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Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (not injury related) was removed from the injury report Friday. When both he and LeVeon Bell are healthy, Williams typically sees 10% of the touches, so it’s a slight downgrade for Bell.
Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm
Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (knee) took full practice reps all week. It looks like Williams will return this week. It could mean a drop of about 10% of LeVeon Bell’s rushing yards and touchdowns since that’s what Williams typically delivers when healthy.
Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:27pm
Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. If Williams is active, it could mean a drop of about 10% of LeVeon Bell’s rushing yards and touchdowns since that’s what Williams typically delivers when healthy.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm
Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. If Williams is active, it could mean a drop of about 10% of LeVeon Bell’s rushing yards and touchdowns since that’s what Williams typically delivers when healthy.
That downturn in Brown’s statistics means he won’t threaten two NFL records he came close to breaking a year ago. It also means he likley will have his worst statistical season since 2012.
There was a time when Brown might have lashed out about the circumstances around his production, but it hasn’t happened yet this season.
“I’m extremely grateful,” Brown said Friday. “We’ve been winning and doing some positive things. Whatever it takes to win, whether it’s running or passing, whatever gets the job done this time of the year is what we have to do."
Brown hasn’t had a 100-yard receiving game in the Steelers’ four-game winning streak while Bell is riding a four-game streak of 100-yard rushing games. Through 13 games, Brown has 93 receptions for 1,130 yards, a pace for 114 receptions and 1,391 receiving yards. That’s a great season for almost any NFL receiver, but not for Brown, who last season had 136 receptions for 1,834 yards.
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This is obviously a blow to the entire Pittsburgh offense. Since 2015, Roethlisberger has missed four games, and the team's passing yards decreased by 45%, total points decreased by 25% and passing touchdowns decreased by 39%. So all the Pittsburgh receivers take a hit while Roethlisberger is out. Landry Jones will start in the interim. He has a career completion percentage of 57.1% with a good YPA (9.2) and a not-so-good TD-to-INT ratio (3:4). He may work his way into streaming consideration if things break his way, but this is a sizable downgrade at quarterback. Roethlisberger's absence might benefit Bell, who tends to see more carries when his quarterback his out. But last season that increase in carries was offset by a reduced role in the passing game, so it looks like a wash for Bell. UPDATE: Our source in Pittsburgh said that the timeline came from Roethlisberger, who tends to “play up” his injuries so that he looks “tough” when he returns early. Our source said that he was told Roethlisberger is expected to return in Week 9 after the team’s bye. So owners should stream for the next couple of weeks and see how his recovery is going at that point.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Wednesday morning extolled the virtues of the versatile LeVeon Bell, the former All Pro running back who's one of the league's best pass-catchers at his position. Roethlisberger said to expect packages in which tailbacks Bell and DeAngelo Williams both take part in snaps.
“Listen, we're not going to put him in at wide receiver and use DeAngelo as the running back,” Roethlisberger said of Bell, who returns from a three-game suspension this week in advance of Sunday night's home game against Kansas City. “But we will, I think, have them both on the field and move him out of the backfield.
“We're not going to take the ‘RB' off in front of his name and put ‘WR” – but I definitely think he's one of our best receivers.”
When a team has two good-to-great running backs, this is something that is often said but doesn't always happen. The Steelers may be without Eli Rogers (toe), though they could move Markus Wheaton to the slot, where he played (very effectively, by the way) last season before moving to the outside. Bell could also line up as a receiver at times, which would force the defense to adjust. Williams may have standalone value this year, but that wasn't the case last year. Williams saw only 4.5 touches per game in the six games that he and Bell both played.
HC Mike Tomlin said according to a tweet from the team's account, "You're going to see LeVeon Bell on Sunday, and a lot of him."
Related players: DeAngelo Williams
They get an elite pass-catcher at a crucial time, coming off a 34-3 beating in Philadelphia. And Kansas City's talented front seven is lurking Sunday night.
Bell essentially is a slot receiver, catching 83 passes for 854 yards in his last full season.
Just listen to center Maurkice Pouncey.
"It's going to be huge. It changes the passing game," Pouncey said of Bell, who served a three-game suspension for a violation of the league's substance-abuse policy."
Related players: DeAngelo Williams
Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Bell played a total of 58 snaps together last season. That trio is ready to begin business in earnest. Williams was brilliant for most of the past three games, and he should remain involved in the offense. But the loss to the Eagles showed this team needs more receiving options downfield after the loss of Martavis Bryant for the season.
With Ben Roethlisberger and LeVeon Bell healthy, perhaps Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley can find a way to capitalize on both tailback's talents. Both players were on the field at times during the third preseason game at New Orleans.
Bell is still be the fantasy back to own here, but Williams has at least earned some touches and snaps once Bell is back for Week 4. However, as the story said, the Steelers have seemed to favor more of a one-back game plan over the years.
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