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Steelers News: Donte Moncrief making a big impression with the Steelers this offseason

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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!

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  • When the Steelers signed WR Donte Moncrief as a free agent this offseason, many were skeptical of his potential production for the team in 2019. But all reports of Moncrief so far have been glowing.

Receiver Donte Moncrief catching on with Steelers

By Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Roethlisberger likes what he has seen of Moncrief, who will turn 26 during training camp.

“When he came in, I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Roethlisberger said. “Obviously, we played against him and I’ve seen him go against us in game situations, but I didn’t know him. Now, you see his work ethic, the type of person he is, the desire to be great. He has a knowledge of the offense already.

“I’ll give him no-huddle stuff, and I’ll give him a signal, and I’ll say, ‘Are you good?’ and he’ll say, yeah. … I’ve enjoyed the ability to work with him and opportunity to know him so far.”

The Steelers are turning to a collection of receiving options this year as they try to replace Brown, the five-time All-Pro who averaged 114 catches, 1,524 yards and 11 touchdowns over the previous six seasons.

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  • Will Jordan Berry have a bounce back season in 2019??

Jordan Berry seeks better start to training camp, season with Steelers

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

On the fourth play of season, in the season opener at Cleveland, Berry hit a punt that traveled just 31 yards and went out of bounds at the Browns 36. On Berry’s second attempt, he boomed one 43 yards that was downed at the Cleveland 14.

Such inconsistency plagued Berry throughout the early part of the season – to the extent that coach Mike Tomlin brought in two punters for tryouts before Week 3. Berry held onto his job and was given a two-year contract in March, but it’s far from a lock that he will be the team’s punter when the regular season opens Sept. 8 at New England.

Berry is keenly aware that he will be punting for his job in training camp and the preseason.

“I have to try to make sure I have a better start than I did last year,” Berry said during minicamp. “I feel like everything is going well. I’m hitting the ball well and getting some power in the leg. I’m trying to get as many reps as I can.”

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  • Not Steelers related, but the Ravens’ offense might look mighty different in 2019.

Robert Griffin: Ravens’ offense to ‘shock some people’

By: Adam Maya,

The veteran signal-caller said the league is in for a great surprise in 2019 regarding the Ravens’ reconfigured offense.

“I’ve got to make sure I understand the offense, forward and backward,” Griffin said, via the team’s official site. “The offense will look different. I think we’ll shock some people with what we’re going to do. If we need to run it 60 times, we can do it. But if we need to throw it 30 to 40 times, we can also do it. I think that’s what we’re working on, to make sure we have those capabilities.”

Of course, no NFL team ran the ball more often last year. The Ravens’ run-pass ratio was particularly imbalanced once Jackson was inserted into the starting lineup in Week 11. Baltimore ran on 65.6 percent of its plays from scrimmage while winning six of its final seven games, claiming the AFC North in the process. But as Griffin noted, the plan under new OC Greg Roman is to be more flexible moving forward.

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