The Pittsburgh Steelers host their 2017 NFL preseason game on Sunday afternoon when the Atlanta Falcons arrive to the city. The Steelers will continue to assess their players and evaluate their roster in this matchup, as well as get their first in-game study at their players who are returning to the gridiron.
When the Pittsburgh Steelers released their first depth chart last week, the star wide receiver Martavis Bryant had not been cleared yet by the league to participate in any practice and was consequently listed amongst the players not participating in practice.
Martavis Bryant, who was drafted by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Clemson, has now received that clearance and he has leaped onto the top of the depth chart. The 25-year-old wide receiver is listed with Antonio Brown as a starting wideouts on the roster’s offense.
That’s not a shocking surprise based on the player Bryant was when he last played on the field in the playoffs after the 2015 NFL season and before his year-long suspension.
Sammie Coates, who was activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on Wednesday, is listed as the No. 2 string behind Brown and ahead of Eli Rogers.
Meanwhile, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Justin Hunter and second-rounder selection JuJu Smith-Schuster follow Bryant at the other wide receiver spot.
James Harrison is still listed as a starter at outside linebacker in spite outside linebackers coach Joey Porter’s statement that Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt would be the leading men at the said position this season. Porter noted that Harrison will be a “relief pitcher” come the 2017 season.
Moreover, James Conner, who sustained an injury on his shoulder last week, is listed as the fourth running back behind Fitzgerald Toussaint, Knile Davis and Terrell Watson. While Le’Veon Bell remains in the not participating group and will be with the team until he signs his franchise tender or another one-year contract deal with the Steelers.