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Steelers News: Antonio Brown getting his TD celebrations ready for the regular season

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Pro wide receiver is more than ready to show off some new dance moves this fall.

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We’ve all experienced it. Antonio Brown scores a big touchdown for the Steelers and, just as you’re waving your terrible towels and high-fiving the closest fan to you, you see Brown doing a dance in the end zone.

Followed by a lot of yellow laundry.

Sure, it’s fun and the league needs to relax a bit, but the rules are the rules. In 2017, the NFL has relaxed its stance on touchdown celebrations and Brown already has several new routines cooking for the upcoming season. The only concern now is whether these dance moves will draw penalties or not.

Nonetheless, Brown is back at again, so it’s time to get caught up on the news surrounding the Steelers outside the walls of BTSC.

Antonio Brown is ready to celebrate — and gesticulate.

The Steelers wide receiver joined ESPN’s “NFL Live” on Tuesday and effortlessly recited a lengthy list of his top ideas for post-touchdown performances amid the NFL’s newly relaxed excessive-celebration rules this season. And unlike some of the dances he’s been flagged for in the past, many of these sound like they’ll actually be legal. Check it out HERE.

New season and a new workload for the refreshed and just-returned Le'Veon Bell.

Although the Steelers made Bell the focal point of their offense in the second half of the 2016 season — a strategy that carried them on a nine-game winning streak prior to the AFC championship game — the formula won't necessarily be duplicated when this season opens on Sunday in Cleveland.

And not just because Bell finally ended his seven-month absence on Monday, less than a week before the opener, when he signed his $12.12 million franchise-tag tender and reported to practice.

Coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he’s got no “hard and fast plan” for the number of carries Bell will receive — not for the Browns matchup or for the 15 games that will follow. All Tomlin knows is that he won't be using 2016 as a guideline for Bell's workload.

“We are singularly focused on '17,” Tomlin said at his weekly press conference. “We're trying to establish a baseline of what the workload is for '17, and we'll adjust accordingly based on roles and what we're capable of.”

In the course of only one calendar year, the Steelers might be fielding an entirely different starting secondary when they open the season Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Only one starter from the 2016 opener remains entrenched at his position, but free safety Mike Mitchell is listed as questionable because of a hamstring injury that has kept him out of padded practices since July 30.

If Mitchell can't play, his spot will be filled either by veteran Robert Golden or newly acquired J.J Wilcox from Tampa Bay. Wilcox was listed as the backup at free safety on the depth chart released Tuesday.

Recently signed Joe Haden will start at left cornerback, with Sean Davis at strong safety and Artie Burns at right cornerback. For the 2016 opener at Washington, Ross Cockrell and William Gay were the starting cornerbacks, and Golden started at strong safety. Davis and Burns were backups as they began their rookie seasons.

Haden and Wilcox practiced for the first time with the Steelers on Monday and they’ll have less than a week to learn the defensive system prior to the opener.

“Communication is always key when playing defense, so we've got a lot of work to do,” Mitchell said.

Thankfully for the Steelers, they open with Cleveland, which had the No. 28-ranked passing game last season and is starting rookie DeShone Kizer at quarterback. The Steelers also have Haden to provide knowledge of the Browns' playbook, though coach Mike Tomlin downplayed the importance of gaining such intel.

“Joe's got enough to do trying to familiarize himself with being a part of us,” Tomlin said.

In two of his seven seasons with the Browns, Haden played for defensive coordinator Ray Horton, a former Steelers assistant under Dick LeBeau. He thinks that can work to his advantage of learning Keith Butler's scheme.

“I played in this similar scheme twice before,” Haden said. “It's a little different terminology, but I should be able to get it.”

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger views the addition of Haden, Wilcox and tight end Vance McDonald as further evidence of the Steelers' commitment to winning the Super Bowl this season.

“We've got a team that's built to win right now,” Roethlisberger said on his weekly 93.7-FM radio show. “Some teams are building for the future. We're building for right now and trying to win right now. I'm excited about some of the moves, excited about some of the new guys.

“The new guys are excited about being here because there's something special about being a Steeler.”

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