Player News - Steelers

Date: Team: Pos:

Steelers ILB Tyler Matakevich is the early favorite to start opposite Vince Williams.

Matakevich repped with the starters throughout the offseason. An undersized college producer, Matakevich has been limited to special teams his first two seasons, but only needs to beat out Jon Bostic to replace Ryan Shazier. It's a potential weak spot in Pittsburgh's defense.
Source: ESPN
Jun 16 - 1:54 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette considers third-round QB Mason Rudolph a legitimate contender for the Steelers' No. 2 job.

"Mason’s been everything we’ve asked, for sure," OC Randy Fichtner said. "The physical things are all there. Obviously mentally and learning is an acquired taste; that’s going to come through reps, physical reps, in-helmet perspectives, things that you’re not going to get and it’s not going to happen overnight." Landry Jones has been an acceptable backup the past few years, but would get exposed with any amount of extended run. Rudolph is definitely a better long-term option and probably a better short-term one, too.
Jun 14 - 5:42 PM

JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) has been limited to individual drills at minicamp.

There aren't many details on the injury, but this sounds like a lingering issue. Smith-Schuster expects to be fine for training camp. The missed time should get James Washington reps with the first-team offense.
Source: ESPN
Jun 13 - 4:19 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette expects the Steelers to extend Chris Boswell.

Boswell was tendered at the second-round level ($2.9 million) this offseason. He should push for top-five kicker money after converting 92 percent of his field goals last year. Boswell has been with the Steelers since 2015.
Jun 9 - 11:34 AM

Steelers signed OT Bryce Harris, formerly of the Saints.

They needed another body at tackle after losing Jerald Hawkins to a quad tear. Harris, 29, has made four career starts, although none since 2014.
Jun 4 - 5:41 PM

Steelers RB James Conner (MCL) said he is "100 percent."

Conner ended last season on injured reserve with an MCL issue, but he was ready to go for OTAs. With Le'Veon Bell skipping offseason work, Conner sees an opportunity to prove his worth. "I want all the reps as possible before it really counts," Conner said. "I want to get as many reps as possible so I can be as comfortable as possible for whenever my number is called during the season." Conner is just a handcuff for fantasy purposes.
Jun 2 - 9:23 PM

Steelers OT Jerald Hawkins will be placed on injured reserve with a torn quad.

He suffered the injury at Wednesday's practice and has already undergone surgery. Injuries have limited Hawkins to just 48 snaps since arriving as a fourth-round pick in 2016.
Jun 1 - 4:14 PM

Steelers TE Jake McGee suffered a torn Achilles' in Wednesday's OTA practice and will miss the season.

The former Chargers tight end was competing for one of the final roster spots.
May 30 - 2:19 PM

Steelers second-year OT Jerald Hawkins suffered a torn quad in Wednesday's OTA practice and is likely to miss the season.

"You never want to see something like that," said RG Ramon Foster of Hawkins' injury. Word is Hawkins went down "screaming" in pain during a drill. Hawkins was expected to be the Steelers' swing tackle this season.
May 30 - 1:24 PM

NFL.com's Tom Pelissero reports the Steelers have "no expectation" that Le'Veon Bell will report before he did last season, which was Sept. 1.

Under no obligation to report since he hasn't signed his franchise tag, Bell can show up at his leisure. The sides have until July 16 to reach a long-term agreement. It's not looking likely. In the event no deal is reached, Bell will almost certainly skip the entire preseason and report close to Week 1.
May 24 - 7:51 PM

Steelers signed third-round QB Mason Rudolph to a four-year contract.

Rudolph was talked about as a potential first-round sleeper, but he ended up lasting deep into the second day before the Steelers traded up three spots to take him. He'll push Landry Jones for No. 2 duties in training camp.
May 23 - 10:07 AM

Steelers signed third-round OT Chukwuma Okorafor to a four-year contract.

Okorafor grew up in Africa and didn’t play offensive line until his junior year in high school, then became a 39-game starter for Western Michigan. Okorafor looks the part with a massive build, but his tape reveals a prospect in need of technical work. Okorafor also tested out as a lowly ninth-percentile SPARQ athlete in Indy. Not yet 21 years old, Okorafor is a probable multi-year project.
May 22 - 4:50 PM

Franchise player Le'Veon Bell will not report for the start of Steelers' OTAs on Tuesday.

OTAs are voluntary, so Bell has every right not to attend. This also comes as no surprise whatsoever with Bell remaining without a long-term deal and franchise-tagged for the second consecutive year. Bell skipped all of OTAs, minicamp, and training camp last year while on the tag before reporting in September.
Source: ESPN.com
May 21 - 6:48 PM

Steelers signed second round WR James Washington to a four-year contract.

The 2017 Biletnikoff winner, Washington faded the Combine (4.54 forty, 7.11 three-cone) but gives the Steelers another college producer after their success with JuJu Smith-Schuster. An undersized deep threat, there's some Emmanuel Sanders to Washington's game. With Martavis Bryant gone, Washington should fill the big-play role in Pittsburgh's offense and will compete to start opposite Antonio Brown.
May 11 - 8:35 PM

Steelers signed fifth-round S Marcus Allen and seventh-round DT Joshua Frazier to four-year contracts.

A four-year stat stuffer at Penn State, Allen is Curtis Martin's godson. More of a big hitter than center fielder, Allen will begin his NFL career on special teams. Frazier should be headed to the practice squad.
May 10 - 4:28 PM


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