2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The defense was the big factor last season for the Steelers, struggling at times throughout the year. If that unit plays better, the Steelers make the playoffs once again. Pittsburgh added some pieces to that side of the ball this offseason that should help, including safety Mike Mitchell. The offense remains on the upswing with some good young talent emerging (Bell, Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton). The Steelers are certainly talented enough to make a playoff run but probably aren't in that Super Bowl caliber realm right now.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Running back Le'Veon Bell had a solid rookie season but he can take his game to a different level this year. He is a complete back that should get a ton of touches in this offense. He runs well, catches the ball well and is a big-play threat at the position. Bell is the real deal at running back. He has great total yardage potential in this offense. There aren't a ton of three-down backs in the game anymore but Bell is one of them. He is going to be an elite fantasy back in 2014.
FANTASY DUD
Tight end Heath Miller has battled some health issues the last few season and been in the league several years. His numbers were down some last season compared to past years. This could be the start of a downward trend for Miller. He is a favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger but there are plenty of younger options emerging in this offense that should take some of those targets away from Miller.

Team Notes

Nov 27, 06:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 27.
Nov 27, 06:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 27. DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle) and CB Cortez Allen (thumb) were limited during practice, while DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
Nov 27, 06:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 27. DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle) and CB Cortez Allen (thumb) were limited during practice, while DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
Nov 27, 06:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 27. DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle) and CB Cortez Allen (thumb) were limited during practice, while DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
Nov 27, 06:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 27. DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle) and CB Cortez Allen (thumb) were limited during practice, while DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
Nov 27, 06:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 27. DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle) and CB Cortez Allen (thumb) were limited during practice, while DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
Nov 27, 06:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 27. DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle) and CB Cortez Allen (thumb) were limited during practice, while DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
Nov 27, 06:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 27. DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle) and CB Cortez Allen (thumb) were limited during practice, while DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
Nov 27, 06:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 27. DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle) and CB Cortez Allen (thumb) were limited during practice, while DE Brett Keisel (non-injury), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
Nov 27, 06:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (illness) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 27.
Nov 26, 07:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Nov 26, 07:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Nov 26, 07:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (non-injury) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26. OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and DT Steve McLendon (shoulder) were limited during practice, while CB Cortez Allen (thumb), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
Nov 26, 07:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (non-injury) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26. OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and DT Steve McLendon (shoulder) were limited during practice, while CB Cortez Allen (thumb), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
Nov 26, 07:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (non-injury) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26. OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and DT Steve McLendon (shoulder) were limited during practice, while CB Cortez Allen (thumb), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
Nov 26, 07:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (non-injury) and SS Troy Polamalu (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26. OT Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and DT Steve McLendon (shoulder) were limited during practice, while CB Cortez Allen (thumb), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle), CB Ike Taylor (forearm) and SS Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) fully participated in practice.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Mike Mitchell, S; Arthur Moats, LB; Lance Moore, WR; LeGarrette Blount, RB. 

Losses:
Larry Foote, LB; Jerricho Cotchery, WR; Emmanuel Sanders, WR; Ziggy Hood, DT; LaMarr Woodley, LB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  15 Ryan ShazierLB
 # 2  14 Stephon TuittDL
 # 3  33 Dri ArcherRB
 # 4  18 Martavis BryantWR
 # 5  17 Shaquille RichardsonDB
 # 6  16 Jordan ZumwaltLB
 # 6  39 Daniel McCullersDL
 # 7  15 Rob BlanchflowerTE
 Undrafted Stephen HoustonRB
 Undrafted Josh HarrisRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     Cleveland
2     Sep 11 8:25PM     at Baltimore
3     Sep 21 8:30PM     at Carolina
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     at Cleveland
7     Oct 20 8:30PM     Houston
8     Oct 26 4:25PM     Indianapolis
9     Nov 2 8:30PM     Baltimore
10     Nov 9 1:00PM     at New York Jets
11     Nov 17 8:30PM     at Tennessee
-- Week 12 Bye --
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     New Orleans
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     at Cincinnati
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     at Atlanta
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     Kansas City
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     Cincinnati
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