Steelers Bring In Two Pitt Panthers For Visits

It should come as little surprise but Kevin Colbert confirmed two Pitt Panthers have taken official visits with the team. He didn’t specifically say who, referring to them as “the two Pitt kids” in his interview with Missi Matthews, but you can reasonably assume they are wide receiver Tyler Boyd and tight end J.P. Holtz, the only two Panthers with a chance to get drafted.

Boyd is a Day 2 pick and though he is just an average athlete, has some of the surest hands of the draft. He caught 91 passes this season but averaged just 10.6 yards per catch.

Holtz figures to be in an H-Back role. He caught 24 passes for 350 yards last season and made the practice squad in my mock offseason I did earlier this month.

Bringing in players from local schools don’t count against the official 30 visits every team gets so it’s a no-brainer to invite both in for their “official” workout, even though the teams share the same facility.

Though the Steelers have bigger – maybe not need, but want – at receiver in the post-Martavis Bryant era, Boyd could be in the mix in for them in Round 2, but it would be a surprise.

Holtz could be a fun H-Back pick with one of the team’s seventh rounders, though he could also be a sought after priority free agent.

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  • CP72

    We need Pitt to upgrade their football program. Getting two free visits isn’t much of an advantage. This is probably why we have adopted Ohio State as our farm club.

  • The Notorious TOM

    They’re working on it, Narduzzi is changing the culture at Pitt.

  • The Notorious TOM

    I think they might have also been looking at Nic Grigsby or Lafayette Pitts if the other of the ”two panthers” isn’t Holtz.

    Kinda hoping it was Pitts. He’s been a really solid corner for the university and I think he could compete here.

  • Tim Goetz

    If I recall correctly, holtz was on his way to pen state until they signed Jessie James and he then switched to Pitt?

  • The Notorious TOM

    He flipped because of the Sandusky scandal.

  • Michelob

    As a season ticket holder, I agree wholeheartedly that Pitt needs to find stability and win more games. Hoping Narduzzi can accomplish both.

    However, historically, and even through years of mediocrity, Pitt has produced more quality NFL talent than most any school could claim.

  • steelburg

    Well they did get a free visit with Aaron Donald a few years ago that was an advantage.

  • I love Boyd. He’s obviously not a big receiver like Bryant, but he could be a fantastic replacement for Wheaton as the #2 — and a much cheaper option with AB poised to make a whole lot. I especially like his hands, but from what I’ve seen he’s a great route-runner, can fight for the ball, and has great overall football sense. So… in the second? Well, I’d be tempted, for sure, and let’s face it, while WR isn’t a need this year, it’s coming close with Wheaton likely to leave and Bryant’s future so uncertain. That said, the Steelers need a ton of help of D, and it would be tough to take a WR over a D-lineman, safety, or edge rusher that early in the draft.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I pass on both…not exciting enough for me.

  • NYCSteelCurtain

    Don’t think it’s happening in the first 3 rounds.

  • Q Fourtyfive Unowho

    Im not sure if that was a typo Alex…but did you mean to write that “Boyd is just an average athlete ?” I’ve watched him play since his days as a Clairton Bear and “average athlete” would be a poor choice of words to describe Boyd. IMO…He’s an exceptional Athlete with very tricky speed and phenomenal hands ..I hope the steelers do pick him up…

  • Big Joe

    Yah. I don’t see Boyd in rd 2 either Alex. This seems more like kicking tires of local prospects.

  • Steve Johnson

    Tyler Boyd in the 2nd? I think that is too high, I wouldn’t touch him until the 3rd or 4th. Besides, they don’t need to take a WR that high anyway. If they did, the writing is on the table for M. Bryant.

  • Alex Kozora

    No, it was intentional. The way he times and the way he plays compared to others in this draft, he’s just average.

  • Q Fourtyfive Unowho

    ummm..I would have to disagree with you on this one…Have you watched this kids highlight vids ? If you have and you still say he’s an average athlete then I must say “average” looks pretty darn good to me…I mean the kid broke all of Fitz’s rookie records !! Maybe he’s a sleeper in the draft…I sure hope so