw its first live in-game action Saturday when the team took on the Detroit Lions in the first preseason game of the year...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 12 days ago 6,426 reads 36 comments

  7. Sean Spence Becoming Playmaker Steelers Envsioned in an Inspiring Comeback

    Of the many cliches in the NFL , one that rings true more often than not is, "The best ability is availability." It's something that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Sean Spence knows well...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 13 days ago 16,926 reads 28 comments

  8. Previewing Johnny Manziel's Preseason Debut

    Rookie Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel makes his preseason debut on Saturday night when his team takes on the Detroit Lions . It's one of the most—if not the most—anticipated rookie premieres of the 2014 preseason...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 14 days ago 36,793 reads 89 comments

  9. Preseason Week 1 Shows Bengals Have Good Problem on Their Hands at Running Back

    When the Cincinnati Bengals went into training camp, it seemed like their run game plans were fairly cut-and-dried...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 15 days ago 12,267 reads 15 comments

  10. Andy Dalton, Bengals Both Win with New Extension, but Can Dalton Be Trusted?

    When ESPN's Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan reported Monday morning that the Cincinnati Bengals had given quarterback Andy Dalton a six-year, $115 million contract extension, ...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 19 days ago 5,205 reads 32 comments

  11. Rookies off to Hottest Starts in NFL Training Camps

    NFL training camps present our first opportunities to see this year's rookie class in full pads, giving us a glimpse of what we can expect from them in the upcoming season. Some rookies look like, well, rookies...

    Andrea Hangst Written by Andrea Hangst about 21 days ago 98,894 reads 176 comments

  12. 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 25 days ago 10,598 reads 28 comments

  13. 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 26 days ago 4,157 reads 11 comments

  14. 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 29 days ago 16,656 reads 171 comments

  15. 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 1,594 reads 5 comments

  16. 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 10,117 reads 16 comments

  17. 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 5,977 reads 40 comments

  18. 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 1 month ago 12,801 reads 22 comments

  19. 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 1 month ago 67,731 reads 69 comments

  20. 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 1 month ago 3,325 reads 44 comments

  21. 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 1 month ago 7,407 reads 7 comments

  22. 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 1 month ago 12,199 reads 21 comments

  23. 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 1 month ago 35,779 reads 223 comments

  24. 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 1 month ago 19,580 reads 63 comments

  25. 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 1 month ago 13,710 reads 85 comments