Connor Heyward

Pittsburgh Steelers
Tight End
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Tight End

Connor Heyward News

Productive in season finale

Heyward secured three of four targets for 45 yards while rushing once for six yards during the Steelers' 28-14 win over the Browns on Sunday.

Analysis: Heyward was held without any receptions in five of the seven games prior to Sunday's Week 18 matchup, but he logged a season-high three receptions against Cleveland. The rookie sixth-rounder didn't have consistent enough volume to become a fantasy asset in 2022, as he secured 12 of 17 targets for 151 yards and a touchdown while rushing twice for 27 yards while appearing in all 17 games. However, fellow tight end Zach Gentry is slated to become an unrestricted free agent during the offseason, so Heyward could take over as the primary backup behind Pat Freiermuth in 2023.

Jan 9, 2023 10:10 AM EST

Records first NFL touchdown

Heyward secured his lone target for 17 yards and a touchdown during the Steelers' 19-16 win over Atlanta on Sunday.

Analysis: Heyward played just 22 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps Sunday but caught the team's only touchdown during the narrow Week 13 win. Although it was encouraging to see the rookie sixth-rounder reach the end zone Sunday, he hasn't been a fantasy-relevant player for most of the year, as he had logged just three catches for 15 yards over his last five games.

Dec 5, 2022 9:50 AM EST

Clear of injury report

Heyward (illness) returned to practice Saturday and does not have an injury designation for Monday's contest against the Colts, Mike DeFabo of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Heyward didn't practice Friday due to an unspecified illness, but he felt well enough to log a full session Saturday. As a result, he should be able to suit up against Indianapolis on Monday Night Football. That said, Heyward isn't likely to play a major role on offense, as he's logged only 32 total offensive snaps and totaled just three catches for 15 yards for the Steelers over the past four weeks.

Nov 26, 2022 5:22 PM EST

Sits out practice Friday

Heyward (illness) was listed as a DNP on the Steelers' injury report Friday, Chris Halicke of reports.

Analysis: Heyward missed his first practice of Week 12 after popping up with an illness Friday. While the severity of this ailment is still unknown, the rookie tight end will have two full days to overcome this issue before Monday's game against the Colts. Heyward's status on Saturday's final injury report should shed more light on his availability against Indianapolis.

Nov 25, 2022 5:17 PM EST

Musters six yards in defeat

Heyward secured his lone target for six yards during the Steelers' 16-10 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Heyward was on the field for just five offensive snaps Sunday and had minimal production after tallying a season-high 49 receiving yards last week. Although the rookie sixth-rounder has been targeted in three consecutive games, he doesn't have much fantasy value while Pat Freiermuth is healthy.

Oct 24, 2022 10:08 AM EST

Racks up 49 receiving yards

Heyward secured two of three targets for 49 yards during Sunday's 20-18 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Heyward saw increased playing time Sunday since Pat Freiermuth (concussion) was sidelined, and Heyward had the longest play of the game for the Steelers with a 45-yard reception early in the fourth quarter. While it was encouraging to see Heyward's increased production in Week 6, his playing time should drop off once Freiermuth is cleared to return.

Oct 17, 2022 9:28 AM EST

Logs two receptions in blowout loss

Heyward secured both of his targets for 12 yards during the Steelers' 38-3 loss to the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: Heyward wasn't targeted over the first four weeks of the season, and he totaled just six offensive snaps during that time. However, he saw a slight uptick in playing time in Week 5 since the Steelers faced a significant deficit and Pat Freiermuth (concussion) exited the game. It's possible that Heyward sees slightly increased usage if Freiermuth misses additional time, but the rookie sixth-rounder remains behind Zach Gentry on the Steelers' depth chart.

Oct 10, 2022 9:24 AM EST

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