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Steelers Having Limited Sucess Catching The Football

Antonio Brown

 

The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers struggled mightily Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers’ receiving core has struggled all season with the exception of Antonio Brown.

The only wide receiver to go over 100 yards receiving this season is Brown. Markus Wheaton and Justin Brown have struggled adjusting to the NFL game. With only one wide receiver playing consistently, it limits the offense in many ways . It forces the quarterback to make too many hot reads, push screens and take three-step drop passes. With a lack of production from most of the receiving corps, deep passes have become a thing of the past. But the Steelers do have talent at the wide receiver position to work with. The receivers have speed and quickness but many others things must come together.

It’s clear there needs to a change at wide receiver. Wheaton could benefit from playing the inside receiver spot where his quickness would be more effective against slower corners and linebackers. It would benefit the Steelers offense if Darius Heyward Bey could receive more reps on the outside. Bey is the team’s fastest receiver and best deep threat on the team.

The team needs to fix the wide receiver position quickly as the Houston Texans are coming to town. Until the receiver position improves this team will dwell in mediocrity.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. DrGeorge

    October 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Ben needs to use the receivers he has more effectively, especially the tight ends. The O-line isn’t giving him enough time to go deep, to Heyward-Bey or anyone else. Throwing to the tight ends, however, would compliment the running game and give the offense a badly needed identity. At the moment, this offense has none.

    However, you may get your wish, Robert. In his press conference, Tomlin pledged to turn over “all stones” to get the team back on track. While I foolishly assumed that was what he was being paid to do all along, some pundits were cheered by that metaphor, thinking he might play M. Bryant more, especially near the end zone. Or it could mean that Daniel McCullers will be lining up in the slot. Personally, I hope it means we will run the ball more than twice before giving up. But I’m not holding my breath on that. When Tomlin speaks in metaphors, who knows what it means?

  2. Jay

    October 16, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    It means, doc, that he doesn’t tell the truth and only means to placate us fans!

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