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    Xavier Grimble will have at least 350 yards receiving in 2019

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are approaching training camp, and we provide some potential predictions for 2019.

    By Simon Chester
    Jul 14, 2019

    With 11 days to go until the start of training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers, we continue our 30 predictions in 30 days series with another bold claim for 2019.

    Prediction: Xavier Grimble will have at least 350 yards receiving in 2019.

    Why it will happen: Given the current state of the depth chart at tight end two weeks away from the start of training camp, there should be little doubt that Xavier Grimble will secure the No.2 role at the position this year. Barring a signing from outside the organization, it is highly unlikely that one of the other names on the roster such as rookie Zach Gentry or International Pathway Program prospect Christian Scotland-Williamson will show enough to challenge him for the job.

    Since entering the league in 2014, the most productive season Grimble has ever recorded came in 2016 when he finished the year with 11 receptions for 118 yards. But set to see a significantly increased role in 2019, a projection of at least 350 yards receiving seems like a credible target for the 26-year-old.

    When Jesse James was manning the position, this was a number he eclipsed in two of the previous three years, finishing with 423 yards in 2018, 372 yards in 2017 and 338 yards in 2016. Hitting this target will likely require Grimble to record around 35 receptions, a figure very much in line with number of catches James made as the No.2.

    Given the Steelers love of using two tight end formations, Grimble should also see his fair share of snaps. And if Vance McDonald struggles to stay healthy once again, the former USC product could find himself logging a significant amount of playing time.

    With 104 receptions belonging to Antonio Brown and 30 receptions belonging to James to theoretically distribute throughout the offense now both targets are playing elsewhere, Grimble could figure to be one of more notable beneficiaries this year.

    Why it won’t happen: With the arrival of Donte Moncrief via free agency and Diontae Johnson via the draft, Pittsburgh has brought in two receiving options who should figure to see a lot of the targets previously earmarked for Brown. Second-year wide receiver Jamas Washington will feature more offensively, as should the slot combination of Eli Rogers and Ryan Switzer.

    Simply put, Ben Roethlisberger has perhaps more viable receiving options than he has had for some time and Grimble is likely to be way down the pecking order in 2019. And with the coaching staff reportedly hoping for an expanded role from McDonald this year, the No.2 tight end may not feature quite as much as he has done in the past. Suggesting Grimble can replicate the production of James merely because he has assumed the backup role might also be considered a disservice to the player who signed a lucrative free agent deal this offseason.

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    Prediction: Gentry will be bigger part of the offense than Grimble by the end of the season

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    Prediction: Gentry will be bigger part of the offense than Grimble by the end of the season
    I agree. Only in that Gentry is a part of the offense. And he's bigger than Grimble (and everyone else on the team)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eich View Post
    I agree. Only in that Gentry is a part of the offense. And he's bigger than Grimble (and everyone else on the team)!
    Alejandro Villanueva respectfully disagrees.

    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher View Post
    Alejandro Villanueva respectfully disagrees.
    I forgot how big that dude is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eich View Post
    I forgot how big that dude is!
    Maybe you didn't notice because when you looked over at him, he was kneeling.
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    Steelers TE Vance McDonald Had Some Serious YAC In 2018, E-I-E-I-Oh

    By Dave Bryan
    Posted on July 21, 2019

    Due to the loss this offseason of tight end Jesse James via free agency, the Pittsburgh Steelers addressed that position in this year’s draft by selecting Zach Gentry out of Michigan in the fifth-round. Even so, both Gentry and fellow Steelers tight end Xavier Grimble will both play behind starter Vance McDonald in 2019 and he’s coming off a career season that included him catching 50 passes for 610 yards and 4 touchdowns in the 15 games that he played in. Over half of those receiving yards that McDonald registered last season came after the catch and only fellow NFL tight ends George Kittle and Travis Kelce registered more yards after the catch than he did in 2018.

    According to Pro Football Focus, McDonald registered 392 receiving yards after the catch in 2018,. His average of 7.8 yards after the catch is obviously a very healthy number and even 2.2 yards better than Kelce’s 2018 stat. That noted, it’s important to remember that one of McDonalds touchdown receptions last season, the 75-yarder for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3, included 64 yards gained after the catch.

    That long catch and run against the Buccaneers last season aside, however, McDonald also had 12 other catches besides that one in which he gained 10 yards after making the reception. Several of those 13 total plays are listed below for you in gif form to remember and in the exact order in which they happened.

    As you’ll see in these clips below, McDonald earned quite a few of those yards after the catch last season and a large amount of them came even after having been contacted by two different defensive players.

    40 of the 50 receptions that McDonald had in 2018 resulted in successful plays. Additionally 35 of his 50 receptions came when the Steele offense had their 11 personnel grouping on the field.

    If McDonald is once again able to stay healthy for at least 15 games in 2019, he should be able to exceed the stat line he posted in 2018. Additionally expect around half of his receiving yards in 2019 to come after the catch and that number could be over 500.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2019/07/st...18-e-i-e-i-oh/

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher View Post
    Maybe you didn't notice because when you looked over at him, he was kneeling.
    Or because it was too hard to see him because he was wearing camo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern_Blitz View Post
    Or because it was too hard to see him because he was wearing camo.
    Even more respect for this guy because when in a hostile fire engagement, he was always the biggest target on the battlefield. Someone upstairs had plans for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    Even more respect for this guy because when in a hostile fire engagement, he was always the biggest target on the battlefield. Someone upstairs had plans for him.
    This X2....

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