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Do the Steelers have a great one-two punch at tight end?

It’s Day 11 of Going For Two, featuring Pat Freiermuth and Zach Gentry

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Welcome to Going For Two! Over the 45 days leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2022 training camp, we will be highlighting two players every day in order to cover the entire 90-man offseason roster. So without further ado, here are today’s two players:


Pat Freiermuth

NFL: DEC 05 Ravens at Steelers Photo by Michael Longo/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Position: Tight End
Age: 23
Year: 2
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 258
Drafted: Round 2, Pick 55, 2021
College: Penn State
Roster Outlook: Lock
Analysis:

After a rookie season where Pat Freiermuth saw 497 receiving yards on 60 receptions with 7 touchdowns, the sky appears to be the limit in 2022. Proving to be a go-to weapon for Ben Roethlisberger last year, Freiermuth simply needs to build a similar relationship with this year’s Steelers quarterback. As long as he can stay healthy, and the concussion issue doesn’t come up again this season, Freiermuth is poised for an even bigger bust-out year.


Zach Gentry

NFL: JAN 16 AFC Wild Card - Steelers at Chiefs Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Position: Tight End
Age: 25
Year: 4
Height: 6’8”
Weight: 265
Drafted: Round 5, Pick 141, 2019
College: Michigan
Roster Outlook: Lock
Analysis:

The fact Zach Gentry was labeled to be a roster bubble player going into the 2021 season, it goes to show how much of a marked improvement he made leading up to last season. Coming through as a great blocking tight end, Gentry was also wisely and creatively used in the passing game when needed. Obviously not the same player as Pat Freiermuth, Gentry brings a much-needed role to the tight end room as someone who is an adequate blocker and teams must account for in the passing game. Not only a great example of the work needed to become an NFL caliber player, Gentry will also forever be the answer of the trivia question when asked ‘Who caught Ben Roethlisberger’s final NFL pass?’


Be sure to check back everyday for another two players for the Steelers, and as we go along click back on previous articles listed below so you don’t miss a thing.