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

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.
Mar 24, 02:32 AM Free-agent CB Ike Taylor (Steelers) has not fielded any offers from teams to continue playing, but he is exploring potential opportunities in television.
Mar 22, 12:42 PM Free-agent LB James Harrison (Steelers) signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, March 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Mar 21, 10:52 PM Free-agent LB James Harrison said Saturday, March 21, that he will decide between re-signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers or joining the Tennessee Titans.
Mar 19, 03:52 PM Free-agent LB James Harrison (Steelers) is still an option for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the team likely will not try to re-sign him until the summer because they do not need him to participate in offseason workouts.
Mar 19, 01:12 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer will have a role on offense that will take advantage of his speed, but people have to be patient with his development, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Archer could also be used as a kick returner next season.
Mar 18, 04:13 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is expected to push WR Markus Wheaton for the No. 2 wide receiver job during training camp, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. 'We are looking for him to come in and make a push against Markus Wheaton for that No. 2 spot and continue give us big-time production, specifically in the red area where a big target like that can make a big impact,' Haley said.
Mar 18, 04:13 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is expected to push WR Markus Wheaton for the No. 2 wide receiver job during training camp, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. 'We are looking for him to come in and make a push against Markus Wheaton for that No. 2 spot and continue give us big-time production, specifically in the red area where a big target like that can make a big impact,' Haley said.
Mar 13, 05:53 PM Free-agent RB DeAngelo Williams (Panthers) has signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: Williams should be the top backup for the Steelers and could have some value early in the year with LeVeon Bell likely suspended a few games.
Mar 13, 03:53 PM Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has agreed to a contract extension with the team. Terms of the extension were not disclosed.

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
 # 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
 Undrafted L'Damian WashingtonWR

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 1:00PM     Cleveland
2     Sep 17 8:25PM     at Baltimore
3     Sep 27 8:30PM     at Carolina
4     Oct 4 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
5     Oct 11 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     at Cleveland
7     Oct 26 8:30PM     Houston
8     Nov 1 4:25PM     Indianapolis
9     Nov 8 8:30PM     Baltimore
10     Nov 15 1:00PM     at New York Jets
11     Nov 23 8:30PM     at Tennessee
-- Week 12 Bye --
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     New Orleans
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     at Cincinnati
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     at Atlanta
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     Kansas City
17     Jan 3 8:30PM     Cincinnati
18     Jan 9 8:15PM     Baltimore
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