Former Rams pick still being touted as WR2 for Steelers

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Will Van Jefferson be the answer to the Steelers wideout woes?

Former L.A. Rams second round pick Van Jefferson is on his third team since being traded to the Atlanta Falcons in October, but that hasn’t stopped media from speculating that he will be Russell Wilson’s number two target come September. That is assuming that the Pittsburgh Steelers keep Wilson in the starting role at quarterback, and that they keep Jefferson on the 53-man roster. There is still a lot of time to go before Week 1.

Mark Kaboly of The Athletic recently posted that Jefferson remains in the “pole position” lead to be the Steelers number two wideout after George Pickens.

Jefferson was getting quite a lot of snaps with the Rams, even right before he was traded. In the first four games of 2023, Jefferson played in 90% of L.A.’s snaps, but the emergence of Puka Nacua and the return of Cooper Kupp from IR made it that much easier for Les Snead to trade him to the Falcons for a day three pick swap. In Atlanta, a team desperate for help, Jefferson caught only 12 passes for 101 yards on 28 targets.

To add a little bit of insult to a little bit of production, the Falcons still didn’t retain Jefferson after hiring Raheem Morris to be their next head coach in January.

The Steelers are rolling the dice in the receivers room between Pickens, Jefferson, third round rookie Roman Wilson, plus Quez Watkins, Scottie Miller, Calvin Austin III, Dez Fitzpatrick, and four others. They have tight ends Pat Freiermuth and Darnell Washington as well, as far as non-running back receiving threats. Jefferson will need only beat out a rookie and a handful of other players who have had similar-ish careers but were not second round picks in order to get another chance at a long NFL career.

If he does not win a starting job however, Van Jefferson may not win a job at all.

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Title: Former Rams pick still being touted as WR2 for Steelers
Author: Kenneth Arthur

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