Why you should be excited about
* His 1,164 career yards receiving broke college football Hall-of-Famer Milt Morin’s UMass record for receiving yards by a tight end.
* Blanchflower battled a sports hernia injury that prevented him from practicing and forced him to miss five games, and he still caught 27 passes for 313 yards (11.6 per reception) and three touchdowns in 2013.
* He was a four-year starter and a two-time captain in college.
* Steelers tight ends coach James Daniel considers Blanchflower a “two-phase guy,” one who potentially can contribute as a receiver and a blocker. That’s a characteristic that makes Blanchflower “different than a lot of the guys you have coming at you right now,” Daniel said.