Moncrief agreed Wednesday with the Steelers on a two-year contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Moncrief joined the Jaguars on a one-year, prove-it deal in 2018 and had an up-and-down season, finishing with 48 receptions for 668 yards and three touchdowns. The departure of Antonio Brown leaves a significant hole at wide receiver for the Steelers, and Moncrief now looks like a prime candidate to step in as a starter alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster. Second-year wideout James Washington is another contender to replace Brown, but even if Moncrief is relegated to more of a supporting role in Pittsburgh, there could still be enough room for him to improve on last season's numbers in a Steelers passing attack that projects to be far more potent than the run-heavy offense he was a part of in Jacksonville.
Moncrief caught two of three targets for 21 yards to finish the season with 48 recpetions for 668 yards and three touchdowns. Moncrief played in all 16 games for the first time since 2015 as he was able to avoid an significant injuries. The 2014 third-round pick signed a one-year, $9.6 million contract with the Jaguars for this season, and finished second on the team in receiving yards. The 25-year-old's numbers aren't great considering he was on a prove-it deal, but the fact Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler were leading Jacksonville's offense certainly factors into that, which is illustrated by his 53.9 percent catch rate. Moncrief heads into free agency for the second straight year coming off a sub-par season, though the fact he'll only be 26 years old by the start of the 2019 season definitely works in his favor.
Moncrief caught all four of his targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 17-7 win over Miami. Sunday was a nice little rebound for Moncrief, who was held catchless for just the second time of the season during Week 15's loss to Washington. His 19-yarder in the fourth quarter Sunday set up a Jacksonville field goal that gave them a late lead. Such relatively small moments are about as good as it gets for Moncrief and his fellow receivers. The Jaguars' quarterbacks have failed to reach 200 yards in five of the last six games. It might be six out of seven come next Sunday as the Jaguars visit a Houston team that held Cody Kessler and Blake Bortles to 217 passing yards combined in Week 7.
Moncrief was unable to haul in either of his targets during Sunday's 16-13 loss to Washington. Though he's been able to have a few solid games in terms of receptions, Moncrief has now been held under 50 yards in five consecutive contests. While there was hope early in the year that the Jaguars' run-first-and-play-defense model could add some timely passing, that doesn't seem like part of the equation at this point with ineffective quarterbacking from Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler, who was held to 57 yards on Sunday, plaguing the team. Sunday should be more of the same, even against a Miami defense ranked in the bottom 10 of the league in receiving yardage surrendered.
Moncrief brought in five of 10 targets for 47 yards in the Jaguars' 30-9 loss to the Titans on Thursday. Moncrief continued to display solid rapport with Cody Kessler, and he's now compiled a total of eight receptions in the two games that the latter has been under center. Both the 25-year-old's reception and target totals were his best since Week 7 against the Texans, although he did see his streak without a touchdown reception extend to four games. Moncrief will look to play an even bigger role when the Jaguars try to bounce back against the Redskins in a Week 15 interconference matchup.
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