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Schedule Preview: Steelers add weapons for Big Ben

With the 2020 schedule now released, will be taking a look at the offseason moves made by each of the team's 13 opponents.

Let's take a look at what the Pittsburgh Steelers did over the last few months.

Matchup: Week 1 - Monday, September 14, 7:15 PM at MetLife Stadium

2019 record: 8-8

Head Coach: Mike Tomlin (14th season with Pittsburgh)

Free Agency


EDGE Bud Dupree (franchise tag), S Jordan Dangerfield (signed to 1-year deal), OL Zach Banner (signed to 1-year deal), LS Kameron Canady (signed to 2-year deal)

New Additions:

TE Eric Ebron -- Ebron played in 11 games with two starts for the Colts last season and caught 31 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns. He made his first and only Pro Bowl in 2018, his first season with the Colts, when finished the year with 66 receptions for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns, all career-highs.

FB Derek Watt -- Watt played in all 16 games in 2019 with two starts, finishing the season with 10 rushing yards and his first-career touchdown along with three receptions for 32 yards. In four NFL seasons, Watt has never missed a game. He joins his brother T.J. in Pittsburgh after signing a three-year deal.

DT Chris Wormley (trade) -- Wormley was acquired in a trade from the Baltimore Ravens for a late-round draft choice. Playing in all 16 games for the second consecutive year, Wormley recorded 33 tackles (17 solo), 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, and six QB hits, all career-highs, along with two passes defended.

OL Stefen Wisniewski -- Wisniewski played in 11 games for the Kansas City Chiefs last season with two starts. Over his nine-year career, the offensive lineman has played in 134 games with 103 starts. Wisniewski has been a member of two Super Bowl-winning teams- the Chiefs (Super Bowl LIV) and the Eagles (Super Bowl LII).

Free Agent Departutes:

G Ramon Foster (retired), DT Javon Hargrave (3-year deal with Eagles), TE Nick Vannett (2-year deal with Broncos), OL B.J. Finney (2-year deal with Seahawks), LB Tyler Matakevich (2-year deal with Bills), CB Artie Burns (1-year deal with Bears), S Sean Davis (1-year deal with Redskins), FB Roosevelt Nix (1-year deal with Colts), LB Anthony Chickillo, LB Mark Barron, WR Johnny Holton

View photos of the additions made by the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason.

2020 Draft Class

(Round 2, Pick 49) WR Chase Claypool, Notre Dame – Claypool put together a standout senior season for Notre Dame. The 6-foot-4 pass catcher reeled in 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns last year, all of which shattered his previous season-high marks. His 13 touchdown catches in 2019 is the third-most in a single season in Notre Dame history.

(Round 3, Pick 102) EDGE Alex Highsmith, Charlotte – Highsmith had a strong senior campaign. In 13 games, the edge rusher registered 75 tackles (43 solo), 15.0 sacks, 21.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and three passes defended. Highsmith was named First-Team All-Conference USA in consecutive seasons (2018, 2019).

(Round 4, Pick 124) RB Anthony McFarland, Maryland – McFarland played two seasons for the Terrapins. In 2018, the running back carried the ball 131 times for 1,034 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games. In 11 contests last season, he took 114 carries for 614 yards and eight touchdowns, adding 17 receptions for 126 yards an an additional score.

(Round 4, Pick 135) G Kevin Dotson, Louisiana-Lafayette – Dotson started 53 games over four seasons for the Ragin' Cajuns. As a redshirt sophomore in 2017, Dotson started all 12 games at right guard and was named Second-Team All-Sun Belt. He then started all 14 games in each of the last two seasons, earning First-Team All-Sun Belt in both campaigns while also being named an Associated Press First-Team All-American in 2019.

(Round 6, Pick 198) S Antoine Brooks Jr., Maryland – Brooks had a strong season in 2019, finishing with 87 total tackles (69 solo), 8.5 tackles for loss, one interception, five passes defended and one fumble recovery. For the second consecutive season, Brooks was named Second-Team All-Big Ten.

(Round 7, Pick 232) DT Carlos Davis, Nebraska – Davis played in 11 games last season, registering 32 tackles (17 solo) with 4.0 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three passes defended. Davis played in at least 11 games in each of his four seasons at Nebraska.


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