Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/24/16 1:09pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is unlikely to have a successful appeal for his pending four-game suspension due to the NFL's stringent policies. The results of the appeal are expected before the regular season starts. Additionally, Bell missed several drug tests resulting in the suspension, as opposed to the originally reported one missed test, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Once in the top-overall-pick conversation, Bell needs to be downgraded on draft boards yet again. However, if you have -- or can get -- backup DeAngelo Williams, you can afford to draft Bell early and ride Williams early.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/22/16 1:31pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is facing a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's drug policy because of a missed test, according to sources. The appeals process is underway, and no announcement has been made. No date for Bell's appeal has been set, but it's expected to be heard before the start of the regular season. If it's not overturned, he would miss the first four games of the season.
Huddle Up: Yikes, another season, another potential blow for Bell, who already has missed 13 games over his first three seasons due to injuries and suspensions. This obviously would knock Bell out of RB1 territory, and cause backup DeAngelo Wulliams' fantasy stock to soar. Most definitely stay tuned ...
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/17/16 10:46pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he believes there will be times that he and RB DeAngelo Williams will be on the field at the same time. 'There are definitely going to be packages where me and 'D-Lo' are going to be out there at the same time,' Bell said. 'I'm ready for that.'
Huddle Up: Just another reason why Williams' value exceeds his elite-handcuff status. He's a must-own for Bell owners.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/10/16 2:10am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said he is on schedule to be ready for training camp and that his leg is stronger than ever before.
Huddle Up: That's exactly what Bell is supposed to say at this juncture, especially when he's looking for a big fat payday. We'll wait to see Bell on the field in August before buying fully into the "stronger than ever" bit.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 7/5/16 1:02pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell released a rap song in which he references needing '15 a year' and refers to himself as the top back in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Bell certainly has looked the part -- particularly in his 2,215-total-yard, 11-TD season of 2014 -- but the Steelers are likely going to have to see Bell play another full season after missing a combined 13 games over his first three campaigns due to health issues.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - WRPosted 7/1/16 8:24pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey could remain high on the Steelers' depth chart this season, mainly due to his speed. Heyward-Bey has reached up to 25 miles per hour while running this offseason.
Huddle Up: DHB, who averaged a healthy 16.4 yards per reception (including the postseason) last year, is definitely an end-of-the-draft flyer who could pay off big time with the high-powered Steelers looking to replace the suspended Martavis Bryant this season.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 6/28/16 4:04pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is optimistic to be ready by the third preseason game.
Huddle Up: It seems a little optimistic considering the RB wasn't injured until Week 8 last year, but let's see where we are come early August.
Shaun Suisham - PKPosted 6/24/16 12:24pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Shaun Suisham was released Friday, June 24. PK Chris Boswell enters training camp as the likely starter.
Huddle Up: The 34-year-old kicker, who is recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, reportedly has failed a physical, meaning Boswell will be back after scoring 113 points in 12 games last season.
Shaun Suisham - PKPosted 6/20/16 5:23pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers PKs Shaun Suisham and Chris Boswell will be competing for the kicker job during training camp, but the team may look to trade one of the kickers before the start of the regular season, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.
Huddle Up: If your fantasy league still employs kickers, whoever wins the Steelers job will be one worth drafting. Whether the other can still carve out fantasy value depends on where he gets traded. And if you've read this far you've now officially spent too much time thinking about the kicker position.
Shaun Suisham - PKPosted 6/16/16 12:38pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Shaun Suisham (knee) is expected to able to kick before the start of training camp, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: Just a note for those looking to secure the kicker on what should again be one of the league's most potent offenses.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 6/15/16 9:42am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell addressed rumors that he missed a drug test, which would result in a failed test result. 'I haven't missed any drug tests, failed any drug tests. I am fine,' Bell said Tuesday, June 14.
Huddle Up: You can't get a clearer denial than that, so no reason to think Bell is looking at a suspension in the near future.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 6/11/16 11:46am ET
Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry has been working out with Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown and New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. in order to develop the footwork and feel to play outside receiver.
Huddle Up: There aren't two better receivers in the league to work with than Brown and OBJ. Landry hasn't reached their level yet, but in Miami he should see plenty of targets and even approaching Brown/Beckham level footwork would only help him improve his productivity.
DeAngelo Williams - RBPosted 6/10/16 11:24am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams will be used by offensive coordinator Todd Haley in 2016 despite the return of RB Le'Veon Bell from injury. 'I think the difference between last year and this year is that we got a big body of work from DeAngelo last year,' said Haley. 'We got to see him do a lot of things, and obviously he did a very good job for us. Knowing a lot more about him will maybe help give Le'Veon more rest when he needs it, although knowing Le'Veon he never wants to come off.'
Huddle Up: Having just turned 33, Williams doesn't figure to be able to handle a full-season No. 1 workload, but his 1,274 total yards and 11 TDs last season shows he's more than capable of spelling or filling in for Bell on a short-term basis. In short, he's a must-own for almost all Bell owners.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 6/1/16 10:29am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates is expected to benefit significantly from the one-year suspension of WR Martavis Bryant. Coates has 'worked like crazy' this offseason and is in great shape and the coaching staff is tremendously confident in his abilities, beat writer Ed Bouchette said.
Huddle Up: Coates and Markus Wheaton stand to be the biggest beneficiaries of Bryant's absence. Coates was pretty raw last season, but he'll enter 2016 in a serious battle with Wheaton for a larger slice of what has proven to be a productive fantasy passing game.
Shaun Suisham - PKPosted 6/1/16 10:29am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers PK Shaun Suisham (knee) will not kick until training camp. The goal is for Suisham to compete for the starting job, but PK Chris Boswell might have a leg up in the competition due to his performance last season and his low-priced contract.
Huddle Up: All Suisham needs to do is prove his knee is healthy; then, even if he doesn't stick with the Steelers he'll secure a spot on the kicker carousel, providing him with an opportunity to audition whenever the next NFL team makes a change at kicker.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 5/31/16 1:37pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton, who finished last year with 44 catches and five touchdowns, thinks he and QB Ben Roethlisberger developed enough chemistry to move forward and have a better season in 2016. 'We got on the same page as the season went on,' said Wheaton, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. 'We learned how to communicate with each other, more so me communicating with him and giving him what he wants. I'm learning how to just be who I need to be when it comes to what Ben wants me to be.'
Huddle Up: The suspended Martvis Bryant is out of the Steelers' 2016 picture, but Wheaton faces another real challenge for No. 2 WR snaps in the form of second-year wideout Sammie Coates, one of the most popular early-fantasy sleepers of the summer. We'll keep an eye at how this battle plays out in camps and the preseason.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 5/24/16 1:52pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee), who is recovering from surgery for a torn medial collateral ligament in his knee, said he plans on making a full return in time for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Although he's been showing off his hoop skills this offseason, Bell hasn't been cleared to resume practicing, but he does hope to get the clearance for contact by the time training camp rolls around. Unless there's a major setback, though, Bell will be one of the top RBs to come the board in drafts this summer.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 5/19/16 3:52pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown believes his experience on Dancing With the Stars can give him an advantage on the football field. '[Dance training] can definitely help me with football, change of direction, fluidity, constantly being ready for the next move,' Brown said. 'Dancing is all about the next move, being prepared for the next move in the midst of any move. It will definitely help with ankle strength, pushing off, change of direction.'
Huddle Up: It's scary to think that a wide receiver who's caught 375 passes for 5,031 yards and 31 TDs over the last three seasons could possibly improve, but he'll be in the running for the No. 1 overall pick in drafts this summer -- PPR league or not.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 5/12/16 10:29am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's (knee) status for organized team activities in a few weeks is unknown, but he's expected to be limited if he's cleared. Training camp might be the best gauge used to determine his status as he's six months removed from right knee surgery. There's no timetable for a full return. As it stands, there's no definitive reason to believe Bell will miss Week 1.
Huddle Up: Bell still lands at or near the top of most fantasy draft boards, so any work he does between now and August will be closely scrutinized. It won't be a big deal if he's not participating in OTAs, but as the season draws closer fantasy owners will be itching to see him on the field before committing a top pick to him.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 4/26/16 10:31pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) posted a video on Twitter showing himself dunking a basketball.
Huddle Up: Bell's keeper and dynasty-league owners surely took notice as should re-draft league owners who own top-three picks.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 4/21/16 10:19am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell tweeted that he was part of the initial round of random drug tests Wednesday, April 20.
Huddle Up: The league's offseason drug testing window opened Wednesday, and random or not Bell--suspended for a drug-related offense last season--had his number called. Given his record he may already be in the league's system and subject to more testing; otherwise he's cleared that hurdle for the season and can get down to the business of playing football... or whatever else he wants to do.
Bruce Gradkowski - QBPosted 4/19/16 10:05am ET
Free-agent QB Bruce Gradkowski (Steelers) is still an option for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the team wants to see him throw before they sign him. Gradkowski missed the entire 2015 season because of a shoulder injury.
Huddle Up: Gradkowski is a proven short-term stopgap if Ben Roethlisberger goes down... but he needs to demonstrate he himself is healthy before reclaiming that role.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 4/5/16 3:47pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has lost at least 15 pounds this offseason with a cardio regimen in an attempt to avoid joint pain and injuries.
Huddle Up: Big Ben is getting up there -- he turned 34 last month -- and improved fitness will only be a plus after he missed five starts and failed to play a full season last year for the first time since 2012.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 3/22/16 6:22pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers' No. 2 wide receiver job is up for grabs between WRs Markus Wheaton, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coates this year, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Wheaton seems like the favorite for the spot, but Tomlin also sees Coates as a potential breakout candidate in 2016.
Huddle Up: Wheaton's target and reception totals took slight dips from the previous season but he did finish 2015 with career highs in yards (749) and TD grabs (five). He's certainly the wideout to target for those looking to take fantasy advantage of the absences of WR Martavis Bryant (suspension) and TE Heath Miller (retirement) next season.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 3/21/16 12:20am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates will be one of the next men up in light of WR Martavis Bryant's year-long suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. There is no urgency to sign or draft another wide receiver, according to general manager Kevin Colbert, who said they feel good about Coates.
Huddle Up: If the 2015 third-round pick blossoms, it essentially will be out of nowhere as he had all of one catch for 11 yards in seven games during the regular season. Given the Steelers' offense, though, and their penchant for developing little-known wideouts of late, definitely don't count Coates out.
Jordan Todman - RBPosted 3/18/16 7:27pm ET
Free-agent RB Jordan Todman (Steelers) agreed to terms with the Indianapolis Colts Friday, March 18. Terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Todman is a career journeyman who joins recently-signed Robert Turbin on the depth chart behind soon-to-be-33-year-old starter Frank Gore.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/17/16 10:39am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is taking a conservative approach with his rehabilitation process. Bell hasn't done much more than jogging just four months after tearing his medial collateral ligament. Bell said the only thing he hasn't been cleared for is cutting and sprinting. There is still no timetable for Bell's return, but Bell's goal is to be 100% when he plays. 'I feel like I am going to be a better player at the end of this and that's what I want,' Bell said.
Huddle Up: The modified timetable for returning from an ACL injury suggests that Bell should be ready for the start of the 2016 season, but fantasy owners will need to monitor his progress in August to feel good about using potentially the first overall pick on Bell.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 3/15/16 10:17am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has accepted his one-year suspension from the NFL and will begin serving it immediately, according to a source. The suspension will span an entire calendar year under NFL rules governing suspended players. Bryant had originally planned to appeal the suspension. He was suspended last year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. This second offense included missing several scheduled drug tests, having a diluted specimen and a failed drug test for marijuana.
Huddle Up: Dynasty owners need to put Bryant on hiatus and hope he doesn't follow the path of Justin Blackmon (and Josh Gordon?) right out of the league. The Steelers have Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates to compete for Bryant's snaps and some fantasy upside in the high-powered Pittsburgh offense, though the more simple solution for Pittsburgh might be to devote larger shares to Antonio Bryant and Le'Veon Bell.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 3/13/16 2:47pm ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant plans to check into rehab and undergo evaluation for depression, according to one of his agents, Brian Fettner. Fettner confirmed Bryant is appealing his suspension, though getting it overturned is seen as a long shot. It stems from multiple missed drug tests, Fettner said, while also acknowledging Bryant has a problem with marijuana. 'We're all stunned, me included,' Fettner said. 'We clearly miscalculated the issue. His isn't a party issue. It's a coping issue and a depression issue, and he's got to take care of it.'
Huddle Up: Here's hoping one of the game's most dynamic talents -- a career 17.3-yard-per-reception average and 14 TD receptions in 21 career games -- can get his off-field life straightened out.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 3/12/16 5:02pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is expected to have one less target to throw to in 2016 with WR Martavis Bryant facing a year-long suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Huddle Up: Martavis has entered rehab and his issues go beyond merely immature partying. The loss of Bryant hurts the Steelers passing game but may actually keep Antonio Bryant on his insane pace of catches from last year.
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