Player News - Steelers

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Steelers signed seventh-round OLB Keion Adams to a four-year contract.

Adams came on late in his Western Michigan career, posting 13 sacks over his final two seasons. His measurables (4.7 forty, 36-inch vertical) are solid for a late round flyer. Adams should compete for a special teams role.
May 10 - 4:36 PM

Steelers signed fifth-round CB Brian Allen to a four-year contract.

A converted wide receiver who made only ten starts at cornerback for the Utah Utes, Davis is a developmental prospect with plus size (6'3/215) and length (34-inch arms), and outstanding athletic measurables. He ran a 4.48 at the Combine, also shining in the three-cone drill (6.64). If Allen progresses nicely, he could become a candidate to start by 2018.
May 8 - 4:14 PM

Steelers signed OT Jake Rodgers to a one-year contract.

A seventh-round pick of the Falcons in 2015, Rodgers has also spent time with the Giants and Panthers during his two-year career, but he has yet to make a regular-season appearance. He is a roster long shot.
Source: Penn Live
May 6 - 10:23 AM

Eagles waived RB Terrell Watson.

Watson had been on the roster since being promoted off the practice squad in Week 17. A "name" free agent last year, Watson couldn't make the Browns, and evidently didn't show enough in Eagles practice to even survive until minicamp. Things aren't looking good for Watson's NFL future.
May 4 - 3:17 PM


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