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ESPN's Jeremy Fowler believes Steelers OC Todd Haley will be a candidate for head-coaching jobs if Pittsburgh's offense has another good year in 2015.

Haley's stint in Kansas City was undone by Nixon-ian paranoia and a feud with GM Scott Pioli, but the volatile offensive mind has apparently grown up a bit in Pittsburgh. "I think people are watching his ability to get along and adapt now," were the words of an NFL personnel official. "I don’t think anyone questions his ability to coach or coordinate an offense." Haley was one of the league's top play-callers in 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 3 - 3:22 PM

Steelers second-round CB Senquez Golson (shoulder) could require season-ending surgery.

For now, Golson is on the active/PUP list, and out indefinitely. Golson's injury is one of the reasons the Steelers acquired slot CB Brandon Boykin from the Eagles on Saturday.
Aug 3 - 2:53 PM

Martavis Bryant (elbow) is expected to miss the Hall of Fame Game in a "worst case scenario."

Bryant underwent a "minor" procedure to fix an infection. He'll miss "several" days, but should be back for the first full week of preseason. The Steelers kick off the exhibition season against the Vikings one week from today.
Aug 2 - 5:46 PM

Appearing on Sirius XM Radio, Ben Roethlisberger stated that Markus Wheaton will be the Steelers' No. 2 wide receiver this season and predicted Wheaton will be Pittsburgh's "breakout player."

This should deal a blow to Martavis Bryant's skyrocketing ADP. "I think Markus Wheaton is our breakout player of the year," said Ben. "I want that. I want him to have that pressure. Because when we're in two wide receivers, he's our No. 2. And we're asking him to play outside. And we go three wide receivers, we ask him to move inside." Bryant's elbow procedure won't help his chances of earning a consistent role in two-wide receiver sets. Wheaton is coming off a highly disappointing 2014 campaign, but will be worth a late-round flier in all fantasy formats if he indeed keeps a full-time role in one of the NFL's premier offenses.
Aug 2 - 12:43 PM

The fifth-round pick the Eagles acquired for CB Brandon Boykin will upgrade to a fourth-rounder if Boykin plays 60 percent of the Steelers' defensive snaps this season.

Boykin only played 43 percent of Philly's snaps in 2014, and 51 percent the year before. He is expected to be a starter in Pittsburgh, however, and should easily clear 60 percent if he simply stays healthy. A fourth-round draft pick for an undersized cornerback entering his contract year is a relatively steep price to pay. Very clearly, the Steelers badly wanted Boykin.
Aug 2 - 12:05 PM

The Steelers are "concerned" about second-round CB Senquez Golson's shoulder injury and "not sure when he will return."

Their concern led to Saturday's trade for Brandon Boykin, a similarly smallish slot corner type. Some Steelers backers were pushing Golson as a potential solution to the team's cornerback woes, but he is incredibly small (5'9/176) and now injured. Golson opened training camp on the active/NFI list.
Aug 2 - 10:00 AM

Only two players in football deflected more passes at the line of scrimmage than Steelers RE Cameron Heyward last season.

Those players were DPOY J.J. Watt and Jaguars DT Sen'Derrick Marks. At 6'5 and 288 pounds, Heyward is a matchup nightmare for opposing offenses. The Patriots have been preparing for their Week 1 matchup with Heyward by having coaches wave paddles in front of quarterbacks to disrupt the passing lanes.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 2 - 9:50 AM

Steelers acquired CB Brandon Boykin from the Eagles in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft.

The pick can elevate to a fourth-rounder based on Boykin's 2015 playing time. One of the top slot corners in the league, Boykin is an immediate upgrade to a Pittsburgh secondary that ranked 27th against the pass last year. Boykin was undervalued by Chip Kelly for his lack of size, but still graded as a top-25 corner by PFF last season. He's essentially a one-year rental for the Steelers. Boykin is owed $1.542 million in the final year of his contract. He turned 25 early last month.
Aug 1 - 8:02 PM

Martavis Bryant will undergo a minor procedure for an elbow infection, and is expected to miss 7-10 days of training camp.

Although this clearly isn't a long-term worry, it is something of a concern for Bryant's re-draft fantasy outlook. He's trying to hold off Markus Wheaton to start in two-receiver sets after playing less than a third of Pittsburgh's offensive snaps as a rookie. Bryant is expected to be held out of the Steelers' preseason opener. We'll monitor Bryant's status closely until he returns.
Aug 1 - 6:57 PM

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports third-rounder WR Sammie Coates has had a quiet camp thus far.

"Haven't noticed much out of Coates," were the words of beat writer Mark Kaboly. His observation comes two days after Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported Coates "has got work to do." It sounds like Coates could have trouble earning No. 4 duties this summer, and begin the year as a weekly inactive.
Jul 30 - 9:24 PM

Former Clemson QB Tajh Boyd says Martavis Bryant has just as much natural ability as college teammate Sammy Watkins.

Many inside the fantasy community question why Bryant had a relatively unproductive college career; he managed 61 receptions in three years at Clemson while Watkins caught 240 passes in the same timeframe. "Absolutely," Boyd said when asked if Bryant's ceiling is as high as Watkins'. "As far as Sammy can go, Bryant can go and vice versa. ... There’s still so much room for growth with him. You’re talking potentially Pro Bowl this year, next year, whenever, as long as he wants it." Bryant played behind Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins in college. Still, the jury is out on Bryant becoming a high-volume receiver. His track record consists of very limited volume.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 30 - 11:33 AM

The passing-game role of the Steelers' tight ends has dwindled under OC Todd Haley.

It doesn't help that the Steelers simply lack a dynamic receiver at the position. Heath Miller finished 2014 as a top-12 fantasy scorer, but only had three TDs and rarely helped owners win fantasy weeks. Each of Pittsburgh's top two tight ends -- Miller and Matt Spaeth -- finished 2014 as top-seven run blockers at Pro Football Focus. Expect another humdrum season from Miller.
Jul 30 - 11:17 AM

Although Martavis Bryant is garnering more hype, NFL Network's Albert Breer has heard third-year WR Markus Wheaton had "probably the best offseason of the Steelers' wide receivers."

The 79th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Wheaton has fallen short of expectations through two seasons, managing 59 catches for 708 yards and two touchdowns on 99 targets. Still, Wheaton is only 24 years old and appears to be entrenched as Pittsburgh's slot receiver in what will be a base three-wide attack. We don't have high expectations for Wheaton in re-draft leagues, but he's still worth rostering in all Dynasty and best-ball settings.
Jul 28 - 3:31 PM

The NFL has reduced Le'Veon Bell's suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy from three games to two.

That sound you hear is Bell racing back atop draft boards. Including the Steelers' bye, Bell is still ticketed to miss 23 percent of the fantasy regular season, but he's a dual-threat difference maker who provides a weekly edge in all formats of fantasy. That's especially true in PPR leagues, where Bell is a no-brainer at No. 1 overall. Bell is the goal-line back and primary checkdown target for an offense that wants to score 30 points per game this season. DeAngelo Williams will start in Weeks 1 and 2, where Pittsburgh is facing New England and San Francisco.
Jul 28 - 2:51 PM

After attending the start of Steelers camp, Yahoo's Charles Robinson came away believing rookie Sammie Coates "has got work to do."

Coates has reportedly missed time with "hamstring issues," something that wasn't previously reported. The injury doesn't sound serious, but Robinson believes it's clear Coates is far behind Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton. "It's going to take a lot of progress and maybe an injury for Coates to get some real opportunities this year," Robinson wrote. Barring a fast progression in camp, Coates may open 2015 as a healthy game-day scratch.
Jul 28 - 1:38 PM


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