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Tight End (4)
- Heath Miller
- Matt Spaeth
- David Paulson
- Eric Waters
Of all the groups on this team, the tight end unit might be the one that generates the least amount of buzz. Heath Miller is the incumbent and will continue to shoulder the load as the team’s most consistent receiving option. There will come a time when Miller won’t be effective, but 2014 promises to be another solid year.
The strength of this group really lies in its ability to block. If Pittsburgh really wants to lean on the run game in 2014, Miller, along with Matt Spaeth, will be key. Spaeth won’t wow anyone as a receiving threat, but he is a solid in-line blocker.
The last two spots on the depth chart are pretty open right now. David Paulson has the experience, so that could give him a slight edge. Pittsburgh currently has two rookie tight ends on the roster, and there’s a real chance that it keeps both over Paulson.
Rookie Rob Blanchflower is a lot like Miller, which could give him an edge. However, for this exercise, Pittsburgh takes a shot on the more athletic Eric Waters. Waters has some freakish athleticism but is untested as a receiver. However, Waters is a very good blocking tight end, which falls in line with what the Steelers coaches would ask of him.