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

Jan 22, 12:22 PM Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent LB Jason Worilds is receiving interest from the team for a possible return, according to team president Art Rooney. "We would like to keep Jason," Rooney said. "He had a good year. Like anything else, if the two sides can come to an agreement on a contract we would like to keep him."
Jan 19, 06:43 PM The Philadelphia Eagles announced Monday, Jan. 19, that Cory Undlin will serve as the defensive backs coach and Justin Peelle will be the tight ends coach next season. Also, John Lovett, the team's defensive backs coach since 2013 and Ted Williams, the tight ends coach the last two years, will work in the pro scouting department.
Jan 19, 06:23 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) has not been cleared to play in the 2015 Pro Bowl.
Jan 11, 07:12 AM The Pittsburgh Steelers worked out QB Aaron Smetanka, RB David Fluellen and WR L'Damian Washington earlier this week. Washington was eventually signed.
Jan 10, 09:12 AM Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) will not need surgery on his knee this offseason and should be able to have a normal offseason, according to his agent.
Jan 09, 04:42 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers signed WR Brelan Chancellor, DE Matt Conrath, S Alden Darby, TE Michael Egnew and LB Roosevelt Nix to Reserve/Futures contracts Friday, Jan. 9.
Jan 09, 01:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant, who had 26 catches, 549 yards and eight touchdowns in his rookie season, is eager to improve upon his numbers in his sophomore season in 2015. Bryant plans to work out with WR Antonio Brown this offseason in Miami. His eight touchdowns put him tied for fourth in the league among rookies.
Jan 08, 04:22 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers signed S Jordan Dangerfield and WR L'Damian Washington to Reserve/Futures contracts Thursday, Jan. 8.
Jan 08, 03:32 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jarvis Jones is expected to be the starting right outside linebacker next season unless he suffers an injury.
Jan 07, 02:23 PM Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent LB Jason Worilds could receive the franchise or transition tag this offseason if the team is not able to sign him to a long-term deal.
Jan 07, 02:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers TE Matt Spaeth (elbow) likely will undergo surgery on his elbow this offseason, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Jan 07, 02:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent CB Brice McCain said he would like to re-sign with the team this offseason.
Jan 06, 01:33 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's (knee) injury isn't expected to affect his offseason work. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Bell could have played this weekend if the team had advanced.
Jan 06, 01:33 PM Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) could have minor offseason surgery on his knee to get it cleaned up, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Roethlisberger said he didn't suffer a concussion in the team's wild-card playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and his hand is also fine.
Jan 06, 12:53 PM Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is confident that he and the team will agree on a new contract after he was tied for the NFL lead with 4,952 passing yards this season. Roethlisberger is heading into the final year of his eight-year, $102 million deal, and the Steelers hope to work something out to keep him in Pittsburgh for the rest of his career. President Art Rooney II wants Roethlisberger to retire with the team. Roethlisberger will make $11.6 million next year with a cap hit of $18.395 million, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Jan 06, 12:33 PM Pittsburgh Steelers CB Cortez Allen (knee) had a knee scope a couple weeks back, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

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 L'Damian WashingtonWR
 Undrafted Josh HarrisRB
 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 8:30PM     Cincinnati
18     Jan 3 8:15PM     Baltimore
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