Player News - Steelers

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Le'Veon Bell said he felt "great" following his first live action since tearing two ligaments in his right knee last November.

"I can only imagine how I'll feel in a month," he added. Bell rushed three times for 21 yards and caught all five of his targets for 37 yards in the third preseason game Friday night. He looks back to full strength, and he will return to elite-RB1 status once he is eligible to play Week 4.
Source: ESPN
Aug 27 - 8:42 AM

Steelers RE Cameron Heyward suffered a high ankle sprain in Friday night's third preseason game.

For his part, Heyward promised he would "be there Week 1." High ankle sprains can be 4-6 week injuries, but they also vary in severity. It would be a major blow to Pittsburgh's defense if Heyward were to miss the opener against Washington. Heyward was Pro Football Focus' No. 6-rated 3-4 defensive end among 57 qualifiers last season. The Steelers are thin on the defensive line.
Aug 27 - 12:08 AM

Darrius Heyward-Bey caught 1-of-2 targets for 14 yards in the Steelers' third preseason game.

Heyward-Bey is competing with Sammie Coates for the Steelers' No. 4 receiver job, but DHB has the inherent game-day activity edge because of his special teams value. On offense, Heyward-Bey is just a situational deep threat.
Aug 26 - 11:53 PM

Sammie Coates caught 2-of-2 targets for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' third preseason game.

The bad news is Coates played behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, and Eli Rogers. The good news is Coates finally had a productive preseason game, albeit with Landry Jones as opposed to the Ben Roethlisberger group. Coates is one of the Steelers' most explosive weapons, but he's yet to earn a first-team role. He remains an intriguing watch-list candidate for early in the season.
Aug 26 - 11:52 PM

Steelers TE Jesse James caught 4-of-5 targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's third preseason game.

He played exclusively with the first-team offense with Ben Roethlisberger on the field, seeing three targets from Ben on Pittsburgh's opening drive alone, and capping it with a short touchdown deep in the red zone. A second-year tight end out of Penn State, James stands 6-foot-7, 261 and plays in an undersized pass-catcher corps. He's a sneaky candidate for 6-8 touchdowns with Ladarius Green's (concussions, ankle) availability uncertain.
Aug 26 - 10:39 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 2-of-3 targets for 40 yards in the Steelers' third preseason game.

Wheaton has begged the coaching staff to let him play outside more, and he's getting his wish. The Steelers' first-team three-receiver set with Ben Roethlisberger on the field had Wheaton and Antonio Brown on the perimeter with Eli Rogers stationed in the slot. Wheaton is an interesting test case this year because he's flush with opportunity, but has shown average to above-average talent. He's worth a shot in the eighth and ninth rounds of 12-team drafts.
Aug 26 - 10:37 PM

DeAngelo Williams managed 12 yards on four carries and caught 3-of-4 targets for nine yards in the Steelers' third preseason game.

The Steelers used a timeshare involving both Williams and Le'Veon Bell. Bell started the game, but Williams spelled him to the extent that they were on the field roughly equally with the first-team offense, though Bell was clearly the superior all-purpose back. Williams is assured three starts to begin the season, where he'll be a top-ten fantasy running back play in each week. Williams' role will be up in the air once Bell comes off suspension.
Aug 26 - 10:31 PM

Suspended RB Le'Veon Bell rushed three times for 21 yards and caught 5-of-5 targets for 37 yards in the Steelers' third preseason game.

Bell rotated with DeAngelo Williams equally, but was clearly the superior talent on the field. Coming off a torn PCL and MCL, Bell showed his trademark springy explosiveness, speed to get the corner, and elite versatility. When Bell returns from his three-game ban, he will be a top-five weekly play among fantasy running backs. Bell's ADP is currently in the late first round.
Aug 26 - 10:26 PM

Eli Rogers secured 2-of-4 targets for 17 yards in the Steelers' third preseason game.

The Steelers played two drives with Ben Roethlisberger. Rogers was the first-team slot receiver on both of them, working between Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton. Rogers was targeted four times by Big Ben in the two drives, before Landry Jones entered. Rogers is the favorite to open the season as the Steelers' No. 3 wideout. For now, at least, Sammie Coates is with the twos.
Aug 26 - 10:20 PM

Steelers RE Cameron Heyward was carted off the field with an ankle or foot injury in Friday night's third preseason game.

The extent of Heyward's injury is unknown, but his loss would be significant for any amount of time. Heyward is coming off a seven-sack season and also excels in run defense. The Steelers lost NT Steve McLendon in free agency.
Aug 26 - 10:03 PM

Antonio Brown secured 4-of-4 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' third preseason game.

Brown did all of his damage in just over eight minutes of action. The Steelers' offense cut through the Saints' barely-there defense like a hot knife in butter. Brown was Ben Roethlisberger's go-to guy as usual, dusting past Saints rookie CB De'Vante Harris on his 57-yard touchdown. Due to the Steelers' weapons shortage, Brown has the highest raw target projection in the league this season. He should be the consensus 1.01 fantasy pick.
Aug 26 - 9:33 PM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 12-of-17 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns in two possessions during Thursday night's third preseason game.

As Ben should, he carved up the Saints' swiss-cheese defense amidst zero pass rush. Picking on rookie CB De'Vante Harris, Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown for a 57-yard TD after connecting with TE Jesse James in the red zone for his first score. Roethlisberger's weaponry has taken a hit, but he remains a top-eight fantasy quarterback. His ADP is just a bit rich for our taste.
Aug 26 - 9:25 PM

Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, headaches) is "holding out hope" he'll be ready for Week 1, but acknowledges his rehab has gone "very slow."

It's still unclear what Green is even "rehabbing." He's adopted the team's party line that he's not dealing with headaches, but his own agent has said it's not his ankle. It's a ridiculously-muddled situation, one that makes Green a no-go as anything other than a risk/reward TE2.
Aug 25 - 4:32 PM

Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert agreed to restructure his contract.

The details of the restructure are not available, but he likely converted most of his 2016 base salary into a bonus. The move saves the Steelers a much-needed $2.39 million against the cap.
Aug 25 - 9:14 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette expects Eli Rogers to open the season as the Steelers' No. 3 receiver.

Bouchette calls Sammie Coates and Darrius Heyward-Bey "backups" behind Rogers, Markus Wheaton, and Antonio Brown. It's possible Bouchette's mind could change after Pittsburgh's third preseason game, where Ben Roethlisberger will see his first action this August. At this moment, however, Rogers is in the driver's seat to start in the slot in Week 1, with Wheaton moving outside.
Aug 24 - 12:29 AM


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