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.
PIT WR James Washington - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 5 vs. Atlanta Falcons
James Washington managed just two catches for 10 yards last week and can't be considered a fantasy play at this point until he starts becoming a bigger part of the passing game. On the plus side, Ben Roethlisberger has looked for him deep the past two games. They just haven't hooked up. That will come.