Player News - Steelers

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Martavis Bryant caught 2-of-3 targets for 20 yards in his preseason debut Sunday.

Still "conditionally suspended" but by all accounts on track for a full return, Bryant made his preseason debut with Josh Dobbs at quarterback. Bryant lost three yards on the first drive of the game, but flashed his big-play ability on a 20-yard reception down the sideline. Bryant played into the third quarter and looked good out there. He is a fringe third-/fourth-round target in non-PPR leagues and a fourth-/fifth-rounder in PPR.
Aug 20 - 7:20 PM

Steelers rookie RB James Conner rushed 20 times for 98 yards and caught 1-of-4 targets for three yards on his preseason debut Sunday night.

After a shoulder injury hobbled him for the first two weeks of camp, Conner worked behind Fitzgerald Toussaint on Sunday and has yet to earn the Steelers’ No. 2 back job. He dropped two passes and didn’t get rolling as a runner until Atlanta’s third-string defense came in, blew a chance at a huge run by falling down in the backfield, and failed to stay in bounds on a play where he needed to late in the fourth quarter. A third-round pick out of Pittsburgh, Conner’s job security is shaky. He should be given another long look in the Steelers’ third preseason game as Le’Veon Bell’s holdout continues, perhaps even getting some first-team reps with the Ben Roethlisberger group.
Aug 20 - 7:17 PM

Steelers NT Javon Hargrave suffered a concussion in the team's second preseason game.

A third-round steal out of small-school South Carolina State last year, Hargrave quickly emerged as an impact presence on the interior of Pittsburgh's line. He should be considered week to week, but probable to play in Week 1.
Aug 20 - 5:55 PM

Updating an earlier report, Le'Veon Bell's agent has denied that he had a deal in place with the Steelers ahead of the July 17 deadline for franchise players.

It was reported that agent Adisa Bakari had negotiated a five-year extension with Pittsburgh before Bell nixed the deal but Bakari has since refuted that claim. "All stories to contrary are false," he said. The Steelers reportedly offered their star running back a deal worth at least $12 million annually, though Bell thought he could do better. Bell has yet to sign his $12.1 million franchise tender, which allows him to hold out without being fined. He should resurface ahead of Week 1.
Aug 18 - 3:39 PM

James Conner (shoulder) will make his preseason debut Sunday against the Falcons.

It doesn't sound like he'll have any limitations either. "I'm going to give him as much as he can handle," said coach Mike Tomlin. With Le'Veon Bell still holding out, Conner should work with the Steelers' first-team offense on Sunday. Fitzgerald Toussaint drew the start with Conner sidelined last week against the Giants.
Aug 18 - 3:14 PM

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Le'Veon Bell's agent had agreed to a five-year extension with the Steelers but Bell turned it down.

Per Bouchette, Bell's agent had a five-year deal in place that would have netted the All-Pro running back more than $12 million annually including $30 million over the first two season. The contract was agreed to the afternoon of the July 17 deadline for franchise players but Bell had a last-minute change of heart and decided to nix the deal. Bell, who has held out from Steelers training camp this summer, wants to reset the running back market, reportedly seeking up to $15 million annually. Despite the deal falling through, Bell is expected to join the Steelers ahead of Week 1.
Aug 18 - 1:52 PM

The Steelers hope to extend contract-year LE Stephon Tuitt before Week 1.

Owner Art Rooney II said so himself on Thursday. Coming off something of a breakout campaign, Tuitt is 24 years old heading into the final year of his rookie contract. He would be a strong candidate for the franchise tag next offseason if the Steelers can't get him locked up.
Aug 17 - 6:58 PM

Steelers second-round WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is day to day with a bone bruise in his knee.

It's not a major concern for the rookie wideout, but comes mere days after he returned from a concussion. The more practice time Smith-Schuster misses, the harder it will be to lock down No. 4 duties.
Aug 17 - 6:44 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms unsigned franchise player Le'Veon Bell plans to report to the Steelers before Week 1.

Per Schefter, it "remains unclear exactly when." Bell will probably sign and report before the calendar flips to September, but he seems extremely unlikely to see any preseason action. Bell has shown a remarkable ability to hit the ground running after long layoffs. He's a no-brainer top-two pick in every format of fantasy.
Aug 17 - 1:17 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin suggested Sammie Coates and Justin Hunter are competing for one roster spot.

After Coates failed to come down with a pass in the end zone, Tomlin told the receiver Hunter would have made the catch. "You’ve got to start grabbing that," Tomlin continued. "It’s two dogs for one bone. I’m going to start applying pressure." A former third-round pick who can contribute on special teams, Coates is still the favorite, but he needs to show well over the next several weeks.
Aug 17 - 11:00 AM

Steelers activated WR Sammie Coates (knee) from the active/PUP list.

Coates missed 3-4 weeks following a knee scope. He's behind the eight ball a bit and needs to turn it up over the next couple weeks to secure his roster spot. Justin Hunter has been earning praise from Ben Roethlisberger.
Aug 16 - 10:19 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn't consider Sammie Coates (knee scope, PUP) a lock to make the 53-man roster.

Neither does Coates, but it's still unlikely he's sent packing. The bigger question is if Coates will maintain No. 4 receiver duties. Sidelined since the beginning of camp, Coates could apparently resume practicing this week.
Aug 15 - 7:15 PM

JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) returned to practice on Monday.

Smith-Schuster was concussed in Friday night's preseason opener, but it appears he made a quick recovery. Smith-Schuster has been competing for a role in four-receiver sets behind Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Eli Rogers.
Aug 14 - 4:22 PM

The Steelers will use T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree as their full-time outside linebackers this season.

James Harrison will operate as a "relief pitcher," per OLBs coach Joey Porter. Watt dominated Pittsburgh's preseason opener, recording two sacks, while Dupree broke out after returning from injury last year for 4.5 sacks over the final four regular season games. The Steelers have one of the NFL's most underrated defenses and a cakewalk early-season schedule. They're a D/ST to target.
Aug 14 - 3:47 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Martavis Bryant will be a full participant in Sunday's practice.

"We're going to put our foot on the gas and proceed," Tomlin said. "He's physically ready." It is a great sign Bryant is ready for a full practice after being forced to sit out the early part of camp, and it sounds like he could see some action in the second preseason game. Already priced optimistically in the fourth round, Bryant's ADP could soar if he explodes in the preseason.
Source: ESPN
Aug 12 - 11:43 AM


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