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Will Pat Freiermuth make a splash for the Steelers his rookie season?

Day 11 of the Steelers Trifecta! Featuring Pat Freiermuth, Zach Gentry, and Mark Gilbert

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie Minicamp Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Steelers Trifecta! Over the 30 days leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 training camp, we will be highlighting three players every day in order cover the entire 90-man offseason roster. So without further ado, here are today’s three players:


Pat Freiermuth

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers Minicamp Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Position: Tight End
Age: 22
Year: 1
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 258
Drafted: Round 2, Pick 55, 2021
College: Penn State
Roster Outlook: Lock
Analysis:

There is little doubt as to the roster status for second-round draft pick Pat Freiermuth in 2021. The bigger question is how often he will be utilized early in the season and in what manner. Don’t be surprised if, in typical Steelers fashion, Freiermuth sees a gradual increase in snaps over the first four to six games of 2021. Although the Steelers needed depth at the tight end position this season, drafting Freiermuth also gives the Steelers one year to play alongside Eric Ebron before his contract is up in Pittsburgh in order to see if they have their next number one guy.


Zach Gentry

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Position: Tight End
Age: 24
Year: 3
Height: 6’8”
Weight: 265
Drafted: Round 5, Pick 141, 2019
College: Michigan
Roster Outlook: Bubble
Analysis:

Unless something completely unexpected occurs, the most Zach Gentry is looking to do for the Steelers is to be the third option at tight end. Even if he does make the roster, the Steelers have only gone with two tight ends being active on game day quite often. But with new offensive coordinator Matt Canada perhaps using more players at the position, Gentry could show he deserves a spot on the roster and see the field.


Mark Gilbert

Duke v Northwestern Photo by David Banks/Getty Images

Position: Cornerback
Age: 24
Year: 1
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 175
Drafted: UDFA, 2021
College: Duke
Roster Outlook: Outside looking in
Analysis:

Mark Gilbert is a very intriguing undrafted free agent from 2021. After his sophomore season at Duke, Gilbert looked to be a Day 1 or Day 2 draft pick when the time came. But after suffering a separated hip and an additional ankle injury, there are a lot of question marks around Gilbert’s body coming back to a point to play in the NFL. If so, this could be a great payoff for the Steelers picking him up after the draft. But until we can see if Gilbert can still bring the same game he did early in college, he’s a sizable mystery.


Be sure to check back everyday for anther ‘trifecta’ of Steelers, and as we go along click back on previous articles listed below so you don’t miss a thing.