Player News - Steelers

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Sammie Coates wasn't targeted in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

He played just one snap. Coates has fallen off the face of the Earth since October.
Jan 16 - 12:19 AM

Eli Rogers caught 5-of-7 targets for 27 yards in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

Rogers' seven targets were the second-most on the team behind Antonio Brown's 11, but Jesse James out-gained him 83-27 on the same amount of grabs. As the slot man, Rogers does most of his work near the line of scrimmage. He was stopped for a one-yard gain inside the five-yard line on a 3rd-and-2 play in the first quarter, and the Steelers ultimately kicked a field goal on 4th-and-1. Rogers won't be an attractive fantasy play next week at the Patriots.
Jan 16 - 12:11 AM

Jesse James caught 5-of-6 targets for 83 yards in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

With Ladarius Green still out with a concussion, James was one of Ben Roethlisberger's favorite targets. A Chiefs defense that usually smothers tight ends bit on a few deceptive plays from the Steelers, leaving James wide open for a couple big gains down the middle of the field. The 83 yards were James' most in a game this season. Green could be back for next weekend.
Jan 16 - 12:05 AM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 20-of-31 passes for 224 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

The Steelers didn't score a single touchdown, but still managed to win on the back of Chris Boswell's six field goals. Big Ben had a 17-yard touchdown to Antonio Brown knocked away by CB Marcus Peters just as Brown was coming to the ground with the ball, and Roethlisberger's pick was a tipped ball at the line that fell into Eric Berry's arms in the end zone. Big Ben's road woes are well documented, and he'll now head to Foxboro for the AFC Championship. He missed the Steelers' Week 7 game against the Patriots with a torn meniscus.
Jan 15 - 11:58 PM

Antonio Brown caught 6-of-11 targets for 108 yards in the Steelers' Divisional Round win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

Brown went into the half with a 5-101 line on nine targets. His lone second-half catch came on the Steelers' final pass of the game, converting a third-and-short late in the fourth quarter that allowed the Steelers to drain the clock and take home the two-point win. Brown's longest catch was a total mismatch with OLB Justin Houston trying to cover him one-on-one deep down the left sideline. Brown easily won the matchup and turned it into a 52-yard gain. Brown later had a potential 17-yard touchdown ripped out of his grasps in the end zone when Marcus Peters made a great play to strip it. Brown and the Steelers head to Foxboro next weekend for the AFC Championship game. Brown went 7-106-0 against the Patriots in Week 7.
Jan 15 - 11:48 PM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 30 times for 170 yards in the Steelers' 18-16, Divisional Round win over the Chiefs.

Bell was the Steelers' main source of offense, though they weren't able to score a touchdown all night, settling instead for six Chris Boswell field goals to advance to the AFC Championship game. Bell showed his trademark patience in the backfield and had 101 rushing yards at halftime. He didn't do much in the fourth quarter with the Chiefs dominating time of possession on one of their two touchdown drives. Bell was also swallowed up on his two catches, totaling minus-four yards on five targets. Against New England in Week 7, Bell rushed 21 times for 81 yards and caught 10 balls for an additional 68 yards. He's a virtual lock to total 100 yards.
Jan 15 - 11:43 PM

Chris Boswell converted 6-of-6 field goals in the Steelers' 18-16, Divisional Round win over the Chiefs on Sunday night.

He accounted for all of the Steelers' points, making field goals from 22, 38, 36, 45, 43, and 43 yards out. The Chiefs scored the two touchdowns this game saw, but they still weren't able to overcome Pittsburgh. Boswell, Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Co. will head to Foxboro next weekend for the AFC Championship game against the Patriots.
Jan 15 - 11:20 PM

Steelers declared TE Ladarius Green, LB Anthony Chickillo, DE Ricardo Mathews, Zach Mettenberger, T Brian Mihalik, CB Al-Hajj Shabazz and RB Fitzgerald Toussaint inactive for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs.

Green and Toussaint are both out with concussions while Mathews is nursing a foot injury. Mettenberger, Mihalik and Shabazz are all healthy scratches.
Jan 15 - 7:03 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Steelers could sign Antonio Brown to a deal this offseason that would make him the league's highest-paid wide receiver.

Brown agreed to a contract restructure last year with the expectation that the Steelers would take care of him after the season. Brown is entering the last year of his contract. A.J. Green is currently the league's highest-paid wide receiver at $15 million a year, but Rapoport fully expects Brown to top that.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 15 - 12:52 PM

At one point during his season-long suspension, Martavis Bryant told his agent he "didn't really want to play anymore."

Bryant reflected on his past in an interview with Sports Illustrated, admitting that he didn't take his rehab seriously at first and even considered walking away from the game. Bryant has since changed his tune and says he's been working out harder than ever before. The 25-year-old has spent most of the last year training in Nevada while helping out as an assistant high school coach. The Steelers could certainly use another receiver to pair with Antonio Brown on the outside. Due to his repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy, Bryant will have to apply for reinstatement before he's able to return to Pittsburgh.
Jan 15 - 10:18 AM

Ben Roethlisberger (foot) is not listed on the Steelers' final injury report for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs.

There was some concern about Roethlisberger's status after he was seen wearing a walking boot after Sunday's win over the Dolphins, but he's practiced fully the last two days and will be all systems go for the Divisional Round. Roethlisberger had an awesome game against the Chiefs in Week 4 (five touchdowns, 300 passing yards) but hasn't played nearly as well on the road this season.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: In terms of QBR, Ben was remarkably consistent at home with a coefficient of variation of 12.3% and he never dropped below 71.6. He was the opposite away, dipping as low as 4.4 and had a CV of 69.7%. His touchdown rate dropped from 3.3 to 1.1 per game when traveling. Kansas City boasts the 7th-best pass defense in DVOA (per Football Outsiders) plus corners Marcus Peters and newcomer Terrance Mitchell have been excellent. It’s not a great spot.
Jan 13 - 2:03 PM

Ladarius Green (concussion) is doubtful for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Chiefs.

Green is headed for his fourth straight absence. Jesse James played 44-of-57 offensive snaps in last week's Wild Card win over Miami. We'd expect him to see a similar workload Sunday at KC. Green remains week to week.
Jan 13 - 1:36 PM

Steelers OLBs coach Joey Porter has been reinstated from his team-imposed suspension and will coach in Sunday's Week 19 game against the Chiefs.

"We will await the outcome of the legal process and communicate further with the NFL regarding the Personal Conduct Policy before making any further decisions on potential discipline," Steelers president Art Rooney II said Friday. Porter had several charges dropped from last weekend's incident and is now only facing public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
Jan 13 - 9:28 AM

Ben Roethlisberger (foot) returned to a full practice on Thursday.

#AsExpected. Roethlisberger got the day off on Wednesday, but returned to his usual reps on Thursday. He'll be under center Sunday for the Divisional Round against Kansas City. Big Ben had a monster game against the Chiefs in Week 4, shredding them for 300 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. Of course, that was a home game for Roethlisberger, whose home/away splits remained stark in 2016.
Jan 12 - 3:54 PM

Ladarius Green (concussion) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

He's still in the league's protocol. Per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, it would be "shocking" were Green to play Sunday. He's going to miss his fourth straight game. Jesse James and Xavier Grimble will continue to pick up the scraps.
Jan 12 - 3:38 PM


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