The Steelers dig the deep ball

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

The Steelers haven't even ended their 2nd OTAs session, and it is evident that the team plans on going deep in 2014.

Go long, Markus.

Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribue-Review reports that according to multiple players the Steelers have spent, "an inordinate amount of time working on the deep pass" in OTAs thus far. Where there is smoke, there is fire and the Steelers are certainly looking to utilize their weapons on the outside this season.

Early reports are that 4th round draft pick Martavis Bryant is extremely raw, but his size with the speed of Antonio Brown and Darius Heyward Bey makes for an intriguing proposition to throw the long ball early and often.

When the Steelers have the deep pass, and are having success with it, it only opens up Haley's playbook even more. It creates space for players like Lance Moore and Heath Miller to attack the middle of the field, and removes the safeties from playing in the box to stop the run. Quite frankly, the deep pass can generate a ton of offense for the Steelers.

Since Mike Wallace took his talents to South Beach, the Steelers have still been looking for that receiver with the speed to get over the top and make the plays down the field. They obviously think they have some of those players this year as they are spending the time to work on it this early in the preparation process.

The more Ben Roethlisberger, who returned to OTAs on Wednesday after a day off for personal matters, can work on the timing on those type of passes with the new receivers deployed by the Steelers, the better the team will be come September.

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