The biggest acquisition over the offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers was none other than the signing of Ladarius Green. His NFL future may now be in doubt.
It may all be precautionary at the point, but Green remains on the PUP list. It’s been cited that he’s remained there due to recurring headaches which could lead to a premature retirement. However, Mike Tomlin and Steelers brass insist he’s remained on the PUP list due to a lingering ankle injury. Whatever the case may be, it’s a bizarre situation and draws a lot of question marks towards Green’s fantasy stock.
After joining the Steelers over the offseason, Green was finally ready to step in and be “the guy” at TE after sharing the load with Antonio Gates during his four years in San Diego where he compiled over 1,000 yards and 7 TDs while splitting duties. He looked to be a great fit in Pittsburgh’s high octane, athletic offense as he poses a big, fast, strong target for Big Ben and would help ease the loss of Martavis Bryant who is suspended for the year.
Whatever the case may be, we hope Green can make a speedy recovery and do whatever is best for him and his family.
If TE Ladarius Green is forced to retire,
PITT TE Jesse James 6’7/261, stock soars. (11 targets ’15)
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With the chance of Green retiring up in the air, this of course increases the stock of backup TE Jesse James. The 2nd year TE out of Penn State brings huge size to the table at 6’7”/261. James lacks ideal athleticism to be a legitimate receiving threat. His frame could be coveted in the redzone, but I wouldn’t expect too much with guys like Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates set for big years.
If anything, this increases the stock of guys like Wheaton and Coates, although James will see some targets as the top TE, but I wouldn’t touch him with a draft pick as he has his limitations.
Regarding Green, his current ADP stands at 9.01, although it will see a big dip with the recent news. Still, he’s worth a late round flyer. If he happens to play this season, using a 12th rounder or later on him will pay dividends.