The Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the best wide receiving cores in the NFL, but this backup nobody could make some noise this season.
Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Eli Rogers and JuJu Smith-Schuster are the big names on campus in Pittsburgh. The first four wideouts heading into the season, this group of pass catchers should prove to be arguably the best group of players in the league.
Even with Bryant coming off a one-year suspension and Smith being a rookie, this set of four is expected to dominate secondaries this season. With Ben Roethlisberger returning for 2017, the offense may be looking at a steady air attack through most of the season.
Outside of these four, no one is paying much attention to the receivers. Veterans Darrius Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coates are hoping to crack the 53-man roster and continue contributing to this team. Neither player, though, could be as surprising as Justin Hunter.
When signing a one-year/ $855,000 contract back in March, Hunter wasn’t expected to be anything more than a roster filler. As someone who can come in and run practice squad reps during the season, Hunter’s expectations were quite low prior to minicamp.
At 26-years-old with a prove-it deal, Hunter has no room for mistakes. Without an impressive offseason and regular season, his time in the Steel City will come to an end rather quickly. Considering Pittsburgh is already his third team, he may be a lost commodity if he doesn’t work out with the Steelers.
Hunter is making the most out of his opportunity, though. As one of the more impressive players at OTAs and minicamp, the former Buffalo Bill is doing everything needed…
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