The Pittsburgh Steelers depth grew for the better on Friday after they announced the agreement of veteran wide receiver Lance Moore to a two year deal.
Moore at age 30 comes into the Steel Curtain with 37 passes for 457 yards in his both game as a New Orleans Saint. The prior year he had career best numbers with 65 receptions and 1041 yards in 2012.
Small in stature (5’9, 190lbs), Moore will not stop the Steeler from trying to acquire a tall receiver for Ben Rothlisberger, but it does allow for a much needed veteran on the wide receiver corps especially after the loss of Jericho Cotchery to the Panthers on Thursday.
Serving as a valuable 3rd option receiver, Cotchery was Rothlisbergers favorite red zone target, bringing in a career high 10 touchdown passes mostly from inside the 20 yard line. Emmanuel Sanders also left as a free agent earlier in the week leaving only Antonio Brown and a group of unknowns at the receiver position, including Markus Wheaton (third round selection in 2013) who has battled the injury bug and has only caught six passes.
With More, the team has at least a veteran that can fill many shoes much like Cotchery did the past three seasons and comes with a proven track record. COme draft day we will see if the Steelers go after a receiver early or if they will rely on Wheaton to make a jump from first year to second and step into Sanders’ shoes as the number two receiver.