Steelers Beat: Big Ben could carry the load Week 1

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The Steelers will miss suspended running back LeVeon Bell and wide receiver Martavis Bryant when playing against the New England Patriots on Thursday night.

But Pittsburgh still has Antonio Brown, plus capable playmakers Markus Wheaton, Heath Miller and DeAngelo Williams, who signed a two-year deal as Bell's backup.

And the Steelers have Roethlisberger, who is coming off a 4,952-yard, 32-touchdown season. Roethlisberger, who attempted 608 passes last year, will be called upon to carry the offensive load.

Behind Williams, the Steelers are so thin, they have moved H-back/tight end Will Johnson into the running back room as the No. 3 option behind change-of-pace back Dri Archer, who has 10 career rushing attempts.

"When you have No. 7 and a guy like 84 [Brown], anything is possible," Johnson said. "We can go as far as we want."

Fantasy Impact: 

It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Steelers be pass-happy in Week 1 with no Bell in the lineup. That's great news for owners of Roethlisberger, Brown and Wheaton especially, as the season kicks off this Thursday night. Ben is ranked seventh among our QBs this week in what is a pretty good matchup against the Pats.

Filed Under: 2015, Preseason

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