Mike Tomlin Seems Happy

Here’s Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin in the closing moments of his team’s 27-10 victory over the New York Jets.

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Rashard Mendenhall Returns to Practice, Minus Knee Brace

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall was a full participant in practice today, a little over eight months after suffering an ACL tear during Week 17 of the 2011 season back on New Year’s Day.  Word is, he took the practice field without the protection of a knee brace.  If this is true, and all the reports of teammates saying he’s exhibiting as much burst and explosion as his pre-ACL tear days, this recovery should be considered nothing short of miraculous.  Fantasy owners shouldn’t go running to insert him into their starting lineups, however.  Mendenhall was originally said to be a candidate for the physically unable to perform list, which means he would have been forced to miss to season’s first six weeks.  Let these first few games serve as an evaluation period.  You have to be sure that Mendenhall can handle the workload before you call yourself depending on his production.

Mike Wallace Return to the Steelers

Mike Wallace will soon be back with his teammates, ending his lengthy holdout with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Once things are settled, Wallace and the team will likely restart contract negotiations, with a deal on the table that may very well make him a happy man.  On the field, Wallace has his work cut out for him.  He has missed all offseason workouts plus training camp.  He is months behind on getting acclimated with offense new coordinator Todd Haley is installing.  There are new plays and terminology for him to learn, so things may start off slow with him out of the gate.  With that being said, this holdout doesn’t affect his fantasy value in my eyes.  The Steelers have virtually no running game to speak of at the moment.  Big Ben might end up slinging it all over the field through out the season.  There should be more than enough opportunities to go around for both Wallace and rising star Antonio Brown to both have significant impacts in the fantasy world.

James Harrison Undergoes Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Pittsburgh Steelers 4 time Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison got his bothersome left knee scoped this morning.  A return date to action has not been determined and Harrison could very well miss a few regular season games.  Those of you assuming the Steelers defense will devolve into walkovers without Harrison’s presence may want to think again: the Steelers were 4-0 last year when Harrison missed time due to a fractured eye socket.

Will Mike Wallace Be Traded After Failing to Strike a Deal With Pittsburgh?

After locking in wide receiver Antonio Brown to a 5 year, $42.5 million deal, the Steelers appear to be ready to move on from Mike Wallace.  There was talk of Pittsburgh using the franchise tag on Wallace once he becomes a free agent after this season. However, not many teams have two, big money wide outs on their roster and the Steelers don’t seem ready to buck that trend.  Follow below for more details … Continue reading

Pittsburgh Steelers Sign WR Antonio Brown to 5 year, $42.5 Million Deal

Two days ago, the Pittsburgh Steelers stunned the league when they pulled their best contract offer off the table and suspended contract negotiations with wide receiver Mike Wallace.  Wallace is currently engaged in a hold out with the team and is sitting out training camp sessions.  Obviously, the Steelers felt the need to do what’s best for the organization and strike a deal with one of their other up and coming receivers …

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Antonio Brown had a break out year in 2011, catching 69 passes for 1,108 yards.  The Steelers clearly valued what Brown brings to the table.  They also protected themselves in their contract dispute with Wallace.  With Brown locked in for the next five years, the Steelers hold all the leverage in this contract dispute with Wallace.  His holdout will likely serve no purpose at this point.  It’s in his best interests to show up to camp ASAP.

2012 Fantasy Football – 2011 Wide Receiver Targets Review

While running backs are measured by how many “touches” (rushing attempts + receptions) they earn, wide receivers are similarly judged by the amount of targets they garner.  Here’s a look back at the point totals and targets from the Top 10 wide outs from 2011 … Continue reading