Ramon Foster graded out as one the best left guards in football, according to Pro Football Focus. Foster was named to Pro Football Focus top 101 players list. Foster was ranked No. 36. He did not allow a sack nor was held for a holding call this season. Foster was rated well ahead of David DeCastro who was No. 81. .
Running back Dri Archer rushed for 24 yards on six carries, had six catches for 33 yards and added a kick return of 34 yards in the Steelers 14-3 loss to the Vikings, totaling 91 All-Purpose yards. Archer was one of the few bright spots for the Steelers, though, the talent in this game was more suited for D-II football than an NFL game. A takeaway for Archer on the night was his vision in attacking holes, an area he’s showed some signs of improvement this summer. 2015 Preseason Stats 6 CAR – 24 Yards, 6 REC – 33 Yards, 34 Kick Return Yards
Landry Jones started and played the entire game in the Steelers 14-3 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Jones was 16/32 for 135 yards in the loss. He averaged 4.2 yards per pass and finished with a passer rating of 61.3. The Steelers offense managed three points on the night and Jones had just six passing first downs. Jones biggest play of the night, was leading the Steelers on their only scoring drive of the half, finding Shakim Phillips for a 35-yard pass that set up a 36-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham. Meanwhile, with under two minutes left in the second quarter, the Steelers moved the ball from the Minnesota 40 to the Minnesota 2 yard line on a pass interference penalty drawn by Sammie Coates ,but four snaps later, the Steelers produced zero points. Jones ended the drive with three straight incompletions, though, the last was aRead More »
Kicker Shaun Suisham suffered a potentially serious knee injury in the Steelers 14-3 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said afterwards. Suisham was hurt near the sidelines on a kickoff. The initial fear from club officials is that Suisham tore his ACL. He will be officially diagnosed tomorrow morning. Suisham was 29 of 32 last season on kickoffs and is 211-251 (84.1%) in his career) Meanwhile, former Steelers kicker Jeff Reed was kicked out of the stands tonight after getting into a fight.
Jarrett Bell of USA Today reports Le’Veon Bell’s three game suspension has been reduced by one game. Bell will now sit out the first two games of the season. Bell was arrested last August and charged with DUI and marijuana possession. 2014 Stats: 290 CAR – 1,361 YARDS – 8 TD, 85 REC – 854 Yards – 3 TD
With the Steelers being one of the first teams to open camp, there’s been a slew of National Media in town the past couple days, from NFL network, ESPN, Peter King, to Yahoo Sports. Almost all of them can’t stop raving about 2nd year wideout Martavis Bryant. Yahoo’s Charles Robinson: “Martavis Bryant is going to be a star this year for the #Steelers. He looks amazing. Absolutely has made big strides this offseason”. NFL Networks Albert Breer: “Martavis Bryant has turned heads, rightfully.” Bryant who showed up to camp about 13 pounds heavier than last season at 225 pounds, hauled in 8 touchdowns on 26 receptions with an average of 21.1 yards per catch last season. 16 of his 26 receptions went for first downs. He should be a lock for a 1,000 yard, 10 touchdown+ season. 2014 Stats: 26 Receptions – 549 Yards – 8 TD
Steelers are bringing back Darrius Heyward-Bey’s, resigning the veteran receiver to a one year deal. Heyward-Bey had a very limited role with the offense, collecting just 3 catches for 33 but Steelers coaches liked what he brought to the table on special teams. With the release of Lance Moore, the No. 4 receiver spot is currently up for grabs, pending the draft 2014 Stats: 3 Receptions – 33 Yards
Full Breakdown of Ben Roethlisberger new 5 year, $99 million contract. Roethlisberger will make $53 million in first two years of deal and $65 million through three years. The final two years of deal he makes a total of $34 million. Year 1, $35.25 million, Year 2, $17.75 million, Year 3, $12 million, $17 million each in years 4 and 5 of deal. The deal includes $9 million in incentives for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. 2015: Base Salary $1 million, Signing Bonus $31 million, Roster Bonus $3.25 million, Cap Hit $17.245 million | 2016: Base Salary $17.75 million, Cap Hit $23.950 million | 2017: Base Salary $12 million, Cap Hit $18.6 million | 2018: Base Salary $12 million, Roster Bonus $5 million, Cap Hit $23.2 million | 2019: Base Salary $12 million, Roster Bonus $5 million, Cap Hit $23.2 million |.
Marcus Gilbert had his contract restructured, creating $3.724 million in cap space. By turning Gilbert’s $3.5 million roster bonus and $1.15 million of his salary into a signing bonus, therefore, the Steelers pushed the cap hit for down the road and Gilbert gets a lump sum now. HE IS NOT TAKING A PAYCUT. Gilbert signed a six-year, $30.8 million deal in August that included a $7.65 million cap hit. Profootball Focus graded Gilbert as the 10th best tackle in football in 2014. 2014 Stats: 840 Snaps, 7 Sacks allowed, 4 QB Hits Allowed, 23 QB Hurries Allowed