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

Mar 01, 01:02 PM Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent LB James Harrison could receive interest from the Tennessee Titans since they added assistant head coach/defense Dick LeBeau this offseason.
Mar 01, 10:52 AM Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey will not re-sign with the Steelers this offseason.
Feb 26, 12:33 AM The Pittsburgh Steelers do not plan to use the transition tag on impending free-agent LB Jason Worilds, allowing him to hit free agency March 10, a league source said Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Feb 23, 03:12 AM Free-agent OLB James Harrison (Steelers) has decided he wants to play football in 2015. Harrison would prefer to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers if at all possible.
Feb 16, 03:42 PM Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger could earn around $20 million per year once his new contract is finalized, according to former NFL general manager Mark Dominik. This would make Roethlisberger one of the top-five highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL.
Feb 12, 06:12 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell could very well be suspended for at least the first two games of the 2015 season. General manager Kevin Colbert said the team is planning on being without Bell at some point. Bell was arrested in August of 2014 for marijuana charges and driving under the influence.
Feb 11, 06:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season as a result of his August arrest on marijuana charges, according to sources. Bell will spend 15 months on probation as part of the first-offender's program and will have his driver's license suspended for 60 days. RBs Josh D. Harris and Ben Tate took over when Bell missed the team's playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Feb 11, 06:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to be suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season as a result of his August arrest on marijuana charges, according to sources. Bell will spend 15 months on probation as part of the first-offender's program and will have his driver's license suspended for 60 days. RBs Josh D. Harris and Ben Tate took over when Bell missed the team's playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Fantasy Impact: This is something to watch this offseason. Obviously, missing a couple games would hurt his value for 2015. Stay tuned.
Feb 11, 03:03 AM Pittsburgh Steelers OLB Jason Worilds, who will hit free agency this offseason, will be targeted for re-signing by the team. Worilds may have the transition tag applied to him once again, as it was in 2014.
Feb 10, 02:23 PM Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's contract talks regarding an extension have begun on a preliminary basis, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.
Feb 08, 04:22 PM Free-agent CB Ike Taylor (Steelers) is open to signing with the Tennessee Titans once the free-agency period opens up. Taylor is a big fan of Dick LeBeau, who recently joined the Titans coaching staff.
Feb 06, 12:12 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell will spend 15 months on probation in a first-offender's program after his arrest last August for marijuana. He will also have his driver's license suspended for 60 days. Bell can petition the court to have his arrest record expunged if he finishes the probation program without incident. Defense attorney Robert Del Greco Jr. said that Bell will likely face up to a two-game NFL suspension.
Feb 05, 01:22 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brett Keisel (triceps) told the media Wednesday, Feb. 4, he'd rehab his injury and see how things turn out in regards to playing in 2015.
Jan 29, 01:02 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) has been able to work out despite ending the season with an injured knee. 'The knee is close to 100%,' Bell said. 'I'm probably about 85-90%, been able to run on it a little bit. So I'm getting back to work out a little.'
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.

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  39 Daniel McCullersDL
 # 7  15 Rob BlanchflowerTE
 Undrafted L'Damian WashingtonWR
 Undrafted Josh HarrisRB
 Undrafted Stephen HoustonRB

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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