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Darrius Heyward-Bey caught 3-of-3 targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason game.

The grabs were DHB's first of the preseason. He ran right by undrafted rookie S Daytawion Lowe for his 33-yard score in the fourth quarter, at least for one brief moment looking like a former first-rounder. It couldn't have hurt his roster odds.
Aug 21 - 11:19 PM

Markus Wheaton secured 2-of-4 targets for 24 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.

The stat line is inoffensive enough, but Wheaton displayed an alarming lack of chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger, appearing to run the wrong route multiple times. Wheaton was officially targeted only four times, but had two other ugly looks wiped away by penalties. Being forced into the Steelers' No. 2 role opposite Antonio Brown, Wheaton has five catches for 67 yards and a touchdown through three preseason games. Although Wheaton has impressive raw ability, he'll be a boom-or-bust WR3/4 as he tries to replace Emmanuel Sanders.
Aug 21 - 11:15 PM

Lance Moore was inactive for Thursday night's third preseason game with an undisclosed injury.

ESPN's box score had Moore with one target, but he didn't play. Moore has caught just one ball for six yards in the preseason. Moore has had a quiet camp, to the point he hasn't even warranted a Rotoworld blurb since June. He's tentatively expected to open the season as Pittsburgh's slot receiver, between Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton. But we wouldn't write that in stone.
Aug 21 - 11:13 PM

Heath Miller secured 5-of-6 targets for 53 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason game.

Playing well into the second half with the rest of the Steelers' starters, Miller secured a laser 27-yard strike from Ben Roethlisberger for the first-team offense's only score. Back to moving like he did before his knee surgery, Miller finishes the preseason with eight catches for 62 yards and a score. Generally going in the TE14-18 range, Miller could prove to be a late-round steal. He still has low-end TE1 upside.
Aug 21 - 11:09 PM

LeGarrette Blount rushed seven times for 32 yards in Thursday's preseason game, and secured 3-of-3 targets for an additional 14 yards.

Blount came off the bench behind Le'Veon Bell, but got to work on Pittsburgh's second series. Apparently being "punished" for their Wednesday arrests, both players played into the fourth quarter, finishing with 10 touches a piece. Blount out-gained Bell 46-26. Neither player got the rock near the goal-line, as the Steelers were never in position. Blount is clearly ticketed for weekly work, but remains a firm No. 2 to Bell's No. 1. Even if he earns the majority of the goal-line work, Blount is little more than a mid-range RB3.
Aug 21 - 11:03 PM

Steelers rookie WR Martavis Bryant caught 2-of-4 targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's preseason game.

He added a ten-yard punt return. Running with the twos and threes, Bryant has been inefficient this August, managing five catches for 65 yards on 12 targets through three exhibition games. Clearly behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore, and Justin Brown on the depth chart, fourth-round pick Bryant figures to open the season as a healthy game-day scratch.
Aug 21 - 10:57 PM

Le'Veon Bell started Thursday's preseason game, rushing nine times for 23 yards while catching one pass for three yards.

Bell got the start one day after being popped for DUI and marijuana possession, running the ball on three of the Steelers' first four plays. Bell also drew two targets on the opening drive, one of which was nullified by a penalty. LeGarrette Blount didn't show up until Pittsburgh's second drive, but both played into the fourth quarter. That appeared to be their "punishment." Each received 10 targets, though Blount out-gained Bell 46-26. Neither found the end zone, but there weren't any goal-line carries on a night where Pittsburgh got throttled. Despite his issues with Blount and the law, Bell is still the Steelers' clear No. 1, and worthy of a second- or third-round fantasy pick.
Aug 21 - 10:55 PM

Eagles RB Kenjon Barner rushed seven times for 32 yards in Philly's third preseason game Thursday night against Pittsburgh.

He added a 22-yard kickoff return. Acquired via trade just yesterday, Barner showed some knowledge of Chip Kelly's offense after playing for him at Oregon. The 25-year-old running back appears to be competing with Matthew Tucker and Henry Josey for one roster spot. As the Eagles continue to evaluate him, expect Barner to get a bunch of playing time in the preseason finale.
Aug 21 - 10:53 PM
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