Special Attention Is Needed At The Tight End Position

In 2020, the Pittsburgh Steelers tight ends produced a total of 71 receptions for 657 yards.

What is most alarming about this stat, 85% of this production came from one tight end, veteran Eric Ebron; the remaining portion came from the recently retired tight end Vance McDonald.

In general, the Steelers have not received high quality tight end production since the 2018, when McDonald and Jesse James combined for 1,033 receiving yards and 80 total receptions. Some may go back to the days of Heath Miller, to reference the last time they received high quality tight end production. To put this into perspective, in his final NFL season, Miller registered 535 receiving yards on 60 receptions; more receptions and just 23 yards less than Ebron this past season.

The real area of concern for the Steelers in this regard, is the lack of quality depth at this position. 2019 fifth round pick Zach Gentry, has registered a total of four receiving yards in two seasons. Undrafted tight end Kevin Rader, who has been with the organization since 2019, has yet to produce any receiving stats and has just one game under his belt.

So far this offseason, the Steelers have met with only one tight end prospect; Georgia's Tre' Mckitty at his pro day. The only other tight end of interest was Ole Miss's Kenny Yeboah, who got the attention of general manager Kevin Colbert at this year's Senior Bowl.

Understandably, much of the attention this offseason will involve rebuilding their offensive line and improving their ground offense. Yet, with this particular position lacking in depth, it would be in their best interest to make the necessary improvements to ensure a well-balanced offense in 2021.

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