Steelers News: McCullers, Bell, Roethlisberger


The Steelers draft picks have been made and the offseason workout program is in full swing.

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Steelers season never truly ends for Steeler Nation so while the team starts to put in the work to prepare for the 2016 NFL season we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Wednesday, May 18th.

New Number

It’s pretty uncommon that a player changes his number after a few years in the league. The only time it could even come up is if the player gets traded or signs with a new team and their number is either taken or retired. Steelers nose tackle Daniel McCullers changed his No. 62 to No. 93.

The number was open for the taking when defensive lineman Cam Thomas became an unrestricted free agent in March and was not brought back by the Steelers. According to Teresa Varley, McCullers and his family didn’t like the number 62 anyway and he hadn’t bought his family those jerseys yet. Good call.

Burning question

NFL Network analyst Elliot Harrison posted questions for each of the NFL teams prior to the start of mandatory minicamps. For the Pittsburgh Steelers he ponders the status of running back Le’Veon Bell, and his ability to return to the pace he was at prior to his second knee injury.

When healthy Bell is considered one of if not the best all-round running back in the NFL but the big question is will he stay healthy? It’s not that any of his injuries have been durability injuries, he’s not injury prone, but it is worth remembering cases like Robert Griffin III where sometimes players just don’t come back from injury the same way.

With all the time spent making sure the Steelers’ secondary is upgraded this offseason we’re all pretty much just assuming that Bell is returning back to 100 percent. Is that a safe assumption?

Big Ben or Brees

ESPN Fantasy Football gurus Matthew Berry and Mike Clay debate over who would be the better fantasy football quarterback between the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger and the New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees.

Brees pretty much consistently passes for more yards than Roethlisberger, and pretty much every other quarterback in the league but Roethlisberger’s numbers seem to be getting better year after year.

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Roethlisberger is playing more games, getting sacked less and throwing for more yards and touchdowns than ever before. Who would you pick for your fantasy team?