|Offense||7th||110.0 (14th)||262.6 (5th)|
|Defense||12th||100.0 (13th)||242.6 (16th)|
|Adams, Keion||LB||6-2||245||6/8/1995||R||Western Michigan|
|Adams, Nelson||DT||6-3||289||2/16/1994||R||Mississippi State|
|26||Bell, Le'Veon||RB||6-1||225||2/18/1992||5||Michigan State|
|4||Berry, Jordan||P||6-5||195||3/18/1991||3||Eastern Kentucky|
|84||Brown, Antonio||WR||5-10||181||7/10/1988||8||Central Michigan|
|Brown, Christian||DT||6-2||305||//||R||West Virginia|
|25||Burns, Artie||CB||6-0||197||5/1/1995||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|Canaday, Kameron||LS||6-4||245||8/20/1993||1||Portland State|
|56||Chickillo, Anthony||OLB||6-3||255||12/10/1992||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|Dixon, Brandon||DB||5-11||203||4/26/1990||2||Northwest Missouri State|
|67||Finney, B.J.||G||6-4||318||10/26/1991||2||Kansas State|
|Fort, L.J.||LB||6-0||232||1/3/1990||3||Northern Iowa|
|27||Golson, Senquez||CB||5-9||176||7/7/1993||3||Ole Miss|
|89||Green, Ladarius (FA)||TE||6-6||240||5/29/1990||6||UL Lafayette|
|85||Grimble, Xavier||TE||6-4||261||9/22/1992||2||Southern California|
|79||Hargrave, Javon||NT||6-1||305||2/7/1993||2||South Carolina State|
|92||Harrison, James||OLB||6-0||242||5/4/1978||15||Kent State|
|97||Heyward, Cameron||DE||6-5||295||5/6/1989||7||Ohio State|
|Hilton, Mike||DB||5-9||184||3/9/1994||1||Ole Miss|
|Hooks, Lavon||DT||6-3||312||1/23/1992||R||Ole Miss|
|81||James, Jesse||TE||6-7||261||6/4/1994||3||Penn State|
|82||Johnson, David||TE||6-2||260||8/26/1987||9||Arkansas State|
|Kallon, Francis||DE||6-5||302||2/2/1994||R||Georgia Tech|
|90||Mathews, Ricardo (FA)||DE||6-3||300||7/30/1987||8||Cincinnati|
|Matthews, Mike||C||6-2||300||1/27/1994||R||Texas A&M|
|62||Maxey, Johnny||DT||6-5||303||10/19/1993||1||Mars Hill|
|69||Mihalik, Brian||T||6-9||302||8/21/1992||2||Boston College|
|55||Moats, Arthur||OLB||6-0||246||3/14/1988||8||James Madison|
|45||Nix-Jones, Roosevelt||FB||5-11||248||3/30/1992||3||Kent State|
|Rodgers, Jake||T||6-6||320||9/10/1991||1||Eastern Washington|
|7||Roethlisberger, Ben||QB||6-5||240||3/2/1982||14||Miami (Ohio)|
|50||Shazier, Ryan||ILB||6-1||230||9/6/1992||4||Ohio State|
|Smith-Schuster, JuJu||WR||6-2||220||11/22/1996||R||Southern California|
|Tucker, Marcus||WR||5-10||190||6/24/1992||1||Northern Michigan|
|91||Tuitt, Stephon||DE||6-6||303||5/23/1993||4||Notre Dame|
|78||Villanueva, Alejandro||T||6-9||320||9/22/1988||3||Army West Point|
|72||Wallace, Cody (FA)||C||6-4||296||11/26/1984||8||Texas A&M|
|96||Walton, L.T.||DE||6-5||305||3/31/1992||3||Central Michigan|
|60||Warren, Greg (FA)||LS||6-3||252||10/18/1981||13||North Carolina|
|Watson, Terrell||RB||6-1||240||8/22/1993||1||Azusa Pacific|
|Williams, Trey||RB||5-7||200||12/11/1992||2||Texas A&M|
|34||Williams, DeAngelo (FA)||RB||5-9||207||4/25/1983||12||Memphis|
|98||Williams, Vince||ILB||6-1||233||12/27/1989||5||Florida State|
|28||Allen, Cortez (IR)||DB||6-1||197||10/29/1988||5||The Citadel|
|39||Johnson, Brandon (IR)||RB||6-2||228||4/2/1993||R||Penn State|
|McCord, Tyriq (IR)||LB||6-3||236||11/6/1993||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|Rome, Jay (IR)||TE||6-6||254||12/12/1992||R||Georgia|
|Stewart, Dez (IR)||WR||6-2||200||4/18/1993||1||Ohio Dominican|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Conner pulled a hamstring during rookie minicamp in mid-May and still wasn't back to full strength when mandatory minicamp wrapped up in mid-June. With Le'Veon Bell (groin) also unavailable throughout the offseason, uninspiring veterans Fitzgerald Toussaint and Knile Davis likely handled most of the first- and second-team reps. Assuming he's healthy for training camp, Conner is still the favorite to serve as Bell's primary backup, with his status as a third-round selection (No. 105) ensuring of him a roster spot at the very least.
Hooks, an undrafted player out of Ole Miss entering his third season in the league, participated in the Steelers' training camp last summer but didn't make it past the final roster cuts. He likely won't compete for anything more than a depth role along the defensive line.
Shazier has been a consistent playmaker for the Steelers since being selected in the first round of the 2014 draft. He recorded 87 tackles, including 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and nine passes defensed, including three interceptions, while playing in 13 games in 2016. His fifth-year option will keep him under contract with Pittsburgh through the 2018 season.
Brown's deal will keep him with the Steelers through the 2021 campaign and includes a four-year extension worth $68 million, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The timing of the agreement comes as Brown was set to enter the final year of his old contract in 2017. Now secured in Pittsburgh for the long haul, the 28-year-old will aim to remain among the league's elite wide receivers and build on his four straight seasons of at least 105 catches, 1,280 yards, and eight touchdowns this year.
The 24-year-old has had stints with the Patriots, Colts, and Cowboys, but has never been able to find his footing in the league. He'll now hope to secure a reserve spot on the Steelers roster as they head into the offseason.
Chickillo's resigning helps Pittsburgh fortify it's linebacker depth. The 24-year old linebacker played in 30.2 percent of the team's defensive snaps in 2016 and recorded 29 tackles, including 2.5 sacks, on the season. He'll look to see a slightly increased role in 2017.
The deal is for one year and will earn Cockrell roughly $1.97 million. The three-year veteran has started 26 games for the Steelers across the past two seasons and will look to defend his spot on the first-team unit throughout the summer considering 2015 second-rounder Senquez Golson is finally back to full health.
Mathews was held out of Sunday's win over the Chiefs due to his ankle injury but he appears to be recovered now. He'll likely be able to play in Sunday's AFC championship game, barring any further setbacks.
After recording four sacks in his rookie season, Dupree totaled 4.5 sacks in 2016, despite playing in just seven games. He also recorded 24 tackles (19 solo). He missed Pittsburgh's Week 6 game against Miami, who they'll face in the playoffs for the fourth time in franchise history.
Harrison will turn 39 in May, but the veteran pass rusher hasn't shown many signs of slowing down. He had 50 tackles, including 5.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception in 2016. He may see a slightly reduced role on defense to keep him fresh, but will likely still be one of the team's starting outside linebackers.
As a backup tight end in Pittsburgh last season, Johnson played in all 16 games and made five starts. He finished the regular season with seven receptions for 80 yards. He'll figure to be a backup once again in 2017 and shouldn't be expected to have much fantasy value.
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.
This looks like a nice pick for Pittsburgh. A huge corner at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds with 34-inch arms, Allen ran a 4.48-second 40 at the Combine while logging a superb 6.64-second three-cone drill. If he can't stick at corner, Allen should make a worthwhile safety project for Pittsburgh.
Tuitt's hand injury isn't expected to limit him once the regular season rolls around. While he won't practice with the team during OTAs, he's expected to be back during training camp.
Sensabaugh averaged about 42 tackles while making 27 starts for the Titans over his first four seasons, but then split time between the Rams and Giants last year. In joining the Steelers, the 28-year-old Sensabaugh figures to compete for the team's nickel cornerback job.
Mitchell is a consistent and reliable defensive presence, playing in every game since joining the Steelers three years ago. He finishes his 2016 campaign with 78 tackles (55 solo), with an interception and a fumble recovery.
Moats played in all 16 regular season games for the fourth consecutive season, finishing with 21 tackles (nine solo), including 3.5 sacks.
The rookie linebacker played in all 16 regular season games, totaling 20 tackles (16 solo). He recorded a career-best nine tackles against Miami, who he'll face in the wild-card game, earlier this season.
Sutton didn't show good athleticism at the Combine, running a 4.52-second 40-yard dash and posting a 34-inch vertical at 5-foot-11, 188 pounds, but he was a standout corner at Tennessee and should provide useful depth.
Targeted twice, Nix had his first receptions this season, matching his 2015 total. He still has no rushing attempts in his two NFL seasons, a trend that should continue when Pittsburgh hosts Miami in the Wild Card round.
The 33-year-old unrestricted free agent hasn't commented on whether he plans to continue playing, but he also hasn't hinted toward any intention of retiring. Coming off an injury-plagued season in which he averaged only 3.5 yards per carry in nine games, Williams doesn't seem to be drawing much attention from other teams. The Steelers recently signed Knile Davis to boost their backfield depth, but the new addition doesn't necessarily preclude Williams from returning, as Davis owns a career YPC of just 3.2 and has done his best work as a kick returner. Should he ultimately return to Pittsburgh for another season, Williams would mostly have value as a handcuff for Le'Veon Bell owners. However, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes Williams is unlikely to re-sign.
Severin, who was released by the Steelers earlier in the month, will be brought back for the time being after spending his rookie season on injured reserve. He'll be a long shot to make the team's final roster, as he's currently positioned well outside of Pittsburgh's top six options at receiver.
Bell faces a July 15 deadline to sign a multi-year deal with the Steelers, or else he'd be in line to play this coming season under a $12.1 million franchise tag. Rapoport adds that negotiations on that front are ongoing and down the road we wouldn't expect Bell's contract issue to evolve into a situation that might impact his regular-season availability. While Bell is expected to be good to go health-wise in advance of Week 1, QB Ben Roethlisberger noted last week it's his understanding that at this point, the star running back is not yet back to 100 percent.
Hilton missed the first three days of practice with a non-football injury but returned to the field on Sunday. He'll now look to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster as a reserve cornerback.
Toussaint played in just 4.2 percent of Pittsburgh's offensive snaps in 2016, as Le'Veon Bell and Deangelo Williams handled the vast majority of the running back duties. Toussaint did see significant time on special teams, occasionally seeing return opportunities on kickoffs. He'll look to continue his role on special teams and possibly earn some added reps on offense in 2017.
He's not his brother J.J., but the younger Watt obviously carries very good athletic pedigree in his own right, even if it's at another position. That the Steelers picked him would seem to indicate they view him as an outside linebacker in their 3-4. He posted 11.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss in a dominant Wisconsin defense last year, and he cemented his status as a first-round pick by testing well with a 4.69-second 40, 37-inch vertical, 128-inch broad jump and elite agility drills at the Combine.
A 2013 second-round selection, Hunter never emerged as a consistent threat in Tennessee, ultimately getting released at the end of last preseason. He then caught on with a receiver-needy Buffalo squad, yet caught only 10 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games. Hunter's size (6-foot-4, 203 pounds) could make him an occasional deep-ball/red-zone target, but he'll probably have to fight for a roster spot as a depth receiver in Pittsburgh.
Dobbs (6-foot-3, 216 pounds) is a great athlete and verified genius with lots of starting experience, and he has the tools to make for an interesting developmental project behind Ben Roethlisberger. While his downfield accuracy was quite strong by the end of his Tennessee career, Dobbs never showed the natural ability to read defenses that you'd like to see in a quarterback. If his experiment at quarterback doesn't go well, Dobbs has the athleticism to transition to receiver.
The veteran speedster was targeted deep on the two passes he saw -- including one in the end zone -- but Ben Roethlisberger misfired on both occasions. In relatively desperate need of offense after Le'Veon Bell exited early with a groin injury and with Tom Brady and his receivers hitting on all cylinders, the Steelers still curiously opted to primarily rely on the young and inexperienced trio of Eli Rogers, Cobi Hamilton and Sammie Coates alongside Antonio Brown as the principal wideout options. Heyward-Bey appeared to only receive a handful of snaps despite his play-making ability, a strangely fitting end to a disappointing 2016 campaign. The former first-round pick tallied the second-lowest reception (six) and yardage (114) totals of his career while appearing in a career-low 10 games. Although he has two seasons remaining on his current contract at a modest yearly cap hit of approximately $1.3 million, Heyward-Bey's status for next season likely hinges on the continued development of Rogers, Hamilton, Coates and DeMarcus Ayers, as well as the potential return of Martavis Bryant (suspension).
Davis joins Pittsburgh after a season in which he was traded from the Chiefs to the Packers, then rejoined Kansas City after being waived by both Green Bay and the Jets. A third-round pick in 2013, Davis has long drawn intrigue for his combination of size and speed, but his career average of 3.2 yards per rush on 250 carries tells the real story of his ability. Although DeAngelo Williams' status as a free agent leaves an opening behind Le'Veon Bell (groin) in the Steelers' high-powered offense, Davis' lack of recent production is something fantasy owners shouldn't overlook.
Grimble is pegged behind Jesse James at tight end after the Steelers released Ladarius Green (concussion) in May. Although he only caught 11 passes on 21 targets for 118 yards and two scores as a rookie, Grimble has reportedly shown flashes lately, which could allow him to put pressure on James. However, in order to do so, Grimble will need to show more reliable hands, which is something to monitor once training camp begins.
Smith-Schuster was a bit smaller (6-foot-1, 215 pounds) and slower (4.54-second 40) than expected at the Combine, but his prospect profile is still highly encouraging due to his exceptional production at USC. A strong, innately skilled pass catcher, Smith-Schuster was especially remarkable in 2015, when he turned 138 targets into 1,454 yards and 10 touchdowns despite not turning 19 until late November that year. If Martavis Bryant faces any further complications, Smith-Schuster has the talent to lay claim to the WR2 role in Pittsburgh.
It's unclear when Davis went under the knife, but he's expected to return in time for training camp. Once he's healthy, Davis will likely line up as a starting safety alongside Mike Mitchell.
Alualu missed all of OTAs with the calf injury so his limited participation is a welcome sign for Steelers' fans. Barring any major setbacks, it appears as if the injury will have no effect on his availability during the regular season.
James is cemented atop the depth chart at tight end in Pittsburgh at this point, while the Steelers' front office was forced to let Green walk following a failed physical. Green only appeared in six games last season, so James became comfortable with the first-team offense during his sophomore campaign as he racked up 39 catches for 338 yards and three touchdowns on 60 targets. He'll be backed up by second-year TE Xavier Grimble, who now figures to be in line for an increase in volume after seeing just 21 balls thrown his way as a rookie.
Heyward suffered a pectoral injury in November of last season that was expected to require a six-month recover timeline. The team is opting to exercise caution with the veteran, as they have avoided placing him in full offense and defense drills in their offseason program. Although they are not showing a sense of urgency to fully implement him their organized team activities, he is on track for a healthy start to the 2017 season. The 28-year-old tallied three sacks in seven games prior to the injury last season.
Hamilton is set to rejoin the Steelers after beginning the season as a free agent. He finished the regular season with 17 receptions for 234 yards and two touchdowns and added another score in the AFC Championship loss to the Patriots. Although he made the most of his limited opportunities, Hamilton is far from a lock to have a significant role in the upcoming season as he'll have to battle Darrius Heyward-Bey, Eli Rogers, and Sammie Coates for targets behind Antonio Brown. There's also the potential added competition should the Steelers add a wide receiver in the draft.
Williams finished the regular season with 47 tackles (37 solo). He has been the model of consistency over his four-year career, averaging 47 tackles per season, but he stepped-up his game slightly, recording two sacks after having just a half sack in his previous three seasons.
Mathews is nursing an ankle injury, while Allen is suffering from an ankle and shoulder injury.
Signed to a four-year, $20 million contract last offseason, Green was released by the Steelers on Thursday after failing a physical. He's apparently still dealing with symptoms from last season's concussion, which was at least the third significant head injury of his pro career. Green also dealt with ankle injuries each of the past three seasons, with the most recent one requiring major surgery last offseason and leading to an eight-game absence to start the 2016 campaign. He should draw interest from quite a few teams if he's eventually able to pass a physical, as his career marks of 14.6 yards per catch and 9.0 yards per target are top-notch for a tight end. Green only has eight touchdowns in 53 games through five seasons, but he's shown a penchant for scoring from distance that's rare at his position, with seven of those TDs spanning 19 or more yards. The Steelers, meanwhile, are left with Jesse James and Xavier Grimble at the top of the depth chart at tight end.
Stafford is coming off his most productive season of his NFL career in 2016, as he recorded 52 tackles, one sack and an interception. The safety will now join Pittsburgh for their offseason workouts leading up to training camp, and Stafford should have a fair chance at securing a depth role on Pittsburgh's final roster this season.
Despite entering the league as a second-round pick in 2015, injuries have prevented Golson from appearing in any NFL games to this point. With his latest ailment -- a Lisfranc injury suffered in training camp last summer -- behind him, the Ole Miss product can now focus on working his way up the depth chart.
The Steelers' defense has allowed an average of just 14 points in two playoff wins, but will face a Patriots' offense that scored 34 points in their win over the Texans. New England, which averaged 27.5 points per game this season, has won four of their last five games against the Steelers, including a 27-16 win in Week 7, and Pittsburgh has never beaten Tom Brady at home; their one win in New England came in 2008 against Matt Cassel.
Roethlisberger was always anticipated to continue playing, despite stating in January that he was unsure over his future after the Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs. Although he recently turned 35 years old and has a lengthy history of playing through pain, Roethlisberger remains one of the league's very best quarterbacks, evidenced by his 3,819 passing yards and 29 touchdowns versus 13 interceptions last season. Roethlisberger missed one game along the way due to meniscus surgery and was rested for Pittsburgh's regular-season finale, but in entering the 2017 campaign fully healthy, he'll look to pick up where he left off as the leader of arguably the league's most electric offense.
Just one week removed from setting an NFL playoff record with six field-goals, Boswell was a non-factor, going the entire second half of the game without an opportunity to put points on the board.
Jones has proven to be a quality backup for Pittsburgh the past few years, starting two games in place of Ben Roethlisberger in 2015 and 2016. Jones can a decent short-term fantasy option in the event that Roethlisberger is forced to miss any games due to injury in 2017.
Johnson ended his 2016 campaign on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He'll be looking to secure a depth linebacker position in 2017.
The ankle injury that forced Ricardo Mathews from the game resulted in increased defensive snaps for Walton, allowing him to have a personal-best three tackles against Cleveland. He finished with eight tackles (six solo) in 10 games this season.
With Bryant reinstated from his year-long suspension, Coates was already looking at a slide down the depth chart to the No. 4 or 5 spot. The addition of Smith-Schuster leaves Coates in an even more tenuous position, possibly needing to compete with Ayers, Hamilton, Heyward-Bey, Justin Hunter and a few others for what likely would be one or two roster spots. The 2015 third-round selection displayed his big-play ability early last season when he caught six passes of 40-plus yards in the first five games -- but he only hauled in two of 18 targets the rest of the year while dealing with a hand injury that exacerbated his pre-existing struggles with drops. Bryant, when available, has provided a similar deep threat without the maddening inconsistency.
Playing in just his second game of the season, Maxey saw a slight increase in snaps when Ricardo Mathews sustained an ankle injury that forced him out of the game. The tackle was the first of his NFL career.
McCullers had the best game of his three-year career, finishing the season with 17 tackles (10 solo), including the one sack. Pittsburgh hosts Miami, against whom they lost 3015 in Week 6, in the Wild Card round next week.
The Pittsburgh receiving corps got a major boost this offseason with the addition of second-round selection JuJu Smith-Schuster as well as the return of Martavis Bryant from a year-long suspension. The team has been testing Smith-Schuster in the slot, presumably figuring there won't be many reps for him outside so long as Bryant and Antonio Brown are both healthy. While that might seem to put Rogers' role in serious danger, the 2015 UDFA won't be easy to unseat after producing 594 yards on 66 targets (9.0 YPT) in 13 games last season. Smith-Schuster's draft pedigree will encourage the team to get him involved, but he may largely have to settle for a spot in four-wide sets early in the season.
Philon was in Pittsburgh for training camp last summer but was waived after sustaining an unspecified ankle injury. However, he avoided placement on injured reserve after reaching an injury settlement with the team. Given the abundance of defensive lineman still under contract with the Steelers in 2017, Philon likely won't compete for anything more than a reserve role this summer.
Bryant was reinstated in April after being forced to miss the entirety of last season for violating the league substance abuse policy. Despite being out of action for 16 months prior to his return to practice in late May, Bryant seems like his normal self now that he's back in the fold. While Roethlisberger acknowledged Bryant is still getting up to speed on some of the details the Steelers added to their offense last year, the quarterback understandably seemed pleased to have him available once again. An absolute burner in the open field, Bryant reportedly gained around 15 pounds of muscle while suspended, which came after he already caught 76 passes for 1,314 yards and 14 touchdowns through his first 21 career games.
Stewart signed a reserve/future contract back in January but was waived/injured during the first week of May. After clearing waivers, he reverted to the Steelers' injured reserve but is now set to hit the free-agent market after reaching an injury settlement.
The procedure, which was performed on both sides of his legs, is more commonly known as sports-hernia surgery, and has an estimated recovery time of two months. After spending most of the 2016 season on the practice squad, Ayers will compete for a spot on the 53-man roster next season.