Grimble could see an uptick in snaps and targets as a result of Ladarius Green (concussion) being released, PennLive.com's Lauren Kirschman reports
Jesse James was the obvious beneficiary when Green was unavailable last season, making 13 starts in 16 games and catching 39 of 60 targets for 338 yards (8.7 per catch) and three touchdowns. While his blocking ability makes him a clear favorite to reprise the starting role, James can't provide the kind of downfield threat presented by Green, who produced 16.9 yards per catch on his 19 receptions last season. Grimble wasn't exactly a big-play threat last year -- averaging 10.7 yards on 11 catches -- but he does have the potential to fill a niche that's closer to what the Steelers hoped to get out of Green. It's thus possible Grimble will replace James in obvious passing situations, which could even out the distribution of targets between the two. Such a situation would prevent both players from achieving fantasy relevance in a Pittsburgh offense that figures to heavily rely on its wide receivers and Le'Veon Bell in the passing game.
The contract represents the NFL minimum for a player with one year of service time. An exclusive rights free agent, Grimble caught 11 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games this season, and will likely be competing for a backup tight end spot next season.
Grimble missed Week 17 against Cleveland due to a rib injury, but his absence from the passing game against Miami was more likely the result of the offense running on every two-of-three plays (66 percent). Playing 12 games in his rookie season, Grimble totaled 11 receptions on 21 targets for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
Grimble (ribs) will play in Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Dolphins, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Grimble didn't play in the regular season finale versus the Browns after injuring his ribs in the week prior against the Ravens. He caught a 20-yard touchdown in that game against Baltimore, though, and could make for a sneaky, low-cost fantasy play this weekend if starter Ladarius Green (concussion) doesn't clear concussion protocol in time.
Grimble (ribs) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Though Ladarius Green (concussion) is out Sunday, Grimble remains a speculative play in Week 17, with Jesse James also in the team's TE mix.
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