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Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: The Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to re-sign defensive end Brett Keisel to bolster a reconfigured line that has struggled to produce much of anything in the first two weeks of the preseason. Keisel posted on his Twitter feed Tuesday "I am very excited to finish what I started in 2002 with the (at)steelers. Time to get to work!!"
Impact: The Steelers decided not to re-sign Keisel in the offseason after the 35-year-old finished with four sacks in 12 games in 2013. Keisel, who turns 36 on Sept. 19, was effective when healthy last season. But with the team up against the salary cap he wasn't going to command anywhere near the $4.9 million cap number he received last year.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | STATS
News: The Steelers and Gilbert have reached agreement on a new six-year contract that runs through the 2019 season.
Impact: Gilbert, a second-round pick in the 2011 draft, has started 34 games in three seasons. He was selected as the team's outstanding rookie after making 13 starts at left tackle in 2011. He missed the last 11 games of the 2012 season with an ankle injury and switched to right tackle last season.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gilbert signed a five-year, $30 million extension with the Steelers on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: Gilbert was a rock for the Steelers at the right tackle spot in 2013, starting all 16 games to add some needed stability to an offensive line that had been besieged by injuries the last two seasons. The sizable contract demonstrates that the Steelers view Gilbert as a core player on the offensive line for years to come.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones (groin), who missed the Steelers' preseason game against Buffalo, practiced Monday and is on track to play Thursday against Philadelphia, according to ESPN.com. "He looked good today in practice," said linebackers coach Keith Butler.
Impact: If Jones can play, the Steelers would finally have what is anticipated to be their entire regular season starting defense on the field at the same time. This would likely be the only time to evaluate the unit as a whole, as most starters are expected to see limited action, if any, in their final preseason game against the Panthers.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wheaton caught two passes on three targets for 15 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's preseason game versus the Bills.
Impact: Wheaton, who was dropped for a one yard loss on his first catch, hauled in a 16-yard touchdown from starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the Steelers' next play during the first quarter of Saturday's contest. After one catch for 28 yards in Pittsburgh's first exhibition outing, Wheaton appears to be building a strong rapport with Roethlisberger ahead of the upcoming campaign, a crucial development considering Wheaton is in line to start this year, despite just six receptions as a rookie last season.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones did not play in Saturday's preseason game versus the Bills due to a groin injury, The Observer-Reporter reports.
Impact: Jones was replaced in Pittsburgh's starting lineup by outside linebacker Chris Carter. At the moment, the extent of Jones' groin injury is unclear, so it will be worthwhile to monitor his practice involvement this week.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell rushed for 11 yards on four carries in Saturday's preseason contest against the Bills.
Impact: Meanwhile, LeGarrette Blount rushed for zero yards on three carries and Dri Archer for one yard on two carries. While coach Mike Tomlin has indicated that both Bell and Blount are "going to get their share" of work this coming season, we suspect that when the dust settles, Bell, the more capable pass-catcher of the two, will continue to head the Steelers' rushing attack.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blount rushed three times for zero yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Impact: Meanwhile, Le'Veon Bell ran four times for 11 yards in the contest. While there's not much to be gleaned from Saturday's numbers, and coach Mike Tomlin indicated that both backs will get their share of work this season, Bell, a skilled pass-catcher out of the backfield, remains on track to head the Steelers' backfield, with the bruising Blount on hand to spell him and perhaps factor in on short-yardage situations.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Shazier (knee) was quite impressive in his preseason debut Saturday versus the Bills, when he registered nine tackles (all solo) and an interception, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Shazier suffered a knee bruise during the opening days of training camp and consequently missed numerous practices, as well as Pittsburgh's opening preseason game. No matter, the rookie first-rounder returned to action this week and looked plenty prepared for the NFL in his first exhibition contest Saturday. Not only did Shazier lead the Steelers in tackles, but he also picked-off a pass and returned it 27 yards. With Shazier expected to start at inside linebacker this season, he has the potential to be an IDP stud, as Saturday's debut hinted at.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Roethlisberger completed 8-of-11 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns in Pittsburgh's 19-16 preseason win against Buffalo Saturday.
Impact: In limited action through two preseason games, Roethlisberger is 9-of-13 passing for 174 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. A revamped offensive line and the implementation of a no-huddle offense could translate into big fantasy numbers for Big Ben.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heyward-Bey, who failed to record a reception and was targeted just once in the Steelers' 19-16 preseason win over Buffalo, could be on the bubble of making the team's 53-man roster, ESPN.cm suggests.
Impact: Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore head the team's wideout depth chart, but the report suggests that the likes of Derek Moye and Heyward-Bey could be odd men out in the final roster mix if they are unable to overtake Justin Brown, who is currently listed as a second-team wideout by the Steelers.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blount and Le'Veon Bell are "both going to get their share" of carries this season, according to comments made by coach Mike Tomlin on TribLiveRadio.
Impact: What this means in terms of the number of touches for each running back is still unclear, although Bell remains ahead of Blount on the depth chart. Blount is likely to be used in short yardage situations, including near the goal-line, and any additional carries he may get has to be a concern to Bell owners. Hopefully we will have a clearer picture of their roles over the next few weeks.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell and LeGarrette Blount are "both going to get their share" of carries this season, according to comments made by coach Mike Tomlin on TribLiveRadio.
Impact: Although he should still be viewed as the Steelers' number one running back, this is not what Bell owners want to hear. Blount split first-team work with Bell in last weekend's preseason game against the Giants, and he is likely to be a factor around the goal-line. This is a situation fantasy owners need to watch this preseason.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Shazier (knee) is questionable for Saturday's preseason game against the Bills, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Shazier is dealing with a knee bruise according to the report, and thus far there is nothing to suggest that it's an issue that will affect the inside linebacker's regular season prospects.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bryant caught a pair of touchdown passes during red-zone drills Tuesday, according to ESPN.com. "He made a couple of plays today, but we know that he's capable of that," said an unimpressed coach Mike Tomlin. "I'm looking for him to grow in all areas and have the type of detail in his work where we can rely upon him."
Impact: Bryant is trying to show the Steelers that he is better than his erratic play in their 20-16 preseason loss to the New York Giants. Pittsburgh has several options at receiver, but repeat performances like this practice, which also included a sideline catch that required him to get both feet down quickly, could help him move up on the depth chart.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Palmer caught a touchdown pass in traffic during a 7-on-7 drill Tuesday, according to ESPN.com.
Impact: Palmer had been out with an ankle injury, but looked good upon his return to practice. He is in a position battle with Matt Spaeth, David Paulson and rookie Rob Blanchflower to back up Heath Miller this season.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams left practice Tuesday with a possible concussion, according to ESPN.com.
Impact: Williams needed two trainers to help him off the practice field for further evaluation. He's competing with Sean Spence to back up inside linebackers Lawrence Timmons and first-round draft pick Ryan Shazier.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones recorded one sack, matching his rookie season total, in the Steelers' preseason game againt the Giants, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Last year's first-round pick finished his rookie season with 40 tackles (30 solo) but had difficulty getting to opposing quarterbacks, limiting his role to backing up Jason Worilds. This season, Jones is expected to start opposite Worilds, with Lawrence Timmons and rookie Ryan Shazier inside, giving the Steelers a formidable linebacking corps. The Pittsburgh defense looks to improve upon the 34 sacks they tallied in 2013.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Spence played his first football game in two years, combining for three tackles in the Steelers' preseason opener against the Giants, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "Words can't really explain it," he said. "Emotions were running very high. It's a blessing to be back on the field, with my teammates, doing what I love."
Impact: Spence is trying to return from three torn knee ligaments, a dislocated kneecap, and damage to the peroneal nerve, suffered in the 2012 preseason. He's competing with Vince Williams to back up inside linebackers Lawrence Timmons and first-round draft pick Ryan Shazier.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Shazier (undisclosed) expects to play in Saturday night's preseason game, although he's still unsure when he/ll return to practice this week, Scott Brown of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Shazier has been dealing with an undisclosed ailment lately, which caused him to sit out Pittsburgh's first preseason outing over the weekend. Given his recent rest period, the Steelers' first-rounder expects to suit up next game but will probably have to return to practice first. Nonetheless, accomplished defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau still projects Shazier to start at inside linebacker. Noted for his exceptional athletic ability, Shazier could be among the top IDP rookies this season.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wheaton, unlike most of the Steelers' offensive starters, remained in Saturday's opening preseason game for longer than one series, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: Wheaton, who is currently projected to start opposite Antonio Brown, needs to gain more reps, following a rookie season that saw him catch just six passes. With that it mind, it shouldn't be surprising to see Wheaton featured longer than most of the Steelers' starters throughout the preseason. A speedy receiver, Wheaton hauled in a 28-yard catch on his only target and also rushed once for 10 yards in Sunday's exhibition tilt against the Giants.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Houston was waived by the Patriots, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Houston, who carried the ball three times for seven yards with a fumble in Thursday's preseason opener, will now look to catch on elsewhere as a depth back.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Archer gained 50 yards on two receptions and nine yards on two carries in Saturday's preseason opener against the Giants.
Impact: Split out wide on a play early in the first quarter, Archer took a screen pass 46 yards, albeit without much of a challenge from the defense. Of course, when you're arguably the fastest player in the league, it's a bit easier to pick up big chunks of yardage without going near a defender. Archer doesn't figure to see many carries this season, but he could establish some kind of role in the Pittsburgh offense, thanks to his game-breaking speed and excellent agility. However, it may be that Archer's primary impact as a rookie comes in the return game.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown caught both of his targets for 21 yards in Saturday's preseason opener against the Giants.
Impact: The Steelers have plenty of questions at wide receiver, but none of them have anything to do with Brown, who is far and away the top dog of the group. He got it done without a ton of help to draw the attention of opponents last season, and should once again see somewhere in the range of 10 targets per game. Emmauel Sanders left for Denver, but the Steelers signed Lance Moore, and are expecting bigger things things from Markus Wheaton in year two. Fourth-round rookie Martavis Bryant could also emerge as a factor, and 2013 sixth-round selection Justin Brown is said to be having a strong camp. None of them present a real threat to (Antonio) Brown.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Moore had no catches on one target in Saturday's preseason opener against the Giants.
Impact: Moore's lone target came in the red zone, which doesn't figure to be his area of expertise this season. There's been some talk that Moore needs to hold off Justin Brown for the third spot on the depth chart, but it's also possible that the former Saint will push Markus Wheaton for the No. 2 slotting. It's hard to imagine Moore actually falling to fourth on the depth chart.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blount gained 10 yards on three carries in Saturday's preseason opener against the Giants.
Impact: Blount seemingly doesn't have much to gain or lose this preseason, as he's expected to spell Le'Veon Bell on early downs once the games count. Rookie Dri Archer is the more suitable player to work behind Bell on passing downs, while both Blount and Bell are viable candidates for the goal-line work. It remains unclear whether Blount is a major threat to Bell's goal-line carries.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell (hamstring) gained 18 yards on three carries and six yards on one reception in Saturday's preseason opener against the Giants.
Impact: Bell returned to practice last week and now seems to be healthy, so the main concern is how much LeGarrette Blount and Dri Archer will cut into his workload. Blount is an obvious threat to steal goal-line carries and some early-down work, while Archer could perhaps be used as a third-down back. Archer's role may ultimately have little to do with Bell's, as the speedy rookie is far too small to stand any chance in pass protection. Archer took a screen pass 46 yards while split out wide during Saturday's game.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Roethlisberger played just one drive in Saturday's preseason opener against the Giants, completing one of his two passes for 46 yards.
Impact: Roethlisberger threw a quick screen to rookie running back Dri Archer, who wasted no time getting 46 yards up the field. The Steelers lost Emmanuel Sanders and Jericho Cotchery in the offseason, but they added a couple of receiving threats in Archer and fourth-round wide receiver Martavis Bryant. Arguably more important than the additions, the Steelers are expecting Markus Wheaton to step up after a quiet rookie season. Wheaton and Antonio Brown are listed as the starters on the initial depth chart, with Lance Moore -- or perhaps Justin Brown -- expected to serve as the third receiver. The Steelers finally acquired a big red-zone threat in the 6-4 Bryant, but it's unclear what kind of role, if any, the rookie will have this season. While the Pittsburgh receiving corps looks rather shaky, the team should have better backs and linemen than they did the past few seasons. Still, as has been the case for years now, Roethlisberger doesn't have much to work with compared to other comparably talented quarterbacks.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brown has a real chance of surpassing Lance Moore on the depth chart, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "I don't want to waste any opportunities or waste any practices," Brown said.
Impact: Brown, who has taken most of the first-team snaps with Ben Roethlisberger, gives the Steelers the height they have been missing from their outside receivers. At 6-foot-3, Brown has six inches on Moore. Although the team has yet to play a preseason game, this is clearly a position battle worth watching.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Heyward-Bey (concussion) is among the Steelers who are iffy for Saturday's preseason game against the Giants, ESPN.cm reports.
Impact: Heyward-Bey has at least returned to practice, but he has some ground to make up, in any case, as he is currently listed as a third-stringer on the Steelers' initial depth chart.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Shazier, who is dealing with an unspecified injury, may not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants, ESPN.cm reports.
Impact: Coach Mike Tomlin has downplayed the first-rounder's injury, so there is nothing to suggest that Shazier's chances of starting this season at inside linebacker will be impacted by the issue.
Wed. Aug 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell (hamstring) participated in Wednesday's practice, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Bell missed a few practices last week, but it sounds like he is already back at full strength. Though the report makes no note of his injury, the second-year running back apparently ripped off a 30-yard gain during Wednesday's practice. While best known for his brute strength running between the tackles, Bell anticipates running a significant number of stretch plays this season. He plans to play at around 230 pounds, which is about 10 pounds below his playing weight from college.
Fri. Aug 1, 2014 | STATS
News: The Pittsburgh Steelers have given kicker Shaun Suisham a four-year contract extension that runs through the 2018 season. The team made the announcement on Friday. He's made 95-of-109 field goals and all 128 extra points for 412 points since 2010.
Impact: Suisham established a team record in 2013, connecting on 30-of-32 field goal attempts for a 93.8 percent conversion rate. He ranks first in team history with an 87.2 percent field goal conversion mark and fifth in field goals made with 95.