James Daniel is in his 15th season coaching tight ends for the Steelers. Daniel, who was hired on January 24, 2004, remained with the team following Mike Tomlin's hiring in January of 2007.
The Steelers' tight ends unit of Xavier Grimble, Jesse James and Vance McDonald combined for five touchdown receptions during the 2017 season. James recorded the first multi-scoring game by a Steeler tight end since 2012 in Week One of 2017, and set single-season career highs for receptions (43) and receiving yards (372) while matching a personal-best of three touchdown catches. McDonald, in his first season with Pittsburgh, caught 10 passes for 112 yards in the team's AFC Divisional Playoff game, setting Steeler postseason records for a tight end in a playoff game.