Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd109.5 (16th)301.6 (2nd)
Defense18th100.3 (6th)253.1 (27th)
2015 Draft
122Bud DupreeDEUK
256Senquez GolsonCBMISS
387Sammie CoatesWRAUBURN
4121Doran GrantCBOHIOST
5160Jesse JamesTEPSU
6199Leterrius WaltonDTCMICH
6212Anthony ChickilloDEMIAMI
7239Gerod HollimanFSLVILLE


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Game slowing down already for Steelers rookie LB Bud Dupree
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Steelers rookie linebacker and first-round pick Bud Dupree needed all of three practices to sense a difference in his development as an NFL player.

The game is already slowing down.

"The first day was kind of fast for me and the rest of the rookies, but I feel like we are adjusting well and learning the plays on the go," he told the team website. "I think I am adjusting fast to the playbook. I know a lot of it right now, but I want to keep on learning."

Much has changed since rookie minicamp. The game definitely speeds up when the veterans arrive.

"All the vets already know where they are going, know their assignments already," Dupree said. "They have been through a lot of game experience so they know what to expect. Me and the rest of the rookies are just going on what we see right now."

Dupree is especially tuned in to what his fellow linebackers are doing. He is taking their advice in adjusting to a new defense.

"All the fundamental things you need to learn playing football and learning the plays more precise so you don't have to think about it while you're on the field. Just small things like that."

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Steelers' James Harrison on retirement: 'You can't play forever'
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

With Steelers linebacker James Harrison about to enter his 13th NFL season, Harrison knows his time in the league may be ending soon, reports the team's official website.

"It's a young man's game," he said. "You can't play it forever. You have to be grateful for the time that you get and move on from there."

Harrison briefly retired after the 2013 season before returning to play in 2014. He said he has come to realize that change is a constant in the NFL.

"Each year is a new era because you have a new set of guys," Harrison said. "No defense comes in with the same group of guys year in and year out from every position. I think each year is a new group, new era."

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Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell awaiting word on suspension appeal
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Steelers standout running back Le'Veon Bell has yet to hear back about his appeal to a three-game suspension for marijuana, ESPN has reported.

Bell has apologized for getting himself in trouble, stating that pot is not important to him and issuing self-blame.

"It's my own fault," he said Tuesday. "I learned my lesson and it made me a better man and person. It's going to make me a better player."

Bell is hoping that his reputation can eventually match his production, which has been significant. He rushed for 1,361 yards a year ago and caught a whopping 85 passes.

"Everybody has their own opinions about me, but that's fine," he said. "I can't make everybody like me and I can't make everybody hate me. I just have to continue to move forward and continue to be me. I know I'm a great person and a great football player, so I have to continue to be on and off the field."

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Steelers WR Antonio Brown: 'This is a community that I love'
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Steelers explosive wideout Antonio Brown put on a happy face Tuesday for the media despite his inability to land a long-term deal with the team. He is scheduled this season to make $8.392 million, which ranks only 13th in the NFL among all wide receivers.

"This is a community that I love," Brown told ESPN. "My kids go to school here. I want to keep a good reputation. Obviously money's not important to me. I've got enough. The organization has extremely blessed me. I'm ready to play football."

Brown has more catches (239) than any other receiver in the sport since 2013.

The Steelers hold his rights for the next three seasons and don't typically renegotiate contracts until one is set to expire that year.

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Steelers WR Antonio Brown: 'I'll be there at training camp'
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Steelers stud wide receiver Antonio Brown has vowed to be ready for training camp after skipping the team's OTA on Tuesday.

"I'll be there at training camp so you guys get ready to see me," he said via Associated Press.

Brown has been disgruntled over his six-year, $43 million contract, which he believes he has outperformed. He led the NFL with 129 catches and 1,698 yards last year while scoring 13 touchdowns.

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