Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th104.2 (19th)273.8 (3rd)
Defense5th105.8 (9th)201.1 (7th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
99Adams, Keion LB6-22456/8/19952Western Michigan
92Adeniyi, Ola LB6-12489/12/1997RToledo
29Allen, Brian CB6-321510/21/19932Utah
27Allen, Marcus DB6-22158/8/1996RPenn State
94Alualu, Tyson DE6-33045/12/19879California
26Bell, Le'Veon RB6-12252/18/19926Michigan State
31Berhe, Nat DB5-111957/6/19915San Diego State
4Berry, Jordan P6-51953/18/19914Eastern Kentucky
51Bostic, Jon LB6-12455/5/19916Florida
9Boswell, Chris K6-21853/16/19914Rice
84Brown, Antonio WR5-101817/10/19889Central Michigan
42Burnett, Morgan DB6-12091/13/19899Georgia Tech
25Burns, Artie CB6-01975/1/19953Miami (Fla.)
57Canaday, Kameron LS6-42458/20/19922Portland State
62Cheek, Joseph T6-731112/2/19921Texas A&M
56Chickillo, Anthony LB6-325512/10/19924Miami (Fla.)
60Collins, Parker C6-32955/19/1994RAppalachian State
30Conner, James RB6-12335/5/19952Pittsburgh
37Dangerfield, Jordan DB5-1119912/25/19902Towson
21Davis, Sean SAF6-120210/23/19933Maryland
66DeCastro, David G6-53161/11/19907Stanford
5Dobbs, Joshua QB6-32161/26/19952Tennessee
48Dupree, Bud LB6-42692/12/19934Kentucky
34Edmunds, Terrell SAF6-12171/20/1997RVirginia Tech
71Feiler, Matt T6-63307/7/19922Bloomsburg
67Finney, B.J. C6-431810/26/19913Kansas State
54Fort, L.J. LB6-02321/3/19904Northern Iowa
73Foster, Ramon G6-53281/7/198610Tennessee
40Franklin, Jarvion RB6-0239//RWestern Michigan
69Frazier, Josh DT6-3321//RAlabama
40Galambos, Matt LB6-12393/21/19951Pittsburgh
77Gilbert, Marcus T6-63302/15/19888Florida
39Golden, Malik DB6-02054/27/19931Penn State
61Graham, Larson T6-52924/9/1994RDuquesne
15Griffey, Trey WR6-31921/19/1994RArizona
85Grimble, Xavier TE6-42619/22/19923Southern California
23Haden, Joe DB5-111954/14/19899Florida
79Hargrave, Javon DT6-23052/7/19933South Carolina State
65Hawkins, Jerald T6-630510/16/19933LSU
10Henderson, Quadree WR5-81929/12/1996RPittsburgh
97Heyward, Cameron DT6-52955/6/19898Ohio State
88Heyward-Bey, Darrius WR6-22102/26/198710Maryland
28Hilton, Mike CB5-91843/9/19942Ole Miss
95Hooks, Lavon DE6-33121/23/19921Ole Miss
41Huguenin, Farrington LB6-42685/8/19921Kentucky
11Hunter, Justin WR6-42035/20/19916Tennessee
81James, Jesse TE6-72616/4/19944Penn State
38Johnson, Trey CB5-111709/27/1994RVillanova
14Jones, Tevin WR6-222512/26/19921Memphis
3Jones, Landry QB6-42254/4/19896Oklahoma
55Kelsey, Keith LB6-02303/17/19951Louisville
49Leslie, Darnell DE6-22355/16/1994RMonmouth (N.J.)
44Matakevich, Tyler LB6-123512/22/19923Temple
93McCullers-Sanders, Dan DT6-73528/11/19925Tennessee
89McDonald, Vance TE6-42676/13/19906Rice
80McGee, Jake TE6-52509/19/19911Florida
87McKever, Pharoah TE6-6248//RFlorida International
23Mitchell, Mike (FA) DB6-12216/10/198710Ohio
55Moats, Arthur (FA) LB6-02463/14/19889James Madison
62Morris, Patrick C6-3300//RTCU
45Nix-Jones, Roosevelt FB5-112483/30/19924Kent State
76Okorafor, Chuks T6-6320//RWestern Michigan
 Patterson, Damoun WR6-2190//RYoungstown State
35Phillips, Dashaun CB5-111861/3/19913Tarleton State
53Pouncey, Maurkice C6-43047/24/19899Florida
 Prince, R.J. G6-63114/19/1995RNorth Carolina
22Ridley, Stevan RB5-112201/27/19896LSU
7Roethlisberger, Ben QB6-52403/2/198215Miami (Ohio)
17Rogers, Eli (FA) WR5-1018712/23/19924Louisville
2Rudolph, Mason QB6-52357/17/1995ROklahoma State
38Samuels, Jaylen RB6-0225//RNC State
74Sayles, Casey DT6-32899/4/1995ROhio
74Schleuger, Chris G6-43055/12/1995RUAB
49Scotland-Williamson, Christian TE6-92747/5/1993RNo College
24Sensabaugh, Coty DB5-1118711/15/19887Clemson
50Shazier, Ryan LB6-12309/6/19925Ohio State
19Smith-Schuster, JuJu WR6-121511/22/19962Southern California
51Spence, Sean (FA) LB5-112316/7/19907Miami (Fla.)
39Summers, James RB6-32106/12/19941East Carolina
30Summers, Jamar CB6-0190//RConnecticut
20Sutton, Cameron CB5-111882/27/19952Tennessee
18Thomas, Justin WR5-111853/15/19941Georgia Tech
46Thomas, Matthew LB6-32327/21/1995RFlorida State
33Toussaint, Fitzgerald RB5-92045/4/19905Michigan
16Tucker, Marcus WR5-101906/24/19921Northern Michigan
91Tuitt, Stephon DT6-63035/23/19935Notre Dame
78Villanueva, Alejandro T6-93209/22/19884Army West Point
96Walton, L.T. DT6-53053/31/19924Central Michigan
13Washington, James WR5-112134/2/1996ROklahoma State
90Watt, T.J. LB6-425210/11/19942Wisconsin
6Wile, Matt P6-22156/20/19921Michigan
98Williams, Vince LB6-123312/27/19896Florida State
Injured Players
28Allen, Cortez (IR) DB6-119710/29/19885The Citadel
39Johnson, Brandon (IR) RB6-22284/2/1993RPenn State
 McCord, Tyriq (IR) LB6-323611/6/1993RMiami (Fla.)
 Rome, Jay (IR) TE6-625412/12/1992RGeorgia
 
 
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James Conner
News
Conner (knee) recently said via SoundCloud that he has resumed sprinting on a treadmill.

Conner spent the final three games of the 2017 season on injured reserve due to a damaged MCL in his right knee. It isn't clear if he'll be operating under any physical limitations when offseason workouts commence in April, but he at least seems to be on track to be available in some capacity.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Lavon Hooks
News
Hooks signed a contract with the Steelers on Monday.

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.

Ryan Shazier
News
Shazier (spine) was officially placed on the Steelers' reserve/PUP list , Teresa Varley of Pittsburgh's official site reports.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert announced months ago that Shazier wouldn't play during the 2018 season, so this is merely confirmation of that previous report. Shazier will continue to go through his rehabilitation after a severe spinal injury cut his 2017 campaign short. He seemingly hopes to eventually return to the field, though it's unclear if he'll ever receive medical clearance to do so.

Injury
Spine - Physically Unable to Perform
Antonio Brown
News
Brown restructured his contract Wednesday to facilitate more cap space for the Steelers in 2018, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Brown opted for the standard base-to-bonus restructure that teams use to push the cap charges for their top players into future years. The move frees up some room for the team to cover Le'Veon Bell's franchise tag, but it won't make negotiations on a long-term deal with the running back any easier. Even with the restructure, Brown still owns the top contract among NFL wideouts in terms of average annual value, a deserved reward after a 2017 campaign in which he caught 101 of 162 targets for a league-leading 1,533 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games. His late-season calf injury is a non-concern after Brown caught seven passes for 132 yards and two scores in the Steelers' lone playoff game before taking part in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 28. Injuries to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are the only thing that has been able to slow Brown's production at any point during the past five seasons.

Jon Bostic
News
Bostic (knee) said he is healthy and doesn't believe his previous medical issues are chronic, Jacob Klinger of PennLive.com reports.

Bostic has missed 26 games since entering the NFL as a second-round pick in 2013, limited by a mixture of hip, ankle and knee injuries. He spent the final two weeks of last season on injured reserve with a knee sprain, but he believes he could've played in Week 17 if the Colts had allowed it. Bostic finished the year with a career-high 97 tackles in 14 games, though his stat line otherwise consisted of just one sack, one fumble recovery and three pass breakups. He's had a hand in only three turnovers and three sacks throughout his career, displaying little in the way of playmaking ability. He figures to compete with Tyler Matakevich (shoulder) for a starting inside linebacker job next to Vince Williams, as the Steelers already have ruled Ryan Shazier (neck) out for the season. The team hopes to have both Bostic and Matakevich healthy for the start of the offseason program in mid-April.

Anthony Chickillo
News
Chickillo signed a restricted free agent tender with the Steelers on Friday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

The best deal available was with Pittsburgh, the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2015. Chickillo spent the last two seasons in a reserve role, compiling 48 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 31 games. With T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree still in the lineup, Chickillo will likely work in the same role in 2018.

Marcus Gilbert
News
Gilbert (concussion) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Burt Lauten of Steelers.com reports.

Gilbert will remain subject to the league's concussion protocol, while his status for the AFC championship may be in question if the Steelers were to advance past the divisional round.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jarvion Franklin
No Updates
L.J. Fort
News
Fort, who recorded one tackle (solo) for a sack, in the Week 17 win over the Browns, finished the 2017 season with 11 tackles (nine solo), including one sack in 15 games.

The sack was Fort's first of the season, and his first since 2012 when he was, ironically, with the Browns. Fort played less than eight percent of Pittsburgh's defensive snaps, and is seen primarily as a special teams player, limiting his fantasy value.

Brandon Johnson
Injury
Bud Dupree
News
Pittsburgh exercised the fifth-year option on Dupree's rookie contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Selected 22nd overall in the 2015 draft, Dupree hasn't quite lived up to expectations through three seasons, but he did at least post career-high marks for tackles (40), sacks (six) and tackles for loss (12) in 15 games last year. The fifth-year option isn't a huge risk, as it's only guaranteed for injury and should cost less than $10 million. Dupree and 2017 first-round pick T.J. Watt figure to serve as Pittsburgh's starting outside linebackers in 2018, though it won't come as any surprise if the team brings in an early draft pick to push Dupree for snaps. The Steelers probably don't have any intention of signing Dupree to an extension before the season.

Jordan Berry
News
Berry signed a one-year contract with Pittsburgh on Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Berry has been with Pittsburgh since 2015, averaging 43.8 yards per punt during his tenure. He'll figure to be the team's punter throughout the 2018 campaign.

Stevan Ridley
News
Ridley re-signed to a one-year deal with the Steelers on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The veteran back joined the Steelers for the final two games of the season last year, rushing for 108 yards and one score on 26 carries -- he did not see any action during the postseason. He'll now have an opportunity to compete with James Conner and Fitzgerald Toussaint for a backup role behind Le'Veon Bell this offseason.

Kameron Canaday
News
Canaday signed a one-year contract extension with the Steelers on Monday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Canaday is now signed through the 2018 season to continue being the Steelers' long snapper. Kicker Chris Boswell hit 35 of 38 field goals and 37 of 39 extra points this season with Canaday snapping the ball.

Cortez Allen
News
Allen has been released by the Steelers.

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.

Injury
Vance McDonald
News
McDonald will be featured more in the Pittsburgh offense in 2018, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

McDonald played in 10 games during his first season with the Steelers in 2017, hauling in just 14 catches for 188 yards and a touchdown on the year. However, he showed out in the playoffs against Jacksonville, recording 10 catches for 112 yards in the game. McDonald has never been a consistent fantasy option at tight end, but he could be worth backup or spot start consideration in most formats if he sees an increased role as the top tight end with the Steelers.

Mason Rudolph
No Updates
Brian Allen
News
The Steelers selected Allen in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 173rd overall.

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.

Farrington Huguenin
No Updates
Stephon Tuitt
News
Tuitt (elbow) doesn't appear on the final injury report in advance of Sunday's AFC divisional-round game against the Jaguars.

Tuitt injured his right elbow during Wednesday's practice and was subsequently held out of Thursday's session. However, he returned as a full participant Friday and is now fully on track to suit up for Sunday's game.

David DeCastro
News
DeCastro is inactive due to coach's decision for Sunday's game against the Browns, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

DeCastro is being held out due to the Steelers having clinched a bye and facing long odds to overcome the Patriots as the top seed in the playoffs. Expect Matt Feiler to start while DeCastro rests for the playoffs.

Coty Sensabaugh
News
Sensabaugh was inactive (coach's decision) for Sunday's win over the Browns, finishing the 2017 season with 22 tackles (19 solo) and an interception in 14 games.

Sensabaugh split his time between defense and special teams this season, although he didn't see his first action on defense until Week 10 when Joe Haden suffered a fractured leg that caused him to miss five games. Sensabaugh will get an extra week to rest before Pittsburgh's Week 19 AFC divisional round game.

Mike Mitchell
News
Mitchell will be released next week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Mitchell celebrates his 31st birthday in June and carries a $5 million base salary for 2018. The Steelers may try to bring him back at a lower figure, as he's made 60 starts in his four seasons with the team. Mitchell landed between 4.1 and 5.0 tackles per game each of the past five years, highlighted by a 2015 campaign with 80 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. J.J. Wilcox and Robert Golden would be the top in-house options to replace Mitchell in the starting lineup.

Joseph Cheek
News
Cheek signed a contract with the Browns on Thursday.

Cheek spent the beginning of the 2017 season on Kansas City's practice squad but was released in late September due to an undisclosed injury. Now healthy again, the Texas A&M product will look to carve out a role on the interior of the Browns' offensive line.

Pharoah McKever
No Updates
Justin Thomas
News
Thomas signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers on Tuesday, the Steelers' official site reports.

Thomas spent time on the Steelers' practice squad throughout the year after failing to make the 53-man roster heading into the regular season. The 23-year-old will now get an opportunity to further his development in the team's offense this offseason.

Arthur Moats
News
Moats, who recorded one tackle (solo) in the Week 17 win over the Browns, finished the 2017 season with eight tackles (six solo) in 14 games.

Moats failed to record a sack this season, the first time he has done so since joining the Steelers in 2014, and his eight tackles were his fewest in his eight-year career. An unrestricted free agent, Moats be looking for a new team next season, as the Steelers are deep at the linebacker position.

Ramon Foster
News
Foster (concussion) was a full participant at the Steelers' practice Wednesday.

Foster sat out Monday's win over the Texans but appears to be clear of the concussion protocol. Thursday and Friday's practice sessions should clarify whether the 31-year-old is fully clear of the concussion.

Tyler Matakevich
News
Matakevich (shoulder) hopes to be fully recovered in time for offseason workouts, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Matakevich underwent surgery in January to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Even with Ryan Shazier (spine) ruled out for the entire 2018 season, a healthy Matakevich isn't considered a realistic candidate to step into the first-string lineup following the Steelers' signing of Jon Bostic to step in next to incumbent starter Vince Williams.

Injury
Shoulder - Labrum - Questionable for the start of training camp
Cameron Sutton
News
Sutton (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, Steelers Director of Communications Burt Lauten reports.

Sutton was placed on injured reserve in early September after suffering a hamstring injury in the Steelers' final preseason game. The team will now have three weeks to decide if it wants Sutton to be one of its two players it can active off of IR. If the Steelers elect not to, Sutton will remain on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

Tevin Jones
News
The Steelers signed Jones to a reserve/future contract Monday.

Jones is a 6-foot-2, 225-pound receiver who impressed in the preseason with the Chiefs. The Steelers don't have many roster spots at receiver available behind Antonio Brown, Juju Smith-Schuster, Martavis Bryant and Darrius Heyward-Bey, but the Memphis product has a shot to crack the 53-man roster ahead of the 2018 season with a strong showing in offseason workouts.

Roosevelt Nix-Jones
News
The Steelers re-signed Nix to a new four-year deal Saturday.

Nix, who was named to the 2018 Pro Bowl, will no longer have to worry about his immediate future. The fullback has logged 45 career games (nine starts) with the Steelers. He logged just one rushing and one receiving touchdown this past season, but his primary role is leading the way for star running back Le'Veon Bell.

Malik Golden
News
The Steelers signed Golden to a reserve/future contract Friday, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Golden went undrafted out of Penn State in 2017 and spent time with both the 49ers and Steelers last summer. However, he wound up on Pittsburgh's injured reserve list prior to the season opener with a groin injury and was released with an injury settlement shortly thereafter. It seems Golden showed promise before going down, though, and he'll now compete for a spot on a roster with questionable cornerback depth.

Damoun Patterson
No Updates
Jay Rome
Injury
Keion Adams
Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
No Updates
Josh Frazier
No Updates
Le'Veon Bell
News
Bell does not plan to attend OTAs, ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler reports.

Bell has already suggested -- barring a contract extension -- he'll follow a route similar to the one he took last year, when he first reported to team facilities in early September after the final exhibition game. He got off to a slow start with 37 carries for 119 yards and seven catches for 19 yards the first two weeks of the season, yet still managed to finish the year with 1,946 scrimmage yards and 11 touchdowns in 15 games. The Steelers have until July 16 to sign Bell to a long-term contract, or else he'll play under the franchise tag for $14.54 million, then presumably find a new home next offseason. The team was reported to have interest in some of the top running backs in April's draft, but ultimately didn't address the position until selecting hybrid RB/FB/TE Jaylen Samuel in the fifth round. This could be taken as a sign that there's still some hope of extending Bell, though prior negotiations don't seem to have come close to an agreement.

Morgan Burnett
News
Head coach Mike Tomlin said Burnett will open OTAs at free safety, Dave Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

When Burnett signed with Pittsburgh in March, most assumed he would slot in as the starting strong safety and push Sean Davis over to free safety. However, it seems like the Steelers -- at least momentarily -- may have something else in mind. While it appears likely that the team will experiment with a number of secondary arrangements as the offseason continues to unfold, IDP owners should take note of Burnett's possible position change, as free safeties naturally play further from the line of scrimmage than strong safeties and consequently tend to post inferior tackle numbers.

Mike Hilton
News
Hilton signed a one-year contract extension with the Steelers on Tuesday, the Steelers' official site reports.

Hilton played in all 16 regular season games for the Steelers this season, logging four starts. He recorded 64 tackles (48 solo), six passes defensed, four sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble on the year. Hilton sits behind Joe Haden and Artie Burns on the depth chart, but only 23, the young cornerback could potentially fly up the ranks in his second season with Pittsburgh.

James Summers
No Updates
T.J. Watt
News
Watt, who recorded eight tackles (six solo), including a sack in Sunday's win over the Browns, finishes up the 2017 season with 54 tackles (40 solo), including seven sacks, with an interception and a forced fumble in 15 games.

Expectations were high for Watt, who was selected in the first round (30th overall) of the 2017 draft, and he delivered, even outperforming older brother J.J., who missed much of his season due to injury. The eight tackles were a game-high for the rookie, who also set a franchise record for most sacks by a rookie.

Fitzgerald Toussaint
News
Toussaint will re-sign with the Steelers, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Toussaint will reprise his role as a depth option behind star back Le'Veon Bell and 2017 third-rounder James Conner. In limited work with the Steelers last season, Toussaint carried six times for 25 yards and added two catches for nine yards, while suiting up for six games.

Justin Hunter
News
Hunter signed a one-year contract with Pittsburgh on Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Hunter has bounced around a bit since being drafted by the Titans in 2013 and ultimately made his way to Pittsburgh for the 2017 season, recording just four receptions for 23 yards and one touchdown in seven games. He'll likely reinsert himself on the back end of the depth chart at receiver in 2018.

Joshua Dobbs
News
Dobbs will compete with Landry Jones for a roster spot, ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler reports.

Selected in the fourth round last year, Dobbs spent his entire rookie season as the No. 3 quarterback, never quite making a push to overtake Jones. The Tennessee product thus finds himself on the roster bubble entering his second season, though the Steelers have incentive from a salary cap perspective to release Jones instead of Dobbs if they decide that rookie third-round pick Mason Rudolph is ready for the No. 2 role. It might also make sense to see if they can trade Dobbs for a late-round pick.

Darrius Heyward-Bey
News
Heyward-Bey was not targeted, but ran once for a 29-yard touchdown in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Browns, finishing the 2017 season with two catches (on three targets) for 47 yards. He also ran two times for 32 yards and the one touchdown playing in all 16 games.

The two receptions were the fewest in a season during DHB's nine-year career, and only the second time in his career without a touchdown reception, while the rushing touchdown was his second in two seasons. Although he is under contract until 2019, Heyward-Bey is only guaranteed $400,000, so his future with the Steelers may be in question.

Joe Haden
News
Haden, who recorded two tackles (both solo) in the Week 17 win over the Browns, finished up the 2017 regular season with 20 tackles (18 solo), including one sack and an interception return for a touchdown in 11 games.

After seven seasons with Cleveland, Haden joined Pittsburgh, and will finally have an opportunity to take the field in a playoff game. That possibility was almost foiled by a fractured leg suffered in Week 10 that cost Haden five games this season, but he recovered in time for the final regular-season game and appears to be fully recovered. Under contract until 2020, this could be the first of many playoff games for Haden, who should return next season to start opposite Artie Burns in Pittsburgh's defensive backfield.

Xavier Grimble
News
Grimble signed a one-year contract extension with the Steelers on Monday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Grimble snagged just five receptions for 32 yards and one touchdown in 2017, and he was used mainly for his run-blocking abilities. As long as Jesse James and Vance McDonald are ahead of him in the depth chart, Grimble isn't expected to produce much more than that. This contract will take Grimble through the 2018 season.

Jamar Summers
No Updates
JuJu Smith-Schuster
News
Smith-Schuster told Yahoo's Tank Williams that the departure of Martavis Bryant will give the second-year wideout a better opportunity to show what he's capable of.

Smith-Schuster and Bryant essentially operated as co-No. 2 receivers last season, with the former producing far more efficiently while the latter actually held an 84-80 advantage in targets. The 2017 second-round pick's quick development made Bryant expendable, with the Steelers ultimately trading him for a third-round pick in the recently completed draft. The team did use a second-round selection on wideout James Washington, but he shouldn't be an immediate threat to Smith-Schuster's playing time or target volume. Coming off a rookie season in which he caught 58 of 80 targets for 917 yards and seven touchdowns, the USC product is a strong bet to reach triple digits in the target column during his sophomore campaign, potentially even threatening Le'Veon Bell's status as the No. 2 pass-game option in Pittsburgh. Bell finished second on the team in receptions and targets in 2014, 2016 and 2017, trailing Antonio Brown each time.

Sean Davis
News
Davis is anticipating a move to free safety ahead of the upcoming season, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports.

The Steelers have now mentioned that both Davis and Morgan Burnett have been experimenting at free safety, so it appears one of the two will be playing out of their normal position. Either way, Davis is going to prepare for both positions, which should give Pittsburgh some added flexibility in the secondary. Davis started all 16 games he played in last year, tallying 92 tackles, three interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack. He should remain with the top unit in 2018, though there could be a slight adjustment period if he transitions to free safety as expected.

Dashaun Phillips
News
The Redskins traded Philips to the Steelers in exchange for C Lucas Crowley on Wednesday, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The Steelers are still looking to solidify their CB depth chart. Phillips, a third-year corner out of Tarleton State, should step in and compete for a depth role behind Artie Burns and Ross Cockrell.

Matt Galambos
News
Galambos signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers on Monday, TribLive.com reports.

Galambos started his rookie season on the Steelers' practice squad but was released with an injury settlement at the end of September with an undisclosed injury.

Tyson Alualu
News
Alualu, who recorded eight tackles (six solo), including two sacks in Sunday's win over the Browns, finishes up the 2017 season with 39 tackles (25 solo), including four sacks in 16 games.

Starting for Cam Heyward (inactive, coach's decision), Alualu got to DeShone Kizer on Cleveland's first offensive possession of the game and was a dominant force on defense the entire game. Pittsburgh recorded six sacks, giving them 56 on the season, only the third time they've notched 50 or more sacks in the past 16 years (2002, 2008).

Ola Adeniyi
No Updates
Jesse James
News
James, who caught both his targets for nine yards in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Browns, finishes up the 2017 season with 43 receptions (on 63 targets) for 372 yards and three touchdowns playing in all 16 games.

James came out of the gate strong, scoring two touchdowns on six catches in Week 1, but only managed to score or have more receptions just once more all season. The tight end position has taken a backseat role in Pittsburgh's juggernaut offense, and James will likely still be in a timeshare with Vance McDonald, limiting the fantasy value of both next season.

Terrell Edmunds
No Updates
Trey Griffey
News
The Steelers signed Griffey to a reserve/future contract Monday.

Griffey went undrafted out of Arizona last spring and has since spent time with both the Colts and Dolphins, but didn't appear in a regular-season game for any team in 2017. He'll be competing for one of two or three roster spots at receiver in Pittsburgh, and will likely need to impress on special teams in order to stick with the team into the 2018 campaign.

Javon Hargrave
News
Hargrave had two tackles (both solo), including a sack in Pittsburgh's 23-17 overtime loss to Chicago on Sunday.

Hargrave now has two sacks through his first three games this season, matching his total for all of 2016. He could add to that total in Week 4 against the Ravens, who allowed the Steelers to record five sacks in their two games last season.

Nat Berhe
News
Berhe signed a one-year contract with the Steelers on Friday, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.

Berhe was a key special teams player for the Giants since being selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, one who led the unit in tackles last season. He'll likely serve Pittsburgh in a similar capacity, though he does have two career defensive starts to his name and certainly adds depth to the Steelers' secondary, as well.

Cameron Heyward
News
Heyward totaled four tackles (three solo) -- including two sacks -- in Monday's 34-6 win at Houston.

With 12 sacks entering their Week 17 game against the Browns, Heyward continues to have the best season of his career. The Pittsburgh defense compiled seven sacks against Houston, matching their total from the season opener against Cleveland.

Vince Williams
News
Williams is being evaluated for a possible concussion and his return to Sunday's game against the Jaguars is considered questionable.

Williams, who posted a career-best 89 tackles during the 2017 regular season, was escorted to the locker room in the first half of Sunday's contest after suffering a head injury. Williams may be able to return to the game if he clears the league's concussion protocol, but L.J. Fort and Tyler Matakevich could see increased roles at inside linebacker.

Quadree Henderson
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Marcus Tucker
News
Tucker signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers on Tuesday.

Tucker, 25, has yet to see any NFL action since going undrafted out of Northern Michigan in 2016. He spent the past season on the Steelers' practice squad.

Patrick Morris
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B.J. Finney
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Finney signed a one-year extension with the Steelers on Friday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports.

Finney was set to become an exclusive-rights free agent after logging 235 snaps in 2017. He'll now remain under contract with Pittsburgh through the 2018 season.

Trey Johnson
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Sean Spence
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Spence, who recorded six tackles (two solo) in the regular-season finale win over the Browns, finished the 2017 regular season season with 19 tackles (12 solo), including one sack in four games.

After leaving Pittsburgh to play for Tennessee last season, Spence was re-signed after Ryan Shazier (spine) was lost for the final four games. He did an admirable job down the stretch and, though he is an unrestricted free agent, could return in 2018 depending on Shazier's recovery.

Tyriq McCord
Injury
Artie Burns
News
Burns (knee) doesn't appear on the final injury report in advance of Sunday's AFC divisional-round game against the Jaguars.

Burns hyperextended his right knee during Wednesday's practice and wasn't available for Thursday's session. However, it seems the injury proved to be relatively minor in severity, as he was then a full participant Friday and has been cleared to play in Sunday's playoff game.

Christian Scotland-Williamson
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Larson Graham
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Chuks Okorafor
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Parker Collins
No Updates
Ben Roethlisberger
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Roethlisberger said he plans on playing for three-to-five more seasons if both he and his offensive line stay healthy, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Roethlisberger has spent the latter portion of his career playing with a strong offensive line, not to mention the best RB-WR duo in recent NFL history. The complementary weapons haven't been so consistent, though the Steelers seem to have solved that problem when they drafted JuJu Smith-Schuster at No. 62 overall last year. The team did trade Martavis Bryant to Oakland during last week's draft, but then replaced him with another wideout late in the second round, James Washington out of Oklahoma State. Pittsburgh then took Washington's college teammate, Mason Rudolph, in the middle of Round 3, but Roethlisberger said it probably will be a while before the rookie QB gets his shot to start. With a playoff-caliber roster that includes all five starters returning on the offensive line, it's easy to see why the 36-year-old is optimistic about extending his career into his late 30s of early 40s. Roethlisberger has played all 16 games just three times in 14 pro seasons, despite playing at least 12 games each year.

Chris Boswell
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Boswell signed his restricted free agent tender from the Steelers on Thursday, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.

The Steelers applied a second-round tender on the kicker before the March 14 deadline, all but assuring he'd be back in Pittsburgh for a fourth season. Putting pen to paper makes the transaction official. On the heels of a career-best 142-point campaign, Boswell is a candidate to put up a similar number behind an offense led by Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and likely Le'Veon Bell, who received the franchise tag for a second straight year.

Jordan Dangerfield
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Dangerfield signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers on Monday, TribLive.com reports.

Dangerfield was waived an reached an injury settlement with the Steelers in early September as he battled an undisclosed injury. The 27-year-old totaled 16 tackles in 14 games with the Steelers in 2016, and also earned a pair of starts.

Landry Jones
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Jones likely will have to battle 2017 fourth-round pick Joshua Dobbs for a roster spot, ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler reports.

Pittsburgh's decision to draft Mason Rudolph in the third round hints at disappointment with Dobbs as a developmental project more so than any issue with Jones, who has served as Ben Roethlisberger's top backup since midway through the 2015 season. However, the Steelers could clear up some cap space by keeping Dobbs instead of Jones as their No. 3 quarterback, if they deem Rudolph ready to handle the No. 2 role. The team can save $1.9 million by releasing Jones, compared to only $275,438 for Dobbs, per OverTheCap. Jones may thus need to beat out Rudolph in order to stick on the roster ahead of Dobbs.

Maurkice Pouncey
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Pouncey (hip) is not present on the Steelers' injury report Wednesday.

Pouncey sat out Week 17 as he nursed a hip injury, but Pittsburgh was likely just exercising caution as they geared up for the playoffs. The 28-year-old should return to his usual starting spot at center for Sunday's divisional round matchup with Jacksonville.

L.T. Walton
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Walton, who recorded one tackle (solo) in the Week 17 win over the Browns, finished up the 2017 regular season with 12 tackles (nine solo) -- including two sacks -- while playing in all 16 games.

The second-year defensive end did not see much playing time this season, splitting snaps on defense and special teams. With Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Tyson Alualu ahead of him on the depth chart, Walton is limited in the fantasy impact he can make, though he should return to play for Pittsburgh in 2018.

Matt Wile
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Wile was cut by the Cardinals on Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official website reports.

The Cardinals cut Wile in favor of veteran punter Andy Lee. He will now look for a new opportunity elsewhere.

Jake McGee
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McGee signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers on Monday, TribLive.com reports.

McGee joined the Steelers in August and failed to make the 53-man roster, but finished the season on Pittsburgh's practice squad.

Jerald Hawkins
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Hawkins (knee) was not listed on the Steelers' injury report Wednesday.

Hawkins did not play against the Bears on Sunday after participating fully in practice early last week and eventually being listed questionable. The 23-year-old seems to be healthy, but with Alejandro Villanueva (illness) also not listed on the report, Hawkins will likely resume a reserve role.

Keith Kelsey
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Alejandro Villanueva
News
Villanueva (illness) was absent Wednesday from the Steelers' injury report.

Villanueva missed some snaps in Sunday's victory over the Vikings while he was slowed down by heat-related issues. Now fully rested and hydrated, the veteran left tackle should resume his role protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's blind side in the Steelers' Week 3 tilt with the Bears.

Casey Sayles
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Chris Schleuger
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Darnell Leslie
No Updates
Matt Feiler
News
The Steelers signed Feiler to a one-year contract extension Wednesday.

Feiler was set to become an exclusive rights free agent at the outset of free agency, but secured his spot in Pittsburgh for 2018. The 25-year-old earned his first NFL start in Week 17 as the Steelers geared up for the playoffs and is likely to serve in a reserve role again next season.

Dan McCullers-Sanders
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McCullers re-signed to a one-year deal with the Steelers on Thursday, Joe Rutter of Triblive.com reports.

McCullers will remain in Pittsburgh, where he was drafted in the sixth-round of the 2014 draft. The nose tackle has been more of a depth lineman so far in his career, registering just one start in 42 career games. The Steelers now have all six defensive linemen who saw action last season under contract for the 2018 season as well.

James Washington
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Eli Rogers
News
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Rogers' recovery from a torn ACL will be "critical" for the Pittsburgh offense, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

It's interesting that Tomlin is talking about Rogers as if he's still on the team, considering the wideout became an unrestricted free agent when the Steelers failed to tender him a contract in March. While it's clearly an overstatement to call Rogers a "critical" part of the offense, he does at least seem to remain in the team's plans as a depth option for work from the slot. Recovering from Jan. 17 surgery to repair the ACL and meniscus in his right knee, Rogers said he only expects to be sidelined for four-to-six months. He caught 48 of 66 targets for 594 yards (9.0 YPT) and three touchdowns in 2016 but then dropped off to 18 receptions in 14 games last season as Martavis Bryant and JuJu Smith-Schuster got most of the snaps alongside Antonio Brown. Rogers likely would enter camp as the favorite for the No. 4 receiver job if he were to re-sign with the Steelers and make a full recovery. That's admittedly a lot to ask, given the timing of last season's injury.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Matthew Thomas
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R.J. Prince
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Jaylen Samuels
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Marcus Allen
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