Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC North | 9-7-1
Rank: 22nd
Avg Yds
Rank: 24th
Avg PYds
Rank: 15th
Avg RYds
Rank: 29th
Posted 7/05/2022 9:12 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson likely will not be offered $20 million per season from the Steelers in a contract extension, in the opinion of The Athletic's Mark Kaboly.
Huddle Up: Johnson is entering the final year of his contract and may be playing his last season with the Steelers. He will continue to be the main option in the passing game this upcoming season and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Posted 7/02/2022 2:34 am GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers WR George Pickens will likely be asked to fill the same role WR Martavis Bryant did in his rookie year, serving mainly as a red zone option and deep threat, in the opinion of Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: While Bryant did produce his share of big plays, he had a much more favorable quarterback situation. Pickens is no more than a late-round lottery ticket in redraft leagues.
Posted 6/29/2022 2:05 am GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Kenny Pickett saw reps with the third-string offense during mandatory minicamp, per The Athletic's Mark Kaboly.
Huddle Up: This is a bad sign for Pickett's chances of being the starter when 2022 begins, but it was always figured Mitch Trubisky would get the nod. This also opens the door for Mason Rudolph to secure the backup spot over the first-round pick. Pickett is a first-round pick in dynasty rookie drafts but isn't a viable option in re-draft leagues. Trubisky is a QB2 thanks to his dual-threat ability.
Posted 6/27/2022 7:14 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Connor Heyward "impressed in offseason workouts" and figures to be in a hybrid tight end/fullback role in an offense that values versatility in its skill players, according to ESPN.com's Brooke Pryor.
Huddle Up: Pryor also notes that Heyward worked mostly with tight ends and receivers in the spring, so he is unlikely to be in direct competition with fullback Derek Watt. Heyward also is highly unlikely to threaten Pat Freiermuth at tight end, so the rookie will almost certainly back up both spots and be used as the occasional mismatch weapon in heavier personnel groups. It is unlikely he will enjoy much in the way of redraft value in 2022.
Posted 6/23/2022 1:55 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick QB Kenny Pickett agreed to a four-year, undisclosed deal with the Steelers Thursday, June 23. All first-round picks receive fifth-year options.
Huddle Up: He'll compete for the starting job, but it's highly unlikely he'll win it unless he tears it up this preseason. He'll be a dynasty stash without much single-year consideration early on.
Posted 6/21/2022 6:32 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers undrafted free-agent Mataeo Durant could "make a run" at Benny Snell's job as the main backup to Najee Harris, according to ESPN.com's Brooke Pryor.
Huddle Up: Pryor reasons that Pittsburgh invested more money into Durant than most undrafted free agents ($15,000 signing bonus, which is the largest of any undrafted rookie free-agent running back in team history). Durant, who was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2021 at Duke, is probably too small at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds to be a true handcuff. However, his 4.38 speed may be just what the Steelers want to complement the 240-pound Harris.
Posted 6/20/2022 10:30 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Chase Claypool said he believes he is one of the top three receivers in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Claypool has posted 1,733 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first two seasons and will continue to be a focal point in the passing game for the Steelers. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Posted 6/09/2022 11:57 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mitchell Trubisky said he is comfortable with the offense and is preparing as if he will be the starting quarterback this upcoming season.
Huddle Up: Trubisky will be competing with Kenny Pickett for the job during training camp but may have a slight edge since he has started in the NFL in the past. Fantasy players can monitor the situation, but neither option is more than a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
Posted 6/08/2022 1:30 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Najee Harris said that he won't be playing every down next season. "I am taking time off," Harris said. "I will not be on the field for certain plays. We're still going to talk about that, though. I do want to play. Any time I can. But at the same time, it's all about being smart. So I understand where [the Steelers] are coming from."
Huddle Up: We touched on this when it was discovered that he added weight this offseason. He's probably not going to play on a lot of third downs or see the 74-467-3 line through the air. He's still going to be an elite RB1, but someone like Benny Snell will have PPR RB4 value.
Posted 6/07/2022 9:12 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson is entering the final year of his contract but said he is not worried about it and will allow his agent to handle the situation. Johnson said he wants to stay with the Steelers.
Huddle Up: The two sides have several more months before the start of the regular season, so fantasy players should keep an eye on the situation. Johnson will be working with a new quarterback in 2022 but should continue to be a focal point in the passing game. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Posted 6/07/2022 8:48 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mitchell Trubisky was "the clear No. 1 QB" during minicamp, according to Dale Lolley of DK Pittsburgh Sports.
Huddle Up: This should not be considered a surprise. Trubisky has accomplished more as a pro than either Mason Rudolph or rookie Kenny Pickett. While there is a chance Trubisky is more than a bridge quarterback - he was likely a victim of the play-calling in Chicago - the clock is already ticking on him as a starter with the team having spent a first-round pick on Pickett. Trubisky's rushing ability gives him fantasy upside, but his job security figures to be weak at best.
Posted 6/02/2022 1:41 am GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Chase Claypool said he is trying to more versatile this season, and he has been lining up at multiple receiver positions during OTAs.
Huddle Up: Claypool has flashed big-play ability, but wasn't consistently involved in the passing attack last year. With his size and speed, he could cause problems for opposing defenses if the Steelers if he lines up in multiple spots. Consider him a WR4 with upside.
Posted 6/01/2022 2:42 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick QB Kenny Pickett is OK starting third on the depth chart. Pickett said he and seventh-round pick Chris Oladokun have been joined at the hip to learn the nuances of the NFL. "It's kind of what I was expecting in coming in here," Pickett said. "Earn everything I get. Kind of how it goes in life and in the game, so I am excited to be here."
Huddle Up: Pickett isn't expected to start unless something happens to Mason Rudolph. He'll be a dynasty option or a waiver wire pickup during the season.
Posted 5/31/2022 5:51 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Diontae Johnson was in uniform and participated in organized team activities Tuesday, May 31. Johnson did not take part in OTAs last week, fueling some speculation that he was skipping voluntary work because he was looking for a new contract.
Huddle Up: This would appear to be much ado about nothing. Johnson figures to remain the Steelers' alpha receiver in 2022, although there is some reason to believe he may not be a fantasy WR1 given the transition from Ben Roethlisberger to either Kenny Pickett or Mitchell Trubisky. Either way, Johnson should be a high-volume target and a solid WR2 option at worst.
Posted 5/31/2022 4:19 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Najee Harris has added 15 pounds to 244 pounds this offseason.
Huddle Up: Harris had a really good rookie season with 1,200 rushing yards and 7 TDs. He also caught 74 balls for 467 yards and 3 TDs through the air. It's tough to see him repeating the receiving numbers at that weight, but we'll see. He's an RB1 universally.
Posted 5/31/2022 12:57 am GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mitchell Trubisky has been working with the first-team offense during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Trubisky will be competing with Kenny Pickett for the starting job during training camp. Neither quarterback is more than a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Posted 5/14/2022 4:50 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Calvin Austin isn't drawing concern from the team about his lack of size thanks to his speed. ''Speed, speed. Run extremely fast. When you're small man, you better be fast in this game,'' head coach Mike Tomlin said.
Huddle Up: Austin figures to start out no better than fifth in the pass-catcher pecking order in Pittsburgh behind Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, Pat Freiermuth and George Pickens. He's a middle- to late-round pick in dynasty rookie drafts and a bench stash at best in all formats.
Posted 5/14/2022 4:44 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Kenny Pickett says the team's former signal-caller, Ben Roethlisberger, reached out to the rookie to offer his help if Pickett needs it. ''He said he is always there for me if I have any questions or advice,'' Pickett said. ''He is an unbelievable player, a Hall of Famer. He is a guy who I will definitely use as a resource these coming weeks.''
Huddle Up: A little extra help couldn't hurt, right? Pickett is a late first-round pick at the earliest in dynasty rookie drafts, and a bench stash until he secures the starting job. As of now, Mitch Trubisky is the favorite to win the role over Pickett in Pittsburgh.
Posted 5/13/2022 8:23 pm GMT
Second-round draft choice WR George Pickens (Georgia) signed a four-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, May 13. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Pickens figures to be the clear third receiver in the Steelers' offense to begin the season behind Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool, but he showed some alpha receiver traits in college and has a great deal of upside down the road. As far as this season is concerned, he will likely have some splash weeks but will likely settle somewhere along the WR4/5 borderline for fantasy purposes.
Posted 5/09/2022 8:01 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mitchell Trubisky's two-year contract worth $26 million reportedly contains about $12 million in incentives based on playing time and playoff incentives, according to SI.com's Albert Breer.
Huddle Up: Trubisky's playing time incentives begin at 60 percent of playing time, which suggests the Steelers will be incentivized to turn to first-round pick Kenny Pickett sooner than later - especially if the two players are nearly even during training camp. In other words, Trubisky is highly unlikely to start past October unless Pickett gets hurt - and that assumes the veteran is even able to beat out the rookie over the summer.
Posted 4/30/2022 5:46 pm GMT
Memphis WR Calvin Austin was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 138th overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Austin could be a possible slot receiver because of his speed and big play ability. He probably will not be a big part of the passing game for the Steelers and can be avoided in most fantasy drafts.
Posted 4/29/2022 3:10 am GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Kenny Pickett will be given the chance to compete for the starting job during training camp, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Huddle Up: The Steelers have added Pickett and Mitchell Trubisky this offseason, and they should be the top two contenders for the job. The winner of the job should be considered a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Posted 4/13/2022 1:22 pm GMT
University of Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett is visiting the Carolina Panthers Wednesday, April 13.
Huddle Up: Pickett is likely to be one of the first quarterbacks taken in the 2022 draft. Depending on where he lands, he could wind up starting immediately and be a QB2 in single-year leagues.
Posted 4/06/2022 1:53 am GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Chase Claypool ranks in the top 20 in the NFL in average depth of target over his first two seasons, and QB Mitchell Trubisky has a 46.6 completion percentage on throws that travel more than 10 yards.
Huddle Up: Trubisky's history suggests that he isn't the quarterback to take advantage of Claypool's big-play ability, and it is hard to imagine Claypool delivering consistent production this season. Target him as a WR4.
Posted 3/27/2022 8:07 pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mitchell Trubisky signed with the Steelers this offseason, but general manager Kevin Colbert said the team is still willing to select a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Trubisky likely will be the team's starting quarterback for the next year or two, but the team could select their quarterback of the future during the draft. Trubisky should be a No. 2 QB in fantasy leagues next season.
Posted 3/14/2022 4:55 pm GMT
Free-agent QB Mitchell Trubisky (Bills) agreed to a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday, March 14. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Huddle Up: Trubisky will be a QB2 option in fantasy with his only real upside coming in two-QB leagues.
Posted 3/07/2022 4:12 pm GMT
Free-agent QB Mitchell Trubisky (Bills) could command $10 million per season in free agency, according to a report by ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
Huddle Up: Trubisky could be a starter this year for a team that drafts a quarterback in the first round. He'll be a QB2 if he is, and he'll be one to watch for late-round value in fantasy.
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