5 reasons current Pittsburgh Steelers tight ends are a waste of money

Tommy Jaggi
Vance McDonald Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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The Steelers have a pair of well-known tight ends, but here’s why Eric Ebron and Vance McDonald have been a waste of money so far for Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a pleasantly surprising start to the 2020 NFL season. It’s not that fans are shocked that they were able to beat teams like the New York Giants and Denver Broncos in the first two weeks of the season – in fact, Pittsburgh was favored in both contests. However, the manner in which they are taking care of business is different than what we are used to seeing early in the season.

Under Mike Tomlin, the Steelers have been a terrific team in the middle of the season once they gain steam. However, it’s usually tough sledding in the early going. Last year, the Steelers were pummeled in a 30-point loss to New England to begin the year. In 2018, they tied the Cleveland Browns in Week 1.

This year, Pittsburgh’s defense is firing from the gate, and Ben Roethlisberger has been pleasantly surprising in the early going. While he may not have the same arm strength and velocity he used to, he’s been taking care of the ball and doing enough to put his team in position to win games.

One position that can’t take much credit for anything the Steelers have done right so far is tight end. Pittsburgh went out and signed former 2018 Pro Bowler, Eric Ebron, this offseason, but his impact has been minimal. Vance McDonald has been even worse.

While tight ends play a major role for some teams, the Steelers clearly aren’t getting adequate usage out of theirs in 2020. Here are five reasons why these current Pittsburgh tight ends are a waste of money: