- Heinz Field
- Head Coach
- Mike Tomlin
- Offensive Coordinator
- Randy Fichtner
- Defensive Coordinator
- Keith Butler
- Special Teams Coach
- Danny Smith
- Defensive Scheme
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington trained harder this offseason and is down 15 pounds from the 223 to 225 pounds he played at in his rookie season. Washington finished 2018 with two 60-plus yard performances in the final three weeks, but his 42.1 percent catch rate (16 receptions on 38 targets) was the worst among Steelers wideouts with at least 10 catches. "I feel like I know more of the plays. ... I feel I'm quicker off the ball," Washington said. "I'm able to run with everybody." Donte Moncrief might have the inside track on the No. 2 job behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, with Eli Rogers in the slot. However, Washington can make some noise as well with Antonio Brown no longer around. Keep an eye on him in deeper leagues.
Pittsburgh Steelers running backs James Conner and Jaylen Samuels were lined up together in the backfield during Day 2 of organized team activities this week, which is a different look for their offense. Samuels had 256 rushing yards on 56 carries in his rookie season and added 199 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 26 catches as a converted tight end. Conner, who had 215 carries for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground last year, will see the bulk of the backfield touches and will be highly coveted in fantasy drafts with Le'Veon Bell out of the picture now. Samuels won't be a bad handcuff at all.
The Pittsburgh Steelers could potentially make a move to trade up within the first round of the draft on Thursday night, according to league sources. The Steelers have defensive needs and are looking for ways to address that. Michigan linebacker Devin Bush could be among their targets if they wind up trading up from the No. 20 overall pick in the first round.
The Pittsburgh Steelers traded up with the Broncos and selected Michigan linebacker Devin Bush with the No. 10 overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft. The Steelers had trouble defending tight ends and the middle of the football field last year, so the inside linebacker will help with that immediately in 2019. Bush is an excellent tackler and runs downhill toward the line of scrimmage. Pound for pound, he could become the best player in this draft.
The Pittsburgh Steelers finalized a two-year contract extension for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Wednesday, the team announced. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. He was entering the final year of a four-year, $87.6 million extension that he signed in 2015. The 37-year-old will remain a Steeler up to his 40th birthday. While Big Ben was a high-end QB1 in 2018, he could disappoint this year with both Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown leaving.