There’s been a lot of buzz about Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Marcus Tucker so far this offseason and with good reason as the former undrafted free agent out of Northern Michigan has a great shot at making the team’s 53-man roster this year after spending the last two seasons on the practice squad. With all the buzz currently surrounding Tucker, I thought it would be a good time to look back at his 2017 preseason targets on this holiday weekend.
Last year during the preseason, Tucker was targeted a total of 15 times during the Steelers four preseason games and he caught 8 of those passes for 97 yards. Below is a video compilation of all 15 of those targets to Tucker and as you will see, he would have likely had a few more catches had a few of the passes been thrown more accurately in his direction. 6 of these targets and five of Tucker’s receptions came during the preseason finale against the Carolina Panthers and all in the fourth quarter.
Tucker played almost 100 offensive snaps last year during the preseason with most of that playing time coming in the second half of each game. This year, he figures to see his preseason playing time increase and might even see quite a few snaps during the first 30 minutes of game action.
While not included in the video below, it’s worth noting that Tucker was credited with two total special team’s tackles last year during the preseason. He also played 28 total special teams snaps.