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O-R Sports reporter Dale Lolley gets you the insider scoop on the NFL.

After hobnobbing around the NFL in the press boxes and sidelines, sports reporter Dale Lolley will let you know the insider scoop. Dale can also be heard on the Steelers radio network pre-game show prior to every game. Follow him on Twitter at dlolleyor.


Jul 2017


Bryant can’t practice. Bell won’t practice. Villanueva needs practice.

What we learned on reporting day at Steelers training camp is this: Martavis Bryant can’t practice. Le’Veon Bell won’t practice. And Alejandro Villanueva needs to practice.

The last two weren’t all that unexpected. The first? Well, that was somewhat of a new occurance.

The Steelers were informed by the NFL that Bryant still has a couple of hoops to jump through as part of his conditional reinstatement by the NFL for violation of the substance abuse policy.


Jul 2017


Steelers’ offer to Bell was good, but not enough

As the numbers - at least the supposed numbers - of what the Steelers were offering Le’Veon Bell in a contract extension trickle out, fans have shown their typical outrage.

According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Steelers were offering Bell a deal that averaged $12 million per season that included $30 million in the first two seasons and $42 million over three years.

If the deal averaged $12 million and Bell was getting $42 million over the first three years, that means the final two years of the contract - we can assume it was a five-year deal - would have paid him $18 million.


Jul 2017


Taking a look at the Steelers’ most important players heading into 2017

It’s easy to look at the Steelers and figure out who their most important players are. There are plenty of rankings out there of the top players at this position or that position. But here’s a look at the Steelers’ most important 10 players heading into the 2017 season.

10. Maurkice Pouncey - Pouncey is the heart and soul of the offensive line. It’s an excellent group and there are solid backups. But Pouncey’s athleticism allows the Steelers to do things they can’t if B.J. Finney - as solid as he is - is at center.

9. Alejandro Villanueva - Typically, a left tackle would be much higher on a list such as this. But with young Jerald Hawkins waiting in the wings, the Steelers like their backup situation. It’s a big sticking point in the negotiations between the team and Villanueva. If they invest long-term in Villanueva, Hawkins might not have a spot here beyond his first contract.


Jun 2017


Taking a look at the Steelers’ schedule

Now that we’re through OTAs and minicamp, the start of training camp is just a month away.

We now also have a much better gauge about how things are going to break down for the Steelers this season, having seen the rotations and such in the offseason workouts.

With that in mind, I’m going to break down the schedule with how I see things going based on what we now know.