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

Aug 30, 03:32 PM Pittsburgh Steelers TE Rob Blanchflower, LS Bryce Davis, TE David Paulson, CB Isaiah Green, CB Dayonne Nunley, CB Shaquille Richardson, CB Ross Ventrone, RB Josh D. Harris, RB Stephen Houston, DE Ethan Hemer, DE Josh Mauro, DT Roy Philon, DE Nick Williams, LB Chris Carter, DE Howard Jones, LB Daniel Molls, QB Brendon Kay, WR Derek Moye, C Graham Pocic, OG Will Simmons and OT Guy Whimper were released Saturday, Aug. 30.
Aug 30, 12:02 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Lanear Sampson was released Saturday, Aug. 30, according to a source.
Aug 29, 05:32 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers claimed CB B.W. Webb off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys Friday, Aug. 29. In a corresponding move, the team placed LB Jordan Zumwalt (hamstring) on the Reserve/Injured list.
Aug 29, 11:42 AM 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.
Aug 29, 08:42 AM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder) suffered a sprained right AC joint in his shoulder in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.
Aug 28, 09:02 PM Pittsburgh Steelers CB Brice McCain (groin) left the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, with a groin injury and will not return.
Aug 28, 09:10 AM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey appears to be in good shape for a roster spot, as the team will likely keep six receivers on the 53-man roster. WRs Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore, Martavis Bryant, Justin Brown and Heyward-Bey are expected to comprise the group.
Aug 28, 01:03 AM Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones will play extensively in the preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, against the Carolina Panthers, and he might start.
Aug 28, 01:03 AM Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel will play in the preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, against the Carolina Panthers. Head coach Mike Tomlin indicated Keisel will play an extended number of snaps.
Aug 27, 09:33 AM 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.
Aug 27, 09:33 AM Pittsburgh Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount 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. Blount is a weak RB4 with some TD-only upside, but best serves as a handcuff to Le'Veon Bell.
Aug 26, 06:23 PM 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.
Aug 26, 04:33 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers released OL Chris Elkins, DT Loni Fangupo, OT Emmanuel McCray, DE Brian Arnfelt, LS Luke Ingram and RB Tauren Poole Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Aug 26, 08:43 AM The Pittsburgh Steelers released RBs Miguel Maysonet, RB Jordan Hall, WR C.J. Goodwin, WR Kashif Moore, TE Eric Waters, FS Jordan Dangerfield, CB Devin Smith, DB Lew Toler and LB Vic So'oto.
Aug 25, 03:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RBs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount could still face a suspension from the team, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Bell and Blount were recently charged with driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.
Aug 23, 01:32 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DE Cam Heyward (ankle) is working on playing next week despite spraining his ankle against the Philadelphia Eagles in the team's third preseason game.

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
 # 5  33 Wesley JohnsonOL
 # 6  16 Jordan ZumwaltLB
 # 6  39 Daniel McCullersDL
 # 7  15 Rob BlanchflowerTE
 Undrafted Stephen HoustonRB

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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