The New England Patriots worked out free agent and former Steelers wide receiver Justin Hunter on Monday, according to a report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The Patriots may have a need for Hunter because starting wide receiver Julian Edelman is expected to miss time during training camp with a thumb injury.
Hunter played in 11 games with the Steelers in each of the past two season, making one start. In two years, he caught seven balls for 44 yards and one touchdown. The former Tennessee star has also played with the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. He had a career-best 498 yards for the Titans in 2014.
The Patriots may have additional motivation for signing Hunter when compared to some of the other available free agents, especially since the Patriots will host the Steelers in Week 1. That game will be played on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 8:20 p.m.
He is one of several players that were with the Steelers last season that have not signed as free agents, along with Malik Golden, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Stevan Ridley and Coty Sensabaugh.
The Steelers re-signed receiver Eli Rogers, went outside the organization to bring in Donte Moncrief and drafted Toledo’s Diontae Johnson in the third round instead of bringing back Hunter.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20
James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.
This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.
Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.
Congrats to @camheyward on being named Week 1 #CommunityMVP for installing his first Little Free Library. The book-sharing boxes provide 24-7 access to literacy for underserved Pittsburgh communities while honoring the legacy in education of his late grandfather. pic.twitter.com/uKwbnz28A1— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 18, 2020
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”
The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.
Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.
Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20
The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.
Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.