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Steelers OTA Recap, Day 2: Donte Moncrief on Ben Roethlisberger “I think we’re gonna have a good year”

Time to check in on what went down at the UPMC Practice Facility for Organized Team Activities.

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Throughout the offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers have been a very popular topic of conversation. Antonio Brown obviously led the way, in terms of attention, but the Steelers also added to their mix of receivers when Brown was shipped to the Oakland Raiders via trade.

Of course every likes the new, shiny toy fresh out of the box, and Diontae Johnson, third round pick out of Toledo, represents that for the black-and-gold. Fans are enamored with his similar skill set to Brown, and his versatility. Throughout all of that, many fans are forgetting another player signed to the team who is destined to make an impact on the roster — Donte Moncrief.

People love to point out his mediocre statistics throughout his career, but, as I’ve written before, look at who was throwing him passes. His rookie season he had Andrew Luck while with the Indianapolis Colts, but when Luck went down with an injured shoulder he relied on players like Curtis Painter, Jacoby Brisett and last year in Jacksonville, Blake Bortles.

Not really a who’s who among NFL signal callers. In other words, who knows what type of production Moncrief can put up with a quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger at the helm.

With just two days into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Organized Team Activities (OTAs), Moncrief has already noticed a huge difference between who he previously caught passes from, and Roethlisberger.

He sat down with’s Missi Matthews after practice to talk about what it has been like coming to a new team, and how he feels he and Roethlisberger are destined to have a big year this year.

As they said at Ole Miss when Moncrief was there: “Feed Moncrief!”

  • The media got their hands on JuJu Smith-Schuster for the first time in 2019, and while he was peppered with questions about being the new No. 1 receiver in town, Smith-Schuster batted them away like a pro. Not too shabby for a 22-year old.
  • The turnovers continue! Ben Roethlisberger’s first pass of OTAs was intercepted, and the defense got another turnover on Wednesday. Now, before alerting the national media, the Steelers defense will have to prove all this when it counts. In the meantime, Joe Haden realizes every little bit of practice helps.