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

Outlook

The Steelers won the division last year and return much of that team from 2014. Pittsburgh can find success again this season. The offense is becoming one of the best in the league while the defense has improved from the last few years. The defense still has a few holes but the offense can make up for that. A big concern might be early in the year when star running back LeVeon Bell is serving a suspension. If the Steelers can get by while Bell is out, this team can make another playoff appearance. The Steelers might not be a Super Bowl contender but are pretty close to that level.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Receiver Martavis Bryant showed his promise the second half of last season, having two 100-yard games while scoring eight touchdowns. He also averaged more than 21 yards per receptions. Bryant is a big-play threat that will start from day one this season. He has big potential in this offense and could reach the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. Donā??t expect his touchdown pace to maintain from last season but heā??ll get his scores and should get more yards and receptions. Bryant is a young receiver on the rise.
FANTASY DUD
It came as a bit of a surprise, but tight end Heath Miller had a nice season last year. Just when you thought he was starting to fade, he finishes with 761 yards and four games with seven or more receptions. Miller had another productive season as the starter for the Steelers. But Miller has to start to fade sooner than later. He is another year older with a lot of wear and tear on his body. Plus, the Steelers have more weapons in the passing game, which should take some targets away from Miller. We expect his numbers to take a bit of a dip this season.

Team Notes

May 26, 10:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said his knee is close to 100% healed from the injury he suffered during the 2014 season.
May 26, 05:13 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown did not answer questions on the first day of organized team activities regarding a possible new deal.
May 21, 09:53 AM Free-agent RB Ben Tate (Steelers) is working out for the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, May 21.
May 14, 07:32 PM 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.'
Apr 27, 10:52 AM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown was spotted at the team's facility Monday, April 27.
Apr 23, 06:32 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said his knee is close to being 100% after injuring it five weeks ago.
Apr 22, 02:23 PM 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.
Apr 20, 01:32 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is not present for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 20, according to a source.
Apr 20, 11:02 AM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is seeking a new contract and could hold out from minicamps and training camp, according to sources.
Apr 14, 09:32 AM Free-agent CB Ike Taylor (Steelers) announced his retirement Tuesday, April 14.
Apr 10, 05:52 PM Free-agent SS Will Allen (Steelers) re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, April 10. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Apr 09, 01:02 PM Pittsburgh Steelers OG David DeCastro's fifth-year option was picked up by the team Thursday, April 9.
Apr 09, 09:52 AM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was suspended three games and fined an additional game check after violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to league sources. He has appealed.
Apr 07, 05:23 PM 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.

Fantasy Impact: This hurts his value but it could have been worse. Just plan accordingly if you plan on drafting Bell this year.
Apr 01, 03:03 PM Free-agent DE Clifton Geathers (Steelers) was re-signed to a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, April 1. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Mar 26, 11:52 AM Free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Steelers) re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, March 26. Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal with the team, but financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: He'll serve a depth role with the team. Don't expect much.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
DeAngelo Williams, RB. 

Losses:
Brice McCain, CB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  15 Ryan ShazierLB
 # 2  14 Stephon TuittDL
 # 3  33 Dri ArcherRB
 # 4  18 Martavis BryantWR
 # 6  16 Jordan ZumwaltLB
 # 6  37 Tajh BoydQB
 # 6  39 Daniel McCullersDL
 # 7  11 Mitchell Van DykOL
 # 7  15 Rob BlanchflowerTE
 Undrafted Stephen HoustonRB
 Undrafted Josh HarrisRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 10 8:30PM     at New England
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     San Francisco
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     at St Louis
4     Oct 1 8:25PM     Baltimore
5     Oct 12 8:30PM     at San Diego
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     Arizona
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     at Kansas City
8     Nov 1 1:00PM     Cincinnati
9     Nov 8 1:00PM     Oakland
10     Nov 15 1:00PM     Cleveland
-- Week 11 Bye --
12     Nov 29 4:25PM     at Seattle
13     Dec 6 8:30PM     Indianapolis
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     at Cincinnati
15     Dec 20 4:25PM     Denver
16     Dec 27 8:30PM     at Baltimore
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Cleveland
18     Jan 9 8:15PM     Baltimore
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