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Pittsburgh Steelers News: 5 things you might have missed this week

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The first week of June has come to an end and puts us that much closer to the start of the regular season. There was plenty of off season news this week involving speculation about the upcoming season, quotes from players, insight from OTAs, and an interview with former QB Charlie Batch.

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Afraid you missed something this week? Well take a look at 5 items pertaining to the Pittsburgh Steelers which you might have missed this past week. Don't be the one at the water cooler not "in-the-know".

1) Sammie Coates

Sammie Coates was the subject of media coverage a few times this week. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler noted that Coates was looking good during OTAs, while later in the week, highlighted some of his clips from OTAs that showed his agility, speed, and quickness. Coates indicated he is following the lead of talented veterans on the squad.

2) Contracts

This week Lawrence Timmons indicated he would be up for some flexibility when it comes to his contract since he would prefer to finish his career in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, the team is facing its biggest decision as it faces the question of Antonio Brown's contract. Brown has denied he wants to renegotiate his contract, but his current salary seems a bit ridiculous considering his recent level of play. This is a complicated issue since Cameron Heyward, Kelvin Beachum, Le'Veon Bell, and David DeCastro are all up for contracts in the near future

3) Charlie Batch

BTSC had a conversation with Charlie Batch and is 2/3 through a three-part series on the former backup quarterback. If you missed the articles, here is the second installment, which also includes a link to the first article in the series. The third and final installment will run on Monday and will be about some of his memories and thoughts on his career and Steelers football.

4) Red Zone Plays

The Steelers redzone plays also generated attention this week as Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette revealed that the Steelers were opening up practice with a goal-line drill. Le'Veon Bell said, "Inside the 5, that's where you separate yourself." Later in the week, the Steelers discussed emphasis on the 2-point conversion. Hopefully their efforts will result in better red zone stats this coming season.

5) Speculation on the Steelers defense

Ike Taylor predicted the Steelers D would be in the top five this year, and Antwon Blake appeared more than confident that he could contribute to the squad's resurgence as he described himself in mythical terms. Meanwhile, William Gay is establishing himself as one of the more reliable players in the Steelers secondary. Stephon Tuitt is looking pretty good too for the upcoming season. Check out Jeff Hartman's article on some super-athletic plays in Tuitt's portfolio. NT Steve McClendon is healthy now too after offseason shoulder surgery. He should be able to help out the Steelers run defense.

For other news you may have missed this week, check out Ivan Cole's Weekend Checkdown.