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    Steelers Hoping Washington Can Make Big Sophomore Jump Like Previous Receivers

    By Daniel Valente
    Posted on May 11, 2019

    A player’s rookie season is very important in their development, it brings a ‘Welcome to the big leagues’ sentiment and can be a very difficult experience for many young players. Surviving a rookie season is a major accomplishment but it is only half the battle. For many players, their sophomore year is equally or even more important in their development. Now that the player has experienced a full year of NFL preparation and physicality, their sophomore year is a measuring stick for if they can endure longevity in the NFL. No sophomore on the Pittsburgh Steelers has more at stake than perhaps James Washington.

    After a rookie season that was troubling at times, Washington heads into a sophomore season that will see him face a multitude of challenges, though those challenges can also be classified as huge opportunities. With the loss of Antonio Brown, the Steelers are looking for another receiver to step up alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster and in a crowded receiver room, Washington will have every opportunity to rise to the occasion. Luckily for him, the Steelers have seen a lot of improvement in their receivers as they progress from their rookie to sophomore seasons.

    Smith-Schuster and Brown are just a couple of the receivers that the Steelers have seen take a big jump from year one to two. While there is plenty of reason to be down on Washington based on what he showed during majority of his rookie season, there are many reasons to be optimistic in the Steelers’ development of receivers. Below is a chart of all the receivers the team has drafted since 2009 and their production from year one to two.

    Many Steelers’ receivers have improved during their second season. Mike Wallace stepped up and became the team’s primary receiver during his sophomore year. Brown and Smith-Schuster did the same during their sophomore seasons. Then there are the cases of Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates who did not play much during their rookie seasons but contributed greatly during their sophomore years. Martavis Bryant also took a step forward after a great rookie season. From a pure statistical standpoint, only Emmanuel Sanders and Demarcus Ayers did not take the next step though Sanders battled injuries and would have a great third year and Ayers was cut before he got a chance.

    What does this mean for Washington? Well, after a season in which he posted 16 receptions for 217 yards and a putrid 42.1 catch percentage, there is some optimism in improvement. The Steelers seem to know what they are doing as they develop receivers almost effortlessly. The only receivers who have completely flopped over the last decade are Ayers, Justin Brown and Toney Clemons, though all three were late round selections and not really expected to contribute much.

    The only obstacle that may stand in Washington’s way is others like him. The departure of Brown has created a massive void in the Steelers offense and the team added a lot of talent to burden the loss. There is a good chance Washington takes the next step in his development but he is going to have to beat out the likes of Donte Moncrief, Eli Rogers, Ryan Switzer and Diontae Johnson to do so.

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    Washington will make a big jump this year. Juju, Moncrief, and Washington will be a solid top 3... with Johnson and Switzer/Rogers rounding out the corp.
    I really like the looks of this group.

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    Juju and Moncrief are rock solid and I’m sure someone out the remaining 4 will also become a factor. Our Wrs are fine.
    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 Ernie View Post
    Washington will make a big jump this year. Juju, Moncrief, and Washington will be a solid top 3... with Johnson and Switzer/Rogers rounding out the corp.
    I really like the looks of this group.
    This is what I'm hoping for too.

    The table in the linked article is pretty cool showing the stat differences year 1 to 2.

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    Poll: Who will emerge as the Steelers number two wide receiver?

    by Tommy Jaggi

    For the first time in a while, the outlook on the wide receiver position is quite unclear. After trading Antonio Brown to the Raiders this offseason, JuJu stands to see an uptick in targets as the Steelers’ number one receiver.

    However, if history is any indication, Brown’s departure leaves 168 targets to go around.

    My question is this: Who will emerge as the number two receiver in Pittsburgh this year?

    There are essentially three candidates to do this for the Steelers: James Washington, Donte Moncrief, and Diontae Johnson. I recently took a poll to get the fans’ view of who they believe will come out on top of this three-person positional battle in 2019. Here’s how they voted:

    With 265 votes, it was a very close debate. However, veteran receiver Donte Moncrief ultimately came out on top. It’s entirely possible that the former Jaguars and Colts receiver could begin the 2019 season as Steelers’ number two wide out.

    At the same time, it’s possible to envision a scenario where either James Washington or rookie Diontae Johnson come out on top.

    Between the three candidates to fill this role as Ben Roethlisberger’s second in line, each offers something a little different. Moncrief offers a veteran presence that no other receiver on the team as of now can give them. He is entering his 6th NFL season, though his best year, ironically enough, came in 2015 on the Colts- where Andrew Luck played just 7 games.

    James Washington is built in the mold of JuJu. Though he isn’t close to the same caliber of player at this point in time, Washington excels at the catch point and has an incredibly strong pair of hands. He may offer more as a deep threat than JuJu, but his route running is shaky, to say the least.

    Then there is rookie receiver, Diontae Johnson. Johnson was the surprise pick of the draft for the Steelers – not because people were not expecting the Steelers to draft a receiver, but they didn’t think it would be Johnson. Upon further review and after trying to diagnose the Steelers thought process for the pick, I can see how Johnson could be used in the ‘Antonio Brown’ role. Johnson’s skill set probably compliments JuJu better than the other two receivers, as he is a twitchier player that creates more separation.

    Though it’s impossible to say for sure who will emerge as the Steelers number two receiver in 2019, it doesn’t hurt to speculate. If I had to make a prediction, I think the Steelers will give former 2nd round pick, James Washington, ample opportunity to prove himself. However, if Diontae Johnson can prove to create separation in the NFL like he did at Toledo, he will no doubt emerge as one of Ben’s favorite targets on the team.

    Who do you think will emerge as the Steelers number two receiver in 2019?

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    Steelers adding Johnny Holton to receiving corps

    Posted by Josh Alper on May 13, 2019, 10:05 AM EDT

    The Steelers are adding another candidate for playing time in their post-Antonio Brown receiving corps.

    Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that the Steelers are signing Johnny Holton. Holton was cut by the Eagles last week.

    Holton signed with the Eagles in January after spending the last three years in Oakland. He had 11 catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns in 31 games spanning the 2016 and 2017 seasons, but only saw action in one game last year. Holton also saw frequent work on special teams with the Raiders.

    Holton will be the 11th receiver on the 90-man roster in Pittsburgh. With JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Donte Moncrief, Ryan Switzer, Eli Rogers and third-round pick Diontae Johnson at the top of the list, it may be an uphill climb for others to find spots.
    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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    My fear with the WR group is depth due to injury.

    AFC Championship game we had no one besides AB that stepped up.

    If JuJu or Moncreif go down do we have a reliable WR who will step up and make plays?

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    I don't think the offense is better without AB, but also don't think the dropoff, if any, will be near what some are predicting.

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    ESPN calls WR the Steelers' biggest remaining roster hole

    By: Curt Popejoy

    Despite having the most active offseason in recent memory, the work isn’t done for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They doubled up on multiple positions of need between free agency and the draft, leaving some holes on the current roster. Which roster hole is the worst? According to Football Outsiders via ESPN, it is still wide receiver.

    Here’s what they had to say about the state of the wide receiver position after signing Donte Moncrief and drafting Diontae Johnson.

    The Steelers have effectively managed the downside of Ben Roethlisberger’s career by having enough great receivers to make life easy for him. With Antonio Brown gone, we’re no longer sure that will be the case. They do have options outside of JuJu Smith-Schuster, but none of the options are proven. James Washington’s first year produced a minus-25.1% DVOA even with Brown and Smith-Schuster as cover, and Ryan Switzer was at minus-11.1% DVOA despite an 82 percent catch rate. Third-round pick Diontae Johnson is a credible stab at solving the situation — he’s explosive — and the Steelers have shown incredible skill when drafting wideouts later in the draft. But still, they’re going to need someone to show that skill off instantly.

    If the season started today, the most likely wide receiver depth chart is JuJu Smith-Schuster followed by James Washington, Donte Moncrief, Diontae Johnson, Ryan Switzer and Eli Rogers in some order below Smith-Schuster.

    By comparison, positions like safety and outside linebacker are still woefully undermanned. The Steelers have Sean Davis and Terrell Edmunds as starting safeties but almost no depth behind them. The same is the case for edge rusher after T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree. I’d say both those depth charts have more significant holes in them.

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    3 Reasons JuJu Smith-Schuster Will Continue to Ascend in 2019

    May 15, 2019
    By Parker Hurley


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