The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed tight end Matt Spaeth yesterday to a two-year deal. You’ll have to forgive me if I don’t stand and applaud.
Don’t get me wrong, Spaeth serves a singular purpose for Todd Haley’s offense and that’s as a blocker and he’s a damn good one but…. But what happens if Heath Miller (gulp!) should go down with an injury?
Are you confident that Matt Spaeth would be as productive in the receiving department as Miller? I’m sure as heck not and that’s why I believe the Steelers will look to add a pass catching tight end either through free agency or the draft.
Still in the fold of course is last year’s seventh round pick Rob Blanchflower but he is an absolute unknown based on the fact he spent all season the practice squad in 2014.
With this year’s crop of tight ends in the NFL Draft being weak, I think the Steelers will look to free agency for a guy who might be able to step in as a pass catcher but the draft offers a few guys in that mold as well.
Guys like Clive Walford from Miami, Nick O’Leary of Florida State and Wes Saxton from South Alabama will more than likely be available in the mid to late rounds. All three are receiving threats first which doesn’t usually fit the Steelers M.O. but they can’t go without a threat there period.
What would be great is if Blanchflower turns the corner and becomes a real player for this team in training camp. That’s a bit of a stretch but we can hope right?
The bottom line in my mind is that the Steelers must feel good about their tight ends and I agree as long as Heath Miller stays healthy.