The NFL offseason is long. Longer than any other professional sports league, and when most teams have January till September between regular season games, things can get mighty slow on the news wire. The end of June and most of July absolutely are the worst. With Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamp concluded, players leave their teams until they return for training camp.
This is what we call the dog days of summer in the NFL. The only news circulating during these weeks are usually the negative variety, so people have to think of creative ways to find content. For CBS Sports writer Pete Prisco, as well as numerous other sites and stations, he developed his own Top 100 player list heading into 2018.
There are five members of the Pittsburgh Steelers represented on the list, and you can find them, and their ranking, below. These are strictly objective, and his rankings leave plenty to be debated. How Ben Roethlisberger is ranked No. 63 is beyond me, but this is what causes debate.
So, check out the rankings, and let us know what you think of them in the comment section below! If you want to check out Prisco’s full list, you can check it out HERE.
No. 5 - Antonio Brown
He continues to put up amazing numbers for the Steelers. There is no sign at all of him slowing either as he led the NFL in receiving yards last season.
No. 19 - Le’Veon Bell
He can do it all, run it, catch it and he’s a good blocker. His contract situation shouldn’t overshadow how great he is as a player.
No. 38 - David DeCastro
He plays the game with power and has improved greatly as a pass protector. He has lived up to the first-round hype.
No. 63 - Ben Roethlisberger
He remains a player who can beat a team with his arm, but is really dangerous when the play breaks down. Since his impressive 2014 season, his numbers haven’t been as good.
No. 84 - Cameron Heyward
He had his best season in 2017 with a career-best 12 sacks. He’s also outstanding against the run in their scheme.