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Markus Wheaton was held without a catch on two targets in the Steelers' Week 7 win over the Texans.

The missed connections between Wheaton and Ben Roethlisberger have been a topic of conversation the past couple weeks, and the two did nothing to squash it Monday. Wheaton simply may not be very good. Rookie WR Martavis Bryant made his NFL debut against Houston and caught a 35-yard touchdown on five targets. Bryant may be poised to pass Wheaton on the depth chart. The diminutive speed threat can't be trusted as anything more than a WR5.
Oct 21 - 12:42 AM

Lance Moore caught two passes for 12 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers' Week 7 win over the Texans.

Moore saw just the two targets. His score came on a fake WR sweep-turned-reverse to Antonio Brown where Brown hit Moore in stride for the three-yard touchdown. Moore has touchdowns in back-to-back games, but isn't a fantasy option as the Steelers' No. 3 or 4 receiver. He's merely a role player.
Oct 21 - 12:39 AM

Heath Miller caught his lone target for 13 yards in the Steelers' Week 7 win over the Texans.

Once propped up as a candidate to bounce back into the TE1 conversation, Miller has comfortably settled in as a low-upside TE2. He's averaging just three targets per game the past three weeks and only has one score on the season. Miller isn't being used in the red zone as much as we expected entering the year.
Oct 21 - 12:36 AM

Martavis Bryant caught a 35-yard touchdown in the Steelers' Week 7 win over the Texans on Monday night.

Making his NFL debut, the fourth-round pick out of Clemson drew five targets -- good for third on the team behind Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell -- and roasted CB Andre Hal on an in-and-out double-move up the right side for the touchdown. Ben Roethlisberger tried to hit Bryant deep a couple other times with no success. Still, Bryant played a healthy amount of snaps and could be making a move on Markus Wheaton for No. 2 duties. Bryant is 6'4/211.
Oct 21 - 12:29 AM

Antonio Brown caught nine passes for 90 yards in the Steelers' Week 7 win over the Texans.

Brown saw a game-high 13 targets. Ho hum. Just another day at the office. But Brown also threw a three-yard touchdown on a fake WR sweep-turned-reverse when he hit Lance Moore in the end zone. Brown later had a 16-yard touchdown grab of his own called back after it was deemed he didn't get a second foot in bounds. A top-tier WR1, especially in PPR, Browns gets the Colts next.
Oct 21 - 12:21 AM

LeGarrette Blount rushed for nine yards on seven carries in the Steelers' Week 7 win over the Texans.

Blount added one catch for eight yards. He mixed in to handle some change-of-pace carries when Le'Veon Bell split out wide or needed a breather. Blount continues to see a handful of weekly carries, but even that's too much.
Oct 21 - 12:12 AM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 23-of-33 passes for 265 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions in the Steelers' Week 7 win over the Texans on Monday night.

Roethlisberger absorbed three sacks and lost his right tackle and left tackle for stretches in this one. The offense got off to a really slow start, being held scoreless until there was 3:08 left in the first half. That's when Big Ben hooked up with rookie WR Martavis Bryant for a 35-yard touchdown over the top of the defense. The flood gates opened for Pittsburgh. Antonio Brown found Lance Moore for a three-yard touchdown 1:41 later, and Ben then found Le'Veon Bell for a two-yard score just 49 seconds after that. Roethlisberger hooked up with Brown nine times for 90 yards and had a 16-yard score called back when Brown couldn't get a second foot in bounds. Ben will be a mid-range QB2 vs. the Colts next week.
Oct 21 - 12:02 AM

Le'Veon Bell rushed for 57 yards on 12 carries in the Steelers' 30-23, Week 7 win over the Texans on Monday night, adding eight catches for 88 yards and one touchdown.

Bell didn't see nearly enough work as a runner, with OC Todd Haley opting to give nine carries to LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer. But Bell more than made up for it in the pass game. His big gain was a 43-yard catch-and-run on a third down in the first half when he ran right past ILB Brian Cushing, who appears to be a shell of his former self after season-ending injuries. Bell was then left wide open right before the half for a two-yard touchdown grab. It was his first score since Week 1. A legit RB1, Bell and the Steelers host the Colts next week.
Oct 20 - 11:39 PM

Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert was forced from Week 7 against the Texans with a concussion.

Mike Adams is in the game next to RG David DeCastro where they'll try and limit J.J. Watt. Gilbert signed a five-year, $30 million extension in August.
Oct 20 - 9:27 PM

Steelers declared WR Justin Brown, NT Steve McLendon, LB Ryan Shazier, CB Ike Taylor, QB Landry Jones, S Shamarko Thomas, and OG Chris Hubbard inactive for Monday night's Week 7 game against the Texans.

Brown is being replaced in the lineup by rookie Martavis Bryant, who is making his NFL debut. McLendon has a shoulder injury, Ike Taylor has a broken forearm, and Shazier remains out with a knee issue. Jones is the No. 3 QB.
Oct 20 - 7:12 PM

ESPN's Lisa Salters reports Steelers fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant will make his NFL debut on Monday Night Football.

ESPN appears to be struggling for storylines heading into Monday's game, so it highlighted Bryant debuting. The Steelers have understandably soured on Justin Brown, and will move forward with Lance Moore in three-receiver sets along with Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton. Wheaton has been another disappointment. It's possible 6-foot-4 Bryant could steal some of his snaps.
Oct 20 - 3:47 PM

Steelers rookie DE Stephon Tuitt will start his first NFL game against the Texans on Monday night.

Starting DE Cam Thomas will move to nose with Steve McLendon (shoulder) sidelined, giving Tuitt the start in Thomas' place. Tuitt has one sack in 67 defensive snaps this season.
Oct 18 - 12:34 PM

Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "it's looking less and less" likely that Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier will play Monday night versus Houston.

It's good news for Arian Foster's matchup. The Steelers were already having a lot of trouble defending zone-blocking schemes, and new Texans coach Bill O'Brien has kept intact many of the zone-running elements from the Gary Kubiak era in Houston. Foster is Pat Daugherty's No. 2 overall running back in Week 7.
Oct 17 - 3:55 PM

The Steelers have benched LCB Cortez Allen.

Fresh off inking a five-year, $26 million extension in early September, Allen has graded out as Pro Football Focus' worst cornerback out of 103 qualifiers. He's taken seven penalties, missed seven tackles, and allowed three touchdowns. Brice McCain will get the start opposite William Gay, who's in the lineup for Ike Taylor (forearm). Fire up Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins on Monday.
Oct 17 - 11:00 AM

Le'Veon Bell's attorney waived his client's right to a preliminary hearing on Bell's marijuana and DUI charges, and hopes to enter a first-offender's program to have the charges dismissed.

Per the Associated Press, Bell will "likely" face a two-game suspension once the criminal case wraps up, "probably early next year." Due to a convenient "scheduling conflict," Bell's preliminary hearing now won't take place until December 10. It sounds like the case won't be closed until January or February at soonest. Bell is not expected to face any league discipline this year.
Oct 16 - 11:27 AM


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