We have signed WR Deon Cain and RB Kerrith Whyte Jr. to the 53-man roster and released LB Jayrone Elliott and RB Tony Brooks-James.@BordasLaw TRANSACTION: https://t.co/UjY8Rcdrsi pic.twitter.com/nioVDQPAE5— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 16, 2019
The Colts drafted Deon Cain in the 6th round of the 2018 draft and lost him to a torn ACL in the preseason of his rookie year. Cain had shown some incredible flashes throughout training camp as a rookie, wowing beat writers and fans alike with his highlight-reel catches throughout that time.
When he made his return this season, hopes were high for the second-year player. With T.Y. Hilton and Devin Funchess set to lock down the first and second receiver spots, Cain was though to be a potential star at the WR3 spot.
The reality simply wasn’t as easy as that. Still barely a year removed from his ACL tear, his play has been underwhelming. Despite getting used consistently through 9 games this season, Cain has just 4 catches for 52 yards on 14 targets. His most significant contributions for the team have been drawing two pass interference penalties.
The Colts waived Cain before their game against Miami, and when he cleared waivers, he was signed to their practice squad where he would have to impress coaches to work his way back onto the roster.
Now Cain will head to a Steelers team that has one of the worst offenses in football according to Football Outsiders. In terms of weighted offense, they rank 28th, ahead of only the Bengals, Redskins, Dolphins, and Jets.
It is tough to see him emerging as a major weapon with Mason Rudolph under center, but perhaps he will surprise us all and elevate their passing attack.