Donte Moncrief
Donte Moncrief
25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Pittsburgh Steelers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Perhaps no player saw a bigger upgrade in environment this offseason than Moncrief. Stuck in Jacksonville with Blake Bortles, Moncrief had a passable season - 13.9 YPC, 7.5 YPT, two catches of 40-plus yards and three scores. This year he heads to Pittsburgh to help fill the 168-target void left by Antonio Brown. At 6-2, 216, with 4.40 speed, Moncrief has all the specs to be a top-notch NFL receiver. Injuries and inconsistency have prevented that from happening, but he's still only 26 and should be one of the main options for Ben Roethlisberger, who lapped the field in passing attempts last year. JuJu Smith-Schuster inherits Brown's role as the team's unquestioned No. 1, and while second-year man James Washington and third-round pick Diontae Johnson are around, a significant role in a high-end passing game is there for the taking if Moncrief is up to it. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract with the Steelers in March of 2019.
Needs to battle for snaps
WRPittsburgh Steelers
April 30, 2019
Pittsburgh drafted wide receiver Diontae Johnson in the third round (66th overall) to compete with Moncrief for snaps, Jacob Klinger of PennLive.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While JuJu Smith-Schuster is locked in as the far-and-away lead target, Pittsburgh otherwise figures to have an open competition between Moncrief, Johnson, James Washington, Eli Rogers and Ryan Switzer. The team has invested considerable resources in Johnson, Washington (2018 second-round pick) and Moncrief, the latter of whom signed a two-year, $9 million contract that pays out $5 million in 2019, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. His contract essentially assures him of a spot on the 53-man roster, but Moncrief will need a strong summer to earn consistent snaps and targets come Week 1. He may end up competing with Johnson and Washington for one spot if the Steelers decide to move Smith-Schuster outside and use Switzer or Rogers as the primary slot receiver.
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How do Donte Moncrief's 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
70.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.38
 
% Team Air Yards
31.2%
 
% Team Targets
17.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
12.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
53.9%
 
Drop Rate
4.5%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.0
 
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2018 Donte Moncrief Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Donte Moncrief's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
216 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.40 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.30 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.02 sec
 
Vertical Jump
39.5 in
 
Broad Jump
132 in
 
Bench Press
13 reps
 
Hand Length
9.13 in
 
Arm Length
32.38 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Despite showing flashes early in his career, Moncrief never quite could put it together in Indianapolis. Nonetheless, the Jaguars, who let Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns walk, ponied up $9.6 million in guarantees to secure Moncrief's services for one year. That all but ensures he'll enter Week 1 with a key role, especially after Marqise Lee suffered a season-ending knee injury in August. At 6-2, 220, and with 4.40 speed, Moncrief has the physical specs to be a big-time NFL receiver, but his lack of durability and consistency (along with Andrew Luck's injuries) have held him back. Blake Bortles is a downgrade from Luck, to be sure, but Moncrief should have one last chance to establish himself in the league.
There's always something holding up Moncrief's breakout. Two years ago, the Colts signed Andre Johnson for no apparent reason. Last year Moncrief hurt his shoulder and missed seven games. The good news is the Colts didn't draft a receiver, and former first-round pick Phillip Dorsett looks like a bust. The bad news is Moncrief, after showing promise as a rookie, has underwhelmed -- 10.2 YPC ad 5.5 YPT would be poor even if he weren't playing with a top QB. At 6-2, 222, with 4.40 40 speed, Moncrief has the physical skills to be a star; and as good as T.Y. Hilton is, he's too small to be a red-zone threat. As such, Moncrief is likely the go-to option near the goal line along with TE Jack Doyle. The Colts' running game is among the league's worst, and their defense is mediocre, which should lead to ample targets for the team's No. 2 receiver.
Moncrief's breakout was supposed to happen last year, but the Colts - for who knows what reason - signed Andre Johnson's corpse, and Andrew Luck got hurt. With Johnson gone, and Luck due back, the circumstances are ripe in 2016. As with his teammate T.Y. Hilton, it's hard to read too much into Moncrief's pedestrian per-play numbers - 7.0 YPT, no catches of 40-plus yards - accumulated with Matt Hasselbeck taking most of the quarterback snaps. Moncrief managed 9.3 YPT and three 40-yard catches on 49 targets during his rookie year, and at 6-2, 222, with 4.40 40 speed, he profiles as a high-end No. 1 WR from a physical standpoint. The departure of Coby Fleener, along with Johnson, makes Moncrief the team's only target - other than injury-prone tight end Dwayne Allen - with red-zone size. Last year's first-round pick, Phillip Dorsett, will see his looks, but at 185 pounds, he's more of a field-stretcher on the outside. Throw in a below-average running game led by 33-year-old Frank Gore, and Moncrief should see a major uptick in volume, giving him a good chance to cash in on last year's promise. Moncrief missed OTAs following offseason toe surgery, but he's expected to be ready for training camp.
Like Jordan Matthews and Brandin Cooks, Moncrief looked like a good bet for a Year 2 breakout, given his skill set and team context. And then the Colts signed Andre Johnson. With Johnson turning 34 in July, and Moncrief flashing big-play ability in limited work as a rookie (9.1 YPT, three catches of 40-plus on 49 targets), that could still happen, but we have to imagine Johnson, who got a three-year $21 million deal with $10 million guaranteed, will see his share of work. Moreover, Andrew Luck's favorite target, T.Y. Hilton, isn't going anywhere, plus the Colts have two pass-catching tight ends and used the 29th overall pick on the blazing-fast Phillip Dorsett. At 6-2, 225, running a 4.40 40, and checking in near the top of the range in both broad jump and vertical leap, Moncrief has ideal physical specs for a dominant, go-to receiver, and he'll play in one of the best offenses in the league. Uncertainty as to opportunity is the chief concern.
Given the demand for big, fast receivers in the modern NFL, it's somewhat amazing that the Colts were able to nab the 6-2, 225 Moncrief in the third round of this year's draft given the 4.40 40 he ran at the Combine. Immaturity and inconsistency in college hurt his stock a bit, but the presence of T.Y. Hilton, the return of Reggie Wayne and the addition of Hakeem Nicks will allow Moncrief to develop at his own pace, and none of the veterans on the roster have his upside. Moncrief will be at or near the top of 2015's Year 2 breakout candidates list.
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Heading to Pittsburgh
WRPittsburgh Steelers
March 13, 2019
Moncrief agreed Wednesday with the Steelers on a two-year contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Quiet finish to season
WRJacksonville Jaguars
December 31, 2018
Moncrief caught two of three targets for 21 yards during Sunday's loss at Houston to finish the season with 48 receptions for 668 yards and three touchdowns.
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Nabs all of his targets
WRJacksonville Jaguars
December 23, 2018
Moncrief caught all four of his targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 17-7 win over Miami.
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Catchless in loss
WRJacksonville Jaguars
December 18, 2018
Moncrief was unable to haul in either of his targets during Sunday's 16-13 loss to Washington.
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Solid stat line in loss
WRJacksonville Jaguars
December 6, 2018
Moncrief brought in five of 10 targets for 47 yards in the Jaguars' 30-9 loss to the Titans on Thursday.
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