Player News - Steelers

Date: Team: Pos:

Steelers selected Miami (FL) CB Artie Burns with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Burns (6'0/193) made 23 starts in three seasons with the 'Canes, finishing on a high note with an ACC-best six interceptions in 2015. He ran 4.46 at the Combine, adding an explosive 10-foot-4 broad jump but marginal 33-inch vertical at Miami's Pro Day. Burns' strengths are his athleticism, ballhawking ability, and length (33 1/4-inch arms), while his primary weakness is frustrating game tape on which Burns has a tendency to get lazy and play undisciplined. Burns has No. 1-corner upside, but could also flame out quickly. Raw after spending so much time in track and field at The U, Burns is a boom-bust prospect.
Apr 28 - 10:57 PM

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review speculates the Steelers' decision whether or not to pick up OLB Jarvis Jones' fifth-year option could hinge on the draft.

"I think it is safe to say once we get through the draft it will affect how we do business with our veteran players," said GM Kevin Colbert. The No. 17 overall pick in 2013, Jones has failed to live up to expectations, especially as a pass rusher. He has just five sacks through three seasons, and Colbert was honest about the team's disappointment with his production earlier this offseason. The option would cost the Steelers $8.3 million in 2017. The deadline for a decision is May 2.
Apr 26 - 11:27 AM

Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) tweeted a gif of himself dunking on Monday.

It was a fairly routine dunk -- or at least Bell made it look easy -- but we'll take whatever info we can get regarding his knee recovery. The gif of Bell dunking can be viewed at the link below. Bell recently underwent blood-flow restriction therapy designed to "get the leg back to the strength it needs to be." The Steelers have still put no timetable on Le'Veon's return.
Apr 25 - 3:48 PM

Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (broken ankle) was present for the start of OTAs on Monday.

We doubt Pouncey will be a full participant, but he's on track with his rehab. Pouncey will be ready to rock for training camp after missing all of 2015.
Apr 18 - 3:30 PM

Le'Veon Bell is undergoing "blood-flow restriction" therapy as he rehabs last year's MCL and PCL tears.

Bell is working with Owens Recovery Science, which uses blood-flow restriction (BFR) aimed at strengthening core leg muscles "during what's considered a lengthy rehab process." The treatment "helps get the leg back to the strength it needs to be," according to facility owner Johnny Owens. Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has utilized the same treatment. Bell still has no timetable for return, but the Steelers are hopeful he'll be back for Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 14 - 2:32 PM

Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has noticed Sammie Coates and Landry Jones frequently working out at the team's facility this offseason.

It's an encouraging sign for Coates, who struggled with conditioning last offseason and didn't play much as a rookie. Coates will have a golden opportunity this season with Martavis Bryant serving a full-year suspension. 23-year-old Coates flashed big-play ability in the playoffs, turning two catches into 61 yards against the Broncos. Expect him to play a bigger role in 2016.
Apr 8 - 4:00 PM

DeAngelo Williams (foot) has been cleared for workouts.

Williams has been shut down since January. He plans to be full-go for OTAs. Williams should get the majority of first-team work until Le’Veon Bell (knee) returns.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 6 - 6:26 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fully expects James Harrison to play in 2016.

Harrison hasn't made an official announcement, but beat writer Ed Bouchette is convinced the smoke will produce fire. With Harrison due just $1.25 million, the Steelers have said they won't rush his decision about a 14th season.
Apr 5 - 7:38 PM

Ben Roethlisberger has lost 15 pounds this offseason using a "high-cardio" workout plan.

"He couldn't really work out because he kept getting hurt," agent Ryan Tollner said. "I think he said after the season, you know what, I'm going to lose weight to alleviate potential pain in my joints." Roethlisberger "only" missed four games last season, but he dealt with an MCL sprain, a bone bruise in his knee, a foot sprain, a week in the concussion protocol and a separated shoulder suffered during the playoffs. Getting in better shape can only help his chances of staying healthy, especially as he heads into his mid-30s.
Source: ESPN
Apr 5 - 9:11 AM

Steelers signed DE Ricardo Mathews, formerly of the Chargers, to a one-year contract.

A career reserve, Mathews played 525 ineffective snaps for the Chargers last season. He's just a body for the Steelers, one who faces an uphill climb to crack the 53-man roster.
Mar 31 - 1:11 PM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said Ben Roethlisberger has "three to four more good years in his prime."

"We're excited to see what he can do in that time period and what we can do to help him be successful," Colbert continued. Steelers president Art Rooney II expressed similar sentiments after the season, saying the team is not yet thinking about life after Roethlisberger. Ben just turned 34 in March, but he may not have as long a shelf life as quarterbacks like Tom Brady or Drew Brees after taking beating after beating throughout his career. The Steelers need to at least invest in a quality backup as Roethlisberger gets older. He missed four games last season.
Source: ESPN
Mar 29 - 9:19 AM

Sammie Coates said conditioning was his "downfall" as a rookie.

"I wasn’t in the greatest shape I wanted to be," Coates said. "I can’t come in slow. I have to come in fast and ready to go." Coates struggled in training camp as a rookie in part due to his weight, which was as high as 227 pounds during the season. He is already down to 220 this offseason. With Martavis Bryant suspended, Coates is expected to take on a much bigger role as a sophomore. Proper conditioning can only help as he attempts to earn a starting job.
Source: ESPN
Mar 29 - 9:08 AM

Steelers signed LB Steven Johnson, formerly of the Titans, to a one-year contract.

Johnson is a special teamer. He's appeared in 57 games the past four years.
Mar 25 - 11:39 AM

The Steelers aren't rushing James Harrison's decision on his 2016 status.

Harrison has embarked on an extensive offseason training program with the intention of determining whether or not his body can still handle the rigors of professional football. Although he's yet to formally announce his decision, Harrison is widely expected to return for a 14th season. Harrison produced five sacks on 622 snaps in 2015. He's under contract for $1.25 million.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 22 - 5:44 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said C Maurkice Pouncey (broken leg) might not be ready for OTAs.

Pouncey's recovery from the broken fibula and subsequent infection he suffered last season is going well, but Tomlin plans to take it slow. "What he's capable of doing and what I allow him to do may be two different things," Tomlin said. "I haven't had those discussions or thoughts at this juncture." Pouncey should be 100 percent before training camp.
Mar 22 - 12:34 PM


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