LATROBE, Pa. -- The Steelers' wide receiver room is full with star Juju Smith-Schuster, newly signed veteran Donte Moncrief, promising second-year player James Washington, and rookie Diontae Johnson. Add slot receivers Ryan Switzer and Eli Rogers and it's obvious there are many options, but Tevin Jones presents a contrast to both Switzer and Rogers.
Mike Tomlin kept six receivers last year, so it's presumed they will do so again in 2019 after getting burned by a run of injuries at receiver during their loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game a few years ago. But there's no guarantee that Rogers will make the team again with the receivers behind him.
I have Switzer as a virtual lock for the roster because of his growing relationship with Ben Roethlisberger. He's a younger version of Rogers who hasn't fumbled as much and has the versatility to line up in the backfield. Considering Smith-Schuster's comfort in the slot, Johnson's potential as a slot receiver and Switzer's skills, it would make sense for the Steelers to take a sixth receiver who isn't exclusively a slot threat.
That's where Jones comes in. Jones was undrafted out of Memphis in 2016 and signed with the Texans, getting cut in training camp. He was also a camp casualty in 2017 with the Chiefs. The Steelers signed him to a futures contract in January 2018. Let's take a closer look at what he brings to the table: