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Former Jags TE Visits Steelers

The Steelers lost tight end Jesse James to the Detroit Lions last week leaving them with only two tight ends on their roster. They will need to add one and they began looking into doing that on Monday.

James O’Shaughnessy like James was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, three picks ahead of James by the Chiefs. He was traded during the 2017 draft to New England, but was released prior to the season. The Jaguars claimed him off waivers and he’s spent the last two seasons in Jacksonville.

NFL.com once compared him to former Steelers tight end Ladarius Green.

From his NFL.com Draft Report
Strengths

Athletic with ability to stress the seam and challenge vertically. Uses acceleration out of cuts and clever hand usage to create quick throwing windows. Hands-catcher who plucks it away from his body. Outstanding focus with ability to finish contested catches. Foot quickness to get into routes in a hurry and shake defenders after the catch. Will work himself open if covered. Gets feet into proper position as a blocker and gives honest effort.

Weaknesses

Shows some hip tightness when opening up and running downfield. Upright into his routes. Doesn’t always find the best spots in the zone. Will allow zone windows to close on quarterback rather than working his way to safer positioning. Thin lower body. Will need to hit weights if he wants to be able to play in­line on a consistent basis.

Sources Tell Us
“Good player. I love his play speed and the way he competes hard on every throw his way.” ­– Former NFL TE and current coach

Bottom Line

“Basketball” tight end with plus foot quickness, concentration, hands and vertical ability. He can elevate and compete for jump balls while creating space for himself with his quickness. His blocking is a work in progress, but he could end up being a highly productive Day 3 draft pick if a team utilizes his talent properly.

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