Deon Cain

Baltimore Ravens
Wide Receiver #8
Baltimore Ravens
Wide Receiver #8

Deon Cain News

Links with Baltimore again

The Ravens signed Cain to a reserve/future contract Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Cain appeared in two games with Pittsburgh in 2020, and he also spent time on the Ravens' practice squad. He'll get a chance to continue his development in Baltimore.

Jan 22, 2021 1:20 PM EST

Drops back to practice roster

Cain reverted to the Steelers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Cain made his season debut in Sunday's loss to the Browns, and he wasn't targeted over six snaps on offense. Barring an injury, he's unlikely to be promoted to the active roster again.

Jan 5, 2021 12:28 PM EST

Promoted to 53-man

Cain was elevated to the Steelers' active roster Saturday, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Cain is slated to appear in just his second game of the season Sunday against the Browns, but he'll be catching passes from backup quarterback Mason Rudolph as Ben Roethlisberger is among the rested starters.

Jan 2, 2021 2:36 PM EST

Back to practice squad

Cain reverted back to Pittsburgh's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Cain was promoted to the team's active roster ahead of Week 6, and after logging four offensive snaps, he'll head back to the practice squad.

Oct 19, 2020 8:07 PM EST

Elevates from practice squad

Cain elevated to the Steelers' active roster Saturday, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: Cain was cut in September and landed on the Steelers' practice squad, but now he'll get a chance on the active roster following news that Diontae Johnson (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Browns. The 24-year-old receiver played in 13 games between the Steelers and the Colts last season, recording nine catches for 124 yards on 20 targets. He likely won't get much tread Sunday behind starters JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool and James Washington.

Oct 17, 2020 3:38 PM EST

Lands on practice squad

Cain cleared waivers Sunday and signed with the Steelers' practice squad, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Cain played in 13 games last season between the Colts and Steelers, logging 124 yards on nine receptions. The 24-year-old couldn't secure a role with the Steelers this year, as JuJu Smith-Schuster is healthy and the team drafted Chase Claypool, but Cain will work on the scout team and could be the first call if there's an injury.

Sep 7, 2020 11:30 AM EST

Plays one snap in finale

Cain was not targeted in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Selected by Indianapolis in the sixth round of the 2018 draft Cain saw his first game action this season and finished 2019 catching five of six targets for 72 yards. With one year remaining on his contract Cain likely returns in 2020 but should primarily be utilized on special teams.

Jan 1, 2020 11:49 AM EST

One catch vs. Cardinals

Cain caught his only target for 22 yards in Pittsburgh's 23-17 win over Arizona on Sunday.

Analysis: Since joining Pittsburgh last month Cain has caught exactly one pass in each of the three games he has played. There is little reason to expect his volume to increase in Week 15 against the Bills and even less reason he should be rostered by fantasy owners.

Dec 8, 2019 9:21 PM EST

One catch in debut

Cain had one catch for 35 yards in Pittsburgh's 16-10 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.

Analysis: Signed just over a week ago Cain saw just one target from Mason Rudolph before Pittsburgh made the switch at quarterback to Devlin Hodges. Cain was targeted once by Hodges that resulted in a pass interference call that led to a field goal that proved to be the game winner. Cain had four receptions on 14 targets for 52 yards in six games with Indianapolis before joining Pittsburgh and has little fantasy value heading into a Week 13 game against Cleveland.

Nov 24, 2019 3:58 PM EST

Could work as No. 3 wideout

Cain could be utilized as the Steelers' third wide receiver Sunday at Cincinnati, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Cain signed with the Steelers off the Colts' practice squad last Saturday, but he may find an immediate offensive role for his new team with JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) sidelined. A quality performance could go a long way towards securing the 23-year-old's spot on the 53-man roster.

Nov 22, 2019 12:24 PM EST

Lands in Pittsburgh

Cain signed a contract with the Steelers on Saturday.

Analysis: Well that didn't take long. Only a week after the Colts' surprising decision to place Cain on the team's practice squad, the Steelers ultimately signed the embattled 23-year-old to their active roster. With both JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) and Diontae Johnson (concussion) banged up following Thursday's game, it's entirely possible Cain could be on the Steelers' 53-man roster for the considerable future.

Nov 16, 2019 1:49 PM EST

Just one reception Sunday

Cain had one reception for seven yards on his lone target in Sunday's win at Kansas City.

Analysis: Cain tied Zach Pascal for the most snaps among non-T.Y. Hilton receivers, but again put up meager production despite ample playing time. None of the receivers other than Hilton look like viable options in most formats given how the Colts spread out the few non-Hilton receiver targets. The non-Hilton receivers had a combined two receptions in Sunday's game.

Oct 7, 2019 12:25 PM EST

Gets start, but no receptions

Cain got the start at wide receiver along with Parris Campbell with T.Y. Hilton out with a quad injury, but was not targeted and did not have a reception in Sunday's loss to Oakland.

Analysis: Cain again got significant playing time, but failed to generate much offense. He has just one reception the last three weeks despite playing 33 or more snaps each week. Cain led the wide receivers in snaps (56) against the Raiders and went out for a pass 42 times, but isn't drawing attention from Jacoby Brissett. Cain could start again at Kansas City if Hilton remains out, but it's hard to put much stock in his playing time until he starts getting some receptions.

Sep 30, 2019 11:58 AM EST

Could be set for larger role

Cain and Parris Campbell could be in for larger roles with T.Y. Hilton listed as doubtful on the official injury report for Sunday's game against Oakland, Kevin Bowen reports.

Analysis: The pecking order for targets if Hilton is out isn't clear as the four healthy Indy receivers almost equally split snap counts last week. Cain had 37 snaps on offense, while Zach Pascal had 30 snaps, Paris Campbell had 30 snaps, and Chester Rogers had 27 snaps. The Colts may also use more two-TE sets. Cain had a strong preseason, but has just three receptions this season. Still, he could be thrust into a prominent role Sunday.

Sep 27, 2019 1:49 PM EST

Just one reception Sunday

Cain had one reception on three targets in Sunday's win over Atlanta.

Analysis: Cain played the most snaps on offense of any Colts receiver (T.Y. Hilton left the game early due to an injury) but the Colts continue to split the playing time evenly between the receiving corps. Cain had 37 snaps on offense, while Zach Pascal had 30 snaps, Paris Campbell had 30 snaps, and Chester Rogers had 27 snaps. Cain could emerge with a larger role, but it's hard to put much stock in his weekly output in the meantime.

Sep 23, 2019 3:54 PM EST

Just one target Sunday

Cain had one target but no receptions in Sunday's win over Tennessee. He did play on 32 of the offense's 70 snaps.

Analysis: Cain actually had the most snaps of all the receivers other than T.Y. Hilton though it was fairly even (Zach Pascal had 31 snaps, Chester Rogers had 28 snaps). No clear No. 2 receiver emerged after Devin Funchess was lost last week to a collarbone injury. Cain could emerge with a larger role, but the Colts may just throw more to tight ends rather than non-Hilton receivers in the aftermath of Funchess' injury.

Sep 16, 2019 10:37 AM EST

Good to go

Cain does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: Cain returned to a full practice Friday after being listed as limited Thursday for "heat related" reasons. With Devin Funchess (collarbone) now on IR, there are targets up for grabs behind top wideout, T.Y. Hilton. Cain is in the mix on that front, but so is rookie Parris Campbell, as well as Chester Rogers. Cain is therefore a speculative play until the pecking order behind Hilton becomes more clear.

Sep 13, 2019 12:47 PM EST

Logs limited practice Thursday

Cain was a limited participant in Thursday's practice for heat-related reasons.

Analysis: The specifics of Cain's situation remain unknown, but there doesn't yet appear to be any reason to worry about his availability for Sunday's contest against the Titans. With Devin Funchess (collarbone) having been placed on injured reserve, Cain is primed for increased targets going forward and could become the No. 2 wideout in Indianapolis.

Sep 12, 2019 1:37 PM EST

Could be set for larger role

Cain had two receptions for 35 yards on two targets in Sunday's loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: The Colts entered the game with uncertainty at the third receiver role and Cain had the most targets among wide receivers after T.Y. Hilton and Devin Funchess. With Funchess likely to miss significant time with a report that he has a broken Collarbone, Cain could become Indy's No. 2 wide receiver.

Sep 8, 2019 8:26 PM EST

Listed as No. 3 or No. 4 WR

Cain is listed as the 3rd or 4th wide receiver on Indianapolis' first depth chart of the season.

Analysis: Can had an outstanding preseason (12 receptions for 169 yards) in his first action since returning from a torn ACL in August 2018. This could reflect that he'll have a larger role in the offense than expected, but the No. 3 to No. 6 roles in the Indy offense may be in flux and those roles may not see as many targets with the move to Jacoby Brissett from Andrew Luck at quarterback.

Sep 3, 2019 11:27 AM EST

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