McCloud re-signed Wednesday with the Steelers on a one-year contract, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. McCloud appeared in every regular-season game for the Steelers in 2020, converting 22 targets into 20 catches for 77 yards. He also had four carries for 65 yards, while racking up 645 and 298 yards on kick and punt returns, respectively.
McCloud brought in both of his targets for minus-3 yards in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Browns. McCloud was unable to carve out a role in the Steelers offense during his first season with the team, and he totaled negative yardage over the final five weeks of the year. The 24-year-old was targeted 22 times during the regular season, racking up 20 receptions for 77 yards while also rushing four times for 65 yards. The Steelers could bring him back as a kick returner next year, but he's unlikely to play a significant offensive role during the playoffs or in 2021.
McCloud recorded two receptions for four yards across five offensive snaps in Monday's loss to Washington. McCloud has logged just nine offensive snaps over the past two weeks, after averaging almost 18 snaps a game for the seven contests prior. With plenty of mouths to feed on the Pittsburgh receiving corps, McCloud could continue to see limited action as the regular season comes to a close.
McCloud hauled in his lone target for an eight-yard gain Wednesday in the Steelers' 19-14 win over the Ravens. McCloud added 52 yards in the return game, but he was also responsible for one of the Steelers' two turnovers on the day. His muffed punt in the first quarter gave the Ravens possession in the red zone, with running back Gus Edwards eventually scoring a touchdown to give Baltimore its only lead of the day. McCloud still served as the Steelers' kickoff and punt returner the rest of the game, so despite the gaffe, his role on special teams still appears secure.
McCloud hauled in all four of his targets for 20 yards while also recording one carry for three yards in Sunday's 27-3 win over the Jaguars. McCloud was on the field 20 of the team's 75 offensive snaps Sunday and had a season-high 20 receiving yards. The 24-year-old has logged 14 receptions for 70 yards along with four rushes for 65 yards this season.
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