Player News - Steelers

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ESPN's Jeremy Fowler expects Darrius Heyward-Bey to remain "fairly high" on the depth chart this season.

Heyward-Bey's clear-out speed — he reportedly clocked 25 miles per hour this spring — has made him a surprising Steelers mainstay, though he has only 24 catches over his past 32 games. Even if DHB gets some routes, he's well behind Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates and Ladarius Green on the targets totem pole.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 4:41 PM

Steelers OLB James Harrison said he is willing to meet with the NFL regarding accusations he took performance-enhancing drugs, but only at his home on a date of his choosing with Roger Goodell present.

The NFL has been attempting to interview players implicated in a December Al Jazeera report for months, but those attempts have been blocked by the NFLPA. Last week the league sent out a memo setting interview dates with Harrison, Julius Peppers, and Clay Matthews on the first day of training camp. Harrison does not sound like he will cooperate if the league tries to interview him in camp, and it is doubtful Goodell agrees to his demands. In response to the interviews, the NFLPA said they will "continue to advise our players about their rights and hold the NFL accountable."
Jun 27 - 10:28 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) wants to able to "cut and run freely" before reporting to camp.

Bell wants to be a full participant from the first whistle, but the Steelers are expected to exercise early caution. Per Fowler, Bell is unlikely to play before Week 3 of the preseason. That's certainly the wise approach. Barring a setback, Bell will be ready to rock as a top-three RB1 for Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 26 - 3:49 PM

Steelers OLB Bud Dupree admitted he hit the rookie wall last season.

The No. 22 overall pick last spring, Dupree managed four sacks in his first eight games, but he failed to reach the quarterback in his next 10 including the playoffs. "I just was not being used to playing that many games," said Dupree. "Now I’m more prepared for that. I’ve been training longer, doing different things that I didn’t have the time to do coming from college." Dupree says he is following the lead of teammate James Harrison, whose fitness routine has kept him in the league and effective into his late 30s. Dupree taking the next step would go a long way to ensuring the Steelers make another deep playoff run.
Jun 20 - 8:20 AM

Landry Jones is the favorite for the Steelers' No. 2 quarterback job.

Jones got the majority of second-team reps over Bruce Gradkowski this spring. Jones predictably struggled in spot duty last season, but he's young, cheap, and the Steelers invested a draft pick into him. The team likely wants to see him outplay Gradkowski on the preseason stage.
Jun 18 - 3:25 PM

Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey has revealed he underwent seven surgeries following last year's leg break.

Pouncey underwent "six surgical procedures and a skin graft" following his preseason injury, enduring a number of infections. The harrowing experience cost Pouncey all 16 games, but he's amazingly all the way back to 100 percent health, and refusing to take days off in the Steelers' offseason program. It's a reminder of the awful rigors football players put their bodies through.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 7:13 PM

Walk-year RB Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) says he wants to make a "full recovery" before worrying about his contract.

In other words: He's still not fully recovered, and he'd rather bet on himself than take a discounted deal before Week 1. Bell has emerged as one of the league's most dynamic playmakers over the past two seasons, but his value is at a low ebb after suffering two major knee injuries. Bell is only 24 years old.
Jun 16 - 1:50 PM

Ben Roethlisberger said Tuesday he wants the Steelers to go for two-point conversions after every touchdown this season.

Big Ben said he's "discussed it" with coach Mike Tomlin. "Why not?" Roethlisberger said. "Put it in our hands. I want the ball. Any player would relish that opportunity." The Steelers converted the most two-pointers in the league last season, executing eight while the next-best team only executed four. Pittsburgh also led the NFL with 11 two-point attempts. While going for two every touchdown probably won't happen, a likely uptick in two-point tries is good news for Roethlisberger's fantasy outlook and bad news for the Steelers' kicker.
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 15 - 6:28 AM

Le'Veon Bell denied a "rumor" he skipped a drug test, which would result in a "failed" test.

Pittsburgh radio personality Mark Madden started the rumor earlier on Tuesday, reporting Bell skipped a drug test and is facing another suspension. "I haven't missed any drug tests, failed any drug tests," Bell said. "I am fine." We'll put this one to bed unless it needs to be revisited. Bell served a two-game suspension to start last season.
Jun 14 - 10:40 PM

Le'Veon Bell (knee) is participating in individual drills at minicamp.

As he did in OTAs. Bell has said he will be full-go for training camp, something that certainly seems realistic based on his offseason progress. Despite his injury risk, Bell is a no-brainer, top-three RB1.
Jun 14 - 4:13 PM

Steelers signed No. 89 overall pick DT Javon Hargrave to a four-year contract.

The Steelers have now signed their entire draft class. The NFL is going to be a big adjustment for Hargrave after playing in FCS but he tested well at the Combine and should get playing time as a backup nose tackle right out of the gate.
Jun 10 - 2:31 PM

Steelers OC Todd Haley expressed optimism Wednesday regarding Le'Veon Bell's (MCL, PCL) recovery.

Haley predicted Bell would be "as good as new" by Week 1, basing that forecast on "just knowing him and what we’ve seen of him in the past." Haley was a bit more evasive when asked if the Steelers might lessen Bell's workload after DeAngelo Williams' monster 2015 season. "It will be a lot easier to give Le’Veon some rest when he needs it, although he never wants to come off (the field)," Haley said. "We’ve seen D-Will for a full year in our offense and doing the things the way we do them, so I think it’s an exciting thing to look forward to."
Jun 8 - 10:14 PM

Steelers signed No. 25 overall pick CB Artie Burns to a four-year, $9.59 million contract.

It comes with a fifth-year option. One of the biggest reaches in this year's draft, Burns is a developmental prospect whose first-year contributions may be minor behind William Gay and Ross Cockrell. The Steelers are expected to give 2015 second-rounder Senquez Golson the first crack at slot corner work.
Jun 8 - 5:34 PM

Speaking Wednesday, Steelers OC Todd Haley said second-year WR Sammie Coates has had a "tremendous" offseason.

Haley said Coates "turned it up a notch" this spring. The sophomore out of Auburn has been a puff-piece all star, with most around the Steelers on an every-day basis expecting a big leap from the 6'1/212 athletic freak. Markus Wheaton is the early favorite for No. 2 receiver duties, but Coates still figures to have a prominent role in a Pittsburgh offense that likes to use a ton of three-wide sets and attack the field vertically.
Jun 8 - 1:05 PM

Steelers sophomore OLB Bud Dupree is sitting out OTAs with a "tissue" injury.

Dupree hopes to be back by next week's minicamp, but he said he will be ready for training camp at the very latest. Dupree recorded just four sacks in 563 snaps as a rookie. The Steelers will hope to see more in his second year.
Source: ESPN
Jun 7 - 1:24 PM


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