Ladarius Green signed with the Steelers this offseason on a four-year deal worth $20 million, and he will replace the retired Heath Miller and also help pick up the slack for the suspended Martavis Bryant. Green has been viewed as a talented tight end for the past three seasons, but he's been stuck behind Antonio Gates in San Diego. But when Gates was suspended for four games in 2015, Green played in three of them and had 14 catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns. If you project that over 16 games, Green would have had 75 catches for 981 yards and 11 touchdowns. Miller averaged just 64 catches, 676 yards and four touchdowns over the past four seasons, but Green is an upgrade in talent. We expect him to have a breakout campaign in 2016, and he's worth drafting as a Top 10 tight end with a mid-round pick.
Green (ankle) may not be ready for the start of training camp, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette reports. When asked if he would be available for the beginning of training camp come July 29, Green essentially responded, "I hope." Although no setbacks from his ankle surgery have been reported, in March Green had initially stated he was expecting to be ready. This decrease in optimism shouldn't spell concern for his Week 1 availability, but, nonetheless, Green could use all the practice time he's afforded in order to acclimate himself into the starting tight end role in Pittsburgh's offense previously manned by Heath Miller (retired).
Green, who underwent ankle surgery following the 2015 season, expects to be ready in advance of training camp, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Green dealt with some ankle issues last season, but the situation was addressed by the procedure. The Steelers put the tight end through a physical before inking him to a four-year, $20 million deal, so evidently there's no real injury concerns on their part. In any case, Green fills a big need for the Steelers at the tight end position following the retirement of Heath Miller, who caught 60 passes for the team in 2015. While Miller -- a long-time fixture in the Pittsburgh offense -- isn't an easy act to follow, Green is viewed as a player with untapped potential, after having worked behind Antonio Gates in San Diego over the past four seasons.
Green agreed to a four-year, $20 million contract with the Steelers on Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. After spending most of his rookie contract in Antonio Gates' shadow, Green will head to Pittsburgh to serve as the unquestioned No. 1 tight end. He'll obviously have plenty of competition for targets in a loaded offense, but there should be plenty of production to go around, so long as Ben Roethlisberger stays healthy. Finally assured of a key role, the 25-year-old Green is well positioned to actually make good on his fantasy hype this time around.
Green is expected to sign with the Steelers, ESPN.com reports. Assuming that occurs, Green will no longer have to work behind, or in tandem with Antonio Gates, who will remain with the Chargers, after re-upping with the team Wednesday. Though the Steelers also roster fellow tight end Jesse James, Green would appear to have a clear path toward significant playing time in the Pittsburgh offense, following the retirement of Heath Miller. In 13 games for the Chargers last season, Green set career-high marks with 37 catches, 429 receiving yards and four TDs.
Green is expected to discuss a new contract with the Chargers next week, the Times of San Diego reports. Green posted a career-high 429 yards and four touchdowns last season, which marked the final year of his rookie contract. A fourth-round pick in 2012, Green provides nice insurance to aging All-Pro Antonio Gates, so a new deal for Green to remain in San Diego is something the Chargers are expected to pursue soon.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||Kansas City Chiefs||5||5.67|
|5||10/09||New York Jets||2||4.75|
|7||10/23||New England Patriots||6||6.00|
|13||12/04||New York Giants||32||11.38|
|3 Year Avg||38||24||344||2||17||14.33||48|