|Offense||16th||68.5 (29th)||244.0 (11th)|
|Defense||3rd||74.0 (8th)||163.0 (4th)|
|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|
|25||Burns, Artie||CB||6-0||197||5/1/1995||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|46||Canaday, Kameron||LS||6-4||245||8/20/1992||1||Portland State|
|56||Chickillo, Anthony||OLB||6-3||255||12/10/1992||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|67||Finney, B.J.||G||6-4||318||10/26/1991||2||Kansas State|
|85||Grimble, Xavier||TE||6-4||261||9/22/1992||2||Southern California|
|79||Hargrave, Javon||NT||6-2||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|
|40||Hilton, Mike||DB||5-9||184||3/9/1994||1||Ole Miss|
|81||James, Jesse||TE||6-7||261||6/4/1994||3||Penn State|
|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|
|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|
|19||Smith-Schuster, JuJu||WR||6-1||215||11/22/1996||R||Southern California|
|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|
|96||Walton, L.T.||DE||6-5||305||3/31/1992||3||Central Michigan|
|39||Watson, Terrell||RB||6-1||240||8/22/1993||1||Azusa Pacific|
|27||Wilcox, J.J.||DB||6-0||212||2/14/1991||4||Georgia Southern|
|98||Williams, Vince||ILB||6-1||233||12/27/1989||5||Florida State|
|99||Adams, Keion (IR)||LB||6-2||245||6/8/1995||R||Western Michigan|
|28||Allen, Cortez (IR)||DB||6-1||197||10/29/1988||5||The Citadel|
|Crawford, Antonio (IR)||DB||5-10||185||//||R||West Virginia|
|38||Ducre, Greg (IR)||DB||5-10||183||1/22/1992||2||Washington|
|39||Johnson, Brandon (IR)||RB||6-2||228||4/2/1993||R||Penn State|
|62||Matthews, Mike (IR)||C||6-2||300||1/27/1994||1||Texas A&M|
|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|
|20||Sutton, Cameron (IR)||CB||5-11||188||2/27/1995||R||Tennessee|
|54||Fort, L.J.||LB||6-0||232||1/3/1990||3||Northern Iowa|
|65||Hooks, Lavon||DT||6-3||312||1/23/1992||1||Ole Miss|
|38||Phillips, Dashaun||CB||5-11||186||1/3/1991||3||Tarleton State|
|Rodgers, Jake||T||6-6||320||9/10/1991||1||Eastern Washington|
|16||Tucker, Marcus||WR||5-10||190||6/24/1992||1||Northern Michigan|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Through two games, the rookie running back has provided little more than to give Le'Veon Bell a chance to catch his breath, running five times for 20 yards. That role is not likely to change any time soon, but Conner's value comes as a handcuff to Bell, who has missed 14 games over the past three seasons.
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.
After seven tackles (four solo) in the season opener, Shazier picked up right where he left off in Week 2. The 25-year-old was the only Steelers' defensive player to see every snap (66) and is primed to see heavy workloads going forward. He has yet to record a sack or force a turnover, but it's probably just a matter of time.
Matthews had been waived/injured earlier in the week due to an unspecified injury.
Brown was the most targeted Steeler by a healthy margin, but he struggled to break off many big plays as the stout Minnesota defense keyed in on him. While this wasn't the type of production Brown's fantasy owners hoped for, his usage remained high and he is still just a week removed from catching all 11 of his targets. Brown should bounce back with a big performance next week against the Bears.
Tyler Matakevich came up the middle to block Britton Colquitt's punt, and Chickillo, starting for the injured Bud Dupree (shoulder), grabbed it in the end zone for the early 7-0 lead. It was the first time the Steelers blocked a punt for a touchdown since 1998 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Gilbert did not practice this week after playing 59 of 79 offensive snaps for the Steelers in Week 2. Chris Hubbard is next up on the depth chart with the veteran right tackle unable to play Sunday.
Fort likely figures to slide in a depth linebacker. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Fort will presumably remain a special teams asset.
Dupree was a full participant Thursday and Friday after being limited Wednesday, and should therefore be expected to play against the Bears on Sunday. Pittsburgh was likely just being cautious early in the week, and the 24-year-old isn't expected to face any limitations.
There's no shame in losing a starting role to a youthful first-round draft pick, especially when you look at Watt's ability to terrorize quarterbacks. Harrison still shows no signs of slowing down, recording 53 tackles and five sacks last season over 15 games, his best campaign since 2012. Expect him to be the first man off the bench when needed, but the reduction in snaps likely will take him away from true fantasy relevance.
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.
McDonald logged just 18 snaps Week 1 and missed Week 2 with a back injury, but he could have a big role Sunday against the Bears if Jesse James' ankle injury turns out to be serious. Despite playing through the ailment in Sunday's win over the Vikings, James was held out of practice Wednesday.
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 was a full participant Thursday and Friday, so he should be expected to play Sunday. It's still the 24-year-old's first full practices since sustaining the injury in the season opener, and Tyson Alualu is likely to step in should he be unable to go.
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.
Contrary to what head coach Mike Tomlin said yesterday, Mitchell's absence from the injury report suggests the safety's availability for this weekend's season opener isn't in question. Provided his health cooperates the rest of the week, look for the veteran to open Sunday's tilt against the Browns in his usual starting position.
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.
Bell was given a massive workloard as his side led throughout the game, but he was held to just 3.2 yards per carry by a stout Minnesota front. He was also rendered ineffective in the passing game, failing to gain yardage on three of his receptions. Bell hasn't produced a monstrous fantasy outing just yet, but the large jump in usage was a positive sign for his prospects moving forward. He will look to break out in a more favorable matchup with the Bears next week.
Playing in just his second NFL game, Hilton outperformed Joe Haden, William Gay and Artie Burns combined, making a case for additional playing time as the season progresses.
Toussaint was released on Saturday after being buried on the team's running back depth chart, but he'll remain with the organization. Given his versatile skill set, Toussaint is a good tailback for Pittsburgh to keep around in case star Le'Veon Bell goes down with an injury at any point this season.
Watt was limited at practice Wednesday but did not participate the rest of the week, so he doesn't appear to have been close to playing this week. There is no firm timetable for the rookie first-round pick at this point, so we'll have to wait until he's likely evaluated next week.
Hunter wasn't expected to be anything more than a depth option in the receiving corps if active, so the coach's decision to leave him inactive shouldn't have much fantasy implication. His next chance to play will be in Week 2 against the Vikings.
The Steelers have elected to dress only two quarterbacks in Week 1, with Landry Jones serving as Ben Roethlisberger's backup. Dobbs' first game on the active roster will have to wait, while it remains to be seen if Pittsburgh plans to keep the 2017 fourth-rounder sidelined in Week 2 as well.
Wilcox was nearly active the Steelers' victory over the Vikings on Sunday, but was ultimately did not suit up. Now clear of the league's concussion protocol, the 26-year-old will likely resume his role as reserve safety and special teams contributor.
Heyward-Bey sat out Wednesday's practice with an unspecified illness, but it doesn't appear to have been too serious. The veteran receiver has received only three offensive snaps this season and will likely continue as a special teams-oriented player against the Bears on Sunday.
Defense and special teams dominated for both teams in the early going, with the half ending when Haden, who was recently cut by the Browns after seven seasons, sacked rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer. No doubt Haden was amped to face his former team, recording his first sack since 2011.
Grimble played just one offensive snap and appears to have fallen to third on the depth chart at tight end, at least for now, behind Jesse James and Vance McDonald.
The score came on a 4-yard flip from Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter to put the Steelers up 14-0. Smith-Schuster went without being targeted last week, so his four targets are an encouraging sign, and the Steelers hope to see much more from their second-round draft pick in the weeks to come.
Davis was relatively quiet in Week 1, as he tallied just three tackles. However, game flow got him more involved against the Vikings. The 23-year-old was sidelined for just one play as he saw 65 of a possible 66 snaps in the contest.
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.
Alualu missed all of OTAs with the calf injury, so his limited participation is a welcome sign for Steelers' fans. Barring a major setback, it appears the injury will have no effect on his availability during the regular season.
Through two games, James has logged 10 catches (on 13 targets) for 68 yards, to go along with two Week 1 touchdowns. It remains to be seen if James starts losing looks to fellow TE Vance McDonald, but in Week 2 James was on the field for 96% of the Steelers' snaps on offense.
Hargrave exited the Steelers' second exhibition with a suspected concussion, but his absence from Wednesday's report suggests that's no longer a concern. The 2016 third-rounder projects to start at nose tackle this season and seems poised to improve upon the 27 tackles he notched in his rookie year.
Heyward has been dealing with a pectoral injury that has kept him out since November of last year, but given his status as a projected starter two days ahead of the Steelers' second preseason contest, it appears he's ready to make his return. The team will likely remain cautious with Heyward to ensure his health for the start of the regular season.
The fourth quarter sack of Case Keenum resulted in a 10-yard loss that ultimately ended the Vikings drive. It was the team's ninth sack in two games, a milestone they did not achieve until Week 9 last season. The defense is a viable streaming option against the Bears in Week 3.
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.
When asked about the team's running back situation, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he's comfortable with James Conner getting some work behind Le'Veon Bell but didn't bother mentioning Watson, Ed Bouchette of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. That doesn't exactly come as a surprise considering Conner is a 2017 third-round pick, whereas Watson went undrafted in 2015 and only has one regular-season appearance on his ledger. There is a real chance Watson would get involved if Bell were to suffer an injury. The 2015 UDFA rumbled for 173 yards on 37 carries in the preseason to surprisingly beat out Fitzgerald Toussaint for a roster spot.
The second-year defensive back matched his tackle totals from Week 1, and added his first career fumble recovery in the final minute of the game. In 18 career games, Burns now has four turnovers after recording three interceptions in his rookie season.
Roethlisberger did much of his damage early in the game, connecting with Martavis Bryant on a 27-yard touchdown in the first quarter before tossing a shovel pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster for another score early in the second. He spread the ball around to six different receivers and managed a solid performance despite Antonio Brown's relatively tame production. Roethlisberger could very well have the deepest complement of skill position players he's ever had this season and will look to continue what has been a strong start next week against the Bears.
The Steelers managed only 335 yards and converted only 3 of 13 third downs, but that provided Boswell with several scoring opportunities. He did miss on a 51-yard field goal, but an illegal formation penalty on the Vikings gave him new life and Boswell connected from 46 yards out. He is an attractive option in Week 3 against the winless Bears, who have yielded six field goals and four extra points to opposing kickers through two games.
Like starter Ben Roethlisberger, Jones was logging his first preseason action Saturday. He looked sharp overall and found Xavier Grimble for a 10-yard touchdown in the third quarter, although he did cost what was likely the Steelers' final hope for victory by throwing an interception in the end zone with under five minutes to go in the contest. Jones is once again slated to serve as Roethlisberger's top backup in the coming season, and given the latter's injury history, he could well see action at some point in 2017.
The veteran was let go in order to make room for the activation of L.J. Fort from the practice squad. Given his track record, it wouldn't be surprising if he lands elsewhere sooner than later.
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.
McGee, an undrafted second-year tight end out of Florida, has spent time with the Raiders and Chargers since originally signing with the Panthers in May of 2016. He'll likely be competing with Dave Johnson and Phazahn Odom for the No. 3 tight end job.
Hawkins hadn't practiced in two weeks, so his return to the field Wednesday was a welcome surprise. Starting left tackle Alejandro Villanueva (illness) was also absent from the injury report, so Hawkins should be in store for a backup role in the Week 3 matchup with the Bears.
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.
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 seven targets were second only to Antonio Brown (11), which is encouraging after receiving just four targets in Week 1, and his 43 yards match his career average per game. Still, he has scored just three times in 15 games, making him difficult to start in most fantasy formats.
Bryant made a huge impact despite finishing tied for fourth on the team in targets, thanks in large part to a 51-yard gain and a 27-yard touchdown reception. This game was something of a microcosm for Bryant's fantasy value, which hinges on big plays and finding the end zone rather than sheer volume. Still, he's displayed a knack for thriving in such a role and will look to build on this effort next week against the Bears.