Moncrief was waived by the Panthers on Friday.
Moncrief was claimed off waivers from the Steelers in early November but wasn't targeted in his three games with the Panthers. The 26-year-old had caught 48 of 89 targets for 668 yards and three touchdowns with Jacksonville last season, but he's been unable to carve out a role with Pittsburgh or Carolina in 2019.
Moncrief was claimed off waivers by the Panthers on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Moncrief signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the Steelers in March but was waived by the team Saturday. The 26-year-old hasn't played more than 18 offensive snaps since Week 1 and was actually a healthy scratch for two games. The Panthers have received minimal production from No. 3 wide receiver Jarius Wright in recent weeks, which could allow Moncrief to step in should he make an early impression.
Moncrief was waived by the Steelers on Saturday.
This move felt like only a matter of time considering the Steelers could now be in line for a 2020 compensatory pick as a result. A dreadful opening game against the Patriots in prime time was a precursor of bad things to come, as Moncrief never saw more than 20 offensive snaps in the four ensuing games in which he was active, recording just four receptions for 18 yards in five games with the Steelers. With a bevy of teams in need of wide receiver help, it seems likely Moncrief will catch on with another squad before the season ends, but it's hard to envision his fantasy value taking a significant jump given how unproductive he was to start the 2019 campaign.
Moncrief was unable to haul in either of his two targets during Monday's 27-14 win over Miami.
Moncrief has now been targeted four times over his last two games after an early-season benching. He has just one 11-yard reception to show for it, and he has just two games in which he has recorded a reception all season. With the way rookie Diontae Johnson has come on in recent weeks, Moncrief is a poor play Sunday against the Colts.
Moncrief caught one of two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers.
Moncrief saw his first game action in a month but played just 14 snaps. Heading into a Week 7 bye, fantasy players have few reasons to roster Moncrief.
Moncrief is active for Sunday night's game against the Chargers after being a healthy scratch in two of the Steelers' previous three games, Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
He'll re-enter the mix, with James Washington (shoulder) sidelined, but with Devlin Hodges starting at QB for Pittsburgh in Week 6, Moncrief isn't a high-percentage fantasy play, given that JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson are also in the team's wideout mix.
Moncrief (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Moncrief will be a healthy scratch for the second time in three games after playing only three offensive snaps in the 27-3 win over the Bengals in Week 4. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, James Washington, Johnny Holton and Ryan Switzer will be the Steelers' active receivers Sunday.
Moncrief wasn't targeted during Monday's 27-3 win against the Bengals. Per Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, coach Mike Tomlin said of Moncrief on Tuesday: "He's working extremely hard at practice. He had an opportunity to have a helmet on last game, he only got three plays, but I just like his attitude, his work and we'll keep working to see if an opportunity presents itself."
Moncrief has had a topsy-turvy tenure with the Steelers, entering training camp as a starter, only to suffer a dislocated finger that has submarined his season to date. The injury likely contributed to his issue with drops through two games -- five on 11 targets -- and the team opted to make him a healthy scratch Week 3. Moncrief got back on the field in some capacity Monday, but he still ranked fifth among Pittsburgh wide receivers in offensive snap share (5 percent) behind James Washington (76), JuJu Smith-Schuster (73), Diontae Johnson (63) and Johnny Holton (15).
Moncrief is active for Monday's contest versus the Bengals, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Moncrief has endured a precipitous fall since signing a two-year deal with the Steelers in March. He opened training camp in the starting lineup, but a dislocated finger shortly thereafter set him back and likely contributed to his issue with drops during the first two games of the season. The team even made Moncrief a healthy scratch Week 3. With the tight end position affected by injuries -- Vance McDonald (shoulder) is inactive and Xavier Grimble (calf) is on IR -- Moncrief and the rest of the team's wide receivers are available to the offense.
Moncrief is inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Moncrief had issues with drops through the Steelers' first two games, so he'll sit this one out, which sets the stage for Diontae Johnson to see an increased role in the Steelers' Week 3 offense.
Moncrief is expected to be a healthy inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Signed to a two-year deal in the offseason with the expectation that he would prove to be a competent replacement for Antonio Brown in the starting lineup, Moncrief was a disaster through Pittsburgh's first two games, nabbing only three passes for seven yards on 11 targets while being plagued by drops. With Pittsburgh informing rookie Diontae Johnson earlier this week that he would start, Moncrief was already expected to be headed for a downturn in snaps, but the inactive status is even more illustrative of his slide down the depth chart. Moncrief could earn a spot back in the Pittsburgh receiver rotation if he performs well in practices to come, but that may be contingent on Johnson faltering first in his expanded role.
Moncrief is expected to have a reduced role in the offense after rookie Diontae Johnson was named a starting wide receiver, Josh Rowntree of 93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh reports.
Moncrief was penciled in as a starter upon signing with the Steelers in March and remained there after the draft and throughout the offseason program, training camp and preseason slate. He suffered a dislocated finger in late July, which lingered into the season and may explain his issue with drops after two games (he has five on his 11 targets). With a reduction in snaps on tap, Moncrief will yield his standing as a vertical threat to Johnson as the Steelers transition to an offense directed by Mason Rudolph due to Ben Roethlisberger's season-ending elbow injury.
Moncrief dropped his only target in Pittsburgh's 28-26 loss to Seattle on Sunday.
The dislocated finger suffered in training camp appears to be an issue as the ball went through Moncrief's hands, smacked off his facemask and landed in the arms of Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald. This was Moncrief's fifth drop in two games and he should not be on fantasy rosters at this time.
Moncrief will continue to play through a dislocated finger against the Seahawks on Sunday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Moncrief suffered a dislocated finger in training camp and has practiced in full for multiple weeks, but he stated Wednesday that he's still playing through pain. "There's nothing you can do to a dislocated finger," Moncrief said, "especially when you're a receiver. You've just got to tough out the pain and go." The lingering injury sheds some light on the context of Moncrief's disappointing Week 1 performance, when he caught only three of 10 targets for seven yards and dropped a would-be touchdown in the third quarter. The No. 2 receiver role in Pittsburgh remains up for grabs, but Moncrief could end up on thin ice if he's unable to overcome his finger injury and put together a convincing game against the Seahawks on Sunday.
Moncrief caught three passes for seven yards in Pittsburgh's 33-3 loss to New England on Sunday.
Moncrief looked awful in his first game as a Steeler, wasting his team-leading 10 targets. He had multiple dropped passes, including a third-quarter, would-be touchdown that would have closed the Patriots' lead to 10 points. It is encouraging that Ben Roethlisberger looked to Moncrief so often -- which could translate to some big games -- but another repeat performance may result in those targets going elsewhere.
Moncrief brought in his only target for one yard and lost a fumble in the Steelers' 17-7 preseason win over the Chiefs on Saturday.
The veteran wideout didn't exactly have the most productive of nights, and his first-quarter fumble short-circuited the Steelers' third possession before it even got underway. Moncrief has enjoyed a solid camp by all accounts, but he is being outperformed by second-year wideout James Washington in preseason action thus far. It remains to be seen if that will be enough for Washington to overtake Moncrief for the No. 2 role he's been largely projected for to open the season.
Moncrief (finger) returned to practice Wednesday, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
Coach Mike Tomlin said the 26-year-old wideout picked up right where he left off before his recent finger injury, catching three touchdowns from Ben Roethlisberger during Wednesday's session. It does seem Moncrief has competition for the No. 2 receiver job, with James Washington catching four of five targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in the preseason opener against Tampa Bay. It isn't clear if Moncrief will be available for Saturday's exhibition versus the Chiefs.
Moncrief is listed as a starter opposite JuJu Smith-Schuster on the Steelers' initial posted depth chart.
Moncrief dealt with a finger issue at practice last week, so it remains to be seen if he'll be 100 percent for Friday's preseason opener against the Buccaneers. In any case, if Moncrief is able to hold on to a starting role this season, there's an opportunity for him to flourish in the Pittsburgh offense. With that in mind, Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes that Moncrief has already developed chemistry with QB Ben Roethlisberger, while predicting that the 26-year-old wideout will be "a big-play receiver and really force defenses to account for him down the field" this season.
Moncrief suffered a finger injury during Monday's practice, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Moncrief suffered the injury while attempting to catch a deep ball during practice according to Lolley, then left the practice field to be attended to by trainers. The severity of Moncrief's finger issue is undisclosed, and it remains to be seen whether he'll miss any practice time. The 25-year-old is competing for the No. 2 wide receiver job in Pittsburgh.
Moncrief opened Pittsburgh's training camp Friday starting opposite JuJu Smith-Schuster, according to Alex Kozora of Steelersdepot.com.
Don't make too much of this as it was only Day 1 of camp and there's a lot of competition at the wide receiver position. Smith-Schuster is a lock to start this season, but Moncrief is a solid candidate to inherit a decent amount of the 168 targets that went to Antonio Brown in 2018. Fantasy owners drafting sooner rather than later should be careful not to reach too early for Moncrief, who has been inconsistent in his career, though he's also never played in an offense as dynamic as Pittsburgh's.
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