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Le'Veon Bell - RB Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - QB Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - WR Posted 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.

Darrius Heyward-Bey - WR Posted 4/6/14 3:36pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey's 1-year contract only includes $65,000 guaranteed via a signing bonus, with a base salary of $730,000.
Huddle Up: In other words, DHB has a lot to prove after his deeply disappointing 29-309-1 1-year stop in Indy last season.

LeGarrette Blount - RB Posted 3/29/14 3:46pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed RB LeGarrette Blount to a two-year, $3.85 million deal, which includes a $950,000 signing bonus.
Huddle Up: This isn't ideal for either Blount's fantasy prospects or those of incumbent Steeler back Le'Veon Bell, though it's indicative of the league's overall move towards two-headed backfields. While both are capable of putting up solid fantasy numbers, sharing the workload puts a cap on both of their values.

Markus Wheaton - WR Posted 3/28/14 11:24am et
The Pittsburgh Steelers likely will give WR Markus Wheaton every opportunity to win a starting job during training camp.
Huddle Up: Wheaton has Mike Wallace-like speed, and with both Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders departing over the previous two offseasons Ben Roethlisberger has a need for a target to step up.

Markus Wheaton - WR Posted 3/25/14 2:19pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton underwent minor finger surgery this offseason.
Huddle Up: The Steelers have signed FA Lance Moore (Saints), but it's Wheaton -- the team's 3rd-round pick in 2013 -- who is primed to start opposite Antonio Brown after a 6-catch, 64-yard rookie campaign.

Ben Roethlisberger - QB Posted 3/23/14 10:58pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team remains interested in signing QB Ben Roethlisberger to a contract extension, but nothing likely would occur until the summer at the earliest. Colbert also indicated the team may not be able to reach an agreement with Roethlisberger this offseason.
Huddle Up: Big Ben recorded his highest yardage total (4,261) since 2009 and his most TD passes (28) since 2007 and remains a lower-tier QB1 in most fantasy leagues.

Lance Moore - WR Posted 3/21/14 5:21pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent WR Lance Moore (Saints) to an undisclosed two-year deal Friday, March 21.
Huddle Up: Moore should replace Emmanuel Sanders in the Pittsburgh receiver rotation, which isn't likely to yield as much fantasy value as catching passes from Drew Brees did.

Jerricho Cotchery - WR Posted 3/18/14 7:25pm et
Free-agent WR Jerricho Cotchery (Steelers) left his visit with the Carolina Panthers without a contract Tuesday, March 18, and it's believed he will choose between the Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers, according to a source. A decision could come as soon as Wednesday, March 19.
Huddle Up: Cotchery, one of 10 WRs to finish with double-digit TD catches this past season, has some decent leverage as both teams are in need of WR help with Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Emmanuel Sanders all having moved on this offseason.

Jerricho Cotchery - WR Posted 3/16/14 3:43pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers have had preliminary talks with free-agent WR Jerricho Cotchery (Steelers), but no deal is imminent at this point.
Huddle Up: Cotchery, who had a career-high 10 TDs among his 46 catches this past season, also reportedly will meet with the Carolina Panthers, but he's moved up higher on the Steelers' priority list following Emmanuel Sanders' signing with the Denver Broncos.

Emmanuel Sanders - WR Posted 3/14/14 10:51pm et
There are medical concerns surrounding free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot), meaning he may not get the type of deal he was seeking in free agency. He has a screw in each foot after injuries he suffered in the Super Bowl following the 2010 season. Sanders is reportedly seeking a contract similar to the five-year, $31.5 million deal that WR Golden Tate received from the Detroit Lions. The Pittsburgh Steelers are open to re-signing him, but he'll likely have to accept a much shorter deal.
Huddle Up: With quality receivers still available and the 2014 draft class deep at the position, there's little incentive for a team to throw money at an injury risk like Sanders. He may wind up back in Pittsburgh after all.

Emmanuel Sanders - WR Posted 3/13/14 10:44pm et
The Kansas City Chiefs are scheduled to meet with free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders (Steelers) Friday, March 14.
Huddle Up: Sanders, who hit career highs with 67 catches, 740 yards and 6 TDs this past season in the Steel City, would be an ideal addition to the K.C. passing game, which is searching for another weapon opposite WR Dwayne Bowe.

Antonio Brown - WR Posted 3/7/14 11:22pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown restructured his contract Friday, March 7, to free up $4 million worth of salary cap space for the team, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: The Steelers always seem to be scraping for cap space, and they always seem to find veterans willing to take one for the team and rework their deal. Brown is a favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger, so his keeping that tandem intact is good fantasy news for all involved.

Jason Worilds - LB Posted 3/4/14 10:27pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jason Worilds has accepted the transition tag and will make $9.75 million on a one-year deal unless another team steps in.
Huddle Up: Worilds hit career highs this past season with 11 starts, 8 sacks, 63 total tackles and 2 forced fumbles and now is one the key cogs on what's likely to be a revamped Steel Curtain D.

Plaxico Burress - WR Posted 2/26/14 10:42am et
Free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (shoulder) said Tuesday, Feb. 25, that he still wants to play in the NFL.
Huddle Up: It's been a while since Burress was relevant, fantasy or otherwise; even if he catches on somewhere in the league, at this juncture of his career that's unlikely to change.

Ben Roethlisberger - QB Posted 2/19/14 8:21pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said he wants to sign QB Ben Roethlisberger to a contract extension that would keep him with the team for the rest of his career.
Huddle Up: The Steelers would love to keep Roethlisberger around, and do so in a cap-friendly manner. Sounds like the GM has some work to do this offseason.

Troy Polamalu - S Posted 2/16/14 10:53pm et
Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II has made it his goal to ensure SS Troy Polamalu retires as a member of the Steelers.
Huddle Up: Changes figure to keep coming for the Black & Yellow, but it appears one of them won't be releasing the popular SS, who had 69 total tackles, 2 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles this past season.

Emmanuel Sanders - WR Posted 2/13/14 8:47pm et
The New England Patriots could show interest in Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders this offseason if they are not able to re-sign WR Julian Edelman.
Huddle Up: The Pats, who signed Sanders to an offer sheet last offseason that was matched by the Steelers, might even make a run at the wideout even if they do sign Edelman.

Markus Wheaton - WR Posted 2/11/14 10:29pm et
The Pittsburgh Steelers may be content letting impending free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders walk in free agency with WR Markus Wheaton waiting in the wings to take his starting spot.
Huddle Up: Sanders hit career highs across the board with 67 receptions for 740 yards and 6 TDs in 2013, and Wheaton -- a 2013 3rd-round pick out of Oregon State -- is still somewhat of an unknown quantity after logging only 6 catches for 64 yards as a rookie. In other words, fantasy GMs will have to draft Wheaton on his potential rather than production if he does indeed step in for Sanders.

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