Last year, Jesse James was a newbie to the Steelers and the NFL. Now, he's their most tenured tight end.
With the retirement of Heath Miller and the release of Matt Spaeth, James — at 22 — is the veteran voice in the tight end room, at least when it comes to tenure with the Steelers.
“It's a new tight end room,” James said. “I am really the only guy who is back. It is a little different, but I feel good about it.”
The Steelers signed Ladarius Green and brought back David Johnson to bolster the position. Xavier Grimble was on the practice squad last year, but wasn't with the Steelers during training camp. Green isn't able to practice at this point and is on the PUP list, so James has a chance to shine and earn some valuable reps in the process.
PIT TE Heath Miller - Week 19, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 19 at Denver
After catching 10 passes in each of the first two games against the Bengals, Miller got just three targets last week, catching two passes for nine yards. He had just three catches for 15 yards on five targets last month against Denver, spending more time helping out blocking against Denver's pass rush. That could be the plan this time around as well, though with Antonio Brown out, Miller should see more action.