In the last decade, the Pittsburgh Steelers have built a culture around drafting and developing talented wide receivers.
From this current group that includes Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool, third-year receiver Cody White may be the most intriguing of the entire group.
White entered the NFL in 2020 as an undrafted rookie out of Michigan State. He made stops with three different teams before landing with the Steelers practice squad on September 24, 2020.
During the preseason in 2021, White made a big impression on Steelers coaches during training camp. These performances also translated into preseason games, as he registered 46 receiving yards on seven receptions.
During the regular season, White made his debut against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3, when he registered two receptions for 17 receiving yards. In week 15, he had 16 receiving yards on three receptions against the Kansas City Chiefs. What is worth noting is that he registered a perfect catch percentage in both games, perhaps an indication of his overall reliability as a receiver.
With the departures of both Juju Smith-Schuster to the Chiefs and James Washington to the Dallas Cowboys, White has an opportunity to find a place on the Steelers' receiver roster. With the additions of George Pickens and Calvin Austin III through this year's Draft and Miles Boykin through free agency, it will certainly be a difficult task. Yet, with the small sample size he displayed, he is a player that should not be underestimated by any means.