|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 221 lb.|
|Born:||August 6, 1993|
|Drafted:||2014 / Rd. 3 (90)|
Moncrief was waived by the Panthers on Friday.
Analysis: Moncrief was claimed off waivers from the Steelers in early November but wasn't targeted in his three games with the Panthers. The 26-year-old had caught 48 of 89 targets 668 yards and three touchdowns with in Jacksonville last season, but he's been unable to carve out a role with Pittsburgh or Carolina in 2019.
Moncrief caught one of two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Moncrief saw his first game action in a month but played just 14 snaps. Heading into a Week 7 bye there is no reason to roster Moncrief in even the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Moncrief is active for Sunday night's game against the Chargers after being a healthy scratch in two of the Steelers' previous three games, Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: He'll re-enter the mix, with James Washington (shoulder) sidelined, but with Devlin Hodges starting at QB for Pittsburgh in Week 6, Moncrief isn't a high percentage fantasy play, given that JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson are also in the team's wideout mix.
Moncrief (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Moncrief will be a healthy scratch for the second time in three games after playing only three offensive snaps in the 27-3 win over the Bengals in Week 4. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, James Washington, Johnny Holton and Ryan Switzer will be the Steelers' active receivers Sunday.
Moncrief wasn't targeted during Monday's 27-3 win against the Bengals. Per Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, coach Mike Tomlin said of Moncrief on Tuesday: "He's working extremely hard at practice. He had an opportunity to have a helmet on last game, he only got three plays, but I just like his attitude, his work and we'll keep working to see if an opportunity presents itself."
Analysis: Moncrief has had a topsy-turvy tenure with the Steelers, entering training camp as a starter, only to suffer a dislocated finger that has submarined his season to date. The injury likely contributed to his issue with drops through two games -- five on 11 targets -- and the team opted to make him a healthy scratch Week 3. Moncrief got back on the field in some capacity Monday, but he still ranked fifth among Pittsburgh wide receivers in offensive snap share behind James Washington (76 percent), JuJu Smith-Schuster (73), Diontae Johnson (63) and Johnny Holton (15).
Moncrief is active for Monday's contest versus the Bengals, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Moncrief has endured a precipitous fall since signing a two-year deal with the Steelers in March. He opened training camp in the starting lineup, but a dislocated finger shortly thereafter set him back and likely contributed to his issue with drops during the first two games of the season. The team even made Moncrief a healthy scratch Week 3. With the tight end position affected by injuries -- Vance McDonald (shoulder) is inactive and Xavier Grimble (calf) is on IR -- Moncrief and the rest of the team's wide receivers are available to the offense.
Moncrief is inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Moncrief had issues with drops through the Steelers' first two games, so he'll sit this one out, which sets the stage for Diontae Johnson to see an increased role in the Steelers' Week 3 offense.
Moncrief is expected to be a healthy inactive for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Signed to a two-year deal in the offseason with the expectation that he would prove to be a competent replacement for Antonio Brown in the starting lineup, Moncrief was a disaster through Pittsburgh's first two games, nabbing only three passes for seven yards on 11 targets while being plagued by drops. With Pittsburgh informing rookie Diontae Johnson earlier this week that he would start, Moncrief was already expected to be headed for a downturn in snaps, but the inactive status is even more illustrative of his slide down the depth chart. Moncrief could earn a spot back in the Pittsburgh receiver rotation if he performs well in practices to come, but that may be contingent on Johnson faltering first in his expanded role.
Moncrief is expected to have a reduced role in the offense after rookie Diontae Johnson was named a starting wide receiver, Josh Rowntree of 93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh reports.
Analysis: Moncrief was penciled in as a starter upon signing with the Steelers in March and remained there after the draft and throughout the offseason program, training camp and preseason slate. He suffered a dislocated finger in late July, which lingered into the season and may explain his issue with drops after two games (he has five on his 11 targets). With a reduction in snaps on tap, Moncrief will yield his standing as a vertical threat to Johnson as the Steelers transition to an offense directed by Mason Rudolph due to Ben Roethlisberger's season-ending elbow injury.
Moncrief dropped his only target in Pittsburgh's 28-26 loss to Seattle on Sunday.
Analysis: The dislocated finger suffered in training camp appears to be an issue as the ball went through Moncrief's hands, smacked off his facemask and landed in the arms of Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald. This was Moncrief's fifth drop in two games and should not be on fantasy rosters at this time.
Moncrief will continue to play through a dislocated finger against the 49ers on Sunday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Moncrief suffered a dislocated finger in training camp and has practiced in full for multiple weeks, but stated Wednesday that he's still playing through pain. "There's nothing you can do to a dislocated finger," Moncrief said, "especially when you're a receiver. You've just got to tough out the pain and go." The lingering injury sheds some light on the context of Moncrief's disappointing Week 1 performance, when he caught only three of ten targets for seven yards and dropped a would-be touchdown in the third quarter. The No. 2 receiver role in Pittsburgh remains up for grabs, but Moncrief could end up on thin ice if he's unable to overcome his finger injury and put together a convincing game against the 49ers on Sunday.
Moncrief caught three passes for seven yards in Pittsburgh's 33-3 loss to New England on Sunday.
Analysis: Moncrief looked awful in his first game as a Steeler, wasting his team-leading 10 targets. He had multiple dropped passes including a third quarter touchdown that would have closed the Patriot's lead to just 10 points. It is encouraging that Ben Roethlisberger looked to Moncrief so often -- which could translate to some big games -- but another repeat performance may result in those targets going elsewhere.
Moncrief brought in his only target for one yard and lost a fumble in the Steelers' 17-7 preseason win over the Chiefs on Saturday.
Analysis: The veteran wideout didn't exactly have the most productive of nights, and his first-quarter fumble short-circuited the Steelers' third possession before it even got underway. Despite the gaffe, Moncrief has enjoyed a solid camp by all accounts, but he is being outperformed by second-year wideout James Washington in preseason action thus far. It remains to be seen if that will be enough for Washington to overtake Moncrief for the No. 2 role he's been largely projected for to open the season.
Moncrief (finger) returned to practice Wednesday, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Coach Mike Tomlin said the 26-year-old wideout picked up right where he left off before the finger injury, catching three touchdowns from Ben Roethlisberger during Wednesday's session. It does seem Moncrief has competition for the No. 2 receiver job, with James Washington catching four of five targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in the preseason opener against Tampa Bay. It isn't clear if Moncrief will be available for Saturday's exhibition versus the Chiefs.
Moncrief is listed as a starter opposite JuJu Smith-Schuster on the Steelers' initial posted depth chart.
Analysis: Moncrief dealt with a finger issue at practice last week, so it remains to be seen if he'll be 100 percent for Friday's preseason opener against the Buccaneers. In any case, if Moncrief is able to hold on to a starting role this season, there's an opportunity for him to flourish in the Pittsburgh offense. With that in mind, Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes that Moncrief has already developed chemistry with QB Ben Roethlisberger, while predicting that the 26-year-old wideout will be "a big-play receiver and really force defenses to account for him down the field" this season.
Moncrief suffered a finger injury during Monday's practice, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Analysis: Moncrief suffered the injury while attempting to catch a deep ball during practice according to Lolley, then left the practice field to be attended to by trainers. The severity of Moncrief's finger issue remains undisclosed, and it remains to be seen whether he'll miss any practice time. The 25-year-old is competing for the No. 2 wide receiver job in Pittsburgh.
Moncrief opened Pittsburgh's training camp Friday starting opposite JuJu Smith-Schuster, according to Alex Kozora of Steelersdepot.com.
Analysis: Don't make too much of this as it was only day one of camp and there's a lot of competition at the wide receiver position. Smith-Schuster is a lock to start this season, but Moncrief is a solid candidate to inherit a decent amount of the 168 targets that went to Antonio Brown in 2018. Fantasy owners drafting sooner rather than later should be careful not to reach too early for Moncrief, who has been inconsistent in his career but also never played in an offense as dynamic as Pittsburgh's.
Moncrief has an early lead for the No. 2 wide receiver spot, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The Steelers should have open competition behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, with some of their decisions based on how often they want to use their best receiver in the slot. Regardless, there will be at least one outside job open for the taking, and Moncrief reportedly has an early lead over James Washington and Diontae Johnson. Kaboly already is calling it a "slam dunk" that Moncrief is the No. 2 receiver, but we prefer a more cautious approach with training camp and preseason still to come. That said, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seems to agree with the optimistic outlook, naming Moncrief as the player that stood out most during OTAs, per Hunter Homistek of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Pittsburgh drafted wide receiver Diontae Johnson in the third round (66th overall) to compete with Moncrief for snaps, Jacob Klinger of PennLive.com reports.
Analysis: While JuJu Smith-Schuster is locked in as the far-and-away lead target, Pittsburgh otherwise figures to have an open competition between Moncrief, Johnson, James Washington, Eli Rogers and Ryan Switzer. The team has invested considerable resources in Johnson, Washington (2018 second-round pick) and Moncrief, the latter of whom signed a two-year, $9 million contract that pays out $5 million in 2019, per Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. His contract essentially assures him of a spot on the 53-man roster, but Moncrief will need a strong summer to earn consistent snaps and targets come Week 1. He may end up competing with Johnson and Washington for one spot if the Steelers decide to move Smith-Schuster outside and use Switzer or Rogers as the primary slot receiver.
Moncrief is signing a two-year deal with the Steelers on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Moncrief joined the Jaguars on a one-year deal in 2018 and had an up-and-down season with 48 receptions for 668 yards and three touchdowns. The departure of Antonio Brown leaves a significant hole at wide receiver for the Steelers, and Moncrief looks to be their first move in filling his absence. JuJu Smith-Schuster is poised to step into the No. 1 role while Moncrief should serve as the second or third option at wide receiver for Ben Roethlisberger.
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