Steelers Waive Injured TE Scott Orndoff; Sign TE Jake McGee

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a few transactions ahead of Wednesday’s training camp practice and they include a shuffling at the tight end position.

Waived injured on Wednesday was rookie tight end Scott Orndoff, who was signed earlier in the offseason as an undrafted free agent after playing his college football at Pittsburgh. Orndoff suffered a hamstring injury a few days ago during practice and he will likely default back to the Steelers Reserve/Injured list after clearing waivers. From there, it will be interesting to see if the Steelers waive Orndoff again with an injury settlement in the coming days.

The Steelers filled Orndoff’s roster spot by signing free agent tight end Jake McGee.

McGee, who played his college football at Florida and Virginia, entered the NFL originally in 2016 with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent. An injury ultimately resulted in him being waived by the Panthers in May of 2016 and he has since spent time with the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers waived McGee in May.

Measuring in at his 2016 pro day at 6054, 250-pounds, McGee registered 41 catches for 381 yards and four touchdowns in his lone 2015 season at Florida. He totaled 112 catches for 1,150 yards and 11 touchdowns between the two schools.

  • treeher

    I wish these types of articles would specify the injury and severity so that we had more information to guess about what will happen.

  • Böröndi Krisztian

    Where is Inaki Villanueva when we need him most?

  • stan

    Darn it. I really liked Orndorff among our UDFA acquisitions. I really thought he had a chance to make the opening day roster or at least be the first guy on call off the practice squad.

  • MintDragon

    yah, but this is standard procedure when you are injured. Gives the team a chance to look at new faces. Injuries and ‘we’ve seen enough/not good enough’ causes churn throughout camp. If they did like Orndorff, good chance he’ll be back again.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Not a lot of information came out about the nature of the injury. Just like Javon Hooks, today is his first practice but little info on why he was held out the first few days.

  • Jaybird

    The stars are aligning for Shazam⚡️Odom to make the PS.

  • nutty32

    40-yard dash: 4.78 seconds
    Vertical: 28 1/2 inches
    Broad jump: 9 feet, 6 inches
    20-yard short shuttle: 4.6 seconds
    3-cone: 7.26 seconds

    Also lead Virginia in in grabs in 2013 as a part-time starter before transferring to Florida.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Believe he is still playing for the Spanish national rugby team.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Did just see an article from Dale Lolley that said Orndorff injured a hamstring while running to cover a punt Sunday.

  • PaeperCup

    What was the reason for the transfer? Sounded like he was headed for a starting job, only to become a background figure at Florida.

  • nutty32

    No clue. Maybe he wanted in on a more wide open passing attack? Don’t know much about Virigina’s program besides Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeath

  • PaeperCup

    you just brought a tear to my eye.

  • RW

    He was a graduate student transfer and I think even sat out a year. He’s a good blocker and route runner. Not overly fast, but not slow either. Anxious to see how he does.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Or… Dare I say… the 53?

    I understand there is every reason in the world to think that James + Grimble + Johnson are locks. And that will probably be the case. But sometimes we keep 4 TE’s, especially since one is a glorified fullback. There is at least a chance Odom sticks.

  • Jaybird

    I think he can make the PS , but I’m not sure about the 53. He might be the worst blocker I’ve ever seen after watching some of his highlights/ lowlights !

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    In my opinion, Odom is (and should be viewed strictly as) a specialist. His whole purpose for being on the team is a red zone receiver. Put him in for iso fade routes in the red zone and score 6 points instead of 3. That has value.

    In my opinion, David Johnson is a specialist as well. He is strictly a blocker. I know people try to say “Johnson is decent in short routes when he’s wide open” but I call B.S. on that. The reality is, he’s a below average receiver. When he’s on the field, he’s blocking.

    Now that Grimble is developing into a dual threat (average blocker + average receiver) I don’t see the HUGE need for David Johnson. Rosie Nix can do just about everything David Johnson can (from a blocking standpoint). There is a little bit of redundancy there. I don’t see us ever lining up with Jesse James + Grimble + Nix + Johnson.

    Odom isn’t a great block and never will be a great blocker. But he can do something nobody else on our team can. Which is split out wide against a LB or Safety and head for the back pylon. Just throw it up. And the odds are pretty good he’s coming down with it.

  • Jaybird

    I agree with you on the redundancy comment about Nix and DJ. I’m starting to get a little excited about a Grimble also. I think he’s going to have a decent year.

  • Rocksolid20

    Seems we once got a pretty good TE from Virginia .

  • Michael Mosgrove

    yeah there is zero chance he is on the 53. zero. his blocking is worse than green, james, or hubbard.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    It’s almost like you didn’t even read my post.