McCloud caught his lone target for 11 yards in Sunday's 11-10 loss to the Broncos.
Analysis: McCloud got off to a rough start when he slipped on the opening kickoff return and started San Francisco deep in its own territory. The return specialist logged 10 snaps on offense (18 percent) and 13 on special teams. McCloud doesn't carry any fantasy value in his current role as fourth on the receiver depth chart heading into a Week 4 matchup against the Rams.
Sep 26, 2022 12:12 PM EST
McCloud caught one of two targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 27-7 win over Seattle.
Analysis: McCloud logged 18 of his 25 snaps on offense, with the other seven coming on special teams (three punt returns for 23 yards). The veteran return man will serve a similar role in Sunday's tilt against Denver.
Sep 19, 2022 7:04 PM EST
McCloud caught one of two targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 19-10 loss to the Bears.
Analysis: McCloud is sitting at fourth on the receiver depth chart, so fantasy managers won't find much to see after his Week 1 stat line. The 25-year-old return specialist will primarily serve that role for the 49ers this season.
Sep 12, 2022 2:59 PM EST
McCloud signed a two-year contract with the 49ers on Thursday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: McCloud was a key contributor for the Steelers in 2021. He regularly served as the team's third receiver and managed to haul in a career-best 39 passes for 277 yards. His role as a pass catcher is likely to dwindle in San Francisco as he will slot in behind at least Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk on the depth chart while also battling for targets with George Kittle. As a result, McCloud's primary value could come as a punt returner, as he led the NFL with 367 punt return yards in 2021.
Mar 17, 2022 7:43 PM EST
McCloud caught four of nine targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 16-13 OT win over the Ravens.
Analysis: McCloud had a consistent target share across the final three weeks of the regular season with at least eight targets in each of those games. However, he mustered only four catches in each appearance and failed to top 40 yards in any of those matchups. The 25-year-old appeared in 16 of 17 games during the regular season and caught 39 of 66 targets for 277 yards while rushing twice for 15 yards. He's slated to become an unrestricted free agent ahead of the 2022 campaign.
Jan 10, 2022 7:38 AM EST
McCloud secured four of 10 targets for 35 yards in Monday's 26-14 win over Cleveland.
Analysis: McCloud's 10 targets marked his second-highest target count of the season, but he failed to generate much yardage as the Steelers' passing game struggled with efficiency Monday. The 2018 sixth-rounder has drawn at least eight targets in three of the last four games but has secured just 15 of his 29 targets for 92 yards during that time.
Jan 4, 2022 10:33 AM EST
McCloud secured four of eight targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 36-10 loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: McCloud didn't record any yardage in last week's win over Tennessee, but he ranked second on the team in targets in Sunday's blowout loss. The 2018 sixth-rounder has had inconsistent targets this year but has now been targeted at least eight times in three of his last six appearances.
Dec 26, 2021 8:17 PM EST
McCloud hauled in six of eight targets for 32 yards in Thursday's 36-28 loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: McCloud's target share has been inconsistent this season, but his six catches in Thursday's loss ranked second on the team. However, the 2018 sixth-rounder was unable to generate much production with just 5.3 yards per catch. He's now secured 26 of 36 targets for 180 yards while rushing twice for 15 yards this year.
Dec 10, 2021 8:39 AM EST
McCloud hauled in one of four targets for seven yards in Sunday's 20-19 win over Baltimore.
Analysis: McCloud missed last week's loss to the Bengals since he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he returned to the field Sunday following a one-game absence. The 25-year-old's 40 offensive snaps ranked second among the team's wide receivers Sunday, but he failed to generate much production on his four targets. McCloud was targeted 12 times against the Lions in Week 10 but has secured just three of six targets for 19 yards in his two appearances since then.
Dec 6, 2021 7:36 AM EST
The Steelers activated McCloud (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.
Analysis: McCloud missed Week 12 after being placed on the COVID list, but he will be back in action for Sunday's contest against the Ravens. Back in Week 10 against the Lions, the No. 1 return man saw a surprising 12 targets, but he came back down to earth with just two targets Week 11.
Dec 1, 2021 9:27 AM EST
Pittsburgh placed McCloud on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Analysis: McCloud joins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick as the lone players in the organization on the list. The wideout's potential availability for Sunday's game in Cincinnati likely hinges on his vaccination status, as well as whether or not he tested positive for the virus or was placed on the list as a close contact of an infected person. McCloud has dressed in all 10 of the Steelers' games to date, recording 19 receptions for 141 yards and no touchdowns on 24 targets. He also serves as the team's top kickoff and punt returner.
Nov 23, 2021 11:55 AM EST
McCloud secured both of his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 41-37 loss to the Chargers.
Analysis: McCloud had his best performance of the season last week when he hauled in nine of 12 targets for 63 yards, but he took a step back against the Chargers while playing just 15 offensive snaps. Across the last five games, the 25-year-old has secured 14 of 17 targets for 105 yards while recording two carries for 15 yards.
Nov 22, 2021 9:08 AM EST
McCloud tallied nine receptions on 12 targets for 63 yards in Sunday's 16-16 tie against Detroit.
Analysis: McCloud entered Sunday's game with 10 total targets on the season, yet he more than doubled that mark with his effort against Detroit. He was aided by the absence of Chase Claypool (toe) and JuJu Smith-Schuster, but he also displayed rapport with Mason Rudolph by tallying five receptions of 10 or more yards. Should Claypool remain sidelined heading into a Week 11 matchup the Chargers, McCloud should maintain an increased role among the Steelers' receiving corps.
Nov 14, 2021 6:09 PM EST
McCloud hauled in his lone target for 12 yards in Monday's 29-27 win over the Bears.
Analysis: McCloud was on the field for 36 percent of Pittsburgh's offensive snaps Monday, but his results remained limited against Chicago. He's secured eight of 10 targets for 66 yards while rushing once for 10 yards to begin the season.
Nov 9, 2021 8:05 AM EST
McCloud rushed once for 10 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Browns.
Analysis: McCloud saw plenty of playing time in Week 6, but he was limited to just 11 offensive snaps against Cleveland. He wasn't targeted in the passing game but recorded his first carry of the season in the first half. Even after JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) underwent season-ending surgery, McCloud's role in Pittsburgh's offense has remained limited.
Nov 1, 2021 7:55 AM EST
McCloud secured both of his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Seahawks.
Analysis: McCloud was on the field for a season-high 52 offensive snaps during the Steelers' first game without JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder), but he had a limited target share once again. The 25-year-old should continue to see plenty of playing time since Smith-Schuster underwent season-ending shoulder surgery, but he hasn't had more than three receptions in any of his first six appearances of the 2021 campaign.
Oct 18, 2021 8:26 AM EST
McCloud should see more snaps with JuJu Smith-Shuster (shoulder) sidelined for the remainder of the season, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: McCloud was added to the Steelers' active roster prior to Week 5. With Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool firmly implanted as the team's top pass-catchers, he should compete for snaps with James Washington (groin) and Cody White as a depth receiver.
Oct 12, 2021 7:08 PM EST
McCloud hauled in one of two targets for one yard in Sunday's 27-19 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: McCloud was on the field for 52 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps with James Washington (groin) unavailable in Week 5, but he remained uninvolved in the passing game. The 2018 sixth-rounder will likely see an uptick in playing time if JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) is sidelined for the remainder of the season, but he's been an unreliable fantasy option across the first five weeks of the year.
Oct 11, 2021 7:30 AM EST
McCloud hauled in his lone target for two yards in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Packers.
Analysis: McCloud racked up a season-high 33 yards in last week's loss to Cincinnati. However, he had minimal work in Week 4, even though Chase Claypool (hamstring) was inactive. The 2018 sixth-rounder was on the field for just four offensive snaps Sunday and has hauled in four of his five targets for 35 yards across the first four games of the season.
Oct 4, 2021 7:35 AM EST
McCloud caught three of four targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Bengals.
Analysis: McCloud's impact is usually limited to special teams -- and he did have a 14-yard punt return and 22-yard kickoff return in this one -- but the shifty playmaker was more involved on offense with JuJu Smith-Schuster (ribs) suffering an injury mid-game and Diontae Johnson (knee) ruled out from the start. Chase Claypool and running back Najee Harris gobbled up a combined 34 targets and should continue to see significantly more volume than the likes of McCloud and James Washington against the Packers in Week 4. McCloud also fumbled at the end of one of his catches over the middle but was able to get back on top of the ball himself.
Sep 26, 2021 2:43 PM EST
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