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    Donte Moncrief All About Finding And Fixing Weaknesses As WRs Fall In Behind Him

    By Matthew Marczi
    Posted on July 5, 2019

    Considering the fact that he is a free agent whom the Pittsburgh Steelers signed to a contract worth $4.5 million per season, which up until recently would have been among the very highest the team has ever given out to an outside free agent, the talk around Donte Moncrief this offseason has been fairly upbeat, but not as enthusiastic as it could be, or might otherwise have been.

    Of course, his signing was precipitated by the loss of Antonio Brown, which never helps, and in the same offseason in which he was signed, they also signed two defensive players to contracts were more in both total value and per-year averages, while most are looking at that side of the ball this offseason most for expected improvement.

    The fact that he has had far from a stellar career up to this point is another part of the conversation. He has never topped 64 receptions, 733 receiving yards, or seven touchdowns in a single season in his five-year career, though he has rarely had quality quarterback play to work with.

    But pretty much everyone around the team has been excited about him so far, and that has a lot of to with the way he carries himself. While he has also impressed with what he’s done on the field—quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gushed about his range and knowledge of the offense—he has shown himself to be the experienced veteran that he is, despite being just 25.

    JuJu Smith-Schuster, the team’s top receiver despite being just 22 and heading into his third season, even deferred to Moncrief, saying during minicamp, “I’m pretty much following in his footsteps, taking what I can and learning the details”.

    This is a very young and marginally experienced group of wide receivers right now, which places Moncrief in an interesting position, because he does have that experience, yet he’s also still very much in the prime of his physical capabilities, and while he will embrace the mentor role, he doesn’t want to be pigeonholed into it to the point where he’s not seen as a player capable of being a full-time starter.

    Though he hasn’t taken the league by storm as of yet, he has regularly reflected a convincing attitude toward his craft and his future that makes you believe that he is capable of performing at a level above what he has achieved.

    “It’s finding your weaknesses and working on them”, he previously told Joe Rutter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review last month. “Going in and watching film and finding out what you are doing wrong and try to get it right. The timing is better. When you’re in the room and learning, the only thing you can do is get better”.

    Moncrief is entering training camp as one of perhaps three options to emerge as the primary number two receiver alongside Smith-Schuster, including second-year James Washington and rookie Diontae Johnson. He’ll help them in any way he can, but he’s also very much determined to keep them on the bench for now, at least in two-receiver sets.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2019/07/do...in-behind-him/

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    Eric Herrmann (SCU) Retweeted

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    So far, the Big Ben-Moncrief chemistry has not been overblown. They are connecting on almost every target. Love to see it.

    https://twitter.com/SteelersGrind

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Eric Herrmann (SCU) Retweeted

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    So far, the Big Ben-Moncrief chemistry has not been overblown. They are connecting on almost every target. Love to see it.

    https://twitter.com/SteelersGrind
    Hopefully in a couple of months we'll all be saying "Antonio WHO?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzz View Post
    Hopefully in a couple of months we'll all be saying "Antonio WHO?"
    Oh, we will. Our passing game as a whole now will be better. Noticed I said " as a whole"
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Eric Herrmann (SCU) Retweeted

    Zach Metkler
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    So far, the Big Ben-Moncrief chemistry has not been overblown. They are connecting on almost every target. Love to see it.

    https://twitter.com/SteelersGrind
    I told you; Moncrief has played with Luck and understands that it's important to be where the QB thinks you should be and expects you to be. That is a huge thing to elite QB's. I like Washington and the Johnson but they are not in the same zip code as Moncrief yet. I fully expect Moncrief to hold down that starting spot over Washington and Johnson.
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    I told you; Moncrief has played with Luck and understands that it's important to be where the QB thinks you should be and expects you to be. That is a huge thing to elite QB's. I like Washington and the Johnson but they are not in the same zip code as Moncrief yet. I fully expect Moncrief to hold down that starting spot over Washington and Johnson.
    Chris Adamski
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    Donte Moncrief is catching passes on, like, every other play the 1st-team offense runs thru the first two days of Steelers camp

    https://twitter.com/C_AdamskiTrib?re...-wide-receiver

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    Oh, we will. Our passing game as a whole now will be better. Noticed I said " as a whole"
    We traded away the member of our passing game who was acting like an "as a whole."
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

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    Steelers WR Donte Moncrief Forced From Monday Camp Practice With Finger Injury

    By Dave Bryan
    Posted on July 29, 2019



    Another day and another Pittsburgh Steelers player has seemingly suffered a finger injury during a training camp practice, according to pictures on Twitter.

    On Monday, Steelers wide receiver Donte Moncrief reportedly left practice before it ended after seemingly suffering a finger on his left hand. Moncrief seemingly suffered his injury while attempting to catch a deep pass that was broken up by cornerback Artie Burns and ultimately intercepted by safety Kameron Kelly.

    After leaving the field to get his injury checked out, Moncrief did return to field before practice ended. Rookie wide receiver Diontae Johnson replaced Moncrief in the first-team offense.

    On Sunday, Steelers safety Sean Davis had to leave practice early after he suffered an injured finger on his left hand. The injury is speculated to be a dislocation.

    Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will meet the media again as soon as the Monday practice is over with and during his talk he’ll likely reveal the nature of Moncrief’s injury along with any other injuries that may have taken place during practice.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2019/07/st...finger-injury/

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Steelers WR Donte Moncrief Forced From Monday Camp Practice With Finger Injury

    By Dave Bryan
    Posted on July 29, 2019



    Another day and another Pittsburgh Steelers player has seemingly suffered a finger injury during a training camp practice, according to pictures on Twitter.

    On Monday, Steelers wide receiver Donte Moncrief reportedly left practice before it ended after seemingly suffering a finger on his left hand. Moncrief seemingly suffered his injury while attempting to catch a deep pass that was broken up by cornerback Artie Burns and ultimately intercepted by safety Kameron Kelly.

    After leaving the field to get his injury checked out, Moncrief did return to field before practice ended. Rookie wide receiver Diontae Johnson replaced Moncrief in the first-team offense.

    On Sunday, Steelers safety Sean Davis had to leave practice early after he suffered an injured finger on his left hand. The injury is speculated to be a dislocation.

    Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will meet the media again as soon as the Monday practice is over with and during his talk he’ll likely reveal the nature of Moncrief’s injury along with any other injuries that may have taken place during practice.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2019/07/st...finger-injury/
    looks like a dislocation... they'll pop that back in place... put a brace on it... good by start of season...
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    Burns needs to be cut; taking out our Wr’s.. he’s serving no positive purpose on our team.
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

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