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Steelers All 91: C Maurkice Pouncey

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All 91 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 91 members of the Steelers 2019 training camp roster.

53 • Maurkice Pouncey, 10th-year center

Last year: Started all 16 games for the Steelers at center for the third time in his career. Signed a two-year contract extension this spring that will keep him with Pittsburgh through 2021.

Stats: According to Pro Football Focus, the Steelers allowed the least quarterback pressure in 2018, with Pittsburgh’s passers under the gun just 24% of the time.

Accolades, Highlights:

Was named to his seventh Pro Bowl in 2018 and was a second-team All-Pro for the third time.

Camp outlook: The Steelers return essentially their entire offensive line from 2018, with right tackle Matt Feiler going from fill-in to starter and Pouncey will continue snapping to fellow vet Ben Roethlisberger. Nothing to see here.

Projected role: Pouncey will start and should be a favorite to make an eight Pro Bowl if he stays healthy.

Coverage links:

Madden NFL ‘20 Reveals Steelers Player Ratings

As Stars Like Julio Jones Opt Out, Where is Value in Preseason Games?

Steelers Strike New Deals With Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20

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James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.

This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

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Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.

Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”

The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.

Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.

Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20

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The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.

Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

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