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Ben Roethlisberger is not expected to play in Thursday's preseason game versus the Packers.

Roethlisberger has customarily sat out the Steelers' second preseason game, and this year is no different. What's new is that Landry Jones is expected to see less playing time so that Josh Dobbs and third-round rookie Mason Rudolph are allowed more reps. "Landry knows he’s not going to be afforded that many reps because the young guys will get the chance to get those reps," OC Randy Fichtner said. "We’ll keep that posture the rest of the preseason." Dobbs started the second quarter Thursday, finishing with 91 yards and one score in 15 minutes. Rudolph relieved him to start the second half and posted a 7-12-101 passing line to finish the game.
Aug 13 - 3:52 PM

Steelers HC Mike Tomlin said "nothing's changed" with TE Vance McDonald (foot).

"When it does change significantly in terms of progress toward return to play, I'll update you guys," Tomlin told the media Sunday. McDonald has missed practice the past week with an undisclosed foot injury and was unavailable in Thursday's preseason opener. He was listed as the starting tight end on the Steelers' first depth chart but has since lost valuable reps to Jesse James and Xavier Grimble. If there are no detailed updates in the next few weeks, McDonald should be bumped down all draft boards.
Aug 12 - 5:59 PM

Steelers signed OT Zach Banner.

The Colts' No. 137 overall pick in last year's draft, Banner was waived by Indy mid-season. He also made appearances with the Browns and Panthers before Carolina cut ties with him, as well. The Steelers have not announced a corresponding roster move yet.
Aug 12 - 1:32 PM

TE Vance McDonald was listed as the starting tight end on the Steelers' first depth chart.

As expected, McDonald buoyed his 10-112 performance in last season's Divisional Round into an initial starting role in the Steelers' offense. McDonald repeatedly battled injuries in 2017 but produced when on the field. PFF graded him No. 2 among 70 qualifiers at his position in run blocking, giving him massive sleeper appeal as an every-down player in the event he stays healthy.
Aug 4 - 1:57 PM

Free agent WR Eli Rogers will visit the Steelers on Wednesday.

This comes on the heels of visits with Cleveland and Kansas City. Rogers, of course, spent his first two seasons with Pittsburgh including 2016 when he finished third on the team with 594 receiving yards. The 25-year-old slot receiver should find a new home soon, though his status for Week 1 is still up in the air following ACL surgery in January.
Jul 25 - 9:10 AM

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler expects Eli Rogers (knee) to re-sign with the Steelers when healthy.

Rogers is four months removed from ACL surgery. He was nontendered by the Steelers this offseason but may be brought back at a lower salary. Rogers would be a depth signing behind Antonio Brown, rookie James Washington, and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Source: ESPN
May 18 - 6:10 PM

Steelers S Sean Davis is anticipating moving to free safety.

Davis played 742 snaps as a rookie last season, primarily at strong safety. He's recovering from shoulder surgery but is expected to be ready for camp. Although he'll move positions in the Steelers' secondary, Davis will again be an every-down player this upcoming season.
May 4 - 12:06 PM

Steelers released S J.J. Wilcox.

Wilcox was due over $3 million in non-guaranteed salary, so the special teamer's release was inevitable after the Steelers drafted two safeties.
Apr 30 - 4:06 PM

Raiders acquired WR Martavis Bryant from the Steelers in exchange for the No. 79 overall pick.

The Steelers let it be known they were ready to trade their walk-year wideout, and the Raiders stepped in immediately. 26-year-old Bryant is headed to a receiver corps that already includes Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson, but will have bounce-back potential after a slow start and coach clashing marred his 2017 return from indefinite suspension. It's no sure thing Bryant meshes with back to the future coach Jon Gruden, but he still offers legitimate upside. Bryant is a gargantuan touchdown scorer who is a threat to rip a big play every time he touches the ball. All that being said, it's a steep price for a free agent to be with a lengthy suspension history.
Apr 26 - 10:13 PM

Giants signed CB William Gay, formerly of the Steelers.

Cut by the Steelers last month, Gay did not appear to have a strong market, but he ended up landing in a pretty good spot. After cutting Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the Giants need help at slot corner, and Gay has played pretty well in that role the last couple seasons. Gay turned 33 in January.
Apr 5 - 10:36 AM

Chiefs signed S Robert Golden, formerly of the Steelers.

Golden, 27, was released in a cost-cutting move earlier this offseason. He's mainly a special teams player but can fill in as a third safety in a pinch.
Apr 3 - 8:48 PM

Free agent S Nat Berhe is visiting the Steelers.

Berhe made two starts in four seasons with the Giants, primarily operating as a sub-package safety and special teamer. The Steelers are in the market for safety help after parting with Mike Mitchell and Robert Golden.
Apr 2 - 3:46 PM

Free agent S/CB Michael Thomas is visiting the Steelers on Monday.

Thomas has experience at all defensive back positions and was extensively used on special teams in Miami. The Steelers are looking for competitors for safety snaps after releasing FS Mike Mitchell and third safety Robert Golden.
Mar 19 - 2:07 PM

Free agent WR Matthew Slater visited the Steelers on Saturday.

Joining Pittsburgh would be quite a change for Slater, who has been with the Patriots since 2008. The Steelers generally prefer special teamers who can also play a position, which has never been Slater's MO. Pittsburgh is also strapped for cash with just over $2 million in available cap space. It seems likely that Slater is just leveraging the Patriots for a higher salary. A five-time All-Pro selection, Slater is entering his age-33 season.
Mar 18 - 8:58 AM

Steelers released safeties Mike Mitchell and Robert Golden.

Cutting Mitchell alone saves $5 million under the salary cap. The Steelers began the offseason over the salary cap. The releases move Sean Davis and J.J. Wilcox up the depth chart. Davis is expected to replace Mitchell at free safety.
Mar 14 - 4:49 PM

Browns signed OT Chris Hubbard, formerly of the Steelers, to a five-year, $37.5 million contract.

The deal comes with nearly $18 million in guaranteed money. Hubbard can play all over the field but saw most of his snaps at right tackle in Pittsburgh. He didn't wow over his 780 snaps last year, but the 26-year-old obviously represents a sizable upgrade on Shon Coleman, who was among the league's worst tackles in 2017. In Cleveland, Hubbard will be reunited with former Steelers OC Todd Haley.
Mar 13 - 6:07 PM

The Steelers did not tender restricted free agent Eli Rogers, making him an unrestricted free agent.

OLB Antony Chickillo, another restricted free agent, was tendered at the lowest level. The Steelers are barely under the cap right now and figure they can probably re-sign Rogers at a reduced price coming off his ACL injury. Rogers nabbed 48 catches as the Steelers' primary slot receiver in 2016 but was wasn't much of a factor last year with JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant eating into his targets.
Mar 13 - 5:04 PM

Steelers released CB William Gay.

The move creates $1.75 million in cap space. Gay was a reserve last season, playing 264 snaps. He turned 33 in January.
Mar 12 - 1:50 PM

Free agent OG Kraig Urbik announced his retirement.

A 2009 third-round pick by the Steelers out of Wisconsin, Urbik wound up making 63 career starts between the Bills and Dolphins, seeing action at both guard positions and center. Urbik spent 2017 out of football following a knee injury.
Mar 7 - 10:19 PM

Browns hired ex-Steelers OC Todd Haley as offensive coordinator.

It took Haley less than a week to resurface after the Steelers decided to let his contract run out. Haley comes with plenty of NFL experience, but he should have done more with the talent he had in Pittsburgh and the same could probably be said of his previous stint as the offensive coordinator in Arizona. Haley's play-calling was extremely suspect in Pittsburgh's Divisional Round loss to Jacksonville and his messy relationship with Ben Roethlisberger, which eventually led to his ouster, should be taken as a red flag. In Cleveland, Haley will be tasked with getting the most out of whatever quarterback the Browns end up drafting in April.
Jan 22 - 5:43 PM

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