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Week 1 vs. HOU
Receiving: 1 / 6 / 0 on 1 targets
Spaeth caught his only target in the third quarter for a six yard gain.
Week 9 vs. WAS
Receiving: 1 / 6 / 0 on 2 targets
Spaeth's only grab of the game came in the second quarter and went for a pickup of six.
Week 10 vs. IND
Receiving: 6 / 53 / 0 on 7 targets
An ankle injury to starting TE Heath Miller made Matt Spaeth a major factor in the passing game. The Colts often vacated the middle of the field and Spaeth took advantage. Linebackers were unable to cover him and his catches some drives alive. His five catches eclipsed the three he had in the first eight games. The downside is his skills are more suited for blocking and his ability to gain significant yards in limited. If Miller missed more time, Spaeth is a decent play with limited upside
Week 11 vs. SD
Receiving: 6 / 55 / 0 on 7 targets
Spaeth performed extremely well in the absence of starter Heath Miller, who missed the game due to injury. It comes as no surprise that Spaeth had a career day against San Diego, considering the success opposing tight ends have enjoyed all season long against this team. He got dinged up after his first reception, was briefly replaced by Sean McHugh, and came back in to carve up the middle of the field. Spaeth was constantly open underneath, which meshed perfectly with Pittsburgh's plan of attacking San Diego with the short passing game. Therefore, his long gain of the afternoon went for just eleven yards but he did plenty of damage with his six receptions.
Week 21 vs. ARI
Steeler fans, unaccustomed to his role in the passing attack, chanted Heath Miller's name after Spaeth's lone reception in the third quarter. He was usually too busy blocking to run pass routes.