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Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Projections

Pittsburgh Steelers


Overall Outlook
The Traditionally quiet Steelers changed their ways after the 2013 season as general manager Kevin Colbert was unusually busy this year. The team added LeGarrette Blount as insurance behind Le’Veon Bell and Lance Moore, who will replace Jerricho Cotchery.  On defense  safety Mike Mitchell figures to be a starter alongside Troy Polamalu in the secondary. Overall, the Steelers are in a good place to build on their back to back 8-8 seasons, and will be in contention for a playoff spot in 2014.

Offensive Outlook
The Pittsburgh offense was one of the most productive Steelers units of recent memory. The team brings back cornerstone players in Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon BellAntonio Brown and Heath Miller and have also added veterans LeGarrette Blount and Lance Moore. However, they lost two viable wide receivers in Emmanuel Sanders and Jericho Cotchery.  Therefore, we see the emergence of second year WR Markus Wheaton as a real need for this team and without significant progress from him, we expect the Steelers as a middle of the road offense.

Defensive Outlook
The Pittsburgh defense ranked 14th in the NFL in points allowed, and 13th in the league in yards allowed in 2013, which is below their normal standards. To address this problem, the Steelers drafted Ryan Shazier and Stephon Tuitt to help out in the front seven. We expect a healthy defense to contribute as a top 10 DST in redraft, and expect both inside linebackers and both safeties in this defense to be solid in IDP leagues.

Offense Projections - 2014
QB1 - Ben Roethlisberger - Passing - 4300 yds / 29 tds 
RB1 - Le'Veon Bell - Rushing - 1100 yds / 8 tds  Receiving - 40 recs / 400 yds / 1 td
RB2 - LeGarrette Blount - Rushing - 300 yds / 4 tds  Receiving - 15 recs / 125 yds / 1 td
WR1 - Antonio Brown - Receiving - 105 recs / 1325 yds / 9 tds
WR2 - Markus Wheaton - Receiving - 65 recs / 750 yds / 6 tds
WR3 - Lance Moore - Receiving - 40 recs / 550 yds / 4 tds
TE1 - Heath Miller - Receiving - 65 recs / 675 yds / 3 tds

Defense Projections - 2014
DE1 - Cameron Heyward - 50 total Ts / 7 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
DE2 - Stephon Tuitt - 45 total Ts / 2 sacks / 1 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
DT - Steve McLendon - 35 total Ts / 2 sacks / 3 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
OLB1 - Jason Worilds -  90 total Ts / 10 sacks / 2 passes defensed / 3 total TOs
OLB2 - Jarvis Jones - 40 total Ts / 3 sacks / 0 passes defensed / 1 total TO
ILB1 - Lawrence Timmons - 125 total Ts / 6 sacks / 4 passes defensed / 6 total TOs
ILB2 - Ryan Shazier - 120 total Ts / 4 sacks / 4 passes defensed / 5 total TOs
CB1 - William Gay - 60 total Ts / 1 sack / 15 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
CB2 - Ike Taylor - 55 total Ts / 1 sacks / 12 passes defensed / 2 total TOs
S1 - Mike Mitchell - 95 total Ts / 3 sacks / 6 passes defensed / 5 total TOs
S2 - Troy Polamalu -  90 total Ts / 1 sack / 3 passes defensed / 4 total TOs

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