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

Jul 31, 04:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion) reportedly left practice Thursday, July 31, with concussion symptoms.
Jul 31, 04:02 PM Pittsburgh Steelers TE Rob Blanchflower (ankle) is expected to miss at least one week because of a high ankle sprain.
Jul 31, 03:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) is participating in practice Thursday, July 31.
Jul 30, 03:53 PM Pittsburgh Steelers TE Rob Blanchflower (undisclosed) is in a walking boot Wednesday, July 30.
Jul 29, 01:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer has been lining up at both running back and wide receiver in practice. Archer said he could line up anywhere on the offense except at quarterback.
Jul 28, 11:43 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jordan Zumwalt (groin) left practice early Monday, July 28, and WR C.J. Goodwin (shoulder) was held out of drills during practice.
Jul 28, 02:13 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) will not practice Monday, July 28, due to a hamstring injury.
Jul 28, 02:02 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers are confident that they will be able sign QB Ben Roethlisberger before his current contract expires, according to general manager Kevin Colbert. Colbert said he expects Roethlisberger to retire as a member of the organization.
Jul 27, 11:02 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (groin) did not participate in practice Sunday, July 27, because of a groin injury.
Jul 27, 05:32 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) didn't finish practice Sunday, July 27, due to a tight hamstring.
Jul 26, 11:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DEs Cam Thomas, Brian Arnfelt and Stephon Tuitt all received snaps at left defensive end with the first-team defense during practice Saturday, July 26.
Jul 26, 05:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger concentrated on strengthening his throwing arm in the offseason and said it is the strongest it has been in his career. He also worked with a personal trainer and nutritionist for the first time to keep his weight down and endurance up.
Jul 26, 05:12 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer is the front runner to be the team's punt returner.
Jul 26, 04:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers SS Will Allen is filling in for FS Mike Mitchell (groin) with the first-team defense.
Jul 26, 04:32 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jordan Zumwalt is playing inside linebacker and calling the plays with the third-team defense Saturday, July 26.
Jul 26, 03:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers OG Cody Wallace saw repetitions with the first team Saturday, July 26, in place of OG Ramon Foster (undisclosed).

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

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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