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Steelers News: Regardless what fans think, Ben Roethlisberger still trusts Donte Moncrief

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are moving into Week 2 of the NFL regular season, and as the team prepares for the Seattle Seahawks, we continue to provide you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over until the season starts!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at how even after a poor performance in Week 1, Ben Roethlisberger still has full faith in Donte Moncrief as his No. 2 wide receiver.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Donte Moncrief hasn’t had an easy go of things since coming to Pittsburgh in free agency. But that doesn’t mean Ben Roethlisberger has lost faith in the wide receiver though.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger keeps faith in Donte Moncrief despite drops

By: Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Donte Moncrief was aboard the team bus when he received a text message from Ben Roethlisberger, as the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback reminded the receiver that he believes him in despite a disastrous debut.

“That’s huge for a guy like that, especially, to come out and say something like that,” Moncrief said. “It shows you that he trusts in you and he knows you can make plays. So I’ve just got to make those plays for him.”

Where Moncrief caught only three of the 10 pass targeted to him for 7 yards — and was credited with four dropped passes — Roethlisberger put the season-opening loss at New England squarely on his own shoulders.

After drawing criticism last season for publicly calling out receivers Antonio Brown and James Washington on his radio show after the loss at Denver that started a three-game losing streak, the Steelers’ 16th-year quarterback steadfastly refused to blame his teammates. Instead, Roethlisberger took blame for his own performance in the 33-3 loss to the reigning Super Bowl champions Sunday night at Gillette Stadium.

“They’ve been the best team in football for a while now. I think everybody is trying to chase them. We weren’t good enough, and we’ve got to get better,” Roethlisberger said. “I’m only going to focus on the quarterback play because that’s what I control. The quarterback’s got to get better.”

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  • Speaking on Donte Moncrief, let’s not believe he doesn’t feel absolutely sick to his stomach over his performance last week.

Donte Moncrief calls drops in Steelers’ debut ‘sickening,’ promises to make plays

By: Kevin Gorman, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

When Donte Moncrief watched the New England Patriots game film and saw the number of passes he dropped, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver felt it in the pit of his stomach.

“It’s sickening when you watch it and you know the plays you were supposed to make and you didn’t make them,” said Moncrief, who had three catches for 7 yards on 10 targets in the 33-3 loss Sunday night in the season opener at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

“You see them and you’re like, ‘Gosh, I’ve got to make that.’ … I went home and went straight to sleep. It hurt me so I had to put that away. It’s a new week. It’s time to go.”

The Steelers signed Moncrief to a two-year, $9 million free-agent deal this offseason to become their No. 2 receiver after they traded Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders.

But his debut was a disaster, as Moncrief was credited with four dropped passes, including a crucial one on a fourth-and-1 at the Patriots’ 47 that forced a turnover on downs.

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  • James Conner had a lighter work load than usual in Week 1, and that was a huge mistake.

Classroom: Conner’s light load a mistake

By: Chris Carter, DKPittsburghSports

Yesterday, I wrote about the shortcomings of Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense in their 33-3 loss to the Patriots on Sunday. There were plenty of of mistakes in the Xs and Os of the game, but there were other concerns as well.

Even though Antonio Brown’s long gone, the Steelers still had JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner as Pro Bowl players for Roethlisberger to target and use to make plays. But Conner was underused in Randy Fichtner’s game plan, which cannot be part of the team’s recipe moving forward.

Let’s go deeper into why ...

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