Pat Freiermuth

Pat Freiermuth

25-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Pittsburgh Steelers
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Freiermuth is coming off a down year, having recorded just 308 yards and two touchdowns over 12 games in his third NFL season after scoring seven times as a rookie and compiling 732 yards in his sophomore season. He had the first IR stint of his three-year career due to a hamstring injury and dropped to 32 catches after reaching 60 receptions in each of his first two campaigns. Part of the problem for Freiermuth was a lack of chemistry with quarterback Kenny Pickett, who threw just two TD passes to the 25-year-old tight end in 24 starts over the last two seasons. That issue has been alleviated, as Pittsburgh retooled its quarterback room by bringing in Russell Wilson and Justin Fields. The Steelers also traded away wide receiver Diontae Johnson, who finished second on the team with 87 targets last season. The 6-foot-5 Freiermuth remains atop Pittsburgh’s TE depth chart over 2023 third-round draft pick Darnell Washington, and improved quarterback play could help unearth the red-zone upside Freiermuth flashed as a rookie, but the Steelers offense figures to be run-first again under new coordinator Arthur Smith. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $6.03 million contract with the Steelers in May of 2021.
Hoping to re-sign long term
TEPittsburgh Steelers
April 4, 2024
Freiermuth said Wednesday on the Around the 412 Podcast that he wants to stay in Pittsburgh for the rest of his career, per Chris Ward of Steelers Now.
ANALYSIS
The tight end is in a contract year, following a down 2023 season in which a hamstring injury cost him five games and may have limited his playing time in a few others. He caught nine passes for 120 yards in a Week 12 win over the Bengals and had five catches for 76 yards in a playoff loss to Buffalo, but otherwise Freiermuth had just 23 receptions for 188 yards and two TDs in 11 appearances. He was far more active in the passing game as a rookie (60-497-7) and again in 2022 (63-732-2), and he could be Option B behind WR George Pickens in 2024 after the Steelers hired OC Arthur Smith and traded WR Diontae Johnson to the Panthers. While Smith figures to prioritize the running game, his affinity for multi-TE formations could put Freiermuth in a near-every-down role for the first time (he averaged 42.7 snaps per game in 2021, 46.4 in 2022 and 39.5 in 2023).
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How do Pat Freiermuth's 2023 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
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.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
23.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.63
 
% Team Air Yards
7.9%
 
% Team Targets
9.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
68.1%
 
Drop Rate
2.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.5
 
% Targeted On Route
17.9%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.18
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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How often does Pat Freiermuth run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Pat Freiermuth and the other tight ends for the Steelers are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Pat Freiermuth
262 routes   47 targets
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57%
184 routes   34 targets
48%
53 routes   12 targets
14%
121 routes   10 targets
24%
8 routes   2 targets
15%
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2023 Pat Freiermuth Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Pat Freiermuth's measurables compare to other tight ends?
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.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
258 lbs
 
Hand Length
9.88 in
 
Arm Length
32.50 in
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Top target for Wilson in OTAs
TEPittsburgh Steelers
May 25, 2024
Mark Kaboly of The Athletic notes that quarterback Russell Wilson appears to have formed an instant connection with Freiermuth during OTAs.
ANALYSIS
Freiermuth and Wilson held a throwing session together earlier in the spring, which seems to have paid dividends during OTAs, as the duo connected on multiple passes during drills. Freiermuth had a down year in 2023, finishing with 32 catches on 47 targets for 308 yards and two scores, as the Steelers struggled to find consistency at quarterback. Entering his contract year, Freiermuth could be on the verge of a breakout season as he catches passes from a proven veteran like Wilson.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
2021
Freiermuth’s involvement as a pass catcher grew significantly in 2022, his second NFL season, except in the red zone where Mitch Trubisky and rookie Kenny Pickett were unable to utilize the tight end as effectively as veteran Ben Roethlisberger had the previous year. The 2021 second-round pick scored only twice in 2022 after scoring seven times as a rookie, though Freiermuth otherwise set new highs with 63 catches, 732 yards and 98 targets in his sophomore season. He tied for fourth among tight ends in overall targets but finished in a tie for 10th with only 13 red-zone targets, well short of the 20 he saw in 2021. Freiermuth has yet to catch a touchdown from Pickett, who will mostly be working with the same receiving crew after the Steelers put more focus on their offensive line this offseason, settling for WR Allen Robinson and third-round rookie TE Darnell Washington as additions at the skill positions. Freiermuth sprained the ACL and MCL in his left knee during Pittsburgh’s season finale, but the injury didn’t require surgery to heal and isn't expected to impact his involvement in training camp.
Kyle Pitts deservedly drew most of the fanfare at tight end ahead of last year’s draft, but the Steelers found a good one 51 picks later in the second round. Freiermuth naturally took a few weeks to get acclimated, but after totaling just 11 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown in his first five games, the Penn State product broke out with seven catches for 58 yards in Week 6 and never looked back, hauling in 49 passes for 397 yards and six touchdowns in his next 11 games. Freiermuth is more of a traditional chain-mover than a field-stretcher, but he has already established himself as a weapon near the goal line — his 20 red-zone targets tied for the league lead among tight ends, and his 13 catches on those targets came one shy of Travis Kelce’s league high at the position. Pittsburgh has an uncertain quarterback situation following Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement this offseason, but whether it’s free-agent addition Mitch Trubisky or first-round pick Kenny Pickett, Freiermuth should be a reliable security blanket in his second year. While Freiermuth’s ceiling might not rival that of the league’s top tight ends, he has already shown he knows how to use his 258-pound frame, and further development could lead to a larger role outside the red zone as well.
Freiermuth was the second tight end selected in the 2021 NFL Draft after he spent three seasons at Penn State. He totaled 69 receptions for 875 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first two seasons with the Nittany Lions and hauled in 23 catches for 310 yards and a touchdown in four games last year before he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. Eric Ebron will still likely handle most of the tight end duties in 2021, but Freiermuth could compete for targets as a rookie after Vance McDonald retired during the offseason.
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Productive in season-ending defeat
TEPittsburgh Steelers
January 15, 2024
Freiermuth brought in five of eight targets for 76 yards in the Steelers' 31-17 wild-card loss to the Bills on Monday afternoon. He also fumbled once but did not give up possession.
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Logs 21 yards against Baltimore
TEPittsburgh Steelers
January 8, 2024
Freiermuth secured both of his targets for 21 yards during the Steelers' 17-10 win over the Ravens on Saturday.
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Has trio of catches in Week 17
TEPittsburgh Steelers
December 31, 2023
Freiermuth totaled three catches (on four targets) for 44 yards during Sunday's 30-23 win at Seattle.
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Not targeted in comfortable win
TEPittsburgh Steelers
December 24, 2023
Freiermuth wasn't targeted during the Steelers' 34-11 win over the Bengals on Saturday.
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Logs full practice Wednesday
TEPittsburgh Steelers
December 20, 2023
Freiermuth (knee) practiced fully Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official sitereports.
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