|Offense||22nd||69.0 (29th)||233.3 (16th)|
|Defense||2nd||122.7 (22nd)||136.7 (2nd)|
|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|
|54||Fort, L.J.||LB||6-0||232||1/3/1990||3||Northern Iowa|
|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|
|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.
Shazier now has recorded a team-high 26 tackles in three games and is on pace to shatter his career best of 87 tackles in a season. He and the rest of the defense will look to get back to their winning ways in Week 4 against Baltimore, although the two teams split their 2016 series, each winning at home.
Matthews had been waived/injured earlier in the week due to an unspecified injury.
Brown was the only Pittsburgh player to get much going in a tame performance for this normally explosive offense. His seven-yard touchdown consisted of him catching the ball against off coverage and beating the defender one-on-one to stretch the ball across the plane. With 354 receiving yards in his first three games, Brown has lived up to his status as the top wide receiver off most boards, despite failing to get into the end zone until Sunday.
Chickillo now has three sacks on the season to lead the Pittsburgh defense. He'll look to add to his total in Week 4 in Baltimore, where he recorded six tackles and a half sack in their 21-14 loss last season.
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's inactive status comes as a bit of a surprise after he logged full participation in practice Thursday and Friday. Tyson Alualu will figure to get the start at defensive end for what is an otherwise healthy defensive line.
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.
The nine tackles more than doubled Mitchell's total from the previous two games and were his most in a game since November 2012. As good as he has been in his career, Mitchell's fantasy value is now limited, as he has just five interceptions and no sacks in his last 50 games.
Moats played in all 16 regular season games for the fourth consecutive season, finishing with 21 tackles (nine solo), including 3.5 sacks.
We'll know more about the severity of this injury soon, but for the time being, B.J. Finney will slot in at left guard.
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 found pay dirt for the first time this season on a one-yard plunge in the third quarter and approached 100 total yards despite being largely contained once again. His season average of 3.5 yards per carry represents a major drop from the 25-year-old running back's 4.9 mark from each of the previous two campaigns. Even so, Bell's heavy workload and involvement in the passing game makes him an elite option every 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 showed no lingering effects from the concussion he sustained last week, picking off a pass thrown behind the 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.
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 rookie was targeted six times, and appears to have surpassed Eli Rogers on the depth chart, but still isn't performing at a level to warrant insertion in fantasy lineups.
Davis missed just one snap in Week 2 against the Vikings en route to a team-high eight tackles. He had one tackle before leaving Sunday's game, but he'll likely shift his focus to getting ready for a rivalry matchup with the Ravens in Week 4.
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.
James briefly left the game with a shoulder injury, but returned after missing only a few snaps. He has a favorable Week 4 matchup against Baltimore, which has allowed opposing tight ends to score four touchdowns in their past two games.
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.
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 lost the ball on a first-quarter sack, but made amends with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown in the second quarter. He's now put together three consecutive middling performances, throwing for between 235 and 263 yards in each game. With explosive wide receivers Martavis Bryant and Brown as well as pass-catching running back Le'Veon Bell at his disposal, it's likely just a matter of time until Big Ben kicks it into high gear.
Boswell's miss came on a 35-yard attempt that was blocked and returned 73 yards before being fumbled out of bounds in the end zone for a touchback. However, an illegal bat penalty on holder Jordan Berry gave the Bears the ball at the Pittsburgh 1-yard line, leading to a Connor Barth field goal with no time remaining in the first half. Fantasy owners may want to look for other kicking options in Week 4, as Boswell averaged just 4.5 points in his two games against Baltimore last season.
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 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 was not targeted by Ben Roethlisberger all game, but played a pivotal role is the loss. After the Steelers defense shut down Chicago's first offensive possession of the game, Rogers fumbled the punt and Sherrick McManus recovered at the Pittsburgh 29-yard line. Six plays later, a 3-yard touchdown run by Jordan Howard gave the Bears an early 7-0 lead. He'll look to rebound against the Ravens in Week 4, who he beat for 187 yards on 10 receptions in two games last season.
Bryant finished second in targets to Antonio Brown's 14, narrowly edging out Le'Veon Bell's seven. He's been quiet in both of Pittsburgh's road games, but exploded for 91 yards and a touchdown at home. While Bryant brings a tremendous big-play element to this offense, he's not nearly as consistent as Brown or Bell.