Hunter (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports. The Steelers' decision to make Hunter a healthy inactive comes as a surprise after he played 51 of a total 84 offensive snaps in the team's Week 1 tie with the Browns, finishing with one reception for six yards on five targets. Hunter's unimpressive showing appears to have cost him the No. 3 wideout job, with rookie second-round pick James Washington ready to assume those duties in the home opener.
Hunter caught one pass (five targets) for six yards in Sunday's 21-21 tie against the Browns. Hunter saw significant playing time, with just 12 fewer snaps and three fewer targets than JuJu Smith-Schuster. However, that's where the comparison ends, as Smith-Schuster's 119 yards led all Pittsburgh receivers.
Hunter is expected to be a part of three-wide sets Sunday at Cleveland, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Since he was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft, Hunter has bounced around four organizations in five seasons, never surpassing 30 catches, 500 yards or four touchdowns in a given year. Behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, Hunter also has to contend with rookie James Washington, but the veteran showed well in the preseason with a 7-132-1 line.
Hunter caught two of three targets for 37 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's preseason game against the Titans. Starting alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster and second-round draft pick James Washington, Hunter caught a deep pass from Ben Roethlisberger for a 32-yard touchdown bomb to give Pittsburgh an early 7-0 lead. Antonio Brown (quad) sat this one out, and may see little-to-no action in the final preseason game, giving Hunter another opportunity to showcase his talents as he competes with Washington (abdomen) for the third wide receiver position.
Hunter signed a one-year contract with Pittsburgh on Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Hunter has bounced around a bit since being drafted by the Titans in 2013 and ultimately made his way to Pittsburgh for the 2017 season, recording just four receptions for 23 yards and one touchdown in seven games. He'll likely reinsert himself on the back end of the depth chart at receiver in 2018.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||28.00|
|13||12/02||Los Angeles Chargers||22||27.00|
|15||12/16||New England Patriots||24||29.00|
|16||12/23||@New Orleans Saints||32||42.00|
|3 Year Avg||21||12||159||2||8||13.25||27|