28-Year-Old Defensive End – Pittsburgh Steelers
2017 Fantasy Football Outlook
Heyward strung together five consecutive 16-game seasons prior to sitting out nine contests in 2016 due to a pectoral injury. He's still recovering as camp approaches, but look for him to return to th...
Cameron Heyward Contract Information:
Signed by the Steelers in July of 2015 to six-year deal worth $59.25 million.
Heyward (chest) is on track to be ready for the regular season, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Heyward has been highly consistent over the last three years, emerging as a reliable mid-tier DL2 in most formats by posting 59, 53 and 54 tackles in consecutive years while adding five, 7.5 and seven sacks in those same respective seasons. There's not much reason to think his ceiling will change anytime soon, but the same is true of his floor. If other front seven players like Tuitt, Bud Dupree and Ryan Shazier can take a step forward this year, Heyward could conceivably improve his pass-rushing numbers as the surrounding players assist with more pressure on opposing QBs.
Son of Ironhead took the next step in his development last season, making a big impact behind the line of scrimmage with career highs in tackles for loss (11) and sacks (7.5). Heyward is among the more stable D-Line IDP options, as he's locked into the lead role on the Pittsburgh defensive line and has a 50-tackle floor even if he plays only about 800 snaps. As a 3-4 end, though, Heyward might play in too much traffic for high upside as a tackler or pass rusher.
Heyward has not missed a game since being selected with the 31st overall pick in the 2011 draft and his production continues to trend in the right direction. He led the Steelers' defensive lineman in virtually every IDP statistical category last season, accumulating 59 tackles, five sacks and seven passes defensed. The team already exercied the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, so Heyward should continue to be an every-down lineman with room to grow statistically.
Heyward has been a disappointment since being selected in round one of the 2011 draft. He'll return to back-up Brett Keisel this season.
Cameron is a powerful defensive lineman that is a perfect fit for Pittsburgh's 3-4 scheme. The Steelers have the luxury of taking their time and allowing him to learn behind Brett "the Diesel" Keisel.