Zach Gentry

Pittsburgh Steelers
Tight End #83
Pittsburgh Steelers
Tight End #83

Zach Gentry News

Racks up 40 yards Sunday

Gentry secured both of his targets for 40 yards during Sunday's 23-20 overtime win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Gentry didn't start Sunday's season opener and was on the field for just 30 percent of Pittsburgh's offensive snaps, but he had a 32-yard reception early in the second quarter, which was the Steelers' longest play of the game. In spite of Gentry's solid yardage total to begin the season, Pat Freiermuth unsurprisingly led the team's tight ends by securing five of 10 targets for 75 yards. As long as Freiermuth stays healthy, it seems unlikely that Gentry will have enough playing time to make him a reliable fantasy option.

Sep 12, 2022 9:03 AM EST

Not targeted against Lions

Gentry wasn't targeted during Sunday's 19-9 preseason win over the Lions.

Analysis: Gentry served as a starter Sunday and was on the field for 25 percent of the Steelers' offensive snaps, but he didn't have an impact in the passing game. The 2019 fifth-rounder was quiet during the preseason, securing his lone target for nine yards. He's in line to begin the year as the No. 2 tight end behind Pat Freiermuth since Eric Ebron is no longer with the team, but Gentry's fantasy value will likely be limited as long as Freiermuth is healthy.

Aug 29, 2022 11:56 AM EST

Four catches in Week 18

Gentry secured four of five targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 16-13 OT win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Gentry matched his highest totals of the year in targets, catches and yards during Sunday's regular-season finale as the Steelers managed to punch their ticket to the playoffs. The 25-year-old had inconsistent results in 2021 while operating mainly as the team's No. 2 tight end, and he caught 19 of 25 targets for 167 yards across 17 appearances. The 2019 fifth-rounder will likely have the chance to enter the 2022 campaign as the Steelers' secondary option at tight end if Eric Ebron (knee) leaves in free agency, but he'll need to have more consistent production in the passing game if he hopes to become more fantasy relevant.

Jan 10, 2022 7:30 AM EST

Makes four catches

Gentry caught four passes for 31 yards on four targets against Kansas City on Sunday.

Analysis: The absence of Pat Freiermuth (concussion) left an opening for Gentry to see more work as a pass catcher, and the hulking tight end did his part with the usage. At 6-foot-8, 265 pounds with limited movement ability, this box score might mark something of a best-case scenario for Gentry, who more reliably makes his mark as a blocker.

Dec 26, 2021 5:47 PM EST

Primed for Week 16 start

Gentry is expected to serve as the Steelers' starting tight end Sunday against the Chiefs with Pat Freiermuth (concussion) ruled out for Week 16.

Analysis: Gentry opened the campaign behind both Freiermuth and Eric Ebron (knee) on the depth chart, but with the latter two players both sidelined in the same game for the first time this season, Gentry will get the opportunity to pick up a start. He's not as expected to be as involved in the passing game as either Freiermuth or Ebron typically might be, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's tendency to favor short-yardage throws could at least allow Gentry to draw a handful of targets. Gentry will likely need to find the end zone to pay dividends for those that turn to him as a desperation play in fantasy, however.

Dec 24, 2021 1:39 PM EST

Totals 17 yards in Week 15

Gentry secured his lone target for 17 yards in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Titans.

Analysis: Gentry wasn't targeted in last week's loss to the Vikings, but he brought the Steelers into the red zone with his lone catch in the third quarter Sunday. Although the 2019 fifth-rounder has had limited work this season, he could see a larger role if Pat Freiermuth (concussion) is forced to miss additional time.

Dec 20, 2021 7:20 AM EST

Two receptions in Week 13

Gentry secured both of his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 20-19 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Gentry was on the field for 50 percent of Pittsburgh's offensive snaps Monday, but he failed to generate much fantasy production in the narrow win. Across the first 12 games of the season the 2019 fifth-rounder has hauled in nine of 13 targets for 80 yards. While Gentry should continue to see an increased role while Eric Ebron (hamstring) is sidelined, rookie Pat Freiermuth has established himself as the team's clear top tight end.

Dec 6, 2021 7:30 AM EST

One catch against Bengals

Gentry hauled in one of two targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Gentry wasn't targeted in any of the last three games, but he was slightly more involved in Sunday's blowout loss to Cincinnati. The 25-year-old should continue to see a slight uptick in playing time after Eric Ebron (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve ahead of Week 12, but he's failed to carve out a significant fantasy role.

Nov 29, 2021 6:59 AM EST

Increased role in Week 8

Gentry hauled in three of five targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Gentry had increased playing time against Cleveland with Eric Ebron (hamstring) out, and he was on the field for a season-high 45 offensive snaps. His target share should decrease once Ebron returns, but the 2019 fifth-rounder has hauled in six of nine targets for 60 yards to begin the year.

Nov 1, 2021 8:13 AM EST

Totals 13 yards in win

Gentry brought in one of his two targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 27-19 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Gentry hadn't been targeted more than once in any of the first four games of the season, but he drew two targets in Week 5 and led the team's tight ends with 13 yards. However, the 25-year-old hasn't been a reliable fantasy contributor with three receptions for 21 yards across the first five weeks of the 2021 campaign.

Oct 10, 2021 9:44 PM EST

One reception in Week 4

Gentry secured his lone target for 10 yards in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Gentry's 11 offensive snaps in Sunday's loss lagged behind fellow tight ends Eric Ebron and Pat Freiermuth, but none of the three pass catchers racked up much yardage in the passing game. Across the first four games of the year, the 2019 fifth-rounder has hauled in both of his targets for eight yards.

Oct 4, 2021 7:24 AM EST

Unable to haul in lone target

Gentry couldn't haul in his lone target in the Steelers' 16-13 preseason win in Thursday's Hall of Fame Game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Gentry had an opportunity for increased work Thursday with Eric Ebron (elbow) and Pat Freiermuth (shoulder) sidelined, but he failed to make an impact in the preseason opener. The 2019 fifth-rounder missed the final six weeks of the 2020 campaign due to a significant knee injury but is in contention for a 53-man roster spot in 2021, Brooke Pryor of ESPN reports.

Aug 6, 2021 10:22 AM EST

Heading to injured reserve

Gentry will be placed on injured reserve with a left knee sprain, but the injury isn't as severe as initially feared, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike Tomlin called the 24-year-old's knee injury "significant" after Sunday's win over Jacksonville, but the actual diagnosis appears a bit more optimistic. Gentry will be sidelined for at least the next three games, but he could return for the Week 15 matchup with the Bengals.

Nov 23, 2020 2:45 PM EST

Dealing with severe injury

Coach Mike Tomlin said Gentry suffered a "signficant" knee injury during Sunday's win over the Jaguars, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Analysis: The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but a trip to injured reserve seems likely for the 24-year-old. Gentry unlikely to be available for Thursday's game against the Ravens. Vance McDonald (illness) remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and Eric Ebron is the only other tight end on the roster.

Nov 22, 2020 2:20 PM EST

Won't return Sunday

Gentry won't return to Sunday's game against the Jaguars due to a knee injury.

Analysis: Gentry wasn't targeted during the first half before suffering the injury. Eric Ebron is the only available tight end for the Steelers for the remainder of Sunday's contest.

Nov 22, 2020 10:53 AM EST

Won't dress Sunday

Gentry (coach's decision) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Brooke Pryor of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This news isn't quite surprising, as the 24-year-old has yet to be active for any game this season. Last season, Gentry had a similar role with the Steelers, only catching one pass for four yards across four games. Barring any injuries to the Steelers' tight end room, don't expect anything fantasy-wise from Gentry this campaign.

Oct 11, 2020 8:40 AM EST

Inactive in Week 17

Gentry was inactive for Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: The Pittsburgh offense underused the tight end position all season resulting in Gentry playing just 50 offensive snaps over the course of four games. He finished the 2019 season catching his only target for four yards. He will likely have a similar role with the team in 2020 so long as Vance McDonald remains the starting tight end.

Dec 31, 2019 7:44 AM EST

Healthy scratch Sunday

Gentry (coach's decision) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The 2019 fifth-round pick out of Michigan made his NFL debut last week, and nabbed his only target for a four-yard catch. With veteran Vance McDonald (concussion) back in the fold, Gentry will have just one more chance this season to join the roster in Week 17.

Dec 22, 2019 8:42 AM EST

One catch in NFL debut

Gentry caught his lone target for four yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: The rookie out of Michigan finally had an opportunity to take the field and caught a short pass over the middle from Devlin Hodges on the opening possession of the second half. That drive resulted in Pittsburgh's only touchdown of the game and was Gentry's only target. Considering that the tight end position has accounted for just 16.7% of Pittsburgh's receptions this season there is no reason to expect Gentry's role to increase in Week 16 against the Jets even if Vance McDonald (concussion) misses his second-straight game.

Dec 16, 2019 7:46 AM EST

Not playing Sunday

Gentry (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against Baltimore, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Gentry stepped into a bigger role with 25 offensive snaps last week against the Bengals (though he wasn't targeted), but he'll be a healthy scratch Week 5 with Vance McDonald (shoulder) ready to play. Nick Vannett will work as the Steelers' No. 2 tight end.

Oct 6, 2019 8:42 AM EST

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