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Steelers All 91: ILB Mark Barron

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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.

26 • Mark Barron, eighth-year linebacker

Last year: Played and started in 12 games while dealing with an Achilles injury. Also played in all three playoff games as the Rams went to the Super Bowl. Signed with the Steelers as a free agent after he was released by Los Angeles.

Stats: Finished the regular season with 60 tackles, one sack, three tackles for a loss, a safety, a forced fumble and a pass defensed.

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Camp outlook: The Steelers seemingly have three linebackers for two spots between Barron, returning starter Vince Williams and first-round draft pick Devin Bush.

But there are plenty of snaps to go around between the base 3-4 defense and the Steelers’ nickel and dime sub packages.

Projected role: Bush and Barron have similar skillsets, but Barron is a much bigger hitter and probably more ready to handle the rigors of every-down work at the NFL level. Barron will probably start in the Steelers’ base defense, with Bush getting playing time on passing downs.

Coverage links:

5 Things We Learned from Steelers Off-Season Workouts

Evaluating Four Potential Position Battles Before OTAs

Steelers sign LB Mark Barron

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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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