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Steelers News: Replacing lost production will be a group effort for the Steelers in 2019

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With all of the Steelers’ 2019 offseason workouts in the rear view mirror, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ fan base has to suffer through the dog days of summer until the boys of fall return to the gridon. In the meantime, don’t think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over. As the team disperses for the summer, we continue to provide you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over until training camp!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at what offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner thinks the offense will have to do to replace the production left by Antonio Brown.

Let’s get to the news:

  • 15 offensive touchdowns is a lot. Well, let me rephrase that. 15 offensive touchdowns is a ridiculous amount of touchdown receptions. Don’t worry fans, offensive coordinator Randy Ficthner has a plan.

Group effort

By: Mike Prisuta,

“What you don’t have to replace is the guy throwing the ball,” Fichtner maintained today, the second day of Mandatory Veteran Minicamp at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

The Steelers’ mantra has been and remains “In Ben We Trust,” even with Antonio Brown and Mike Munchak having changed organizations.

But Fichtner also knows quarterback Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t and can’t do it alone.

What the Steelers have been working to sort out and will continue trying to establish leading into the regular-season opener on Sept. 8 at New England and beyond is how the new-look offense will compensate collectively.

To read the full article, click HERE

  • Filling the void left by Mike Munchak certainly will be a tough test, but if you wanted to promote someone from within, Shaun “Sweet Feet” Sarrett seems to be the man for the job.

‘Sweet Feet’ ready to fill big shoes

By: Mike Prisuta,

Shaun Sarrett may be entering his first season as the offensive line coach of the Steelers, but he’s already made a name for himself.

James Harrison helped see to that before Sarrett had officially joined the Steelers’ staff.

“I’m on my interview and James Harrison, who I played with at Kent State, came in the meeting,” Sarrett explained. “I was sitting in the offensive staff room and I was meeting with Coach (Dick) LeBeau and all them, and (Harrison) came in, he double-looked me and he goes, ‘What the hell is ‘Sweet Feet’ doing here?’ When he said it ‘Coach T’ (Mike Tomlin) grabbed it, he’s like ‘Sweet Feet.’ They found out it was my nickname in college. Believe it or not I actually had really good feet in college, I could go through bags really fast and one of the defensive guys called me ‘Sweet Feet.’ And Harrison, after all these years not seeing me, that’s how he remembered me. He saw my face and was like, ‘Oh, there’s Sweet Feet.’

“It kinda stuck.”

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  • Some call it fake, or all for the media, but there is something to be said about the excitement level of many of the Steelers heading into 2019. Ben Roethlisberger chief among them.

Ben Roethlisberger ‘excited’ about Steelers’ offense

By: Kevin Patra,

The Pittsburgh Steelers would like to be done answering questions about players that are gone. Ben Roethlisberger, instead, hopes to focus on what the players still in the building bring to the table.

At his youth football camp over the weekend, Big Ben said he’s excited for the group that currently wears the black and yellow.

”I’m excited, I really am excited in what we have,” Roethlisberger told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “We put a lot of work in, that’s what it’s going to take, it’s going to take a team effort. We’re all going to give everything we have and see where it goes. We can’t predict the future, but we can predict we’re going to give everything we have.”

Gone are Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, but it’s not as if Big Ben is now playing with scrap meat. JuJu Smith-Schuster is a legit No. 1 receiver. James Conner proved to be a menacing workhorse runner when healthy. Vance McDonald is a bulldozing tight end and reliable target. Free-agent receiver Donte Moncrief has received offseason praise within the building and could finally put together consistency to go with physical talent. Ryan Switzer is a shifty slot that seems to have earned Big Ben’s trust. And it would shock no one if one of the Steelers’ other draft picks at receiver morphs into a playmaker, whether that’s second-year WR James Washington or rookie Diontae Johnson.

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  • The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie were given a lesson recently, and it had absolutely nothing to do with football.

Rookies learn more than football

By: Teresa Varley,

The group has taken part in “Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie University,” an education like no other that helps them transition from college to the NFL, learning lessons in what NFL players need to know for survival in so many areas.

“It’s just learning what you are about to experience and what could possibly happen,” said first-round pick Devin Bush. “Just getting a beat on how to handle different situations. What to look for when you are setting up your life after football. Certain situations, things you can do to help yourself throughout the process of playing football and after.

“It’s all been a life-learning experience. You learn about what you can and can’t do, the lifestyle you want to live, what kind of person you are.”

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