Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 9/2/14 10:39pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will not have his role reduced much this season, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. When asked if he could see Bell getting 20 to 25 touches a game this season, Tomlin said, 'I think we drafted him with that in mind.'
Huddle Up: Despite the signing of LeGarrette Blount and all the accompanying fantasy speculation, the second-year Bell remains a clear-cut RB1. Deploy him as such in your fantasy lineups, and don't think twice about it.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/29/14 10:14am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder) suffered a sprained right AC joint in his shoulder in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.
Huddle Up: No word yet on how long the injury might sideline Bryant. He had already been left in the dust by Markus Wheaton for the Steelers' WR2 spot, and any time missed will threaten his ability to carve out any sort of significant role in Pittsburgh's receiver rotation.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/29/14 3:11pm ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder) suffered a relatively minor separated shoulder in the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28. He hopes to practice next week after taking a few days off.
Huddle Up: Sounds like the fourth-round pick escaped serious injury, and may be able to contribute in Week 1. Monitor his progress next week.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 8/27/14 10:10am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will not be suspended or rendered inactive by the team following his preseason arrest. The collective bargaining agreement doesn't allow the team to suspend players for violations of the drug policy.
Huddle Up: The Steelers found a way to discipline Santonio Holmes for a similar offense a couple years ago, but perhaps the league has closed that loophole. The upshot is that Bell owners have little reason to worry about him missing game action any time soon related to his recent arrest.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 8/26/14 8:39pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RBs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will play in the team's final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Starters normally don't play in the final preseason game, perhaps indicating this could be part of the punishment the two face for being charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. Bell and Blount are still awaiting a decision on possible suspensions.
Huddle Up: Wow, getting sent out to play in a meaningless exhibition finale is certainly a punishment, but it could backfire on the Steelers and the backs' fantasy owners if either gets hurt.
Heath Miller - TEPosted 8/22/14 9:21am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller had a team-high five catches for 53 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown reception, in the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 21.
Huddle Up: Miller is an underappreciated fantasy contributor, the kind of tight end you grab after everyone else has one or pick up off the waiver wire for a bye week plug in. With the Steelers losing 1400 yards and 16 touchdowns due to the departures of Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders, there are touches to be had in the Pittsburgh passing game; that means Miller could wind up with a few more fantasy-friendly stats on his plate.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 8/21/14 3:41pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell traveled on his own for the team's third preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Bell did not travel on the team charter after he was arrested for driving under the influence and marijuana possession Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Huddle Up: Sources have told ESPN that Bell and fellow arrestee LeGarrette Blount will play in Thursday night's preseason game in Philly, but see for yourself tonight on NFL Network. Bell, by the way, is the 10th RB currently going off the board with an ADP of 22, and his 2014 season isn't likely to be comprised -- at least by an NFL suspension -- by his arrest.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 8/21/14 10:20pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell started against the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night as he waits for a possible suspension after being charged for driving under the influence and marijuana possession.
Huddle Up: Both Bell and LeGarrette Blount played in the contest, and any discipline talk is likely going to be pure speculation until the legal process runs its course.
Jason Worilds - LBPosted 8/21/14 10:28pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jason Worilds left the team's preseason game with a right knee injury Thursday, Aug. 21, and will not return.
Huddle Up: Potentially grim news for the Steelers' D as the fifth-year LB led the squad with 8 sacks last season. More should be known soon.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 8/20/14 8:15pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell and RB LeGarrette Blount were charged by Ross Township Police Wednesday, Aug. 20, with marijuana possession. Bell was also charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after the traffic stop Wednesday.
Huddle Up: The two reportedly had 20 grams of marijuana on them. Bell and Blount could face a league suspension once the case is resolved but that may not be until after the 2014 season. We'll have to see what happens in the coming days but as of right now, Bell and Blount's fantasy value may not be affected this season.
Brett Keisel - DEPosted 8/19/14 8:10pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers and free-agent DE Brett Keisel (Steelers) have agreed to an undisclosed deal, according to a source.
Huddle Up: As had been rumored, the popular veteran will be back for a 13th season in the Steel City and likely will rotate in at the DE positions, spelling starters Cameron Heyward and Cam Thomas.
Dri Archer - RBPosted 8/10/14 4:38pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer took a short pass on a bubble screen and turned it into a 46-yard gain during the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 9. He finished with two catches for 50 yards and two carries for nine yards, including an electrifying 46-yard catch and run.
Huddle Up: Archer may be behind Le'Veon Bell and LaGarrette Blount on the Steel City depth chart, but fantasy GMs got an immediate glimpse at why the rookie's 4.26 speed is going to be hard to keep off the field.
Ryan Shazier - LBPosted 8/6/14 1:50pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier is expected to be one of the starting inside linebackers this season, according to defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.
Huddle Up: The 15th overall selection in the May draft has definitely been a hit so far in camp, and is listed atop the depth chart at the LILB position. See if the rookie can cement his spot in preseason action.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 8/6/14 3:49pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant said he has a chip on his shoulder, because he was taken in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He said his focus is making the team and has been working with QB Ben Roethlisberger on learning the offense.
Huddle Up: Bryant is battling the likes of Darrius Heyward-Bey and second-year player Justin Brown to move up in the Steelers' WR rotation, and look for all the key wideouts to get ample opportunity this preseason as the team sorts out its new-look pass- catching corps.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 8/4/14 1:36am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton is listed as one of the starting wide receivers on the team's first depth chart.
Huddle Up: Wheaton, who caught 6 passes for 64 yards as a rookie last season, is running ahead of camp standout Justin Brown, 4th-round pick Martavis Bryant and journeyman Darrius Heyward-Bey, and currently stands as the chief challenger to free-agent acquisition Lance Moore for the Steelers' unofficial No. 2 WR role.
Shaun Suisham - PKPosted 8/1/14 11:17am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Shaun Suisham signed a four-year extension with the team.
Huddle Up: If you're into kickers, the Steelers have theirs locked down for the foreseeable future... or at least until he misses three or four in a row.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - WRPosted 7/31/14 11:47pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey reportedly left practice Thursday, July 31, with concussion symptoms.
Huddle Up: Not that concussions ever arrive at opportune times, but it's particularly bad timing for DHB who's already facing an uphill battle to land a roster spot in the Steel City.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/13/14 3:57pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said training camp and preseason games will determine how the team uses RBs Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer in the running game.
Huddle Up: Bell ranked 12th in the league last season in logging 68.2 percent (244 carries) of the Steelers' rushing attempts -- and that was with the rookie missing 3 full games due to injury. Blount, meanwhile, carried the ball 153 times for the Pats, and then factor in the speedy rookie Archer, so don't be shocked if Bell's percentage of the workload takes a slight dip.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 7/13/14 4:08pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers hope WR Martavis Bryant will be able to be a factor in the red zone and could also be a deep threat on offense, according to wide receivers coach Richard Mann. 'He's a big guy, different from what we've had, as far as his length. We feel like we can utilize his talents in the red zone. He has a big reach. He has good speed. So we can use him in various ways, as far as cleaning things out. He's also a deep threat. He does have the speed,' Mann said.
Huddle Up: With the Steelers' other top WRs (Anonio Brown, Lance Moore and Markus Wheaton) all 5-foot-11 or shorter, the 6-4 fourth-round rookie clearly stands out among the bunch. Definitely look for him to get some regular work in the rotation unless the training-camp learning curve proves to be too steep.
Lance Moore - WRPosted 7/8/14 4:06pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers' WRs Antonio Brown, Lance Moore, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant hold the top four spots on the team's depth chart. That leaves Justin Brown, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Derek Moye to battle for the No. 5 wide receiver job.
Huddle Up: Moore won't have Drew Brees throwing him the ball anymore in the Saints' pass-happy attack, but he should easily top his average of 51 catches from the last 3 seasons if he can start at least half the season -- something he's never done in 8 pro seasons.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/2/14 3:17am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell may see at least 300 carries this season, according to a source. Pittsburgh has stated they are committing to the run this season.
Huddle Up: The Steelers haven't finished in the league's top 10 in rushing attempts since 2010, and that, coincidentally or not, was the franchise's most recent season with a playoff win. It might not be an immediate return to the days of yore, but definitely, look for the Steelers to run more than they did a season ago when they finished 25th in rushing plays.
Dri Archer - RBPosted 6/30/14 12:25am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer said he is not sure what his role will be this upcoming season but does expect to make an impact. 'It's going to be a big role, but I'm just going to do whatever I'm asked to do. Play receiver, play running back, helping special teams. Whatever they want me to do, I'm going to do it,' Archer said.
Huddle Up: The speedy rookie brings some intriguing skills to the NFL table, but with Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount ahead of him on the depth chart, he doesn't quite figure to see enough touches to be a fantasy factor in most leagues.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 6/13/14 2:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount is being used in a variety of ways during practice. He has been lined up in the slot, flanked outside and has been in some two-back sets with RB Le'Veon Bell.
Huddle Up: Interesting development in Pittsburgh. We've already heard how Dri Archer is the second coming of Jamaal Charles, and now Blount is being moved all over the field. Add Bell to the mix and the Steelers have an abundance of talent in the backfield--and a finite number of touches to spread amongst the three.
Dri Archer - RBPosted 6/11/14 11:51pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer 'has been tagged internally as a miniature version of Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles in offensive coordinator Todd Haley's system, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.
Huddle Up: That's a nice comparison, but playing in a backfield with Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Archer is unlikely to see anything resembling Charles' volume of touches. And it's tough to see him making a significant fantasy impact even if he's providing a Charles-like bang on the touches he does receive.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 6/9/14 12:11am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said the team may use more no-huddle formations on offense. 'I think it's something that we realized where we can be and what we did last year, and where we were successful, so I think we'll use it more,' Roethlisberger said. Roethlisberger was extremely successful in the no-huddle, completing 102 of 163 passes for 1,221 yards and 10 of his 28 touchdowns last season.
Huddle Up: The Steelers also have talked about this in past seasons with nothing noticeably changing, but if they follow through this time, it could mean more aerial attempts for Big Ben, who easily hit career highs for completions (375) and attempts (584) while posting his second-best single-year yardage (4,261) and TD pass (28) totals.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - WRPosted 6/8/14 11:58pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WRs Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore are expected to be the team's top three wideouts, with WR Martavis Bryant likely a lock to also make the roster. That leaves one job open, with WRs Justin Brown, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Derek Moye likely battling it out for the spot.
Huddle Up: Could this be end of the line for the former No. 7 overall pick, who has averaged 34 catches, 476 yards and 2.4 TD grabs over his first 5 NFL seasons?
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 6/1/14 11:39pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount is expected to receive six to eight carries per game behind RB Le'Veon Bell.
Huddle Up: It appears Blount's main fantasy value will be as a handcuff to Bell, who did miss 3 games as a rookie last season.
Lance Moore - WRPosted 5/26/14 12:17am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Lance Moore could start at wide receiver this upcoming season and move to the slot receiver when the team lines up with three or more receivers.
Huddle Up: Some reports have second-year man Markus Wheaton and 2014 fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant vying to start opposite Antonio Brown, but Moore -- who had at least 52 catches in 4 of his 6 seasons in the Big Easy -- is hands-down the most qualified to fill the position.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 5/19/14 12:51am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WRs Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant are expected to compete for the starting split end receiver job during training camp.
Huddle Up: Wheaton caught only 6 passes for 64 yards as a rookie last season, while Bryant is an untested 4th-round pick out of Clemson so don't expect any 2013 Emmanuel Sanders' figures (67-740-6) from the winner here.
Jerricho Cotchery - WRPosted 4/7/14 11:11am ET
With the departure of WR Jerricho Cotchery to the Carolina Panthers, the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to add a big-bodied receiver in the upcoming NFL Draft. Texas A&M WR Mike Evans has been mentioned as a possible pickup if available.
Huddle Up: Unlikely that Evans is still on the board when the Steelers' selection rolls around at 15, but it's a deep receiver class so don't rule anything out. A bigger target would definitely compliment what Pittsburgh currently has on its receiver depth chart.
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