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Steelers All 91: OLB Tuzar Skipper

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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.

51 • Tuzar Skipper, rookie outside linebacker

Last year: Played defensive end at Toledo, where he played in all 13 games as a redshirt senior after missing most of 2017 with an injury. Skipper attended the Steelers’ rookie minicamp on a tryout at outside linebacker and was signed afterward.

Stats: Skipper had 8 1/2 sacks to lead the Rockets and was fifth in the entire MAC. He also had 60 tackles, third on the team, and 11 1/2 tackles for a loss. Skipper also forced two fumbles, recovered two fumbles and scored a defensive touchdown.

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Selected third-team All-MAC in 2018.

Camp outlook: Skipper fits one of the most pervasive molds of the last 30 years of Steelers football: an unheralded and undersized but athletic collegiate defensive end with good pass-rushing skills being moved to outside linebacker. He’ll have familiar growing pains in that paradigm, especially in pass coverage, but he also has the body type to really thrive in the role.

Projected role: Skipper is well behind second-teamers Ola Adeniyi and Anthony Chickillo, but a 53-man roster spot is not totally out of the question if the Steelers keep nine linebackers.

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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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