Deon Cain
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Cain with the Clemson Tigers
No. 85 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1996-08-09) August 9, 1996 (age 26)
Tampa, Florida
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Tampa Bay Technical
(Tampa, Florida)
College:Clemson (2015–2017)
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 6 / Pick: 185
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Receptions:9
Receiving yards:124
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Deon Cain (born August 9, 1996) is an American football wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson.

Early years

Cain attended Tampa Bay Technical High School in Tampa, Florida.[1] He played quarterback for the high school football team. He was rated as a five-star recruit and committed to Clemson University to play college football under head coach Dabo Swinney.[2][3]

College career

Cain moved to wide receiver at Clemson. As a true freshman in 2015, he played in 13 games, recording 34 receptions for 582 yards and five touchdowns.[4][5] He did not play in the 2015 Orange Bowl or 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship due to suspension for failing a drug test.[6] Cain returned from the suspension in 2016, and played in all 15 games, including Clemson's 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship victory over Alabama.[7][8] For the season, he had 38 receptions for 724 yards and nine touchdowns.[9] After his junior season, Cain decided to forgo his senior year and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.[10]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+78 in
(1.88 m)
202 lb
(92 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
8+34 in
(0.22 m)
4.43 s 1.57 s 2.63 s 4.37 s 6.71 s 33.5 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
11 reps
All values from NFL Combine[11][12]

Indianapolis Colts

Cain was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.[13] In the first preseason game, Cain suffered a torn ACL after a promising training camp, prematurely ending his rookie season.[14] Cain was placed on injured reserve on August 12, 2018.[15] He made his NFL debut in the Colts' 2019 season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. In the 30–24 loss, he had two receptions for 35 yards.[16] He was waived on November 9.[17]

Pittsburgh Steelers

On November 16, 2019, Cain was signed off the Colts practice squad by the Pittsburgh Steelers.[18] In 6 games with the Steelers, Cain caught 5 passes for 72 yards.

He was waived on September 5, 2020, and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[19][20] He was elevated to the active roster on October 17 and January 2, 2021, for the team's weeks 6 and 17 games, each against the Cleveland Browns, and reverted to the practice squad after each game.[21][22] His practice squad contract with the team expired after the season on January 18, 2021.[23]

Baltimore Ravens

On January 22, 2021, Cain signed a reserve/futures contract with the Baltimore Ravens.[24] On August 31, 2021, he was placed on injured reserve, and released three days later.[25]

Philadelphia Eagles

On October 18, 2021, Cain was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad.[26] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Eagles on January 18, 2022.[27]

Career statistics

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Tgt Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2018 IND 0 0 0 Did not play due to injury
2019 IND 7 0 14 4 52 13.0 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PIT 6 1 6 5 72 14.4 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020 PIT 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 14 1 20 9 124 13.8 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

References

  1. ^ Wright, Brandon (November 26, 2014). "Can anyone contain Tampa Bay Tech's Deon Cain?". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "National top-five wide receiver Deon Cain commits to Clemson". Independent Mail. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Parsons, Kelly (May 30, 2014). "Tampa Bay Tech's Deon Cain chooses Clemson". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on June 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Lentz, Zach. "'Time off' done, Deon Cain ready to be Tiger weapon again". The Times and Democrat. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  5. ^ "Deon Cain back with Clemson as a better person". The State. Archived from the original on March 29, 2018.
  6. ^ Kussoy, Howie (January 8, 2017). "Deon Cain's Clemson nightmare has become a second chance". New York Post. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  7. ^ Brenner, Aaron. "Clemson WR Deon Cain's road to redemption ends back home in Tampa". Post and Courier. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Deon Cain's hard lesson can pay off in his hometown". ESPN.com. January 7, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  9. ^ Hope, Dan. "Deon Cain working to be a leader for Clemson football". Independent Mail. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "Clemson wide receiver Deon Cain declaring for NFL draft". USA Today. January 10, 2018. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "Deon Cain Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  12. ^ "Deon Cain, Clemson, WR, 2018 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  13. ^ "Indianapolis Colts Steal WR Deon Cain with Pick 185 in NFL Draft". StampedeBlue.com. April 28, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  14. ^ Wesseling, Chris (August 10, 2018). "Colts lose promising rookie WR Deon Cain to torn ACL". NFL.com.
  15. ^ "Roster Moves: Colts Sign WR Matt Hazel, RB Branden Oliver; Place WR Deon Cain On IR". Colts.com. August 12, 2018.
  16. ^ "Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Chargers - September 8th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  17. ^ Walker, Andrew (November 9, 2019). "Colts Bring Up WR Marcus Johnson, QB Chad Kelly To Active Roster". Colts.com.
  18. ^ Varley, Teresa (November 16, 2019). "Steelers sign Cain, Whyte". Pittsburgh Steelers. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  19. ^ Varley, Teresa (September 6, 2020). "Steelers make moves to get to 53-man roster". Steelers.com.
  20. ^ Varley, Teresa (September 6, 2020). "Steelers add 14 to practice squad". Steelers.com.
  21. ^ Varley, Teresa (October 17, 2020). "Cain elevated from practice squad". Steelers.com.
  22. ^ Varley, Teresa (January 2, 2021). "Steelers make multiple roster moves". Steelers.com. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  23. ^ Bryan, Dave (January 18, 2021). "Steelers Let Contracts Of Five Practice Squad Players, Including QB Devlin Hodges, Expire". SteelersDepot.com. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  24. ^ Mink, Ryan (January 22, 2021). "Ravens Sign Former Steelers Wide Receiver to Futures Contract". BaltimoreRavens.com.
  25. ^ Mink, Ryan (August 31, 2021). "Ravens Make Cuts to 53. Here's the Full List". BaltimoreRavens.com.
  26. ^ McPherson, Chris (October 18, 2021). "Eagles sign WR Deon Cain to the practice squad". PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
  27. ^ McPherson, Chris (January 18, 2022). "Eagles sign 11 players to Reserve/Futures contracts". PhiladelphiaEagles.com.