Grimble signed his original-round tender with the Steelers on Tuesday. This will keep Grimble under Steelers' control for another season. He was used mainly in a blocking and special-teams role last year, catching just six passes for 86 yards and zero touchdowns in 16 games. Grimble could see more action in 2019, as Jesse James signed with Detroit and only Vance McDonald remains above him on the depth chart.
The Steelers are placing an original round tender on Grimble, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Grimble will be allowed to negotiate with teams during free agency, but the Steelers will have the option to match any deal offered. If he does leave, the team will not receive any draft compensation. The 26-year-old has compiled 236 yards and three touchdowns across three seasons in Pittsburgh.
Grimble caught his lone target for 16 yards during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati. Despite playing in all 16 games this season, Grimble managed just six catches (on eight targets) for 86 yards. The eight targets were the fewest he has seen in his three seasons, but his 14.3 yards per catch reflect a career high. A restricted free agent, Grimble could return to Pittsburgh in 2019 and possibly pass Jesse James -- an unrestricted free agent -- on the depth chart behind Vance McDonald.
Grimble failed to catch his lone target during Sunday's 31-28 loss to New Orleans. The backup tight end has just five catches on seven targets this season, so he shouldn't be counted on in Week 17 despite facing a Cincinnati defense that which allows the fourth most fantasy points to tight ends per game (10.4).
Grimble (concussion) cleared the concussion protocol Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Grimble managed to clear the league-mandated concussion protocol with time to spare for Week 13, and was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. The depth tight end is on track to suit up against the Chargers on Sunday, but Grimble is unlikely to see notable targets behind Vance McDonald and Jesse James.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||@New England Patriots||18||7.37|
|3||09/22||@San Francisco 49ers||4||4.75|
|6||10/14||@Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
|10||11/10||Los Angeles Rams||23||7.89|
|16||12/22||@New York Jets||6||4.88|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||13||7||79||1||5||11.29||13|