Player News - Steelers

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ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler reports it is not "unthinkable" unsigned EFRA LT Alejandro Villanueva walks away.

The Steelers extended a qualifying exclusive-rights tender to Villanueva, which means he either has to sign the tender or not play this season. He has yet to do the former, although he is attending OTAs, and his interests outside of football including classes at Carnegie Mellon business school suggest to Fowler he may be willing to do the latter if he does not get a long-term extension. If Villanueva plays under the tender, he would still be a restricted free agent after this season, potentially setting up a similar situation next year. The Steelers could put this all to bed by making a long-term offer.
Source: ESPN
May 27 - 2:12 PM

Steelers CB William Gay is working in the slot during OTAs.

There had been speculation Gay would be moved to safety or even cut this offseason. Gay is cheap ($2 million), however, and still a solid option at 32. Perhaps Senquez Golson comes back healthy and beats him out, but for now the veteran looks on track for a big role.
May 27 - 2:00 PM

Steelers LE Stephon Tuitt underwent offseason hand surgery and is not practicing at OTAs.

Tuitt should be fine by camp, but the Steelers have no reason to push the budding star. Tuitt was PFF's No. 9-ranked 3-4 end last season, receiving elite marks in both run defense and pass rush. With one year left on his rookie deal, the Steelers are expected to begin discussing an extension with Tuitt.
May 24 - 1:05 PM

Steelers CB Senquez Golson (foot) said he's 100 percent healthy.

The Steelers selected Golson with a second-round pick in 2015, but he hasn't played a snap in two years due to injuries. Golson says his LisFranc injury is 100 percent and his focus for this season is simply to stay healthy. Last month, Golson was detained and later released by the TSA after bringing a gun to the airport. Golson is a 5'9/176 slot corner and total unknown at this point.
May 24 - 12:55 PM

Steelers S Sean Davis is recovering from shoulder surgery, but is expected to be "100 percent" for training camp.

The swiss-army knife defensive back played 742 snaps as a rookie, primarily at strong safety. He was an every-down player down the stretch, including the postseason. Strong safety should remain Davis' home for 2017.
May 23 - 6:22 PM

Martavis Bryant says he added 10 pounds of muscle during his suspension.

Bryant said he last played at 215 pounds, but he is up to 225. May is the time of year for weight updates, but this one carries more ... weight ... because it shows Bryant worked diligently while away from the team. As well as the added mass, Bryant said the suspension and birth of his son have helped make him a different person, and he has "put the right people" around himself to succeed.
May 23 - 12:31 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggests the Steelers could play more four-receiver offense this season.

Assuming conditionally-reinstated Martavis Bryant is all systems go, the Steelers will have Bryant, Antonio Brown, Eli Rogers, and second-rounder JuJu Smith-Schuster available at wideout. Losing Ladarius Green removed a weapon from Pittsburgh's offense, and more four-wide packages could be one way to compensate. Last year's Steelers went four wide on just 1 percent of their plays. For comparison, the Jets led the NFL in four-wide sets at 33 percent.
May 22 - 4:47 PM

Steelers signed fourth-round QB Josh Dobbs to a four-year contract.

Dobbs made 35 starts for Tennessee, finishing with a 23-12 record, 61.5% completion rate, 53:29 TD-to-INT ratio, and 7.1 yards-per-attempt average. Despite that success, Dobbs has issues with mechanics, accuracy, and decision making. He is something of a project, but he should get ample time to develop behind Ben Roethlisberger and possesses the tools to become a starter.
May 22 - 11:26 AM

Steelers TE Xavier Grimble's snaps more than doubled without Ladarius Green in the lineup last season.

Grimble's snaps jumped from 6.3 to 14.2 per game without Green, and he was playing 19.9 snaps a game before injuring his ribs. Following the decision to cut Green this week, the Steelers are again left with questions at tight end. Jesse James is the favorite to take over the starting role as he did last season, but Grimble is a more like-for-like replacement who showed well on limited targets last year. Grimble will be a name to watch during camp.
Source: Penn Live
May 20 - 11:49 AM

Steelers signed RB Terrell Watson.

The 2016 UDFA started out with the Browns before ending the season with the Eagles. He was waived earlier this month. Watson will be a long-shot competitor with Fitzgerald Toussaint, James Conner, and Knile Davis.
May 18 - 3:12 PM

Steelers signed second round WR JuJu Smith-Schuster to a four-year contract.

One of the youngest prospects in the 2017 class, Smith-Schuster was a three-year starter and go-to receiver for Sam Darnold and Cody Kessler at USC. His rookie-year projections are tied to Martavis Bryant, but there's a lot to like about him in an offense with questions behind Antonio Brown. Smith-Schuster's presence could make Sammie Coates expendable.
May 17 - 4:50 PM

Former teammate Willie Colon said Ben Roethlisberger "seriously" considered retirement this offseason.

"I got to sit down and talk to him and one thing he told me is he did take it seriously," Colon said. "He’s dealt with a lot of injuries." The Steelers did not seem particularly concerned about the retirement rumors this spring, but perhaps they should be moving forward. Ben turns 36 next March and could take retirement even more "seriously" if he deals with more injuries. Perhaps preparing for the future, the Steelers drafted Josh Dobbs in the fourth round.
May 16 - 11:06 AM

ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler projects Martavis Bryant as a starter.

Fowler notes the Steelers won't hand Bryant the job after he was suspended all of 2016, but there is "no denying he belongs in the starting lineup" if he proves trustworthy. Bryant will have to hold off second-rounder JuJu Smith-Schuster and Sammie Coates, but he is clearly the most talented of the three.
Source: ESPN
May 15 - 11:44 AM

Steelers signed third-round RB James Conner to a four-year contract.

One of the draft's best stories, Conner arrives in Pittsburgh as an early-down hammer. With free agent DeAngelo Williams not expected to re-sign, the path is wide open for Conner to back up Le'Veon Bell.
May 11 - 5:45 PM

Steelers signed sixth-round LS Colin Holba to a four-year contract.

Holba's speciality is snapping the ball a longer distance than it is typically snapped.
May 11 - 4:43 PM


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