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LeGarrette Blount and Le'Veon Bell were arrested for possession of marijuana Wednesday.

Bell was also popped for DUI. The two Steelers were reportedly in possession of 20 grams of marijuana and accompanied by a female, who was in possession of two grams. Blount has a checkered past from his college days, but he's mostly kept his nose clean in the NFL. Both Bell and Blount will be subject to a suspension once the case is resolved. It may not affect them in 2014.
Aug 20 - 7:41 PM

Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested for possession of marijuana Wednesday, while Bell was also booked for DUI.

Bell and Blount allegedly had 20 grams of pot and were accompanied by a female, who was in possession of two grams. All three were said to be "cooperative," and admitted to the crimes. While this obviously isn't good news, it may have no affect on Bell or Blount's status for the 2014 season. Bell had zero off-field concerns coming out of Michigan State. Blount has a shaky track record. Both will be in line for potential suspensions once the case is resolved.
Aug 20 - 7:33 PM

Steelers re-signed DE Brett Keisel.

The move was spurred by the Cardinals' interest in the 13-year veteran. The Steelers had remained open to re-signing Keisel all offseason, but must have been waiting for his price to come down. The Cardinals finally gave Keisel some leverage. Keisel started 12 games last season, and will push LE Cam Thomas. Keisel wasn't terribly effective in 574 snaps last season, and is best left to a rotational role.
Aug 19 - 6:00 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Steelers have had "conversations" with OLB Jason Worilds about a long-term deal, but that the sides are "nowhere close."

Worilds is playing under a one-year, $9.754 million transition tag this season. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported in June that Worilds had rejected a multi-year offer, and that the Steelers were willing to go "no higher." Worilds appears to be staring at another tag or walking next offseason.
Aug 19 - 5:43 PM

Updating an earlier item, free agent DE Brett Keisel declined the Cardinals' offer to visit.

According to the Arizona Republic, the lifetime Steeler "didn't want to leave his family." That makes it pretty clear Keisel is only willing to play for one team during what would be his age-36 season. Thus far, that team hasn't been interested in a new deal.
Aug 19 - 5:10 PM

Steelers signed RT Marcus Gilbert to a five-year, $30 million contract extension through the 2019 season.

A 2011 second-rounder, Gilbert had been heading into the final year of his rookie deal. It's a lot of money for a player who has never been close to an elite talent. The Steelers — who have been obliterated by offensive-line injuries in recent years — must really value the fact that Gilbert started all 16 games last season. However, Gilbert himself missed 11 games with an ankle injury in 2012. Still only 26, Gilbert has room to grow over the next half decade.
Aug 19 - 4:52 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cardinals are "very unlikely" to sign free agent DE Brett Keisel.

Arizona apparently didn't like what it found during the 35-year-old Keisel's physical. Keisel has drawn very little interest since hitting the open market in March. If he's not at the end of the line, he's near it.
Aug 19 - 4:25 PM

Free agent DE Brett Keisel will take a physical for the Cardinals on Tuesday.

The fit makes sense after the Cardinals lost LE Darnell Dockett to a torn ACL on Monday. Keisel, 36 in September, knows coach Bruce Arians from their time together in Pittsburgh. He's stayed in shape and wants to play another season. Keisel registered 29 tackles and four sacks for the Steelers last year.
Aug 19 - 1:41 PM

Steelers first-round ILB Ryan Shazier had 11 solo tackles and an interception while playing less than two quarters in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called it one of the more impressive debuts in recent memory. Shazier was wreaking havoc all over the field, flashing freakish athleticism with a lunging interception of E.J. Manuel and returning it 27 yards. He's locked and loaded as the starting "mack" next to "buck" Lawrence Timmons and has a ton of upside as a LB3.
Aug 18 - 7:43 AM

Le'Veon Bell played on 9-of-17 first-team snaps in Saturday night's preseason game against the Bills.

Bell started and played on the first eight snaps before giving way to LeGarrette Blount for eight consecutive snaps. The duo mixed and matched more in the preseason opener, but that first-team snap count ended 7-6 in Blount's favor. For a second-round fantasy pick, Bell brings plenty of questions about both talent (3.52 YPC last year) and workload. He's admitted that Blount will "probably" get the goal-line work this season.
Aug 17 - 9:38 PM

Le'Veon Bell said after Saturday night's preseason game that LeGarrette Blount will likely get the goal-line work this season for the Steelers.

Coach Mike Tomlin said roles have yet to be determined. Bell and Blount were announced as co-starters before Saturday's exhibition tilt, and Tomlin stated last week that he sees Blount as more than a "red-zone, goal-line" back. Bell is currently being drafted as RB9 in the middle of the second round. A case could be made to bump him down a few slots, behind TD scorers Zac Stacy and Doug Martin.
Aug 17 - 9:33 AM

The Steelers announced Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount as co-starters for Saturday night's preseason game.

Bell played the first series and rotated with Blount throughout the first half, though neither played enough snaps to draw any conclusions about their usage. Blount was used in red-zone packages, and appears to be the preferred option in short-yardage situations. Bell remains the favorite to lead Pittsburgh in carries, but isn't going to handle the massive workload the Steelers gave him as a rookie. Bell has 35 total yards on eight touches though two preseason games.
Aug 16 - 11:08 PM

Markus Wheaton had two catches for 15 yards and a touchdown in Saturday night's preseason game against the Bills.

Wheaton started opposite Antonio Brown and finished with four targets. His touchdown came on an impressive post-corner route in the back of the end zone over Stephon Gilmore. Wheaton has breakout appeal as the starting X receiver in Todd Haley's offense, which is expected to feature more no-huddle looks. He's currently a value pick at his 12th-round ADP.
Aug 16 - 10:47 PM

Dri Archer had two catches for 44 yards in the Steelers' second preseason game Saturday night.

He added two carries for one yard. Archer saw time with the first team, but got the majority of his touches against third-stringers in the second half. He exploded for a 40-yard catch down the right sideline on a short pass from Landry Jones, and secured both of his targets in the passing game. Archer doesn't have a defined role behind power backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, but should make an immediate impact in sub packages.
Aug 16 - 10:30 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 8-of-11 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh's second preseason game against the Bills on Saturday.

Big Ben's first score went to Antonio Brown, who roasted the Bills secondary for a 76-yard visit to the end zone. Roethlisberger then found speed demon Markus Wheaton for a 16-yard touchdown. Through two preseason games, Big Ben is 9-of-13 passing for 174 yards (13.3 YPA) and the two scores. Expected to be given more freedom to run the no-huddle for the entirety of the season, Big Ben has QB1 potential and is a prime target for late-round QB drafters.
Aug 16 - 10:01 PM


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