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Thread: 2019 Steelers by position: WR. Are we better off?

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    I just want wins. I don’t care who has better production. I want these WR’s to make plays at critical times in the game when we need them the most.

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    Alex Kozora
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    In 12 personnel, JuJu and Moncrief open up as the starting WRs. #Steelers

    Players in punt return line: Eli Rogers, Ryan Switzer, Diontae Johnson, Dionte Spencer. #Steelers

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    Last edited by hawaiiansteel; 07-26-2019 at 04:02 PM.

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    Roethlisberger Impressed With Rookie Johnson’s Run Test: ‘I Think He Was Barely Breathing’

    By Dave Bryan
    Posted on July 26, 2019

    Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Diontae Johnson impressed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger at times during the team’s OTA sessions in the limited time the two players worked together. Not long after the Steelers reported to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe on Thursday for the start of their 2019 training camp, Johnson, the team’s first of two third-round draft picks this year, quickly impressed Roethlisberger again as the quarterback noted on Friday how well conditioned the rookie wide receiver out of Toledo appears to now be.

    “Yeah there’s some excitement there for sure,” Roethlisberger said of Johnson. “Any young guy that comes in needs to always work conditioning, no rookie ever comes in and is in great condition. And I saw him run his conditioning test yesterday and I think he was barely breathing. And I heard he was here a lot in the offseason working. So you can tell that he really took that to heart, that he needed to get into shape and I’ve seen that so far, eve though it’s early.”

    That’s a great sign when it comes to Johnson as Steelers special teams coordinator Danny Smith hinted during team OTAs that Johnson needed to show up at Latrobe for the start of training camp in much better shape than he was during the spring.

    Outside of maybe not being the most conditioned player during team OTAs this past spring, Johnson, who turned 23 at the beginning of July, seemed to impress in all other areas while the team played football in shorts. While reportedly impressive this spring without any pads on, Roethlisberger is now is looking for that impressiveness from Johnson to continue on at Latrobe once the pads are put on.

    “The next thing I want to see is how he plays and reacts with pads on,” Roethlisberger said Friday. “Because a lot of us look good with shorts and t-shirts, but once the pads come on and you have the capability of getting hit and stuff, we’ll see what happens. But I’m excited for it.”

    Johnson will likely be doing battle with veteran wide receiver Dontae Moncrief for the right to be the team’s starting X receiver in 2019. While it wont be surprising if he’s unable to beat out Moncrief for the starting spot by the end of the preseason, he, along with several of the other wide receivers that make the 53-man roster this year, should all have plenty of opportunities to catch plenty of balls from Roethlisberger this season and make plays. Roethlisberger made it clear on Friday that while he does know a lot about several of his wide receivers currently on the roster, he’s now excited to see the improvements made this summer in the little subtle nuances associated with the offense and the wide receiver position.

    “I know what they can do. I know they can catch. I know they can play,” said Roethlisberger. “I want to see who makes the least amount of mistakes. Who can get a subtle handle signal. Who can interpret even visual signals, looks and things like that. That is the fun part. That is the part I enjoy and they have enjoyed so far. Just seeing how we can mesh together.”

    https://steelersdepot.com/2019/07/ro...ely-breathing/

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    • Johnson continued to be largely invisible at practice, the third-round pick noticeable more for his drops or missed connections than for receptions. The best receiver named “Diontae” through two days has been CFL star Spencer and not Johnson. Spencer had two nice plays in one 11-on-11 session, once beating Artie Burns for a long touchdown, another time putting a nice move on Herb Waters for a catch.

    https://triblive.com/sports/steelers...t-an-easy-one/

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    • Johnson continued to be largely invisible at practice, the third-round pick noticeable more for his drops or missed connections than for receptions. The best receiver named “Diontae” through two days has been CFL star Spencer and not Johnson. Spencer had two nice plays in one 11-on-11 session, once beating Artie Burns for a long touchdown, another time putting a nice move on Herb Waters for a catch.

    https://triblive.com/sports/steelers...t-an-easy-one/

    I hope Spencer gets a fair shot at pt. I have a feeling he might be a real asset given the chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    • Johnson continued to be largely invisible at practice, the third-round pick noticeable more for his drops or missed connections than for receptions. The best receiver named “Diontae” through two days has been CFL star Spencer and not Johnson. Spencer had two nice plays in one 11-on-11 session, once beating Artie Burns for a long touchdown, another time putting a nice move on Herb Waters for a catch.

    https://triblive.com/sports/steelers...t-an-easy-one/
    Add one more name to the long list of people that have beaten Artie Burns for a touchdown.

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    Not looking good for Burns.
    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
    Not looking good for Burns.
    I’m hoping for him to break out this year.

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    James Washington Admits He Felt Pressure Of Expectations, Following JuJu’s Footsteps, During Rookie Season

    By Matthew Marczi
    Posted on July 30, 2019

    While the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t need him to be a starter—let alone a star—coming out of college, as a second-round pick serving as an encore to a very successful second-round pick at the same position a year earlier, James Washington felt the pressure of the expectations that came with his slotting and his environment.

    The Steelers entered the 2018 already very well-positioned at the wide receiver position, with Antonio Brown a perennial stud and then-second-year JuJu Smith-Schuster coming off a rookie season in which he emerged as the clear number two receiver with 58 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games played.

    In 2018, the pair combined for over 200 catches 2700 yards, and 22 touchdowns between them, quite a feat that isn’t regularly matched even in today’s high-octane NFL. To have two wide receivers that accomplished at the same time on the same team, working with a quarterback as good as the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger, is rare.

    And so Washington was brought in, for the long-term to have a major impact, but for the short-term just to serve as a complement to two true stars at the position. They would soak up most of the attention, and he would just have to take advantage of his spots. By and large, for most of his rookie season, he didn’t.

    The 23-year-old recently told Will Graves that he felt himself pressing “for sure” last season, pressing to perform and to live up to the expectations that he felt being set up for him, even from the fanbase who just saw Smith-Schuster come in and play like a veteran right away at 20 years old.

    “It wasn’t just me. It felt like coaches and fans and everybody, ‘oh, he’s got to do what JuJu did’”, Washington told the Associated Press scribe. “I’m like, ‘I’m not JuJu. You’ve got to realize that’. We’re two different people. You know. Some guys run faster than others and some learn slower than others. It just takes time”.

    Though even now Washington remains the elder individual between himself and Smith-Schuster, there is no debate as to who is further along in their development as an NFL wide receiver. A year separated from the draft and of the pressure cooker that is your rookie season, however, perhaps he can settle down into a more comfortable role.

    Not that that is going to make him understand the playbook any better, to run more precise routes, or to be in better physical condition. Washington didn’t struggle during his rookie season just because he felt the pressure of the moment. He struggled because he was behind and was never able to catch up by the end of the year.

    This year, once again, the demand for him to be a starter isn’t necessarily there. Brown is gone, but in comes Donte Moncrief, the veteran, and they have multiple slot options. The pressure to perform and to carry the team is not his burden.

    Now the pressure is not being left behind as others pass him as the forgotten second-round pick. And perhaps that will be the motivation that takes him to the level needed to live up to his potential.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2019/07/ja...rookie-season/

  10. #180
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    We are so loaded at WR's. To me, that's where we can move someone to get something else we need in an area of need.
    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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