Steelers Activate WR Sammie Coates From PUP List

The Pittsburgh Steelers have activated wide receiver Sammie Coates from their PUP list on Wednesday and the former third-round draft pick is expected to participate in his first training camp practice later in the day.

Coates, who has missed the first few weeks of camp after needing a minor procedure done on one of his knees just prior to reporting to Latrobe, is now expected to play Sunday night in the team’s second preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.

“It’s just a fact — I missed a lot, with injuries, with the offense,” Coates said a few days ago. “That catches up with people. You don’t get them reps, you can’t get them back. You missed them. You fall behind all through the season.”

On the surface, Coates is battling fellow wide receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey and Justin Hunter for a spot on this years 53-man roster. Last season, Coates had a strong showing in the team’s first five regular season games. A hand/finger injury, however, really seemed to hamper him moving forward and he ended the season being used mostly on special teams.


  • SoCal Steeler

    Ok, Sammie, time to battle. Let’s see how those hands and confidence have healed up. I kind of wish Ben was playing some with Bryant, Hunter and Coates all back but I guess it will be interesting to see what Dobbs can do with these guys too.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Sammie’s catch percentage last season was 42.9% (40% in playoffs). If he can improve on that and continue improving on special teams; DHB’s roster spot very vulnerable given he has only caught 1/3 of his targets this preseason.

  • Ace

    If he gets in practice the next 3 days does he play on Sunday?

  • Pete DelleGrazie

    is Ayers making this team? I saw enough last year to say yes. No chance a HeyBey at 30 years old should make squad over him….even considering HeyBey on special teams

  • Ace

    No Ayers is not making this team. He is the 9th best WR at this point. Crowded at the slot and crowded outside. He does not shine on PR or KR. Wasted pick when it happened.

  • Mark

    Catch the ball Sammie forget everything else. We have the other WRs to make the YAC and big plays. He will only get a couple of chances each game anyway, unless an injury occurs. I also prefer letting Bmore select between DHB and Ayers instead of Coates.

  • Rotten Sircus

    Trade Bait ~ Sammie’s on the wire ;^/

  • Wasted pick? A 7th rounder? Hard to say it was wasted with the production he gave us last year. I don’t know if it’s enough to warrant a spot this year, definitely a spot on the practice squad though. Again I still don’t think the pick should be considered a waste.

  • falconsaftey43

    Doesn’t shine on PR or KR? based on what, the like 4 punts he fielded last pre-season? And he was a 7th round pick, so calm down with the “wasted pick” stuff.

  • Sam Clonch

    I agree he wasn’t a wasted pick, and that he still doesn’t make the team, but I don’t understand what you and Pete are talking about as far as his “production”. In total he had 9 catches for 80 yards. The only thing you could maybe consider a good game was the week 17 bye week, but even then he had a less than 50% catch rate (5/12). He then was only able to play a total of 4 weeks before getting hurt and not playing in NE.

    Good story, not over yet hopefully. But he has yet to leave an impression at all in my mind.

  • falconsaftey43

    I don’t see anyway he makes it. Isn’t healthy, lots of guys in front of him. Besides, it’s not like he lit it up last year, he had 6 catches for 53 yards with 3 for 27 in the playoffs.

  • Sam Clonch

    Eh, if he can play STs still, the 6th rounder he MIGHT fetch may not be worth it really.

  • Any production is good for a 7th rounder, usually thy don’t see the field much less make the team or get promoted to the roster from the PS. So in my opinion that counts for something.

  • Rocksolid20

    7th round , how do you figure wasted . He will be on the PS .

  • Ace

    I am calm thank you. He was drafted as a returner first, and a receiver second. Danny smith made that clear after they drafted him. He did nothing last pre season to win a position with the team. He did nothing last season to prove he can handle the return duties. Injury, lack of PT, whatever you wanna say, he didn’t perform as a returner and had zero opportunities. Now he is the 9th best receiver on the team and doesn’t even get first team PR duties in practice, and in games it will continue to be Eli. As it should. So the guy can’t get on the field as a receiver and can’t get on the field as a returner. 1st round or 7th round, the pick hasn’t panned out and has generated zero returns on the investment. So it was a waste. Sure would have been nice to use that pick on Alex Erickson wouldn’t it have? You know, the guy who led the NFL in KO return yards last year and went undrafted. Pretty good PR too. They painted themselves into a corner going after a specialist and they missed.

  • FATCAT716

    That’s a good point

  • SwagDaddy330

    IF he gets through practice the next 3 days without getting hurt……

  • Kevin Artis

    I don’t know Ju Ju got hurt in practice today. Wanna wait and see his status.

  • Steeler Nation!

    Yeah Sammie oughtta be able to retain his roster spot. Look at all the WR injuries that happen, mostly minor, but still cause a loss of PT and a shuffling of the depth chart. We’ve already had extended periods without Bryant, Coates, Hunter, JuJu, Ayers. While some backup guys have to produce on ST, we need them to also be guys that can make plays when the ball is in the air.

  • derp_diggler

    If he can regain his form from early last year he would be a great insurance policy should something happen to Bryant. And that is definitely worth more than a sixth rounder.

  • falconsaftey43

    You have a pretty low bar for “wasted pick”. How about we actually see the guy play this year? How about the fact that there are countless examples of guys who spent a few years on the PS before becoming contributors.

  • Ace

    I feel like I have the same bar as everyone else. He was picked in the draft. He has not had any significant production since. At this point, he is a wasted pick. Some time down the road he may be productive, but he ain’t gonna make the team this year. So half of his contract will be up and I would guess still no significant production by the end of the year. I would love for him to become a pro bowl PR, I’m just looking at what I see at this point. By the way, he was a full dress for practice today and did not participate at all in the PR line. Do you think we will see him get any significant PT this year in real NFL games?

  • Steeler Nation!

    But DHB had 6 receptions for the season and he was active for 10 games. Some people act like he’s irreplaceable. Ayers did more with his opportunities than that. He made some big plays in the Ravens game, that don’t always show up on the stat sheet.

    Still, It doesn’t appear likely for him at this point. But he could still get out there and contribute more than a few of these guys. And stick on the PS. And contribute when the injuries pile up, as they always do.