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Sunday, December 17, 2017, 8:20pm
Pittsburgh's best weapon has been sidelined at least until the postseason.
Steelers star wideout Antonio Brown suffered a partially torn calf muscle in Pittsburgh's 27-24 loss to the Patriots, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. While Brown's regular season is over, the wideout's injury won't require surgery and the Steelers hope that he can return for the postseason, Rapoport added.
Related players: Martavis Bryant, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Eli Rogers
As the story said, QB Ben Roethlisberger went to Bryant and Smith-Schuster in the clutch moments of the game, but he targeted Rogers on the final play of the game, which turned out to be an interception. The Steelers look to be in good shape to at least get a first round bye, which should help Brown's chances to return in the postseason.
Posted by Dale Lolley
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 5:13am
Eli Rogers will be the slot receiver on most occasions in an offense that features Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and Martavis Bryant. He's going to see a lot of single coverage. He's also in line to possibly be the Steelers' punt returner this season, a job that has long been held by Brown.
Rogers will clearly be the No. 4 or No. 5 receiver in this offense.
2017 Bottom Line
The problem with Rogers is he's almost strictly viewed as a slot receiver. If Brown or Bryant were injured, he wouldn't necessarily step into a more prominent role. In fact, Bell does a lot of the same work as Rogers from the slot. He might be hard-pressed to get more than the 66 targets he had last season with Bryant out because of a suspension. He is worth late-round consideration only.
2017 Strength of Schedule - PIT
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||1.29||10.64||0.07||2.57||8.28||0||0||0||0.07||0.00||1.35||2.64||27.57/68.07||39.96% |