Raymond “Ray Ray” McCloud, former wide receiver for Clemson University, will sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2020 NFL season.
NFL Network reporter, Tom Pelissero, reported that the free agent would sign with the Steelers, today August 20, according to his source. McCloud worked out with the Steelers during camp, along with other players such as DeAndrew White, Jermaine Grace, and Rashaan Gaulden.
However, sports commentators don’t think McCloud will contribute to the Steelers, just yet. With only five receptions in his whole NFL career, Matt Miller of Bleacher Report said this about McCloud during the 2018 draft.
“Clemson routinely produces top-tier NFL receivers. Unfortunately, Ray-Ray McCloud is unlikely to follow in some of the former Tigers’ footsteps. McCloud struggled to find a specific position at the collegiate level, which clearly stunted his development. The versatility and special teams experience will be what McCloud relies on as he tries to compete for a practice squad position on a team with an innovative offensive coordinator.”
If McCloud sigs with the Steelers, he’d likely be put onto the practice squad, based on Millers words
Who is Ray Ray McCloud?
McCloud attended Sickles High school in Tampa Florida, where he played for the high school football team. He scored a total of 58 touchdowns in his high school career and had a total of 5,765 rushing yards.
Coaches at the Division One college-level noticed McCloud’s talents, and later signed with Clemson University, majoring in health science. McCloud’s freshman season looked promising as he played 12 games, caught 29 passes, and got a touchdown.
His sophomore McCould playing 14 of the 15 and helped the team win the NCAA championship in his junior year, in 2017. After the season, McCloud would declare for the NFL 2018 draft, before he could finish his major.
Despite being the sixth-round draft pick for the Buffalo Bills, McCloud’s NFL career has seen little action. During Week 3 of the 2018 season, Mcloud caught his first receptions, against the Minnesota Vikings.
On August 3, 2019, however, The Bills unexpectedly waived McCloud.
He later had a brief run with the Carolina Panthers but later was waived by them in September 2019.
McCloud returned to the Bills and was put on the practice squad. McCloud also helped the Bills as the scout team’s quarterback.
The Bills waived McCloud again on July 27 of this year.
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