Player News - Steelers

Date: Team: Pos:

Steelers activated WR Sammie Coates (knee) from the active/PUP list.

Coates missed 3-4 weeks following a knee scope. He's behind the eight ball a bit and needs to turn it up over the next couple weeks to secure his roster spot. Justin Hunter has been earning praise from Ben Roethlisberger.
Aug 16 - 10:19 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn't consider Sammie Coates (knee scope, PUP) a lock to make the 53-man roster.

Neither does Coates, but it's still unlikely he's sent packing. The bigger question is if Coates will maintain No. 4 receiver duties. Sidelined since the beginning of camp, Coates could apparently resume practicing this week.
Aug 15 - 7:15 PM

JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) returned to practice on Monday.

Smith-Schuster was concussed in Friday night's preseason opener, but it appears he made a quick recovery. Smith-Schuster has been competing for a role in four-receiver sets behind Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Eli Rogers.
Aug 14 - 4:22 PM

The Steelers will use T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree as their full-time outside linebackers this season.

James Harrison will operate as a "relief pitcher," per OLBs coach Joey Porter. Watt dominated Pittsburgh's preseason opener, recording two sacks, while Dupree broke out after returning from injury last year for 4.5 sacks over the final four regular season games. The Steelers have one of the NFL's most underrated defenses and a cakewalk early-season schedule. They're a D/ST to target.
Aug 14 - 3:47 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Martavis Bryant will be a full participant in Sunday's practice.

"We're going to put our foot on the gas and proceed," Tomlin said. "He's physically ready." It is a great sign Bryant is ready for a full practice after being forced to sit out the early part of camp, and it sounds like he could see some action in the second preseason game. Already priced optimistically in the fourth round, Bryant's ADP could soar if he explodes in the preseason.
Source: ESPN
Aug 12 - 11:43 AM

Eli Rogers absorbed one catch for two yards on two targets Friday in the Steelers’ preseason win over the Giants.

Rogers only played 20 snaps in Friday’s opener and obviously wasn’t much of a factor. In fairness to Rogers, the Steelers’ passing game was stagnant for much of the night with erratic rookie Josh Dobbs under center. Rogers served as Pittsburgh’s primary slot receiver last year and should occupy a similar role in 2017, though he may see fewer targets with Martavis Bryant back from suspension.
Aug 11 - 10:39 PM

Terrell Watson contributed 44 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries Friday in the Steelers’ preseason win over the Giants.

He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Watson produced a game-high in rushing yards despite not playing until the second half. He broke a couple of tackles on his way to a 15-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Steamrolling a bunch-of-third stringers in Week 1 of the preseason isn’t the same as doing it in the regular season, but Watson certainly made a good first impression with his new team. Every bit helps as Watson fights to crack the Steelers’ 53-man roster.
Aug 11 - 10:37 PM

Josh Dobbs completed 8-of-15 passes for 100 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions while adding 16 yards on one rushing attempt Friday in the Steelers’ preseason win over the Giants.

The fourth-round rookie took three sacks for a loss of 22 yards. Dobbs was hit at the line of scrimmage on his first interception but he had no one to blame but himself on his second pick, a laughable misfire intended for slot receiver Eli Rogers. Dobbs flashed speed by gaining 16 yards on a tuck-and-run but rushed too many throws and never looked comfortable against the blitz. He salvaged the night by threading the needle on a 28-yard touchdown strike to Cobi Hamilton late in the second quarter. Dobbs will begin his career third on the depth chart behind backup Landry Jones and starter Ben Roethlisberger.
Aug 11 - 10:19 PM

Fitzgerald Toussaint amassed 19 yards on six carries Friday in the Steelers’ preseason win over the Giants.

He failed to reel in his only target of the night. Toussaint drew the start for the Steelers, who were without workhorse Le’Veon Bell (holdout) and expected handcuff James Conner (shoulder). Aside from an 11-yard burst that was aided by a missed tackle, Toussaint was mostly held in check. The 27-year-old plodder carries no fantasy relevance.
Aug 11 - 10:17 PM

Cobi Hamilton corralled both of his targets for 72 yards and a touchdown Friday in the Steelers’ preseason win over the Giants.

Hamilton was the star in this one, beating ex-Steeler Valentino Blake for a 44-yard gain in the second quarter and later dusting him again on a 28-yard touchdown reception just prior to halftime. A former practice-squadder, Hamilton played a surprising number of snaps last season but will likely have his role scaled back now that Martavis Bryant is back from serving a one-year suspension.
Aug 11 - 10:16 PM

JuJu Smith-Schuster exited Friday's preseason opener with a concussion.

Smith-Schuster came out late in the first quarter. The second-round rookie looked spry in the early going, nabbing a screen pass for a four-yard pick-up while later gaining nine yards on an end-around. He is done for the day.
Aug 11 - 7:41 PM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said the team has "to be prepared" for life after Ben Roethlisberger.

That said, the GM does not think Roethlisberger is done. "I think there’s a lot of football left," Colbert qualified. "I see a lot of fire. I see much more fire than I do resignation." Heading into his age-35 season, Roethlisberger appears to be taking things year by year, telling the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he is undecided on his playing future after this season. Even if he decides to keep playing, the Steelers need a quality backup plan behind the injury-prone starter. They hope that plan turns out to be fourth-rounder Josh Dobbs, who will start the preseason opener Friday night.
Aug 10 - 8:48 AM

Martavis Bryant has been cleared for all preseason activities.

Bryant can now practice and play in preseason games. He's not fully reinstated, but it puts him on track to be before Week 1. Bryant should immediately replace Justin Hunter in the first-team offense.
Aug 9 - 7:15 PM

Steelers RB James Conner (AC joint) has resumed practicing.

Conner ended up missing nine days. Despite the missed time, Conner remains in the driver's seat for No. 2 duties. He will likely miss this week's preseason opener.
Aug 8 - 6:05 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Steelers expect Martavis Bryant to receive full reinstatement this week.

There appeared to be a mixup late last week where Bryant got dressed for practice but ultimately wasn't let on the field. Bryant remains on "conditional" reinstatement. The NFL announced on Friday that Bryant had to meet "requirements" to be fully reinstated. And the Steelers think the NFL will recognize that Bryant has met all of those requirements at some point in the coming week.
Aug 6 - 7:45 PM


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