Player News - Steelers

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Ladarius Green underwent offseason ankle surgery and won't participate in OTAs.

Green ended last season on I.R. with an ankle injury that apparently required some sort of operation/clean-up procedure, which is believed to have happened in January, according to Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken. He hasn't participated in offseason workouts and is without a timetable for return, though it's likely the Steelers are just being cautious. Obviously, the Steelers felt comfortable enough with Green's ankle to give him a four-year, $20 million contract. Green's recovery is worth monitoring, but we tentatively expect him back for camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 25 - 1:16 PM

Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (leg surgeries) has been a full participant in OTAs, and says he is 100 percent healthy.

"I’m 26 years old, man," Pouncey said. "I’m doing everything. I don’t need time off. I’m (ticked) off I missed a lot. I’m ready to go." Pouncey bookended a 16-start 2014 with missing all of 2015 and appearing in only one game in 2013. He was one of the league's best centers in 2014.
May 24 - 4:49 PM

Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) said he will be 100 percent when training camp begins.

He is participating in individual drills during OTAs. Players are usually overly optimistic about injuries, but Bell's confidence is better than the alternative. Even if he is eased into training camp, the assumption is Bell will be a full go by Week 1. With this injury sure to knock him down a few ADP pegs, Bell could end up being the best value of the first round.
May 24 - 12:30 PM

According to ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler, Pittsburgh was "high" on WR Eli Rogers last summer before he suffered a preseason knee injury.

Rogers was stashed on I.R. after signing as an UDFA out of Louisville. Small at 5'10/180, Rogers has a chance to earn some snaps from the slot, per Fowler. Nothing is set in stone behind Antonio Brown following Martavis Bryant's one-year suspension, but Rogers understandably is a long shot to make a big impact. Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates, and Darrius Heyward-Bey are ahead of him.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 10:34 AM

Per ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler, second-year WR Sammie Coates "earned the coaches' trust this offseason" after intensifying his training and dropping some weight.

Coates admitted his rookie season was unhinged by conditioning issues, contributing heavily to him being a weekly inactive during the year. He finally got an opportunity in the playoffs, and with Martavis Bryant's yearlong suspension handed down, Coates has a big chance to play second fiddle to Antonio Brown. Coates is a 6'1/212 speedster with leaping skills much like Bryant.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 10:27 AM

Steelers signed second-round SS Sean Davis to a four-year contract.

Davis played both corner and safety in college, but the Steelers have already said he'll be at strong safety next to FS Mike Mitchell. He's a likely Week 1 starter.
May 20 - 9:57 AM

Steelers FS Mike Mitchell (shoulder surgery) is expected to be cleared for training camp.

Mitchell is also recovering from hand surgery. Heading into his third season as a Steeler, Mitchell graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 24 (out of 88) safety in 2015.
May 19 - 4:58 PM

Steelers signed TE David Johnson.

The blocker spent the first four years of his career in Pittsburgh before heading to San Diego in 2014. Johnson will have a hard time claiming a roster spot behind Ladarius Green, Matt Spaeth and Jesse James.
May 17 - 4:05 PM

Steelers signed Virginia WR Canaan Severin.

Severin (6’2/205) runs polished routes and used a sturdy frame to box out smaller collegiate corners, at which point flypaper hands took care of the rest. His Combine snub can be attributed to deflated stats via Virginia's McLovin offenses the past few years. What hinders Severin's NFL outlook is 4.59 speed and an inability to consistently separate that comes from athletic stiffness. Consider him a homeless man's Laquon Treadwell without the blocking or the guns. For all his limitations, Severin does have a chance to stick, with the Steelers in particular. Having lost Martavis Bryant to suspension, Pittsburgh's depth chart is wide open behind Antonio Brown, Sammie Coates, Markus Wheaton and Darius Heyward-Bey. Severin will compete with the likes of Eli Rogers, Issac Blakeney, Shakim Phillips and seventh-rounder Demarcus Ayers for a spot.
May 13 - 12:50 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler says "there's no reason to believe" Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) won't be ready for Week 1.

The Steelers have yet to a put timetable on Bell's return, but he was cleared for cutting in March and underwent blood-flow restriction therapy last month. He's expected to miss OTAs and won't be ready until training camp at the earliest. Bell has avoided setbacks to this point, but PCL injuries can be difficult to recover from. Bell will be 10 months removed from surgery for Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
May 11 - 5:40 PM

Steelers signed CB Donald Washington.

Washington, 30 in July, appeared in 32 games for the Chiefs from 2009-2012 as a fourth-round pick, but had been out of the league since being slapped with a three-game suspension in October 2012, resulting from a DUI. The Steelers are leaving no stone unturned as they look for cornerback help.
May 9 - 10:24 AM

Steelers signed No. 220 overall pick OLB Travis Feeney to a four-year contract.

The Steelers have now locked up three of their seven draft picks. Feeney's best chance at playing time this year will probably come on special teams.
May 6 - 3:42 PM

Steelers signed No. 246 overall pick OLB Tyler Matakevich to a four-year contract.

Matakevich was a productive college player for Temple, but is under-sized (6-foot-0) with sub-par athleticism. He's a hustle and motor player, one who will focus on special teams this summer.
May 5 - 4:14 PM

Steelers signed No. 229 overall pick WR DeMarcus Ayers to a four-year contract.

Ayers was prolific for the University of Houston, but is undersized (5-foot-9, 182 pounds), and had a disappointing Combine (4.72 speed). If Ayers can crack the 53-man roster, it will be as a reserve slot man who potentially contributes on returns.
May 5 - 1:57 PM

The Steelers declined OLB Jarvis Jones' 2017 fifth-year option.

It would have paid Jones an $8.4 million salary in 2017. It likely wasn't an easy decision for the Steelers, but Jones has failed to meet expectations as the 17th overall pick in the 2013 draft. He has just five career sacks.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 8:57 PM


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