Steelers 2-a-days: Fred Johnson an intriguing and giant rookie guard, Tevin Jones in the WR mix |

Steelers 2-a-days: Fred Johnson an intriguing and giant rookie guard, Tevin Jones in the WR mix

Chris Adamski
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Tevin Jones makes a catch during an organized team activity session May 23, 2019, in Pittsburgh.

Editor’s note: From now until the first practice of training camp at Saint Vincent College, the Trib will be running through the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 90-man roster, assessing each player’s outlook for the 2019 season. The breakdown will go through the roster in mostly-alphabetical order, (at least) two per day, between June 14 and July 26.


Experience: Rookie

Contract status: $500,000 cap hit in 2019, signed through 2021

2019 outlook: Standing 6 feet 7 and 326 pounds, Fred Johnson stands large as an interior offensive lineman, even by NFL standards. That’s part of what makes him such an intriguing prospect, one the Steelers made a priority rookie free-agent signing after the draft ended. Johnson moved from tackle to guard over his career at the University of Florida and would seem to be an ideal developmental prospect for the practice squad in 2019. He’s not without competition on the Steelers roster among offensive linemen, though, so Johnson will have to show requisite NFL-caliber athleticism during training camp.


Experience: Offseason and practice-squad rosters since 2016, past 18 months with Steelers

Contract status: $495,000 cap hit in 2019, under team control for four years

2019 outlook: At 6 feet 2, 225 pounds with good speed,Jones certainly looks the part of an NFL wide receiver. The Steelers have seen enough potential in him to keep him around throughout all of each of the past two offseasons in addition to on the practice squad for the entirety of the 2018 regular season. Can he make the team? As with the other returning practice-squad receiver, Trey Griffey, the numbers game isn’t kind to Jones, who spent time with Houston and Kansas City before signing a futures deal with the Steelers in January 2018. If he sticks again, it will be because of big-play ability: three of his five NFL preseason catches have gone for touchdowns, continuing a trend in college where seven of his 55 catches his final two years at Memphis were for scores.

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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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