Cameron Heyward
Cameron Heyward
30-Year-Old Defensive TackleDT
Pittsburgh Steelers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Heyward is one of the league's most respected 3-4 linemen, and with Pittsburgh's pass rush taking off there is decent upside for Heyward even as he passes 30-years old. Aside from a 12-sack showing in 2017, Heyward reliably produced in the 50-tackle, 7-8 sack range the last six years, and there's perhaps room for growth with that sack production, especially given the ascent of front-seven prospects like T.J. Watt and Devin Bush posing major blitz threats. While there probably isn't DL1 upside, it would disappoint if Heyward isn't one of the top-earning DL2 types this year. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed by the Steelers in July of 2015 to six-year deal worth $59.25 million.
No signs of aging
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January 1, 2019
Heyward had two tackles (both solo) for two sacks during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.
Heyward finishes up his ninth season with 51 tackles -- including eight sacks -- and one fumble recovery in 16 games. He has two years remaining on his current contract and does not appear to be slowing down. The 29-year-old has recorded 20 sacks in his past 31 games to match a much younger T.J. Watt's (24 years old) production over that same span.
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Measurables Review
How do Cameron Heyward's measurables compare to other defensive tackles?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 5"
295 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.95 sec
Vertical Jump
30.0 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The son of Ironhead has only built on his father's legacy, establishing himself as an arguably better player at a more valuable position. With 12 sacks on just 787 snaps last year, Heyward took the leap from a merely 'good' 3-4 lineman to a properly feared one, and while some regression might occur, he almost certainly turned a corner in his development. Given that he normally plays 950 or more snaps during his healthy seasons, Heyward could also offset per-snap regression by simply playing more.
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 the three-year average of 55.3 tackles and 6.5 sacks he's recorded during his tenure as a full-time starter for the Steelers if he's able to return to full health in time for the season opener.
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.
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Best game since season opener
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December 10, 2018
Heyward totaled six tackles (four solo) during Sunday's 24-21 loss to Oakland.
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Recovers fumble to preserve win
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November 18, 2018
Heyward had five tackles (four solo) including a sack during their 20-16 win against Jacksonville.
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Two sacks in win
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November 8, 2018
Heyward totaled three tackles (two solo) including two sacks during Thursday's 52-21 win over Carolina.
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First sack since season opener
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October 7, 2018
Heyward totaled three tackles (two solo) including one and a half sacks during Sunday's 41-17 win over the Falcons.
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Suiting up Sunday
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September 16, 2018
Heyward (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Dale Lolley of reports.
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