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

Jul 20, 10:52 AM Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin does not assume he has job security. "I don't assume that," Tomlin said.
Jul 18, 09:32 PM Pittsburgh Steelers P Brad Wing will need to clearly outperform P Adam Podlesh during training camp and the preseason in order to make the final roster.
Jul 17, 07:22 PM Pittsburgh Steelers LB Arthur Moats recently said he brings versatility to the team with his ability to play both outside and inside linebacker. Moats was featured mostly on the outside during Pittsburgh's minicamp this offseason.
Jul 16, 03:03 PM Pittsburgh Steelers SS Shamarko Thomas expects to push FS Mike Mitchell for the startng free safety job but is willing to whatever the team asks. 'The expectation is to start, but at the end of the day, it's about what the coaches want,' Thomas said. 'But don't get it wrong, we're going to compete.' Thomas is expected to receive most of his time in the nickel and dime packages.
Jul 16, 01:13 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DE Cam Thomas could start at defensive end until DE Stephon Tuitt is ready to take over the starting job. Thomas appears to be better suited to be a swing player at defensive end and defensive tackle.
Jul 16, 01:13 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DE Brian Arnfelt has a good chance to make the final roster at this point but could be on the roster bubble if the team decides to re-sign free-agent DE Brett Keisel.
Jul 15, 04:43 PM Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey will be sued for his alleged role in a nightclub disturbance Saturday, July 12. An alleged physical altercation occurred involving Pouncey, and a statement was taken by police. The police did not identify a suspect.
Jul 14, 08:53 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has left Roc Nation Sports and plans to rehire Rosenhaus Sports for representation, sources told Fox Sports. Per NFL rules, Brown must wait five business days before officially hiring Rosenhaus Sports.
Jul 14, 03:12 PM Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey was not listed on an initial police report arising from an alleged altercation Saturday, July 12 at a South Beach nightclub in Miami. The investigation is ongoing.
Jul 11, 11:22 PM The Pittsburgh Steelers hope WR Martavis Bryant will be able to be a factor in the red zone and could also be a deep threat on offense, according to wide receivers coach Richard Mann. 'He's a big guy, different from what we've had, as far as his length. We feel like we can utilize his talents in the red zone. He has a big reach. He has good speed. So we can use him in various ways, as far as cleaning things out. He's also a deep threat. He does have the speed,' Mann said.
Jul 11, 11:22 PM Pittsburgh Steelers WR Derek Moye has improved this offseason but will still need to compete for a roster spot during training camp, according to wide receivers coach Richard Mann.
Jul 11, 09:02 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell performed well during offseason workouts and has been showing improvements in his game, according to manager Mike Tomlin. 'Le'Veon Bell has had a great offseason,' Tomlin said. 'He's really shown that he is excited about taking the next step in terms of work that he's done thus far, particularly from a conditioning standpoint.'
Jul 11, 09:02 PM Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said training camp and preseason games will determine how the team uses RBs Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer in the running game.
Jul 11, 09:02 PM Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer will receive playing time at running back and wide receiver this upcoming season, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Jul 11, 08:32 PM Pittsburgh Steelers DT Daniel McCullers will be on the roster bubble during training camp and likely will need to outperform DT Loni Fangupo for the primary backup job to make the roster. McCullers could be a practice squad candidate if he does not make the roster.
Jul 11, 08:22 PM Pittsburgh Steelers C David Snow will have to beat C Cody Wallace for the No. 2 center job during training camp if he wants to make the final roster.

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

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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