Let me put it like this, the Pittsburgh Steelers do not need to address the tight end position in any round of the 2021 NFL Draft. All they need to do is hit the rewind button.
Penn. State alum and former Steelers tight end, Jesse James is the immediate answer to the TE position prior to the retirement of Vance McDonald. I mean come on now, the guy changed his Twitter profile pic back to him in Black & Gold nearly a month ago.
In James’ four(4) year tenure with Pittsburgh, he accumulated 1,189 yards and nine(9) touchdowns. And it is important to note that his yardage per year from 2015 to 2018 was..56..338..372 and 423. Every season his yards went up, 14.2 yards per catch in 2018.
Once signing with the Detroit Lions his statistics dropped drastically, mainly because he had a much lesser quarterback and role in the Lions offense. James in two(2) seasons with Detroit only racked up 271 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Not to mention Jesse James had a controversial TD called off against the much hated New England Patriots in week 15 of the 2018 NFL Season.
Enter current Steelers TE Eric Ebron, the former Lions and Indianapolis Colts tight end who in one(1) season with Pittsburgh ended with 558 yards and five(5) touchdowns. And let’s not forget a fan favorite.
Not to mention Ebron and James are still relatively young, Eric(28) and Jesse(26) both still have a lot in the tank.
So why bother with drafting a tight end in the draft? At least not in the early rounds, although there are a few that can be picked up later on. Notre Dame’s Tommy Tremble and Hunter Long from Boston College should be available in the 3rd or even 4th round. Neither of them have matching initials like E.E & J.J.
Having said that, I believe the Pittsburgh Steelers will bring James back within the week. And they will most likely pick up one of the two mentioned above in the draft. SO IT IS WRITTEN! #HereWeGo