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 19, 06:13 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers and free-agent DE Brett Keisel (Steelers) have agreed to an undisclosed deal, according to a source.
Aug 19, 05:13 PM Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert signed a five-year extension worth $30 million.
Aug 19, 04:53 PM Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert has signed a six-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Aug 18, 09:52 AM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier had 11 tackles and an interception in less than two quarters of playing time in the second preseason game Sunday, Aug. 17.
Aug 18, 01:12 AM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier did well in pass coverage and tackling during the second preseason game, according to LB Lawrence Timmons. 'His pass coverage is awesome,' inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons said. 'You saw the tackles; he was making tackles left and right. He has the pedigree. He has all the talent and the intangibles you want in an inside linebacker.'
Aug 16, 12:02 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Tauren Poole appears to be the leading candidate for the No. 4 running back job if the team decides to keep four running backs on their final roster. Poole will have to show he can contribute on special teams if he wants to make the roster.
Aug 14, 09:22 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jarvis Jones (groins), FB Will Johnson (hamstring), LB Vince Williams (concussion), OG Ramon Foster (knee), LB Jordan Zumwalt (groin), SS Will Allen (hamstring) and TE Matt Spaeth. C Maurkice Pouncey was given the day off.
Aug 14, 06:52 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (knee) participated with the starting defense in 11 on 11 drills Thursday, Aug. 14 and could very well play Saturday, Aug. 16 against the Buffalo Bills.
Aug 14, 03:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Vince Williams (concussion) may not be able to play in the second preseason game because of a concussion. Williams has to pass concussion tests before he is cleared to play.
Aug 14, 12:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (knee) and LB Jarvis Jones (groin) are considered questionable for the second preseason game because of their injuries.
Aug 13, 05:43 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jarvis Jones (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Aug 13, 05:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers TE Matt Spaeth (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Aug 12, 05:53 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Vince Williams (head) may have suffered a concussion Tuesday, Aug. 12, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Aug 12, 04:43 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Vince Williams (undisclosed) left practice under his own power Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Aug 12, 12:43 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers placed P Adam Podlesh on the Reserve/Did Not Report list Tuesday, Aug. 12. Podlesh hasn't reported to training camp because of family obligations, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.
Aug 12, 02:33 AM A contract extension for Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert, who is in the final year of his rookie deal, could come as soon as this week.

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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