Days after signing with Steelers, WR Deon Cain takes 1st-team reps, expects role in offense |

Days after signing with Steelers, WR Deon Cain takes 1st-team reps, expects role in offense

Chris Adamski

Deon Cain couldn’t contain his smile. A week earlier, he was on an NFL practice squad, likely pondering what kind of future he had in the NFL. Friday, he was taking first-team reps for a team in a playoff race.

“I’m feeling great, man,” Cain said after Pittsburgh Steelers practice Friday. “It’s a new spot for me. I am feeling good right now, comfortable, and I just want to get out there and play loose.”

Cain confirmed he practiced with the first-team offense alongside fellow wide receivers Diontae Johnson and James Washington and in conjunction with Tevin Jones and Johnny Holton. Cut by the Indianapolis Colts following a loss to the Steelers earlier this month, Cain was called upon by the Steelers after injuries affected receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster, Johnson and Ryan Switzer.

He figures to be at least a moderate part of the game plan during Sunday’s game at the Cincinnati Bengals.

“Most definitely,” said the 6-foot-2, 202-pound Cain, who has run a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. “A lot of guys are down, so they are looking for a lot of playmakers, so I want to go out there and take it play by play — and when I get my chance, just make the best of it.”

A national champion at Clemson, Cain said he took practice reps at all of the wide receiver positions in the Steelers’ offense.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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Wide receiver Deon Cain of the Indianapolis Colts is seen during the preseason game against the Cleveland Browns in August. Cain signed with the Steelers last week and will make his team debut Sunday.
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