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Steelers News: Steelers will have to keep an eye on Tyler Boyd on Monday night

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are moving into Week 4 of the NFL regular season, and as the team prepares for the Cincinnati Bengals, 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 if the Steelers want to claim their first victory they will need to keep the hometown kid, Tyler Boyd, in check on Monday Night Football.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Tyler Boyd is a Pittsburgh product, and will be a focal point of the Steelers’ defense in the Week 4 matchup vs. the Cincinnati Bengals.

Bengals ‘count on’ big production from Tyler Boyd against hometown Steelers

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Clairton native and Pitt product Tyler Boyd will return home Monday night with the Bengals and play at Heinz Field for the first time since the second game of his rookie season in 2016. He was not active for the past two matchups in Pittsburgh.

Boyd leads the Bengals with 24 receptions and is second with 250 receiving yards. His seven third-down catches that have resulted in first downs are tied for second among NFL receivers.

“Tyler has been a guy we could count on,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. “We feel like we have other weapons at our tight end group, receiver group, running back, to help on third down as well. As it’s happened, he’s been the target on most of them. We feel like we can isolate any receiver, and they can win a one-on-one.”

Boyd had 76 catches for 1,028 yards in 2018 with 58 percent of his receptions resulting in first downs or touchdowns. The Bengals rewarded Boyd with a four-year, $43 million contract extension.

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  • The Steelers have a very young receiving corps, and now a young quarterback to complete the battery. Will they be able to develop a rapport which equates to wins?

Young Steelers receivers trying to click with new QB Mason Rudolph

By: Joe Rutter, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

It’s not lost on the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers that James Washington had a special on-field rapport with quarterback Mason Rudolph when they played together at Oklahoma State.

It would be hard to miss considering that with Rudolph throwing the football, Washington set school single-game and season records for yards per catch. That Washington had the highest yards-per-catch average among all FBS receivers as a senior at 20.9. Or that in his final season, he had 19 catches that went for 30-plus yards, 11 that were at least 40 yards and eight that surpassed 50.

“The connection he had with James in college,” JuJu Smith-Schuster said earlier in the week, “we’re trying to build that here with all of the receivers.”

The Steelers hope what transpired in the second half of their 24-20 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3 represents a trend in that direction. Smith-Schuster turned a catch on a short crossing pattern into a 76-yard touchdown, and Diontae Johnson had a 39-yard touchdown catch. Even Washington, although limited to two catches for 14 yards, drew a 39-yard pass interference call against cornerback Jason Verrett on the play that preceded Johnson’s touchdown.

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  • The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to make history vs. the Bengals on Monday Night Football.

Bengals look to avoid making history against the Steelers

By: Ben Baby, ESPN

Those around Cincinnati have let first-year Bengals coach Zac Taylor know the importance of the annual games against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“They’re pretty frank about it,” Taylor said this week.

If folks around town are pretty fed up, there’s a good reason. The Bengals are carrying an eight-game losing streak against the Steelers into Monday night’s game at Pittsburgh (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App). Should Cincinnati lose the contest between two of the NFL’s remaining winless teams and stretch the streak to nine, it will be the longest of its kind in franchise history.

And if there’s ever been a time to break the streak, Monday’s nationally televised game will be as good as any.

“Sometimes it takes one,” Taylor said of a potential victory against the Steelers, who like the Bengals are 0-3. “It just takes that first one to get it rolling. We’re hungry for that one and we desperately want it right now. The important thing is we don’t deviate, and we stay the course, and we know where we’re headed.”

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