At 6-foot-4, Hunter is the type of tall target that Ben Roethlisberger loves. Hunter received an endorsement from the quarterback after the game, despite the miscommunication that cost them a second scoring play.
The issue with Hunter has been inconsistency. The story pointed out a great play Hunter made for a TD against the Titans, but also added there were two mistakes before that easily could have led to more big plays. Roethlisberger has shown confidence in Hunter which the receiver appreciates, the story said, and the hope is it leads to chemistry between the two during the season.
Veteran candidates include Justin Hunter and Darrius Heyward-Bey. Rutter thinks Marcus Tucker, a practice-squad player in 2017, could earn a roster spot specifically to play in the slot.
Eli Rogers, who suffered a torn ACL, is still looking for work. The Steelers could bring him back, and he could earn reps in the three-receiver set.
The story puts it best, whoever gets the gig should have favorable matchups, given the attention that will be paid to Brown and Smith-Schuster. Which will put even more pressure on the slot receiver to perform.