Steelers Might Be Looking For Additional Depth At WR

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh is set when it comes to wide receivers. They don’t need to add anyone. With Antonio Brown, Eli Rogers, Sammie Coates, Cobi Hamilton, and Martavis Bryant on the roster, there isn’t a glaring need. That being said, it can’t hurt to have too much of a good thing.

Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter had a visit with the Steelers recently. It’s a curious move by the Steelers since they already have a plethora of wide receiver talent on the roster. Hunter hasn’t been too productive yet either. Through four seasons as a professional football player, he has made 78 receptions for 1305 yards and 12 touchdowns.

He was taken by the Titans early in the second round out of Tennessee. However, he never lived up to the potential the Titans thought he had. In four seasons, the most he ever played was his rookie year (14 games). He made 18 receptions for 354 yards and four touchdowns.

His most productive year was in 2014 when he caught 28 balls for 498 yards and three touchdowns. The 2015 season ended early due to an ankle injury. He waived by the Titans early on during the 2016 season. He was picked up by the Miami Dolphins but cut a couple weeks later.

After losing Sammy Watkins to an injury, the Buffalo Bills decided to pick him up a couple days after Miami cut him loose.

His best work has come when teams throw downfield to him. As a rookie, he nearly averaged 20 yards a catch (19.7 yards/catch). Last season, in Buffalo, he averaged 18.9 yards/catch. Since entering the league he has averaged 16.7 yards/catch.

As a deep threat, he would be a good addition to the Steelers roster. Sammie Coates filled the role as a deep threat last year but is not too reliable. Martavis Bryant has filled that role in the past and will like have a shot to do it again.

But it can’t hurt to have another deep threat—especially one that will come cheap.

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