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2018 Schedule
13-3, 1st in AFC North

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Quarterback Mason Rudolph takes his first official picture in a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform from the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles (photo via NFL's Ben Liebenberg)

Rudolph looking forward to meeting Roethlisberger (0:30)

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Young Steelers playmakers T.J. Watt and JuJu Smith-Schuster were not included in Pro Football Focus' list of the top-25 players under-25. This isn't a major upset since the list is loaded with future or current stars, but Smith-Schuster's playmaking was recently highlighted by PFF, which cited Pittsburgh's 134.0 passer rating when targeting him last season.

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4dJordan Raanan

The dilemma of the QB succession plan

Teams like the Giants are gambling with a win-now approach while not preparing a succession plan for their franchise QB, and they're not alone.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

The Steelers have a new throwback jersey that will likely replace the bumblebee look they've used in previous years. The team will unveil the jersey, which will be worn during the 2018 season, on May 30 at 2:30 p.m. on its various social media platforms.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

The Steelers are betting big on JuJu Smith-Schuster offsetting the loss of Martavis Bryant via trade, and the numbers bear that out. The Steelers passing game had a 134.0 passer rating when throwing to Smith-Schuster last season, according to Pro Football Focus. Smith-Schuster has spent the offseason working on his overall game and understanding of the offense.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

The Steelers signed two tryout players out of rookie minicamp: WR Damoun Patterson and OL R.J. Prince. They released OT Ikenna Nwokeji as a corresponding move.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

One Steelers rookie who has an edge: running back Jaylen Samuels, who said he feels ‘disrespected' by going in the fifth round. Felt his versatility — 201 career catches at N.C. State and 47 touchdowns in 383 touches — warranted better draft footing. "That's just a little bit of motivation for me. I've always been underestimated all my life," he said.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Wide receiver James Washington said he models his game after Dez Bryant, and he displayed a few Dez qualities in Steelers rookie minicamp - burst after the catch and ability to secure the ball in traffic. Washington had a few indecisive moments running routes, but coach Mike Tomlin said the second-round pick made big plays on Day 2.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mason Rudolph "made some plays" on Day 2 of Steelers rookie minicamp, coach Mike Tomlin said. Despite a few under-center fumbles on Day 1, the quarterback responded with seven straight completions in team drills, according to receiver Marcus Tucker, who likes Rudolph's "really big arm" and leadership. "Certain guys just have a command of the huddle, and I think he's one of those guys," he said.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers have signed second-round pick James Washington as the team begins the second day of rookie minicamp. Four of the seven draft picks now signed.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

The Steelers are putting first-round safety Terrell Edmunds' versatility to the test early in rookie minicamp. Edmunds (No. 34), who looks every bit of 217 pounds, said he played safety and linebacker snaps for the defense. He's also getting to show his leadership by making a few defensive calls. "You can't think that you are a first-round pick and everything is going to fall to you," Edmunds said. "I come out here and compete every day."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mason Rudolph said Ben Roethlisberger texted him Thursday to wish him luck with minicamp. That meant a lot to Rudolph, who believes the two will be friends in the Steelers QB room.

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11dJeremy Fowler

Ex-Steeler Maddox: Big Ben will respect rookie

Tommy Maddox, supplanted by rookie Ben Roethlisberger as the Steelers' starter in 2004, believes Big Ben won't shun rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Two more Steelers draft picks signed - fifth-round safety Marcus Allen and seventh-round tackle Josh Frazier are locked into four-year deals, the team announced. Fifth-round running back Jaylen Samuels signed Wednesday. With rookie camp opening Friday, the team working hard to complete deals.

Hasselbeck: Roethlisberger selfish for comments about Rudolph (1:09)
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11dJeremy Fowler

Why aren't teams signing safeties?

The money dried up in free agency and with big names still unemployed, safety looks like a position that has become devalued for a variety of reasons.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers signed fifth-round pick Jaylen Samuels. Former N.C. State standout expected to compete for reserve running back role with James Conner and others.

2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(28)Terrell EdmundsSVirginia Tech
2(28)James WashingtonWROklahoma State
3(12)Mason RudolphQBOklahoma State
3(28)Chukwuma OkoraforOTWestern Michigan
5(11)Marcus AllenSPenn State
5(28)Jaylen SamuelsFBNorth Carolina State
7(28)Joshua FrazierDTAlabama

Team Stats

Passing Yards273.83rd
Rushing Yards104.220th
Points For25.38th
Points Against19.37th