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Dri Archer says he'll have 'a big role'
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Steelers rookie running back Dri Archer told the Akron Beacon Journal that he's going to have "a big role" in the offense this season, even if he isn't sure what it will entail. 

"I'm not sure," Archer said of what his role will be. "It's going to be a big role, but I'm just going to do whatever I'm asked to do. Play receiver, play running back, helping special teams. Whatever they want me to do, I'm going to do it."

Archer could see time in the slot as well as in the backfield but is unlikely to unseat Le'Veon Bell or LeGarrette Blount as key running backs in the Steelers offense. 

In 10 games last season with Kent State, Archer tallied 10 total touchdowns and 854 total yards on 68 carries and 25 catches. 

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Ike Taylor unhappy with taking a pay cut
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor told The Jim Rome Show that he was "pissed off" about taking a pay cut to stay with the team this season. He gave back $4.25 million in salary. 

"I'm pissed off about it, still am pissed off about it and I'm going to be pissed off until the end of the season about it," Taylor said. "Did it hurt me? Hell yeah. Does it still hurt? Yeah, it hurts, but hopefully I can go in and bounce back this year, do what I need to do on the field and we will see what happens after."

Taylor added that he considered leaving the Steelers when asked to take a pay cut but noticed that other players who didn't take pay cuts struggled after getting released. 

"I didn't want to leave Pittsburgh, point blank, period," Taylor said. "I've got a lot of relationships -- I have a lot of friends, I gained a lot of business relationships in Pittsburgh. Just hearing from other guys coming from other teams and being on the team with Pittsburgh, they say it's like no other; it's like day and night, so I'll listen."

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Lance Moore a standout at offseason practices
by Larry Hartstein |

Steelers free agent acquisition Lance Moore, who signed a two-year, $3 million contract in March, "stood out as much as any player during offseason practices," reports The 30-year-old former Saint "proved to be a quick study while learning a new offense, and he could put up big numbers if opposing teams pay too much attention to Pro Bowler Antonio Brown," the report said.

Moore is locked in as the team's No. 3 receiver. As recently as 2012, Moore caught 65 balls for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns.

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Haley confident in Steelers receiving corps
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Steelers lost Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery this offseason as free agents, but offensive coordinator Todd Haley is confident in his group this year, reports ESPN.

In losing Sanders and Cotchery, the Steelers have to replace 1,342 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, which could be hard to do.

"It's as deep a group as I've been around from top to bottom," Haley said. "I think some guys that are pretty good football players probably won't make the team."

The Steelers have Antonio Brown as their No. 1 option, and Markus Wheaton is penciled in as the other starter. Lance Moore was signed to take Cotchery's role as the No. 3 receiver, and rookie Martavis Bryant is competing with Darrius Heyward-Bey for the No. 4 spot. Justin Brown is also in the mix for a role.

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Steelers could mix, match 'B&B backfield'
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Steelers might mix and match running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount more than originally expected, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

"I don't think you'll be able to tell anything with the first two guys," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said of what could become known as the B&B backfield. "The key for me is to not know which one is in there. To have that much confidence and faith in both of them, that both can get it done whether it's running, catching or blocking."

The Steelers want to get their no-huddle offense to a point where they do not have to change personnel on the fly. If the backs can serve different roles from snap to snap, that versatility makes them more valuable.

"The nice thing is we can start a series with certain personnel and we can keep that personnel on the field and go no-huddle," Roethlisberger said. "So we can try to dictate what defense comes on the field so we can get in the best play possible."

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