TE Matt Spaeth - Free Agent

6-7, 260Born: 11-24-1983College: MinnesotaDrafted: Round 3, pick 2007

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2014 Week 9 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 33 / 1 rec)

Spaeth got involved late in the game as the Steelers were attempting to run out the clock in the fourth quarter. In lieu of attempting a 50-yard field goal with a 13-point lead, the Steelers decided to try to convert a 4th and 2 opportunity with 2:00 minutes left in the game. Lined up on the right side of the line, Spaeth blocked and released before running, uncovered, to the left side of the field; he caught a floater pass from Roethlisberger at the Ravens' 15-yard line and ran it into the endzone for a touchdown. He also caught a 2-point conversion in late in the second quarter, when punter and placeholder Brad Wing muffed the snap, but recovered to find Spaeth, who released from his blocking assignment, in the endzone for a 2-point conversion.

2014 Week 14 vs CIN (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

The 6'7" tight end, used primarily for run blocking, was the recipient of two early Ben Roethlisberger passes; Spaeth finished the day with two catches for 13 yards. He is not a viable fantasy option in any format.

2013 Week 16 vs GB (1 / 1 / 11 / 1 rec)

Spaeth is primarily a blocking tight end. He had missed most of the season through injury so he was never expected to be a big part of the passing game. In the third quarter, he made an impressive touchdown reception deep over the middle of the field. It was his first catch of the game.

2012 Week 2 vs GB (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)


Spaeth is primarily a blocking back, but he will catch a pass once in a while. On his only target of the game, he released into the flat as Cutler rolled to his side of the field. The downfield receivers were covered, so Cutler dumped it to Spaeth who was tackled immediately for a short gain.

2012 Week 4 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Spaeth was only used as a blocker in this game, and his only contribution to the stat sheet was a false start penalty with seven minutes to go in the second quarter.

2012 Week 7 vs DET (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)


Matt Spaeth was targeted only one time late in the first quarter. It was a short sideline route and Cutler tried to dump him the ball, but threw it a bit too far out of his reach and he wasn't able to come up with the ball.

2012 Week 8 vs CAR (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

You don't hear Spaeth's name all that much and there is a reason for that--he drops passes. In the second quarter, Spaeth ran a nice route, splitting the zones and was wide open for a big gain. Cutler threw a very pretty pass to him--which he proceeded to drop even after he appeared to tuck the ball in. He was very lucky it wasn't ruled a fumble as it sure looked like one. He caught it, turned, had the ball, and either flat out dropped it or had it knocked out. Spaeth isn't gaining any ground on the sliding Kellen Davis with plays like that.

2012 Week 10 vs HOU (3 / 3 / 4 / 0 rec)


Matt Spaeth's three catches all came in the second half. He basically runs short square-outs, and Jason Campbell checked down to him. After making the catch, Spaeth was either immediately tackled or driven out of bounds for minimal gain. Despite having three catches, he had just four yards.

2012 Week 12 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 13 / 1 rec)


Matt Spaeth had just one catch in this game, but it was a big one - the only TD catch of the day for the Bears. Near the end of the second quarter, after the Bears had intercepted a pass from Christian Ponder, the Bears ran play action to the right, and Cutler rolled out to the left. Spaeth ran a square out in the end zone, and Cutler hit him with a perfect pass where only Spaeth could catch it and the defender had no chance. Spaeth was able to get his left foot down before going out of bounds (booth confirmed) and it gave the Bears a big lead before half-time.

2012 Week 17 vs DET (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Spaeth's only catch was a short dump into the flat in the second quarter. He made the catch and ran out of bounds after just a six yard gain.

2011 Week 5 vs DET (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Caught a short pass releasing off the line in the 2nd quarter. It gained about 9 yards but the Bears needed 10 so they settled for a FG.

2011 Week 9 vs PHI (2 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)

Spaeth had two catches on back-to-back offensive plays. The first was relatively simple as he found a hole in the Eagles zone coverage and sat down in the end zone for the score. The second was much more difficult as he caught a bullet from Cutler with a defender all over him.

2011 Week 10 vs DET (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Cutler's final pass of the day was a deep pass to Matt Spaeth over the middle. However, it was just out of his reach and he couldn't come up with it.

2011 Week 11 vs SD (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Spaeth was not even close to being a focal point of the passing game whatsoever, but he picked up a key first down on a third and ten screen pass midway through the fourth quarter as the Bears tried running out the clock to protect their lead.

2010 Week 11 vs OAK (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Spaeth was used primarily as a blocker, but occasionally he caught a couple short passes for eight yards each. He is an alternative to Miller and Ward in the short passing game, but has limited fantasy value.

2010 Week 14 vs CIN (3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Spaeth didn't do much to reassure the Steelers that they have a great backup for Heath Miller. He dropped an easy pass right between his 8 and 9 and was largely ineffective in the passing game. His blocking, however, was excellent - especially considering that he's largely known as a below-average blocker. He'll return to being the #2 tight end when Heath Miller comes back from his concussion.

2010 Week 15 vs NYJ (8 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec)

Spaeth replaced Heath Miller as the starter at tight end for the second straight week. He looked better than last week but still didn't perform incredibly well. On his two catches that weren't for the touchdown, he looked like he was running on ice. He could have had about 15 more yards if not for slipping on both occasions. He looked as if he still hasn't grown accustomed to NFL game speed and was therefore trying to move uncomfortably fast to compensate. His touchdown was more a great throw by Roethlisberger than a big play by Speath. He simply ran to the goal line and the ball was stuck on him as he turned around. The Steelers need Heath Miller back to work the middle of the field with his solid hands.

2009 Week 2 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 10 / 1 rec)

Spaeth caught the fourth-down play action pass TD in the first quarter, and another pass in the third, but he is not threatening to expand his role in the Steelers pass-heavy offense, even though he is a good receiving TE.

2008 Week 1 vs HOU (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Spaeth caught his only target in the third quarter for a six yard gain.

2008 Week 9 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Spaeth's only grab of the game came in the second quarter and went for a pickup of six.

2008 Week 10 vs IND (7 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)

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

2008 Week 11 vs SD (7 / 6 / 55 / 0 rec)

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.

2008 Week 21 vs ARI (0 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

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.

2007 Week 2 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 10 / 1 rec)

Spaeth had a nine yard reception and added a one yard touchdown catch for the Steelers' first touchdown of the game. He now has two touchdowns among his three career receptions.

2007 Week 7 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 13 / 1 rec)

Spaeth made the most of his one target, converting a wide open look into a 13 yard touchdown that brought the Steelers to within one touchdown during the fourth quarter.

2007 Week 11 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Spaeth caught his only target for six yards.