|Offense||4th||104.2 (19th)||273.8 (3rd)|
|Defense||5th||105.8 (9th)||201.1 (7th)|
|99||Adams, Keion||LB||6-2||245||6/8/1995||2||Western Michigan|
|26||Bell, Le'Veon||RB||6-1||225||2/18/1992||6||Michigan State|
|4||Berry, Jordan||P||6-5||195||3/18/1991||4||Eastern Kentucky|
|84||Brown, Antonio||WR||5-10||181||7/10/1988||9||Central Michigan|
|25||Burns, Artie||CB||6-0||197||5/1/1995||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|46||Canaday, Kameron||LS||6-4||245||8/20/1992||2||Portland State|
|56||Chickillo, Anthony||DE||6-3||255||12/10/1992||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|Crawford, Antonio||DB||5-10||185||//||2||West Virginia|
|67||Finney, B.J.||C||6-4||318||10/26/1991||3||Kansas State|
|54||Fort, L.J.||LB||6-0||232||1/3/1990||4||Northern Iowa|
|30||Golden, Malik||DB||6-0||205||4/27/1993||1||Penn State|
|85||Grimble, Xavier||TE||6-4||261||9/22/1992||3||Southern California|
|79||Hargrave, Javon||DT||6-2||305||2/7/1993||3||South Carolina State|
|97||Heyward, Cameron||DE||6-5||295||5/6/1989||8||Ohio State|
|31||Hilton, Mike||CB||5-9||184||3/9/1994||2||Ole Miss|
|65||Hooks, Lavon||DT||6-3||312||1/23/1992||1||Ole Miss|
|81||James, Jesse||TE||6-7||261||6/4/1994||4||Penn State|
|Leslie, Darnell||LB||6-2||235||5/16/1994||R||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|62||Matthews, Mike||C||6-2||300||1/27/1994||2||Texas A&M|
|55||Moats, Arthur||LB||6-0||246||3/14/1988||9||James Madison|
|45||Nix-Jones, Roosevelt||FB||5-11||248||3/30/1992||4||Kent State|
|38||Phillips, Dashaun||CB||5-11||186||1/3/1991||3||Tarleton State|
|7||Roethlisberger, Ben||QB||6-5||240||3/2/1982||15||Miami (Ohio)|
|50||Shazier, Ryan||LB||6-1||230||9/6/1992||5||Ohio State|
|19||Smith-Schuster, JuJu||WR||6-1||215||11/22/1996||2||Southern California|
|51||Spence, Sean||LB||5-11||231||6/7/1990||7||Miami (Fla.)|
|Summers, James||RB||6-3||210||6/12/1994||1||East Carolina|
|Thomas, Justin||WR||5-11||179||3/15/1994||1||Georgia Tech|
|16||Tucker, Marcus||WR||5-10||190||6/24/1992||1||Northern Michigan|
|91||Tuitt, Stephon||DT||6-6||303||5/23/1993||5||Notre Dame|
|78||Villanueva, Alejandro||DE||6-9||320||9/22/1988||4||Army West Point|
|96||Walton, L.T.||DT||6-5||305||3/31/1992||4||Central Michigan|
|27||Wilcox, J.J.||DB||6-0||212||2/14/1991||5||Georgia Southern|
|98||Williams, Vince||LB||6-1||233||12/27/1989||6||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|
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.
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 remains in the initial stages of his rehab from the scary spinal injury he suffered Dec. 4 against the Bengals and it has yet to be determined if he'll be able to play football again. The Steelers should have a better idea about his long-term outlook as he progresses during the next few months of rehab, but Colbert is optimistic that the linebacker will remain involved with the organization in some capacity regardless if he receives clearance to resume his playing career or not. After signing his fifth-year team option last April, Shazier is guaranteed $8.5 million in 2018 whether he returns to the field or not.
Matthews had been waived/injured earlier in the week due to an unspecified injury.
Targeted 11 times, Brown showed no signs of the calf injury he suffered in Week 15, scoring Pittsburgh's first touchdown of the game. He added his second score on an incredible fourth-down catch as he fell backwards in the end zone, and there is no reason to think that Brown won't continue to be among the league's elite wide receivers next season.
Chickillo, who is a restricted free agent, has 5.5 sacks over the past two seasons, playing in all but one game. At 26, he provides linebacker depth and is a contributor on special teams, where he played nearly 72 percent of all snaps. Chickillo earned $615,000 this past season, so if the price is right, he could return to Pittsburgh in 2018.
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.
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.
This was a brutal game for the league's number one pass rush defense, which failed to record a sack against Blake Bortles. They also were unable to force a turnover, which helped end their playoff run. The regular season is a distant memory, but one the team can continue to build on for next season.
Ridley got the start in place of Le'Veon Bell (inactive, coach's decision), and looked like the stud running back that began his career in New England, where he amassed 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns on 649 carries (4.3 average) before getting injured in his fourth season. He's played in just 11 games over the past three seasons, and is an unrestricted free agent. At 28, the Steelers will likely look to third round draft pick James Conner, who suffered his own injury that resulted in the signing of Ridley, to serve as Bell's backup next season.
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.
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.
Where was this guy all season? McDonald never caught more than four passes or exceeded 52 yards in a game in his first Steelers campaign, yet he set new single-game career bests across the stat sheet Sunday. Considering that Jacksonville's defense had been stingy against opposing tight ends this season, McDonald's performance was particularly encouraging. Given his upside, he seems to have an edge over Jesse James for the role of primary pass-catching tight end heading into the offseason.
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 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.
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.
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.
Clinging to a four-point lead late in the game, Mitchell happened to be in the right place at the right time, recovering a Duke Johnson fumble forced by William Gay after a 30-yard catch and run. It was Mitchell's first-and-only turnover this season. He also had his fewest tackle total since 2012 with Oakland and, at 30, is starting to show signs of his age. He still provides a valuable veteran presence on defense, and is under contract until 2019, so he should resume his role in the secondary next season.
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.
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.
Pittsburgh may not have a clear grasp on Matakevich's timetable until after the procedure is completed, but it will more than likely prevent the linebacker from being a full participant during the team's offseason program. The 25-year-old didn't see his responsibilities increase much in his second NFL season, as he appeared in 15 games but managed just 23 tackles (18 solo) in a backup role.
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.
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.
Nix, who was named to the 2018 Pro Bowl, will no longer have to worry about his immediate future. The full back 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.
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.
Colbert's goal aligns with Bell's own wishes, as the soon-to-be 26-year-old said after the Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs Jan. 14 that he's eager to avoid a repeat of last offseason, when he sat out all of training camp while angling for a long-term deal before ultimately accepting a $12.1 million franchise tag. Though Bell would be projected to earn a slight pay increase if he were tagged again, the high attrition rate for NFL running backs makes it more appealing for him to work out a long-term contract in order to gain more financial security. Bell should have plenty of leverage in negotiations after amassing 1,946 total yards in 15 games last season to boost his average to 128.9 yards per game since the beginning of the 2013 campaign, far and away the top mark among running backs over that span.
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.
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.
Toussaint will be able to return kicks in the second half of Sunday's contest for the Steelers if need be, but he likely won't see much action out of the backfield with Le'Veon Bell at full health.
The catch was only his fourth this season, and his first since Week 8, although it resulted in his first touchdown since joining the Steelers. Even with Antonio Brown (calf) likely to miss the Week 17 game against the winless Browns, Hunter is not a viable fantasy option.
Selected in the fourth round (135th overall pick) of the 2017 draft, Dobbs never took an offensive snap this season, with Ben Roethlisberger throwing all but two of Pittsburgh's 563 passes entering Week 17. Landry Jones got the start in the season finale, but has been unimpressive in his career. Roethlisberger has hinted about retiring in the recent past, which could create an opportunity for Dobbs. Should Big Ben return for the 2018 season, Dobbs would likely compete with Jones for the backup job.
Wilcox showed no lingering effects from the concussion he sustained last week, picking off a pass thrown behind Zach Miller at the Chicago 21, which led to a tying field goal by Chris Boswell midway through the fourth quarter. This was his first interception of the season and the sixth of his career. He'll look to add to that total in Week 4 against Baltimore, as the Pittsburgh defense recorded two interceptions in their two games against the Ravens last season.
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.
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.
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.
Smith-Schuster was clearly Landry Jones' favorite receiver, and the rookie took advantage of the opportunity and the absence of Antonio Brown (lower leg). The first Steelers player with a receiving touchdown and a kick return touchdown in the same game since Gary Ballman in 1963, Smith-Schuster gives the team another weapon in an already potent arsenal.
Davis matched his career-best for tackles in a game, but the defense had its worst outing at the worst time. Jacksonville scored 45 points, the most by an opponent all season, and the most since 2013 (New England, 55).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
In what was otherwise a pedestrian effort for Golden, the play that likely makes the season highlight film came in Week 7 against the Bengals when he completed his only pass attempt for 44 yards to Darrius Heyward-Bey on a fake punt. It was his second pass completion in as many attempts in his six-year career, and his first since 2014.
Williams was taken to the locker room during the first half of Sunday's tilt after suffering the head injury, but he'll likely be back in action following halftime.
Ducre may eventually reach an injury settlement and become a free agent. If he opts to go this route, his lack of experience likely projects him for a practice squad spot, with a long shot of potentially making an active roster in a special teams capacity.
The 19 tackles matched his career low for a season, which he accomplished in 2007, his rookie year. Although he has never missed a game in 11 seasons, his playing time has taken a huge hit, with him taking the field for just 27.2 percent of the team's defensive snaps this season. Gay is signed until 2019, but the limited role makes him a less-than-desirable IDP fantasy option.
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.
Burns hyperextended his right knee during Wednesday's practice and wasn't available to practice Thursday. However, it seems the injury proved to be relatively minor in severity, as he was then a full participant in Friday's session and has been cleared to play in Sunday's playoff game.
After a brief flirtation with retirement last offseason, Roethlisberger was clear about his intentions following the Steelers' elimination from the postseason in the team's divisional-round loss to the Jaguars. The 35-year-old confirmed shortly after that game that he would return for the 2018 season, but Rooney's comments take that a step further and imply that the veteran quarterback believes he has multiple years left in him. While it that may be wishful thinking on the part of Rooney, Roethlisberger showed he had plenty left in the tank in 2017. In addition to throwing for 4,251 yards while posting a 28:14 TD:INT ratio across 15 regular-season contests, Roethlisberger was masterful against a tough Jacksonville pass defense in the playoffs, amassing 469 yards and five touchdowns in that contest and displaying impeccable downfield accuracy on multiple throws.
This was a high-scoring affair, with both teams combing for 12 touchdowns. The difference in the game came on a 45-yard field goal by Josh Lambo with just under two minutes remaining. Boswell finished the season tied for fourth in scoring, and should be among the league leaders again next season.
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.
With the heavily favored Patriots expected to clinch the No. 1 seed with a victory over the Jets in Week 17, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin will use the regular-season finale to rest several key regulars. That includes Ben Roethlisberger, who will be replaced by Jones in what marks the former Oklahoma standout's fifth career NFL start. With a 59.9 percent completion rate and 7:6 TD:INT ratio for his career, Jones doesn't profile as a particularly appealing fantasy option, especially with the team's top two pass catchers, wideout Antonio Brown (lower leg) and running back Le'Veon Bell (coach's decision), both inactive.
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.
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.
The Cardinals cut Wile in favor of veteran punter Andy Lee. He will now look for a new opportunity elsewhere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rogers, who suffered the devastating right knee injury during the Steelers' divisional playoff loss to the Jaguars, will be a restricted free agent this offseason as he deals with a lengthy road to recovery. Pittsburgh could be without their slot receiver for the beginning of the 2018 regular season if they elect to re-sign Rogers, given the nine-to-12 month timetable that usually accompanies a torn ACL.
Bryant didn't see a pass thrown his way until the final seconds of the first half, although it resulted in a 36-yard score. However, he didn't have another target until the final minutes of the game. After sitting out the entire 2016 campaign for substance abuse violations, Bryant returned this season to haul in 50 of his 84 targets for 603 yards and three TDs in 15 contests. The 26-year-old wideout clearly has the talent to produce better numbers than that, but looking ahead, the continued presence of superstar Antonio Brown and promising JuJu Smith-Schuster means that Bryant's path to targets in the Steelers passing game is not always going to be consistent, at least when the aforementioned duo is healthy. Bryant, whose rookie contract runs through next season, is set to earn $705,000 in 2018.