Sammie Coates - WRPosted 6/24/15 1:08am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates said he wants to show he can be a multi-dimensional wide receiver and not just a deep threat. 'I'm just trying to do everything I can to showcase I'm an all-around guy who can play anywhere,' Coates said.
Huddle Up: In other words, the third-round pick wants to fill more than the one-trick role Martavis Bryant filled as a rookie last season when he caught only 26 passes but averaged a full 21.1 yards per grab. And, hey, comeing close to matching Bryant's eight TDs would be quite an accomplisment.
Markus Wheaton - WRPosted 6/19/15 8:55pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton said the slot position is not out of his comfort zone, but there are things he needs to learn that are different from playing on the outside. Wheaton said he's seeing a lot of the same defensive reads in the slot that he did on the outside.
Huddle Up: The 2013 third-round pick made a big-time leap last season, increasing his reception total from six to 53, but another big jump is rather unlikely with Antonio Brown, Heath Miller and emerging second-year wideout Martavis Bryant seemingly all ahead of him on the team's target totem pole.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 6/18/15 2:15pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he has not had the appeal of his three-game suspension heard at this point and does not know when the appeal will be scheduled.
Huddle Up: Mainly due to the suspension, Bell is currently ranked 13th on the Huddle's RB cheat sheet, but any reduction in his suspension figures to move him up incrementally into solid RB1 territory.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 6/14/15 10:11pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has focused on improving his game and mastering the flanker position this offseason, which has shown in his on-field confidence, according to Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley. QB Ben Roethlisberger has gained trust in Bryant, per Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey. Bryant turned heads during organized team activities during the week and can play both inside and outside.
Huddle Up: Bryant was a big-play master as a rookie, averaging 21.1 yards on his 26 receptions with almost a third of them (eight) resulting in TDs. Those numbers obviously aren't likely to repeat themselves, but his targets (48) and receptions should more than double as he'll be ready to contribute from the the get-go this season.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 6/11/15 10:53pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is excited about the team's offense heading into the 2015 season, which he feels might be the best supporting cast of his career. "I hate to yes or no, because I don't want to offend anybody else who's been here," Roethlisberger said. "But you look at stats from the NFL. We had the No. 1 wide receiver and the No. 1 overall back. Kind of hard to argue with those numbers."
Huddle Up: The weaponry also as benefited Big Ben as he posted career highs in passing yards (4,952) and TD passes (32) last season while finishing as fantasy's fifth highest-scoring fantasy QB (378 standard points). Don't be surprised if his numbers regress a little bit, but expect him to be in the thick of the QB1 discussion again this season.
Dri Archer - RBPosted 6/8/15 12:07am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer is in line to return kicks in 2015 after being stripped of the duty at the end of last season.
Huddle Up: The Steelers need to get the speedy Archer on the field, and kick-return duty seems like the most viable option as long as stud Le'Veon Bell is healthy and deservedly monopolizing the backfield touches.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 6/7/15 3:38pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has been working out three times per day this offseason and currently weighs 225 pounds, which is 10 pounds more than he weighed during his rookie season. "Everyone gets bigger and better every year," Bryant said. "I wanted to make sure I got better. I didn't want to slack off or become complacent. I had some things I wanted to get done in the offseason, so I went to work."
Huddle Up: Bryant only caught 26 passes as a rookie last season but certainly made them count, averaging 21.1 yards per grab and reeling in eight TD tosses. It's not reasonable to expect that average or TD ratio to repeat themselves, but definitely expect more targets and catches and don't be surprised if he emerges as a the team's No. 2 option in back of Antonio Brown.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 6/5/15 5:46pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has added five pounds of muscle this offseason because he wants to increase his durability. Brown said training, rest and nutrition have helped to contribute to his success.
Huddle Up: A more durable and fit Antonio Brown? That's a scary proposition for opposing DBs as Brown led the league in receptions (129) and receiving yards (1,698) while finishing second in targets (181) and TD catches (13). Meanwhile, his fantasy value could hardly be any higher and expect him to be one of the first WRs -- if not the first -- off the board in drafts this summer.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 6/4/15 2:19pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, June 4 because he received a day off.
Huddle Up: Don't look now, but Big Ben is one of the league's older QBs, having just turned 33 in March. He's also older than that in football age with the hard hits he's absorbed, including a whopping 419 sacks -- a full 134 more than any other QB since 2004 -- so look for Roethlisberger to get some extra days off here and there.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 5/26/15 7:45pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown did not answer questions on the first day of organized team activities regarding a possible new deal.
Huddle Up: Brown has three more seasons remaining on his 5-year, $42 million deal, and while he clearly is outplaying the contract, procuring an extension could be tricky given the number of years remaining on his deal.
Sammie Coates - WRPosted 5/15/15 7:28pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates signed a four-year deal with the team Friday, May 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Coates was a three-year starter at Auburn but he's one of the few highly drafted rookie receivers that might struggle to find consistent playing time with Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton already topping the the Pittsburgh WR depth chart.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 5/14/15 10:58pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said Thursday, May 14, that he didn't have a problem with his three-game suspension for being charged with possession of marijuana and driving under the influence. 'I made a mistake,' Bell said. 'I'm going to just have to do my time, whatever the final decision may be. Get past it, and get ready for next season and continuing to be the great football player I know I can be.'
Huddle Up: No appeal, convoluted explanations or legal wrangling? Quite the rarity -- and honestly refreshing -- these days for a suspended NFL player, and while his fantasy value as dipped a little, he's still a clear elite RB1.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 4/23/15 11:20pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said his knee is close to being 100 percent after injuring it in the regular-season finale.
Huddle Up: Although Bell missed the wild-card playoff loss to the Ravens, he suffered no real ligament damage. Oh, and don't forget that he'll also have an extra 3 weeks to recover with his season-opening personal-conduct suspension.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 4/22/15 3:20pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown said he is not participating in voluntary workouts because he is spending time with his newborn child. Brown said he will report to offseason workouts at some point and is looking forward to joining his teammates.
Huddle Up: It's not as if Brown is missing much; so long as he shows up in shape for training camp, he'll remain one of the top fantasy targets in the game.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 4/20/15 11:43am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is seeking a new contract and could hold out from minicamps and training camp, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Tis the season for veterans to find a way out of minicamps. Brown is too valuable not to get paid--especially given what the Steelers have invested in Ben Roethlisberger. And so long as Brown is back catching passes from Big Ben by training camp, all is good.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 4/9/15 1:14pm ET
Updating an ongoing story, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was suspended three games and fined an additional game check Thursday, April 9 after violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to league sources. He has appealed.
Huddle Up: Bell might be able to get the suspension knocked down to two games, but those fantasy GMs willing to use a high first-round pick on the RB might have to make do without their top pick for almost a fifth of the regular season if the penalty stands. That also means that newly signed DeAngelo Williams is the early favorite to open the season as the Steelers' starting RB. Start adjusting your draft board accordingly.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 4/7/15 7:48pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of next season, according to sources. Bell is being suspended following an arrest last August for marijuana possession. Bell will be involved in a first-offender's program in which he will spend 15 months on probation. Bell faces a two-game suspension based on the terms of the NFL's new substance abuse policy.
Huddle Up: This will keep the Steelers' stud from going with the overall No. 1 pick in many drafts this summer, but rest assured he won't fall too far with visions of his 2,215-yard, 11-TD 2014 showing still fresh.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - WRPosted 3/26/15 5:07pm ET
Free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey has re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal with the team, but financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: A somewhat surprising move on the surface after DHB had all of three catches for 33 years a year ago, but he was a solid contributor on special teams and will be there fighting for a back-end roster spot once again this summer.
James Harrison - LBPosted 3/22/15 4:12pm ET
Free-agent LB James Harrison (Steelers) signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, March 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Harrison, who will turn 37 in May, had 47 total tackles and 5.5 sacks in 11 games for the Steelers last season and will reprise his role as a veteran leader/situational pass-rusher after also considering signing with Tennessee where former DC Dick LeBeau has signed on as an assistant.
Dri Archer - RBPosted 3/19/15 6:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer will have a role on offense that will take advantage of his speed, but people have to be patient with his development, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Archer could also be used as a kick returner next season.
Huddle Up: Archer, a 2014 third-round pick, deeply disappointed last season with only 17 touches and 63 yards as a late-round fantasy flyer and it's tough to envision where too many extra offensive touches are going to come from with the Steelers adding RB DeAngelo Williams and still possessing a solid top three at WR.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/2/15 6:31pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell could be suspended up to four games, according to the NFL's new substance-abuse policy. A two-game suspension is standard for a DUI resulting from the use of alcohol. However, Bell's DUI came from marijuana use, so he could be suspended for a longer period of time.
Huddle Up: Interesting to see how this one plays out, as it will be setting a precedent for future similar cases. Plan on Bell missing two games; if he misses a month, it will be that much more difficult to make him a top fantasy pick.
Lance Moore - WRPosted 3/2/15 6:31pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Lance Moore was released Monday, March 2.
Huddle Up: Moore was a bit contributor in Pittsburgh; his days as a fantasy helper may be behind him.
Darrius Heyward-Bey - WRPosted 3/1/15 5:14pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey will not re-sign with the Steelers this offseason.
Huddle Up: The 2009 No. 1 pick of the Raiders caught only three passes for 33 yards last season in Pittsburgh and it looks as if he'll have try to fight for another bottom-of-the-depth chart position with his fourth team in four years if his career is to continue.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/11/15 8:13pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season as a result of his August arrest on marijuana charges, according to sources. Bell will spend 15 months on probation as part of the first-offender's program and will have his driver's license suspended for 60 days. RBs Josh D. Harris and Ben Tate took over when Bell missed the team's playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Will an immediate two-game ding bump Bell out of the first round? That's a little more than 15% of most fantasy seasons. Look for Pittsburgh to find a better short-term fix than the Harris/Tate combo. And didn't LeGarrette Blount get arrested with Bell? Will his move to the Patriots allow him to miss out on the suspension? Asking for a friend...
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 2/10/15 11:58pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's contract talks regarding an extension have begun on a preliminary basis, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.
Huddle Up: Big Ben, who will turn 33 in less than a month, is entering the final year of an eight-year, $102 million deal he signed in 2008 but the Steelers appear to be looking to lock up the QB for the rest of his career after he won the first passing title in franchise history last season while hitting career highs in passing yards (4,952) and completion percentage (67.1).
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/6/15 1:39pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will spend 15 months on probation in a first-offender's program after his arrest last August for marijuana. He will also have his driver's license suspended for 60 days. Bell can petition the court to have his arrest record expunged if he finishes the probation program without incident. Defense attorney Robert Del Greco Jr. said that Bell will likely face up to a two-game NFL suspension.
Huddle Up: Hmmmm -- something to definitely keep an eye on as a 2-game ban could be enough to knock Bell out of the No. 1 overall slot in fantasy drafts next summer.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 1/29/15 4:03pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has been able to work out despite ending the season with an injured knee. 'The knee is close to 100 percent,' Bell said. 'I'm probably about 85-90 percent, been able to run on it a little bit. So I'm getting back to work out a little.'
Huddle Up: With the whole offseason still to come, Bell will be fine and will be a worthy selection as the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts next summer.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 1/10/15 12:30am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant, who had 26 catches, 549 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie season, is eager to improve upon his numbers in his sophomore season in 2015. Bryant plans to work out with WR Antonio Brown this offseason in Miami. His eight touchdowns put him tied for fourth in the league among rookies.
Huddle Up: All that, and Bryant didn't play until Week 6. At 6-4, he's the red-zone target the Steelers need and serves as the perfect complement to Brown.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 1/10/15 10:30am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) will not need surgery on his knee this offseason and should be able to have a normal offseason, according to his agent.
Huddle Up: Big Ben noted that this is the healthiest he's been heading into an offseason in several years, which certainly bodes well for a fast start when the 2015 campaign kicks off.
Todd Haley - OCPosted 1/8/15 4:37pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley recently signed a two-year contract extension that will run through the 2016 season.
Huddle Up: The Steelers ranked seventh in the league in scoring (27.3 ppg) and second in total yardage (411 ypg) in setting single-season franchise records behind the ultra-productive Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, and the franchise isn't about to mess to success. Hard to believe that Haley was on the hot seat only a year ago.
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