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January 2, 2020 09:44 AM
Steelers' Deon Cain: Plays one snap in finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain wasn't targeted while playing just one offensive snap in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.

A sixth-round pick of the Colts in 2018, Cain appeared in seven games for the club before being waived in November and landing with Pittsburgh shortly thereafter. Cain didn't make much of an impact in his new landing spot, contributing just five catches for 72 yards on six targets. If the Steelers choose to retain Cain in 2020, he'll likely be tasked with filling a depth role once again.

December 9, 2019 01:00 AM
Steelers' Deon Cain: One catch vs. Cardinals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain caught his only target for 22 yards in Pittsburgh's 23-17 win over Arizona on Sunday.

Since joining Pittsburgh last month, Cain has caught exactly one pass in each of the three games in which he has played. There is little reason to expect his volume to increase in Week 15 against the Bills and even less reason he should be rostered by fantasy owners.

November 26, 2019 02:20 AM
Steelers' Deon Cain: One catch in debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain had one catch for 35 yards in Pittsburgh's 16-10 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.

Signed just over a week ago, Cain saw just one target from Mason Rudolph before Pittsburgh made the switch at quarterback to Devlin Hodges. Cain was targeted once by Hodges, which resulted in a pass interference call which led to a field goal that proved to be the game-winner. Cain had four receptions on 14 targets for 52 yards in six games with Indianapolis before joining Pittsburgh, and he has little fantasy value heading into a Week 13 game against Cleveland.

November 22, 2019 04:40 PM
Steelers' Deon Cain: Could work as No. 3 wideout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain could be utilized as the Steelers' third wide receiver Sunday at Cincinnati, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Cain signed with the Steelers off the Colts' practice squad last Saturday, but he may find an immediate offensive role for his new team with JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) sidelined. A quality performance could go a long way toward securing the 23-year-old's spot on the 53-man roster.

November 17, 2019 05:16 PM
Steelers' Deon Cain: Lands in Pittsburgh
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain signed a contract with the Steelers on Saturday.

Well that didn't take long. Only a week after the Colts' surprising decision to place Cain on the team's practice squad, the Steelers ultimately signed the embattled 23-year-old to their active roster. With both JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) and Diontae Johnson (concussion) banged up following Thursday's game, it's entirely possible Cain could be on the Steelers' 53-man roster for the considerable future.

November 12, 2019 08:52 PM
Deon Cain: Signing with Colts' practice squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain cleared waivers and has signed with the Colts' practice squad, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

It was first a surprise that the promising 23-year-old was waived last week, and it's even more suspicious that he wasn't claimed by any of the 31 other NFL teams. Regardless, Cain is now back with the Colts, though it's possible another team could sign him off the practice squad.

November 9, 2019 12:16 PM
Deon Cain: Surprisingly let go
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain was waived by the Colts on Saturday.

It's telling that the Colts, with five wide receivers either on injured reserve or ruled out ahead of Sunday's game, still opted to cut the 2018 sixth-round pick, instead promoting practice-squad wideout Marcus Johnson to the active roster. There were rumblings the Colts were unhappy with the development of Cain, particularly following a healthy scratch toward the end of October, but it's still surprising to see the team essentially give up on the second-year receiver, subjecting him to the waiver wire, which could ultimately see another team scoop up the 23-year-old.

November 4, 2019 11:48 PM
Colts' Deon Cain: No receptions Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain didn't have a catch despite two targets and playing 20 snaps on offense in Sunday's 26-24 loss at Pittsburgh.

Cain was active after being inactive last week with No. 1 wideout T.Y. Hilton (calf) sidelined. However, Cain continued his pattern from early in the season of getting playing time but failing to be a factor in the offense. He's struggled to get open and get more targets thrown his way.

November 1, 2019 06:16 PM
Colts' Deon Cain: Increased opportunity on tap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain is likely to be active for Sunday's contest against the Steelers, Zak Keefer of The Athletic reports.

The Colts likely will count on Cain to step into a larger role with No. 1 wideout T.Y. Hilton (calf) sidelined. The second-year player stands to mix into the aerial attack alongside Zach Pascal, Chester Rogers and Parris Campbell. He's yet to surpass 35 receiving yards in a single game this season, but Cain could be worth monitoring in deeper leagues.

October 27, 2019 11:48 AM
Colts' Deon Cain: Healthy scratch versus Broncos
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Broncos.

Despite boasting full health, Cain won't factor into Indianapolis' plans on offense Week 8. Over the last five games, the second-year pro has turned 10 targets into just two receptions for 17 yards. His absence could allow Zach Pascal, Chester Rogers and Parris Campbell to see increased offensive snaps.

October 21, 2019 05:12 PM
Colts' Deon Cain: No targets Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain got the start at receiver opposite T.Y. Hilton in Sunday's win over Houston, but did not have a target.

Cain continues to get plenty of snaps but few targets in the Indy offense. He's played 42 percent or more of the offense's snaps in each of the past five games, but has just two receptions and 10 targets over that span. Until he starts getting the ball thrown his way, he's not a viable option in any fantasy format despite his nominal status as a starter.

October 7, 2019 03:28 PM
Colts' Deon Cain: Just one reception Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain had one reception for seven yards on his lone target in Sunday's win at Kansas City.

Cain tied Zach Pascal for the most snaps among non-T.Y. Hilton receivers, but again put up meager production despite ample playing time. None of the receivers other than Hilton look like viable options in most formats given how the Colts spread out the few non-Hilton receiver targets. The non-Hilton receivers had a combined two receptions in Sunday's game.

September 30, 2019 03:56 PM
Colts' Deon Cain: Gets start, but no receptions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain got the start at wide receiver along with Parris Campbell with T.Y. Hilton out with a quad injury, but was not targeted in Sunday's loss to Oakland.

Cain again got significant playing time, but failed to generate much offense. He has just one reception the last three weeks despite playing 33 or more snaps on offense each week. Cain led the wide receivers in snaps (56) against the Raiders and went out for a pass 42 times, but isn't drawing attention from Jacoby Brissett. Cain could start again at Kansas City if Hilton remains out, but it's hard to put much stock in his playing time until he starts getting some receptions.

September 27, 2019 05:32 PM
Colts' Deon Cain: Could be set for larger role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain and Parris Campbell could be in for larger roles with T.Y. Hilton (quad) listed as doubtful on the official injury report for Sunday's game against Oakland, Kevin Bowen of 1070 am Indianapolis reports.

The pecking order for targets if Hilton is out isn't clear as the four healthy Indy receivers almost equally split snap counts last week. Cain had 37 snaps on offense, while Zach Pascal had 30 snaps, Paris Campbell had 30 snaps, and Chester Rogers had 27 snaps. The Colts may also use more two-TE sets. Cain had a strong preseason, but has just three receptions this season. Still, he could be thrust into a prominent role Sunday.

September 23, 2019 06:56 PM
Colts' Deon Cain: Just one reception Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain had one reception on three targets in Sunday's win over Atlanta.

Cain played the most snaps on offense of any Colts receiver (T.Y. Hilton left the game early due to an injury) but the Colts continue to split the playing time evenly between the receiving corps. Cain had 37 snaps on offense, while Zach Pascal had 30 snaps, Paris Campbell had 30 snaps, and Chester Rogers had 27 snaps. Cain could emerge with a larger role, but it's hard to put much stock in his weekly output in the meantime.

September 16, 2019 02:08 PM
Colts' Deon Cain: Just one target Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain had one target but no receptions in Sunday's win over Tennessee. He did get the start as the No. 2 receiver and played on 32 of the offense's 70 snaps.

Cain actually had the most snaps of all the receivers other than T.Y. Hilton, though it was fairly even (Zach Pascal had 31 snaps, Chester Rogers had 28 snaps). No clear No. 2 receiver emerged after Devin Funchess was lost last week to a collarbone injury. Cain could emerge with a larger role, but the Colts may just throw more to tight ends rather than non-Hilton receivers in the aftermath of Funchess' injury.

September 13, 2019 05:24 PM
Colts' Deon Cain: Good to go
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Cain returned to a full practice Friday after being listed as limited Thursday for "heat related" reasons. With Devin Funchess (collarbone) now on IR, there are targets up for grabs behind T.Y. Hilton. Cain is in the mix on that front, but so is rookie Parris Campbell, as well as Chester Rogers and Zach Pascal. Cain is a speculative play until the pecking order behind Hilton becomes more clear.

September 12, 2019 04:40 PM
Colts' Deon Cain: Logs limited practice Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain was a limited participant in Thursday's practice for heat-related reasons.

The specifics of Cain's situation remain unknown, but there doesn't yet appear to be any reason to worry about his availability for Sunday's contest against the Titans. With Devin Funchess (collarbone) having been placed on injured reserve, Cain is primed for increased targets going forward and could become the No. 2 wideout in Indianapolis.

September 10, 2019 02:08 AM
Colts' Deon Cain: Could be set for larger role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain had two receptions for 35 yards on two targets in Sunday's loss to the Chargers.

The Colts entered the game with uncertainty at the third receiver role, and Cain had the most targets among wide receivers after T.Y. Hilton and Devin Funchess. With Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reporting that Funchess suffered a broken collarbone during Sunday's game, Cain could become Indy's No. 2 wide receiver next week.

September 3, 2019 11:40 PM
Colts' Deon Cain: Listed as No. 3 or No. 4 WR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cain is listed as the third or fourth wide receiver on Indianapolis' first depth chart of the season.

Can had an outstanding preseason (12 receptions for 169 yards) in his first action since returning from a torn ACL in August 2018. This could reflect that he'll have a larger role in the offense than expected, but the No. 3 to No. 6 roles in the Indy offense may be in flux, and those roles may not see as many targets with the move to Jacoby Brissett from Andrew Luck at quarterback.

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