Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is resigning with the Steelers on a 1-year, $8 million deal, according to NFL Network. Smith-Schuster reportedly chose this path over similar offers from the Ravens and Chiefs that added more money via incentives. So he'll remain in Pittsburgh on a "prove it" contract for 2021. Smith-Schuster's return complicates the target picture for him, Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. Pittsburgh was the league's 3rd most pass-heavy team in 2020, trailing only the 1-15 Jaguars. The Steelers dumped OC Randy Fichtner and turned to QBs coach Matt Canada. We'd bet on at least a bit more balance to the play-calling in 2019. Check out our 2021 fantasy football rankings to see how the return impacts our numbers for Smith-Schuster and other Steelers pass-catchers -- as well as QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter adds that Smith-Schuster turned down a multi-year offer from the Eagles.
The Steelers have promoted QB coach Matt Canada to OC. The 48-year-old had been in that previous role for just 1 season, spending the rest of his coaching career in the college ranks. Canada had 9 different OC stints, most recently with LSU in 2017 and Maryland in 2018. Those teams ranked 76th and 69th, respectively, in points per game.
The Steelers are parting ways with OC Randy Fichtner, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Fichtner has been with the team since 2007, taking over as OC in 2018. The Steelers offense struggled mightily down the stretch this season, averaging just 22.1 points and 347 yards over the final 7 games. There were also whispers of a bit of a power struggle between Fichtner and QB Ben Roethlisberger. We'll see who the Steelers tab as their next OC -- and if Roethlisberger returns for 2021.
Steelers HC Mike Tomlin announced on Tuesday that QB Mason Rudolph will start this weekend's finale vs. the Browns. Pittsburgh can't fall past the #3 seed and can only climb to #2 if the Bills lose at home to the Dolphins. So QB Ben Roethlisberger, whose arm has looked tired lately, will get the week off. Tomlin said "the vast majority of guys will be playing" vs. Cleveland, but we wouldn't be surprised if guys like James Conner, Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster at least had their snaps limited.
The Ravens had no new positive COVID tests on Saturday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, and their game vs. the Steelers is still on for Tuesday night. QB Lamar Jackson, RB J.K. Dobbins and RB Mark Ingram -- along with a host of others -- will miss the game on the Baltimore side. Pittsburgh will be without RB James Conner.
This week's Ravens-Steelers game is "tentatively" being moved to Tuesday night, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That's presumably if Baltimore doesn't have any more COVID positives. There still seems to be a decent chance that this game isn't played in Week 12. Even if they play on Tuesday, QB Lamar Jackson, RB J.K. Dobbins and RB Mark Ingram will remain out. Stay tuned.
The NFL has moved this week's Steelers-Ravens game from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon as Baltimore deals with a COVID outbreak. For now, the only impact is a 2-game, rather than 3-game, Thanksgiving slate. We'll continue to keep an eye on the situation in Baltimore. We imagine more COVID positives could push the game out of this week.
Sustained winds of 20-30 mph with gusts up to 50 are expected for today's Bengals-Steelers game. This was already a tough spot for Cincinnati's passing game. We've also scaled back our projections for QB Ben Roethlisberger and his pass-catchers. Avoid Ks Chris Boswell and Randy Bullock today.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (toe) isn’t listed on the final Week 8 injury report after putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday. Johnson has racked up 38 targets across 3 healthy games this season.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (toe) returned to a full practice on Thursday. So he's evidently on track to play against the Ravens this weekend. Johnson has dealt with a bunch of injuries this season but racked up 10, 13 and 15 targets in his 3 healthy games.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (toe) did not practice on Wednesday. He was previously believed to be dealing with an ankle injury. Johnson has been sitting out on Wednesday for most of the season, but his status for Sunday's game against the Ravens is uncertain. Check back tomorrow for another update.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (back) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. We'll see what Pittsburgh's WR corps looks like with Johnson back and Chase Claypool's emergence. But we like Johnson as at least a WR3 with upside in Sunday's plus matchup vs. the Titans. He racked up 23 targets over the season's first 2 weeks.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (back) was a full-go in Wednesday's practice. It's confirmation that he'll be back for this weekend's game vs. the Titans. Johnson has left his last 2 games early but racked up 14 catches on 23 targets over the first 2 weeks of the season. Consider him a risk/reward WR3 play for Week 7.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (back) will be back on the field when the team returns to practice on Wednesday, HC Mike Tomlin said. That puts Johnson on track to return for this weekend's game against the Titans. We'll see how the playing time shakes out in Pittsburgh's WR corps with Chase Claypool and even James Washington playing well.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (back) is out for Sunday’s game against the Browns. That guarantees that WR Chase Claypool will play a top-3 role and makes him much easier to trust in Week 6 fantasy lineups.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (back) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That gives him a shot to play against the Browns this weekend. Check back tomorrow for another update.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (back) did not practice on Wednesday. He's been sitting out Wednesdays this year -- but this is a new injury that knocked him out of last week's game. HC Mike Tomlin said after that game that he expects Johnson to be able to play against the Browns on Sunday, but his status shouldn't be taken for granted. We'll get another update on him tomorrow.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson suffered a back injury in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Eagles. He's officially questionable to return. We'll pass along an update when we get one.
Steelers WRs Diontae Johnson (toe) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) missed practice Wednesday. Each guy missed Wednesday practice back in Week 3 with the same issues but played through them that week. We'll keep an eye on both leading up to Sunday against the Eagles, but expect Johnson and Smith-Schuster to play.
Steelers WR Diontae Johnson has cleared the league's concussion protocol, putting him on track to play against the Titans this weekend. Johnson has racked up 14 catches on 23 targets in his 2 healthy games this season and should be in Week 5 fantasy lineups as a solid WR2.
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