In the current NFL meta, the more you can attack your tight end, the harder it is for opposing defenses. The Pittsburgh Steelers current crop of tight ends is as good as this team has been in several years. Let’s take a look at the Steelers tight ends before training camp.
On the right offense, Pat Freiermuth might be one of the most productive tight ends in the NFL. He has the size and body control to dominate matchups and is easily the secret weapon in this red zone attack.
I have to admit, I didn’t see the potential in Zach Gentry when the Steelers drafted him. But last season we saw a big leap from the huge target as a blocker and proved to be an adequate receiving threat.
Rookie Connor Heyward has an intriguing skill set and could be the gimmicky guy as a runner and receiver the offense needs.
Rader is a very good blocker who now finds himself on the roster bubble as a third tight end with Heyward on the roster.
Sternberger is a camp body that could stay on the practice squad.