Steelers secret weapon #4
Easily one of the Steelers best value picks in the draft, Calvin Austin enters a receiver room rich with opportunity. His size will likely dictate him to play in the slot, and as of now, there is no clear slot receiver for the team to rely on. His offensive production likely won’t start early in his career, but he has the potential to become a true weapon for this offense eventually.
Despite being undersized, Austin has great change of direction agility and straight-line speed. This makes him a weapon with the ball in his hands. As a rookie, that is how the Steelers should utilize the former Memphis product. While seeing snaps as a traditional slot receiver is fine, he can also take jet sweeps, end-arounds, and even carries out of the backfield.
While he was extremely productive in college, the odds of a receiver as small as Austin carving out a traditional career seems unlikely. Sure, he can still catch passes and play out of the slot, but the team will have to get creative in order to get the ball in his hands. If utilized correctly, Austin can be a threat from all over the field and a true weapon for this team to rely on.
The Steelers are a very new team heading into training camp, and because of the new faces, there should be some under-the-radar players that end up producing. Keep these four players in mind as potential secret weapons for the team for the new season.