|Offense||21st||100.0 (17th)||254.0 (14th)|
|Defense||27th||75.3 (4th)||332.0 (30th)|
|4||Berry, Jordan||P||6-5||195||3/18/1991||2||Eastern Kentucky|
|84||Brown, Antonio||WR||5-10||181||7/10/1988||7||Central Michigan|
|25||Burns, Artie||CB||6-0||197||5/1/1995||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|56||Chickillo, Anthony||LB||6-3||255||12/10/1992||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|67||Finney, B.J.||C||6-4||318||10/26/1991||1||Kansas State|
|54||Fort, L.J.||LB||6-0||232||1/3/1990||2||Northern Iowa|
|24||Gilbert, Justin||DB||6-0||202||11/7/1991||3||Oklahoma State|
|79||Hargrave, Javon||DT||6-2||305||2/7/1993||R||South Carolina State|
|68||Harris, Ryan||T||6-5||302||3/11/1985||9||Notre Dame|
|92||Harrison, James||OLB||6-0||242||5/4/1978||14||Kent State|
|97||Heyward, Cameron||DE||6-5||295||5/6/1989||6||Ohio State|
|81||James, Jesse||TE||6-7||261||6/4/1994||2||Penn State|
|82||Johnson, David||TE||6-2||260||8/26/1987||8||Arkansas State|
|18||Mettenberger, Zach||QB||6-5||224||7/16/1991||3||Louisiana State|
|23||Mitchell, Mike||FS||6-1||221||6/10/1987||8||Ohio U.|
|55||Moats, Arthur||OLB||6-0||246||3/14/1988||7||James Madison|
|45||Nix-Jones, Roosevelt||FB||5-11||248||3/30/1992||2||Kent State|
|38||Richardson, Daryl||RB||5-11||196||4/12/1990||3||Abilene Christian|
|7||Roethlisberger, Ben||QB||6-5||240||3/2/1982||13||Miami (Ohio)|
|50||Shazier, Ryan||ILB||6-1||230||9/6/1992||3||Ohio State|
|94||Timmons, Lawrence||ILB||6-1||234||5/14/1986||10||Florida State|
|91||Tuitt, Stephon||DE||6-6||303||5/23/1993||3||Notre Dame|
|72||Wallace, Cody||C||6-4||296||11/26/1984||7||Texas A&M|
|96||Walton, L.T.||DT||6-5||305||3/31/1992||2||Central Michigan|
|60||Warren, Greg||LS||6-3||252||10/18/1981||12||North Carolina|
|11||Wheaton, Markus||WR||5-11||189||2/7/1991||4||Oregon State|
|98||Williams, Vince||ILB||6-1||233||12/27/1989||4||Florida State|
|28||Allen, Cortez (IR)||DB||6-1||197||10/29/1988||5||The Citadel|
|Anderson, Kevin (IR)||LB||6-4||244||4/5/1993||R||Stanford|
|Blanchflower, Rob (IR)||TE||6-4||256||6/8/1990||1||Massachusetts|
|48||Dupree, Bud (IR)||OLB||6-4||269||2/12/1993||2||Kentucky|
|5||Gradkowski, Bruce (IR)||QB||6-1||217||1/27/1983||11||Toledo|
|65||Hawkins, Jerald (IR)||T||6-6||305||10/16/1993||R||Louisiana State|
|39||Johnson, Brandon (IR)||RB||6-2||228||4/2/1993||R||Penn State|
|64||Manhart, Cole (IR)||G||6-4||298||9/25/1992||1||Nebraska-Kearney|
|McCord, Tyriq (IR)||LB||6-3||236||11/6/1993||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|15||Nelson, David (IR)||WR||6-5||215||11/7/1986||6||Florida|
|Rome, Jay (IR)||TE||6-6||254||12/12/1992||R||Georgia|
|83||Severin, Canaan (IR)||WR||6-2||205||3/16/1993||R||Virginia|
|61||Ume-Ezeoke, Valerian (IR)||C||6-3||295||2/14/1993||1||New Mexico State|
|Allen, RaShaun||TE||6-4||250||2/25/1990||2||Southern University|
|Maxey, Johnny||DT||6-5||283||10/19/1993||R||Mars Hill|
|44||Shabazz, Al-Hajj||DB||6-2||200||8/2/1992||1||West Chester|
|26||Bell, Le'Veon||RB||6-1||225||2/18/1992||4||Michigan State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
This move is a necessity now that left tackle Ryan Clady is likely lost for the season due to a torn ACL that he sustained in practice on Wednesday.
This move brings Harris back to the organization he started his NFL career with as he played with the Broncos, which drafted him in the third round, from 2007-2010.
Harris was with the Chiefs a year ago and started 15 of the 16 games he appeared in.
Shazier sustained a knee injury during Monday night's win over the Redskins, and although he didn't practice Wednesday, he was able to log a limited session Thursday. That progress apparently should continue and culminate in an active status Sunday, which would obviously be a positive development for the Steelers' defense. Despite exiting Pittsburgh's Week 1 contest early, Shazier logged six tackles (five solo), one interception and two passes defensed while starting alongside Lawrence Timmons at inside linebacker.
The Steelers presumably converted $4 million of Brown's 2017 base salary into a signing bonus that will be paid either immediately or throughout the 2016 season. With 2017 standing as the final year of Brown's deal, Tuesday's move earned the Steelers some goodwill as they prepare to negotiate a massive extension with Brown next offseason. The 28-year-old is a mover than viable candidate to lead the NFL in receptions for a third straight year, especially with teammates Le'Veon Bell (suspension) and Ladarius Green (ankle) ruled out for the beginning of the season.
Jones recored 29 tackles, two sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble last season and will now look to see an expanded role as a starter this year. The Steelers have several options at outside linebacker, including Jones, Dupree, James Harrison, and Arthur Moats. Its the young guns, Jones and Dupree, who defensive coordinator Keith Butler seems to be high on as preseason gets underway. Jones said about the rotation, "Get in the best shape you can because, me and Bud, it is our year, and they are looking for us to do big things. We aren't coming off the field unless we are tired."
With his leg injury no longer an issue, Chickillo will look to expand his role as depth linebacker for the Steelers. The second year pro played roughly 25 percent of defensive snaps at linebacker, but could be in line for an increased role as the season develops.
Tackle Marcus Gilbert and safety Mike Mitchell had tweaks made to their contracts that won't affect their income for the 2015 season. However, the money they were slated to make from their salaries and roster bonuses are being applied as signing bonuses to free up cap space for the upcoming league year.
The restructured signing bonuses will be prorated and affect their cap number for future seasons.
The restructured deals were likely done to help free up money to re-sign linebacker Jason Worilds, linebacker Arthur Moats and cornerback Brice McCain.
Cockrell totaled 44 tackles (34 solo) in 2015. He also had two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Used sparingly, and mostly on special teams for Buffalo last season, Cockrell seems to have found his place in the Pittsburgh defensive backfield, playing nearly 62 percent of the snaps this season. Cockrell will likely return next season as he is an exclusive restricted free agent, meaning he cannot negotiate with other teams and must accept an offer from the Steelers at the three-year veteran minimum salary or leave the NFL. With seven other free agent defensive backs on the team, Cockrell's role could continue to increase, along with his value in IDP leagues.
Mathews' neck injury appears to be a thing of the past. While the 29-year-old is unlikely to generate high-volume stats, his presence as a run-stopper will allow him to stay on the field during non-passing downs.
Gordon and Kettani have both previously spent time with the Patriots, while Fort was on the practice squads of the Seahawks and Bengals in 2014. Pataiali’l was on both the Ravens and Browns practice squads last season.
A full practice participant all week, Wheaton doesn't have any designation on the final injury report. He's thus slated to make his 2016 regular-season debut, though it's possible Sammie Coates will cut into Wheaton's work as the likely No. 2 wide receiver.
Dupree landed on IR Sunday, but the Steelers remain hopeful that their 2015 first round draft pick will be able to return at some point this season. Although it seems that his muscle tear won't keep him sidelined the entire season, there is no guarantee that the 23-year-old will assume his starting role if he returns.
Harrison, as well as Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, were all subject to an interview with the NFL after they were linked to PED use in an Al-Jazeera documentary back in January. However, the whole group was cleared of any wrongdoing on Wednesday and collectively, will be eligible to play in Week 1. Harrison projects to be a depth option for the Steelers' linebacker core, likely coming in as relief for starter Jarvis Jones.
The one reception matches Johnson's total from 2015, and the five yards are the most he's put up in a season since 2013. In other words, unless your fantasy league rewards players for blocking, look elsewhere to fill your tight end needs.
Allen missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury in Week 1, but his release also comes after he signed a lucrative four-year extension with Pittsburgh in 2014. Now a free agent, Allen's absence further ensures the Steelers will address the cornerback position through the draft.
With Gradkowski headed for IR with his hamstring injury, the Steelers claimed Zach Mettenberger off waivers to give the team added QB depth behind Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones.
The revolving door in the front office, coaching staff, and roster itself didn't help Gilbert's cause, but the 2014 first-round selection didn't come close to fulfilling his potential. With the move to a divisional rival, he'll have two opportunities per season to prove his former employers wrong.
Tuitt recorded 54 tackles (39 solo), including 6.5 sacks and an interception this season. Despite playing in two fewer games than in his rookie season, the second year defensive lineman nearly doubled his snap count. As a result, he more than tripled his total tackles, and finished just one half sack behind Cameron Heyward for the team lead. Tuitt, who has one year remaining on his contract with Pittsburgh before becoming an unrestricted free agent, should continue to be a decent fantasy option in IDP leagues.
Mettenberger was released by the Chargers on Tuesday, but it took all of just one day for him to find a new home in Pittsburgh. The 25-year-old will likely have most of the team's final preseason game Thursday to make a case for the backup quarterback gig. Mettenberger will only have a few days to prove his worth over the likes of Bruce Gradkowski and Landry Jones as Saturday's 53-man roster deadline looms large.
Mitchell was all over the field for the Steel Curtain on Monday. The 29-year-old came into the 2016 season nursing shoulder and hand ailments, but his performance Monday silenced any skepticism surrounding his health. After playing 98 percent of defensive snaps in Week 1, Mitchell figures to have cemented his spot in the Pittsburgh secondary for the 2016 campaign.
Moffitt was a third-round draft pick in 2011 and played two years for Seattle. He was traded to Denver and retired early in the 2013 season.
He was arrested in 2014 on assault and drug charges, which were later dropped.
To make room, the Eagles released undrafted rookie free agent Cole Manhart.
The other players on their injury report submitted Friday are probable. They are wide receivers Martavis Bryant (illness) and Markus Wheaton (groin), linebacker James Harrison (illness), guard Ramon Foster (ankle) and tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle).
The veteran wideout finished the season on IR and did not play a single snap for the Steelers prior to his release. It's unclear at this point if a team will take a flier on the oft-injured Nelson given that he's played in all of 18 games over the past three seasons, but his 6-foot-5 frame could be intriguing enough for a team to give him a shot in training camp.
Matakevich lacks the athleticism normally seen in starting NFL linebackers, but he'll get a long look from the league anyway thanks to his standout production on a strong Temple defense. Matakevich finished the 2015 season with 138 tackles (15 for a loss) and 4.5 sacks.
Nix is unlikely to suit up for Sunday's date with Philadelphia which means that he could be in line to miss a third consecutive game. On the bright side, it does appear that he will be able to play within the coming weeks regardless of his status for Sunday.
This was a sloppy game on a ripped-up Heinz Field, which led to a heavy workload for the veteran running back. Williams continues to prove himself more than capable of stepping into a full-time role with Le'Veon Bell suspended, and he'll have the backfield mostly to himself again in Week 3 against the Eagles after finding pay dirt three times through two weeks. Enjoy this production while it lasts, because history suggests Bell's return will spell the end of Williams' heroics.
Running back Demitrius Bronson, wide receiver Douglas McNeil, tight end RaShaun Allen, tackle Justin Renfrow, guards Nate Isles and Drew Nowak, defensive ends Ryan Robinson and Julius Warmsley, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, linebacker Mike Zimmer and safety Dion Bailey will look to compete for spots on the final 53-man roster in 2015.
Timmons was actually transported a local hospital for a closer look at his injured shin. The severity is unknown, but it's not too often that players are taken to a hospital for a shin injury. Timmons' ailment is something to keep an eye on as the week progresses.
Wallace's unspecified knee injury will keep him sidelined for the third straight week. Luckily for the Steelers, Pittsburgh has one of the deepest offensive lines in the league.
The same applies to DeAngelo Williams, who is set to fill in for Bell while he serves a three-game suspension to start the season. On Thursday, the team's depth backs will have an opportunity to make their cases for complementary roles heading into the regular season. Bell's next game action is slated to arrive on Oct. 2, when the Steelers face the Chargers at home in Week 4.
Toussaint now has four carries for 10 yards in a back-up role to DeAngelo Williams, and can expect to see even less action once Le'Veon Bell returns from his suspension after Pittsburgh's Week 3 game in Philadelphia.
The Bengals defense limited Ben Roethlisberger to just eight completions to wide receivers all game. Then again, DHB had just 21 receptions last season, so expectations should be tempered regardless of who the Steelers face.
The rookie was targeted four times, recording his first career reception and touchdown. He and fellow tight end Jesse James may be in line for more targets with Ladarius Green (PUP-ankle) out for at least four more games.
The rookie safety now has 12 tackles on the season, but this was a disappointing effort overall for the defense. For the first time this season, the Steelers failed to force a turnover and, even more troubling, is the fact that they were unable to record a sack for the second time in their first three games, ranking them last in the league with just one sack this season.
James has emerged as Pittsburgh's top receiving tight end with Ladarius Green (ankle) out for at least six weeks to open the season. While quarterback Ben Roethlisberger largely prefers to throw it to his bevy of talented receivers and running backs, he's still willing to look the 2015 fifth-rounder's way in the red zone. On a high-octane offense like Pittsburgh's, there should be enough chances in close to make James a serious scoring threat week in and week out.
A fifth-round selection last year, Cobb fell out of the Titans' plans after the team traded for DeMarco Murray and drafted Derrick Henry. Given Pittsburgh's lack of proven talent behind Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams, it won't be surprising if Cobb eventually finds his way to the active roster. It would help his cause quite a bit if he could contribute on special teams.
Hargrave's injury was only described as a tweak, and if was never fully explained beyond that. He was likely kept out as a precaution and now appears to be full go for the season opener against the Redskins.
After attempting five rushes on their opening drive, the Steelers' fell behind and were playing catch-up all game. As a result, they only ran five more times the remainder of the game. With Le'Veon Bell (suspension) due to return in Week 4 against Kansas City, Richardson's role will be reduced even further.
Heyward has been limited since suffering a high ankle sprain in a preseason game. He said he expected to be ready for week one, which was seen as an optimistic recovery time, but he managed to do it and will play in the team's Week 1 contest against the Redskins.
The nine tackles were the most Golden has had in a game in his five-year career, and his 15 tackles through two games has him on pace to shatter his career best season total of 40 tackles set last year.
Targeted a team-high seven times, Hamilton also led the Steelers in receptions and yardage. Pittsburgh has several receivers trying to earn a roster spot behind Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton, and Hamilton's performance may have drawn him even with Eli Rogers (four catches for 39 yards), although they are both still behind Sammie Coates and Darrius Heyward-Bey.
After starting 11 games during his rookie season, Williams was moved back into a reserve role the past two years, but has been a reliable depth option for the Steelers. He's been rewarded with a three-year extension and is expected to continue to back up the likes of Lawrence Timmons and Ryan Shazier at inside linebacker. Williams is coming off a 2015 campaign where he posted a career-high 46 tackles, to go along with 0.5 sacks, so he'll look to continue to build on his recent success during the upcoming season.
Green has recovered from January ankle surgery much slower than expected, with his continued absence from practice even stirring rumors that he's still bothered by symptoms from a concussion he suffered early last season. He recently shot down those rumors, speaking publicly for one of the few times since he signed a four-year, $20 million contract in March. The 26-year-old tight end did admit that is ankle is progressing slowly, as he only recently started bearing weight on the affected leg. The Steleers hope to have him back mid-season, but it does seem there's at least some chance Green ends up missing the entire year. 2015 fifth-round selection Jesse James has filled in as the starting tight end this preseason, with David Johnson and Xavier Grimble also picking up some first-team snaps.
Warren joined the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and has snapped in 149 regular-season games and 10 postseason games for the team. He appeared in every game for the Steelers in 2014.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Gay has yet to miss a game through nine seasons and has made 70 starts over the last five years. He was Pittsburgh's only reliable cornerback in 2015, and while he'll enter 2016 at 31 years old, Gay should be locked in as a starter for the next few seasons. The cornerback position should still be a priority for Pittsburgh in the draft.
Golson has not yet fully recovered from the Lisfranc surgery that he underwent in early August, but the 23-year-old is making tremendous progress. According to various reports, Golson is ahead of schedule and could be nearing a return to action in the coming weeks.
Burns had been nursing a quadriceps injury for the majority of the preseason and the Steelers made a significant effort to ease his transition back to action. The highly-touted rookie is expected to see increased responsibilities in the Pittsburgh secondary as the season progresses.
Roethlisberger was surprisingly held out of the end zone after throwing for three touchdowns in each of the first two weeks. On the bright side, he clearly re-established his rapport with top wideout Antonio Brown, connecting with him 12 times for 140 yards. He'll likely bounce back at home in his next game, but don't expect a skilled Chiefs defense to make it easy for the veteran quarterback on Sunday Night Football.
The Pittsburgh offense has been too efficient for Boswell owners, scoring eight touchdowns and attempting just two field goal attempts in their first two games. Still, as longs as they continue to fire on all cylinders, Boswell should get ample opportunities to score each week.
Jones was able to move the offense well, but his stagger total of four first half interceptions prevented the team from scoring on any drive. While the stat isn't great, his teammates and coaches did defend him, with some wideouts claiming they were at fault for the interceptions for poor route running and lack of aggression on jump balls. He's still the Steelers top backup quarterback as long as Bruce Gradkowski (hamstring) is sidelined.
Thomas had been out since injuring his groin against the Saints during the preseason, and he now appears to be healthy and ready to go for Pittsburgh's Week 1 tilt against Washington.
Johnson was signed after the team opted to place Bud Dupree on IR. The 28-year-old last played for the Titans in 2015.
Walton played in just six games as a rookie despite being on the active roster. He's one of the team's last options at defensive line and isn't likely to see much of any time this season.
Ben Roethlisberger threw 44 passes, but just four in the direction of Coates, who continues to battle with Markus Wheaton and Eli Rogers for targets behind Antonio Brown. The Steelers will look to rebound offensively in Week 4, but the Chiefs have allowed just two touchdown receptions in their first three games, so fantasy owners may want to consider other options.
Feeney was very disruptive at Washington -- 17.5 of his 56 tackles in 2015 were for a loss -- and he showed elite athleticism at the Combine by running a 4.50-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. He might have fallen this far due to durability worries.
Among those waived are: wide receivers Kadron Boone and B.J. Cunningham; tight ends Emil Igwenagu and Blake Annen; offensive lineman Michael Bamiro, Karim Barton and Donald Hawkins; linebacker Jake Knott; defensive backs Daytawion Lowe and Davon Morgan; defensive linemen Joe Kruger, Frances Mays and Alejandro Villanueva; and kicker Carey Spear.
The team still has to make one more cut before Tuesday.
After practicing without any limitations Saturday, McCullers appears to be ready to go for Monday's matchup with Washington. McCullers appeared in 12 games for the Steelers last season.
Rogers came crashing down to earth after scoring in his debut, trailing Antonio Brown and Sammie Coates in production at the wide receiver position by a wide margin. The slot receiver will likely continue to hold on to that job moving forward, but he's about to have yet another opponent to jostle with for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's attention with Markus Wheaton (shoulder) due back next week. Pittsburgh doesn't lack for playmakers on offense, so it won't be easy for Rogers to carve out a consistent role every week.
Bryant's multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy triggered a minimum one-year suspension from the league, but the Steelers never considered releasing him, according to general manager Kevin Colbert. Instead, Pittsburgh will hope Bryant makes the necessary changes to his life to get reinstated next year, when he would have two years remaining on his contract with the team. With Bryant suspended, Steelers receivers Markus Wheaton and, more specifically, Sammie Coates, will be looked upon to take advantage of their increased opportunities this season.
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