|Offense||3rd||107.8 (16th)||287.7 (3rd)|
|Defense||21st||91.2 (5th)||271.9 (29th)|
|26||Bell, Le'Veon||RB||6-1||225||2/18/1992||4||Michigan State|
|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|
|40||Garner, Montell||DB||5-11||188||2/12/1993||1||South Alabama|
|24||Grant, Doran||CB||5-10||200||11/30/1992||2||Ohio 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|
|65||Hawkins, Jerald||T||6-6||305||10/16/1993||R||Louisiana 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|
|39||Johnson, Brandon||RB||6-2||228||4/2/1993||R||Penn State|
|46||Johnson, David||TE||6-2||260||8/26/1987||8||Arkansas State|
|87||Lang, Paul||TE||6-5||260||5/24/1992||R||Michigan State|
|62||Maxey, Johnny||DT||6-5||283||10/19/1993||R||Mars Hill|
|69||Mihalik, Brian||T||6-9||302||8/21/1992||1||Boston College|
|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|
|64||Newberry, Giorgio||DE||6-6||295||11/26/1991||R||Florida State|
|45||Nix-Jones, Roosevelt||FB||5-11||248||3/30/1992||2||Kent State|
|19||Phillips, Shakim||WR||6-2||204||3/19/1992||1||Boston College|
|57||Reilly, Mike||LB||6-4||240||12/14/1991||1||William & Mary|
|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)|
|61||Schooley, Quinton||C||6-4||298||12/4/1993||R||North Carolina State|
|44||Shabazz, Al-Hajj||DB||6-2||200||8/2/1992||R||West Chester|
|50||Shazier, Ryan||ILB||6-1||230||9/6/1992||3||Ohio State|
|61||Sigler, DeVaunte||DT||6-3||290||5/2/1992||R||Jacksonville State|
|30||Stingily, Cameron||RB||6-1||235||10/5/1991||1||Northern Illinois|
|94||Timmons, Lawrence||ILB||6-1||234||5/14/1986||10||Florida State|
|15||Tucker, Marcus||WR||5-10||190||6/24/1992||R||Northern Michigan|
|91||Tuitt, Stephon||DE||6-6||303||5/23/1993||3||Notre Dame|
|13||Vaughan, Dustin||QB||6-5||220||1/27/1991||2||West Texas A&M|
|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||//||R||Stanford|
|Blanchflower, Rob (IR)||TE||6-4||256||6/8/1990||1||Massachusetts|
|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|
|69||Palmer, Kelvin (IR)||T||6-4||290||10/23/1990||1||Baylor|
|Rome, Jay (IR)||TE||6-6||254||12/12/1992||R||Georgia|
|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.
Despite missing four games this season due to injuries (knee, concussion), Shazier finished the year with 87 tackles (55 solo), second on Pittsburgh to Lawrence Timmons (119), including 3.5 sacks. He also had an interception, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Shazier has one year remaining on his rookie contract, and the Steelers would be wise to resign him, just as fantasy owners would be to consider him on draft day in IDP formats.
Brown, who is coming off a fantasy-friendly 136-catch season in 2015, is scheduled to earn $6.25 million in base salary this coming season and $8.71 million in 2017. That's something of a bargain, compared to the salaries other top NFL wideouts haul in, but at this stage, there's nothing to suggest that he plans to engineer any sort of holdout. That's certainly good news for the Steelers, with fellow key wideout Martavis Bryant set to serve a one-year suspension and star running back Le'Veon Bell potentially facing a four-game suspension to start the coming campaign. In any case, a healthy Brown remains QB Ben Roethlisberger's top target and sits atop most fantasy wideout cheat sheets.
Jones recorded 29 tackles (15 solo), including two sacks during the regular season. He also had an interception, and forced fumble and two fumble recoveries on the season. Jones has hardly lived up to the expectations the Steelers had for him when they selected him with the 17th pick in the 2013 draft. In three seasons, Jones has missed 12 games and totaled just five sacks.
Primarily a special teams' player, the rookie linebacker has a nose for the football, but does not see enough action to warrant fantasy consideration.
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.
Robinson was signed off of the Bengals' practice squad in 2014 after the Chargers suffered multiple injuries at the center position. He played in three games while starting one.
Mathews, a former Colt with whom general manager Tom Telesco had ties to, was signed prior to the first game of the 2014 season. The sixth-year veteran played in 12 games last year, totaling 21 total tackles, two forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks.
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.
Wheaton was expected to see an uptick in production while Bryant was suspended for the first four games of last season, but some chemistry problems with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger produced mixed results over that span. Nonetheless, Wheaton and Big Ben seemed to develop a better understanding as the season unfolded, evidenced by his four touchdowns in Pittsburgh's last six games. Now, with Bryant potentially sidelined for the whole season, Wheaton should have a chance to continue such improvement as the clear-cut No. 2 wideout behind star Antonio Brown, and the fact Wheaton will be in the final year of his rookie contract provides further incentive for him to take advantage of the opportunity at hand.
Dupree finished his rookie season with 26 tackles (17 solo), including four sacks. The Steelers' linebacker corps is deep, with Lawrence Timmons, Ryan Shazier, Jarvis Jones and James Harrison. Other than Harrison, who turns 38 before next season, none of these other linebackers is over 30, limiting Dupree's playing time. Still, the 2015 first round draft pick should continue to produce when given the opportunity, making him an IDP sleeper in 2016.
Harrison recently completed a six-week training period that helped him determine that he'll indeed return for a 14th NFL season. All but one of those have come with the Steelers, for whom he posted 40 tackles and five sacks as a 37-year-old last season. Clearly still capable of making an impact, Harrison will once again provide valuable depth and experience to the Steelers' defense this time around.
Johnson, entering his eighth season in the league, will return to Pittsburgh after spending the last two seasons with the Chargers. In the past two seasons he has only recorded two receptions for a total of eight yards but will battle with Ladarius Green, Matt Spaeth, and Jesse James, among others, for playing time at tight end with longtime veteran Heath Miller retiring earlier in the offseason.
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.
Gradkowski and Jones went through the same thing last year, but the competition ended early when the former needed surgery on his non-throwing hand at the end of the preseason. Jones and Mike Vick both ended up making starts during Ben Roethlisberger's four-game absence, with Jones at least managing to hold his own. It thus seems Gradkowski will enter the competition as an underdog, though he should be back to full health.
The fourth round draft pick played just 18 snaps all season, 17 of which came on special teams. Grant should not be on anyone's fantasy roster, or even their cheat sheets, for 2016.
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.
Mitchell hasn't missed a game either of the past two seasons, but underwent shoulder surgery this offseason to repair a torn labrum that seemed to plague him during the conclusion of the 2015 campaign. The veteran went under the knife in December, and initially planned on taking his rehab slow, so to not take any risks before training camp, but he quickly progressed ahead of schedule in his recovery, and fully participated in June's minicamp just over four months removed from surgery. Mitchell should be full-go for the commencement of training camp come July 28.
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.
Moats collected 35 tackles (24 solo), including four sacks in 2015. He also added two fumble recoveries. After recording only five sacks over four seasons in Buffalo, Moats finally seems to have discovered his pass rushing skills, totaling eight sacks in just two seasons with the Steelers. Although he may not do enough defensively to warrant consideration in IDP leagues, Moats is an integral part of a Pittsburgh defensive unit that held opponents to under 20 points per game, and finished third in the league with 48 sacks.
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.
The back-up to veteran fullback Will Johnson, Nix was placed on injured reserve following the Steelers' Week 16 game. He should return and resume a similar role in 2016, which would translate to having no fantasy value.
Previous question marks surrounding Bell had revolved around the health of his surgically-repaired knee, but now the more pressing issue appears to be his potential four-game suspension. With that in mind, Williams' fantasy value gets at least a temporary boost, especially considering how capably the 33-year-old filled in last season for Bell, who missed 10 contests due to injuries, as well as a suspension.
Just as he had in 2014, Ventrone's only playing time was on special teams in 2015. He has no fantasy value at this time.
Timmons had a team high 119 tackles (77 solo), including five sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in 2015. Timmons led the resurgence of the Steelers' defense, which finished third in the league with 48 sacks, matching their total from 2010 when they last made it to the Super Bowl. Timmons, who turns 30 this off season, extended his streak of consecutive regular season games played to 104, which is the fourth longest active consecutive games played streak among NFL linebackers. He should continue to be worthy of fantasy consideration in IDP leagues in 2016.
A number of important players entered the week listed as probable on the injury report. Nearly all of them are active Week 2 against the Steelers. Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Ben Roethlisberger, Cody Wallace and Markus Wheaton were all cleared to play. While they were all on the injury report, only Wallace was dealing with an injury. The rest missed practice for non-injury reasons.
On defense, the Steelers will have Brett Keisel, Steve McLendon, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, Shamarko Thomas and Vince Williams. Wallace was dealing with an ankle issue, but the rest were listed for non-injury reasons.
In conjunction with Tomlin's remarks, Bell wouldn't elaborate on the reason for allegedly missing drug tests, which precipitated his second ban related to the topic. The distraction aside, Bell expected to be fully recovered from last season's MCL and PCL tears at the start of training camp. The Steelers' first practice will ultimately relay his current level of health, but DeAngelo Williams is yet again in a prime position to have sustained relevance for the first quarter of the 2016 schedule.
The only turnover of the game, Toussaint apparently had gained first down yardage in Denver territory when the ball was popped out by Bradley Roby and recovered by DeMarcus Ware. The Broncos then drove 65 yards for a touchdown to take a 20-13 lead that would not be relinquished. After spending most of the season on the Steelers' practice squad, Toussaint did an admirable job filling in for an injured DeAngelo Williams (foot) last week against Cincinnati, rushing for 58 yards on 17 carries, and catching four of eight targets for 60 yards. Previously, he had struggled in limited action, gaining just 42 yards on 18 carries during the regular season. In his two seasons in the league, Toussaint has rushed for a total of 54 yards on 24 carries (2.3 average), caught three passes, and has never scored a touchdown. Fantasy owners should not expect much more from him in 2016.
Heyward-Bey re-signs with the Steelers after catching 21 passes (on 39 targets) for 314 yards and two touchdowns last season. The speedster's 15 yards per catch also nearly set a career-high, giving Pittsburgh a nice vertical threat to round out their explosive receiving corp.
Bush has not played in 2014 and averaged 3.1 yards per carry in 2013. His best season occurred in 2011 when he rushed for 977 yards and scored seven touchdowns for the Raiders.
Miller's announcement opens a void in the offense to be filled by James, Matt Spaeth, Xavier Grimble, and any other tight end obtained in the offseason. Spaeth is primarily known as a blocking specialist, leaving James, a 2015 fifth-round pick, as the prime pass-catching option remaining on the roster. Although James was inactive until Week 9, he logged nearly 17 percent of the offensive snaps in the regular season, which translated to eight catches (on 11 targets) for 56 yards and one touchdown.
He also had one forced fumble, while extending his consecutive regular season games played streak to 80 - tied for the fifth longest active consecutive games played streak among NFL defensive ends.
Golden is coming off the best season of his four-year career, as he posted 40 tackles and an interception while starting three games at strong safety in 2015. The former undrafted free agent was also selected as Pittsburgh's special teams captain last season, evidencing his increasing importance to the Steelers going forward.
Primarily a special teams' player, Williams has seen a steady decline in playing time on defensive during his three seasons in the NFL. After playing 37.2 percent of Pittsburgh's defensive snaps in his rookie season, Williams was on the field only 25.1 percent of the time in 2014, with that number dropping to just 17.3 percent this season. That is not a trend fantasy owners look for when drafting IDP players.
Green had offseason surgery on his ankle and isn't yet recovered enough to practice with the team. The injury isn't seen as serious and the tight end should be able to practice with the team relatively soon. 2016 will be Green's first year with Pittsburgh, where he'll be the day one starter after spending four years behind Antonio Gates in San Diego.
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.
Burns is the fourth cornerback selected, behind Eli Apple (10), Vernon Hargreaves (11) and William Jackson III (24). Burns is generally regarded as more raw than the corners selected ahead of him, but he has the athleticism to imply similar or equal upside. At 6-foot, 193 pounds, Burns has long arms ideal for jamming (33.25 inches) to go with 4.46 speed.
The Cowboys are Hill's fifth NFL team since entering the league in 2013. Malena spent time with the Cowboys during training camp last year.
Dallas also waived/injured rookie safety Ray Vinopal.
The weight loss is a product of what the report describes as a "high-cardio plan" with team trainers, an approach designed to "alleviate potential pain" in the quarterback's joints on the heels of a 2015 season in which Roethlisberger endured various aches and pains, including knee, foot and shoulder woes. A full offseason to recover from his assortment of ailments, coupled with improved fitness, offers encouragement as the coming campaign approaches, though some other key variables remain in play when it comes to the prospects of the Steelers' offense in 2016. With that in mind, it will be worth monitoring the health of top running back (and highly capable pass-catcher) Le'Veon Bell, as well as the rapport Roethlisberger develops with new tight end Ladarius Green, who will look to fill the void created by the departure of long-time Steeler Heath Miller.
In the wake of Shaun Suisham's knee injury and subsequent release from the team in June, Boswell should have the kicking job in Pittsburgh all to himself during 2016. As a rookie (in 2015), Boswell converted 29 of 32 field goals, with his longest coming from 51 yards, to go along with 26 of 27 extra points. Despite, QB Ben Roethlisberger's desire to go for two points after every touchdown, Boswell should retain fantasy relevance as the leg for the Steelers' high-octane offense.
Although hardly overwhelming in limited action, Jones did average 9.33 yards per pass attempt, which was best among all quarterbacks with at least 50 attempts this season, and his 88-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant in Week 6 was the second-longest pass in the NFL all season (Blake Bortles, 90). With one year remaining on his contract, Jones should again serve as the back-up to Roethlisberger in 2016.
Thomas played just 20 defensive snaps in 2015. With Will Allen having a career year (80 tackles, including four sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles), Thomas was used primarily on special teams. Even if the Steelers resign Thomas, his role will likely remain the same in 2016 unless they opt not to resign Allen, who is also an unrestricted free agent.
An undrafted free agent in 2012, Johnson began his career with the Broncos, registering 50 tackles over three seasons. After spending the 2015 season with the Titans, in which the 27-year-old recorded seven tackles in 16 games, Johnson will look to provide some depth at the linebacker position for the Steelers.
Coates, a third-round pick last year, hardly saw the field during his rookie campaign, although he did impress with two catches for 61 yards in Pittsburgh's playoff loss to the Broncos. Despite his sparse involvement, Coates often garnered glowing reviews from practice, and could now have the chance to show his skills more on Sundays with Bryant's potential suspension. A tremendous athlete, Coates would factor in behind star wideout Antonio Brown and No. 2 Markus Wheaton, but at 6-foot-1, 212 pounds, Coates' physicality should make him an enticing red zone target for Ben Roethlisberger.
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.
Zumwalt registered three solo tackles during the first week of the preseason. He was able to play the final two weeks of the preseason.
Playing in just his second season, McCullers recorded his first NFL sack, albeit shared with Vince Williams. He saw a slight increase in defensive snaps, but still not enough to be considered in IDP formats.
Rogers, who is an undrafted rookie out of Louisville, was taking snaps with the second team offense on top of returning punts and kicks before suffering a right foot sprain during Monday's practice.
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.
Weeden, 31, is entering the final year of his contract. Last season, he passed for 303 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions while filling in for Romo when he was sidelined with two transverse process fractures. Dustin Vaughan, an undrafted free agent in 2014, was also active for one game last season.
"You're always trying to upgrade your football team," Garrett said. "Obviously, we feel really good about Tony. He had an outstanding year for us last year. Brandon did a really nice job in his opportunities. If you look at what he did -- he played in (four) games, (three) he came in relief for us and the one game he started we didn't play our best game on offense. But it was against a really good defensive team in Arizona. We still feel like he's a young player who needs to play more. He's really growing before our eyes.
"We like what Dustin Vaughn did in the preseason. He is a smart kid. He is really conscientious. He wants to be a good football player and works very hard at it. He's one of those guys, too, a young player and you can see him get better with every rep that he gets. He is going about it the right way. We think he's got a future."
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