Justin Hunter

Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver #17
Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver #17

Justin Hunter News

Healthy and auditioning

Hunter (shoulder) has returned to full health and is preparing for a slew of team workouts, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hunter reportedly intends to work out for Houston, New England, Washington, Baltimore and the Jets. The veteran wideout spent the last two seasons with the Steelers, during which time he appeared in 12 games and notched seven catches for 44 yards and one touchdown. He's a candidate to land a role on special teams.

Aug 23, 2019 12:54 PM EST

Needs surgery for shoulder

Hunter (shoulder) will undergo surgery in the near future to repair a torn labrum, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Steelers shuttled Hunter to injured reserve two days after he hurt his shoulder in the Week 13 loss to the Chargers, spelling an end to the wideout's season. Hunter should recovery from the procedure well before training camps get underway next summer, but he's not guaranteed to stick around with Pittsburgh since he'll become a free agent after the current season concludes. While playing on a pair of one-year contracts the past two seasons, Hunter has struggled to carve out much volume behind starting wideouts Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, drawing just 23 targets across 12 games.

Dec 13, 2018 10:51 AM EST

Lands on IR

Hunter (shoulder) has been placed on IR.

Analysis: The 2013 second-rounder appeared in just five games for the Steelers this season, en route to recording three catches for 21 yards. Hunter is eligible for free agency this offseason, at which point he'll either look to re-sign with Pittsburgh or look for a depth wideout job elsewhere.

Dec 4, 2018 8:13 AM EST

Out for night with shoulder issue

Hunter injured his shoulder during Sunday's game against the Chargers and won't return to the contest, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Hunter should've had a touchdown on a blown coverage in the second quarter, but he instead hurt his shoulder while diving for a badly overthrown pass. With rookie James Washington placed on the inactive list, Darrius Heyward-Bey will step in as Pittsburgh's No. 4 wide receiver for the rest of the night.

Dec 2, 2018 7:17 PM EST

Won't play Sunday

Hunter (coach's decision) is listed as inactive for Sunday's contest against the Ravens, Teresa Varley of Steelers.com reports.

Analysis: Hunter will be a healthy scratch Sunday while James Washington fills in at wide receiver behind Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Ryan Switzer.

Nov 4, 2018 9:26 AM EST

First two-catch game since 2016

Hunter caught two of his four targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 33-18 win over Cleveland.

Analysis: Hunter how has just three catches for 21 yards in four games this season, with all three receptions coming against Cleveland. The Steelers don't face the Browns again this season, and fantasy owners don't need to roster Hunter either.

Oct 28, 2018 2:55 PM EST

Surprise inactive in Week 2

Hunter (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

Analysis: The Steelers' decision to make Hunter a healthy inactive comes as a surprise after he played 51 of a total 84 offensive snaps in the team's Week 1 tie with the Browns, finishing with one reception for six yards on five targets. Hunter's unimpressive showing appears to have cost him the No. 3 wideout job, with rookie second-round pick James Washington ready to assume those duties in the home opener.

Sep 16, 2018 8:49 AM EST

Logs 51 snaps in Week 1

Hunter caught one pass (five targets) for six yards in Sunday's 21-21 tie against the Browns.

Analysis: Hunter saw significant playing time, with just 12 fewer snaps and three fewer targets than JuJu Smith-Schuster. However, that's where the comparison end, as Smith-Schuster's 119 yards led all Pittsburgh receivers.

Sep 10, 2018 5:59 PM EST

Set for Week 1 role

Hunter is expected to be a part of three-wide sets Sunday at Cleveland, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Since he was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft, Hunter has bounced around four organizations in five seasons, never surpassing 30 catches, 500 yards or four touchdowns in a given year. Behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, Hunter also has to contend with rookie James Washington, but the veteran showed well in the preseason with a 7-132-1 line.

Sep 7, 2018 7:58 PM EST

Scores in win

Hunter caught two of three targets for 37 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.

Analysis: Starting alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster and second-round draft pick James Washington, Hunter caught a deep pass from Ben Roethlisberger for a 32-yard touchdown bomb to give Pittsburgh an early 7-0 lead. Antonio Brown (quad) sat this one out, and may see little-to-know action in the final preseason game, giving Hunter another opportunity to showcase his talents as he competes with Washington (abdomen) for the third wide receiver position.

Aug 25, 2018 7:25 PM EST

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