Xavier Grimble

Xavier Grimble

Tight End #85
Team:Pittsburgh
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 257 lb.
College:Southern Cal
Age:28
Born:December 18, 1990
Drafted:2014 / UDFA

Xavier Grimble: Signs tender

Grimble signed his original round tender with the Steelers on Tuesday.

Analysis: This will keep Grimble under Steelers' control for another season. He was used mainly in a blocking and special-teams role, as Grimble caught just six passes for 86 yards and zero touchdowns through 16 games. Grimble could see more action in 2019, however, since Jesse James signed with Detroit and only Vance McDonald remains above him on the depth chart.

April 16, 2019 5:43 PM EST

Xavier Grimble: Tendered by Steelers

The Steelers are placing an original round tender on Grimble, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Grimble will be allowed to negotiate with teams during free agency, but the Steelers will have the option to match any deal offered. If he does leave, the team will not receive any draft compensation. The 26-year-old has compiled 236 yards and three touchdowns across three seasons in Pittsburgh.

March 5, 2019 6:33 PM EST

Xavier Grimble: Jury still out after quiet season

Grimble caught his lone target for 16 yards during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.

Analysis: Despite playing in all 16 games this season Grimble managed just six catches (on eight targets) for 86 yards. The eight targets were the fewest he has seen in his three seasons but his 14.3 yards per catch were a career high. A restricted free agent, Grimble could return to Pittsburgh in 2019 and possibly pass Jesse James -- an unrestricted free agent -- on the depth chart behind Vance McDonald.

January 1, 2019 10:35 AM EST

Xavier Grimble: Another goose egg

Grimble failed to catch his lone target during Sunday's 31-28 loss to New Orleans.

Analysis: The backup tight end has just five catches on seven targets this season, so he shouldn't be counted on in Week 17 despite facing a Cincinnati defense that which allows the fourth most fantasy points to tight ends per game (10.4).

December 23, 2018 10:39 PM EST

Xavier Grimble: Healthy to begin Week 13

Grimble (concussion) cleared the concussion protocol Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Grimble managed to clear the league-mandated concussion protocol with time to spare for Week 13, and was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. The depth tight end is on track to suit up against the Chargers on Sunday, but Grimble is unlikely to see notable targets behind Vance McDonald and Jesse James.

November 28, 2018 2:45 PM EST

Xavier Grimble: Suffers concussion

Grimble was placed in the concussion protocol Tuesday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

Analysis: The USC product will now have to clear concussion protocol before gaining clearance to return to the field. With Grimble and Vance McDonald (hip) nursing injuries, Jesse James could be the only healthy tight end on the roster for the Steelers' game Sunday.

November 27, 2018 9:57 AM EST

Xavier Grimble: First catch in five weeks

Grimble caught his lone target for 3 yards during their 20-16 win against Jacksonville.

Analysis: On the season Grimble has caught every pass thrown to him. Unfortunately, that equates to three receptions for 38 yards. The Steelers face the Broncos -- who allow the sixth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends -- in Week 11, but Vance McDonald is the tight end to have off this roster.

November 18, 2018 6:46 PM EST

Xavier Grimble: Practices fully Thursday

Grimble (concussion) was a full participant in Thursday's practice session, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Grimble's return to practice in full means he's cleared the league's concussion protocol. He'll be expected to resume his typical role as a depth tight end behind Vance McDonald and Jesse James.

October 25, 2018 2:10 PM EST

Xavier Grimble: Limited in practice Wednesday

Grimble (concussion) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Grimble continues to nurse a concussion and should be considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns. Even if Grimble is able to clear the league's concussion protocol in time to suit up Week 8, he'll remain an untrustworthy fantasy option behind Vance McDonald and Jesse James.

October 24, 2018 2:20 PM EST

Xavier Grimble: Career-high 35 yards in win

Grimble caught both his targets for 35 yards during Sunday's 28-21 win over Cincinnati.

Analysis: The receptions give him just three this season, but he has already exceeded his yardage total for all of last season (32). Still, Grimble finds himself buried behind Vance McDonald and Jesse James on the depth chart as the Steelers head in to a Week 7 bye.

October 14, 2018 3:11 PM EST

Xavier Grimble: Inching towards a return to practice

Grimble (wrist) is expected to return to practice this week and has a chance to play in Sunday's divisional showdown against the Browns, Ray Fittipaldo of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: There's no official word on Grimble's availability for Week 1 yet, but a return to the practice field is an encouraging development for his chances of playing. Still considered to be the third option at tight end behind Vance McDonald and Jesse James, Grimble holds minimal fantasy value to open the season.

September 4, 2018 6:40 PM EST

Xavier Grimble: Doesn't need cast

Grimble (wrist) no longer needs a cast and instead was seen sporting a wrap during Sunday's session, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Grimble recently underwent surgery to repair a thumb/wrist issue. Although that could preclude him from playing in Pittsburgh's remaining two preseason tilts, news that he's shed his cast is at least encouraging. With Vance McDonald (foot) also banged up, Jesse James is the Steelers' top healthy tight end at the moment.

August 19, 2018 4:30 PM EST

Xavier Grimble: Goes under knife

Grimble underwent surgery on his thumb/wrist and may be ready for Week 1 but will likely miss the rest of the preseason, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Grimble will be cutting it close to being ready for the season opener Sept. 9 against the Browns. He'll be the No. 3 TE behind Vance McDonald (foot) and Jesse James when he returns. In that role, Grimble's had just 16 receptions for 150 yards and three touchdowns over his first two seasons in the league.

August 19, 2018 11:02 AM EST

Xavier Grimble: Nursing wrist injury

Grimble (wrist) is not practicing Saturday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

Analysis: Grimble was seen sporting a cast on his right wrist, but the extent of his injury remains uncertain. With Vance McDonald (foot) also banged up, Jesse James and Bucky Hodges currently represent the team's only healthy options at tight end.

August 11, 2018 5:37 PM EST

Xavier Grimble: Nursing wrist injury

Grimble (wrist) is not practicing Saturday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

Analysis: Grimble was seen sporting a cast on his right wrist, but the extent of his injury remains uncertain. With Vance McDonald (foot) also banged up, Jesse James and Bucky Hodges currently represent the team's only healthy options at tight end.

August 11, 2018 5:37 PM EST

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