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It has been a one-of-a-kind offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2020. Unable to attend most player pro days and participating in the NFL’s first virtual draft, the Steelers keep pushing forward toward a return to football activities. Just because the NFL has cancelled the 2020 Hall of Fame Game and cut the preseason to an undetermined amount of games doesn’t mean we stop providing you with features, commentary and opinions to tide you over throughout the offseason!

Today in the black-and-gold links article we take a look at which receiver are primed to make the Steelers roster for 2020.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Which of the 10 Steelers currently on the roster will make it to Week 1?

Steelers receivers inexperienced, brimming with potential

By: Jeff Hartman, DK Pittsburgh Sports

The Steelers’ organization widely is considered a wide receiver factory. Kevin Colbert has been able to find some tremendous talent, often deeper in the draft, to bolster the team’s passing attack. Antonio Brown, Santonio Holmes, Mike Wallace and Plaxico Burress are names that come to mind when thinking about the receivers who have come through Pittsburgh and dominated while there.

Could the Steelers’ current crop of receivers follow suit? That is debatable entering 2020 considering they have a lot to prove after a down year in 2019. This always leads to the fact receivers need help, and a lot of it. Receivers can’t throw themselves the ball, and poor quarterback play can make the most dominant receiver look incompetent.

Last season, the Steelers’ passing attack was all but nullified when Ben Roethlisberger was injured in Week 2 and followed by Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges struggling when given the chance to captain the offense. The overall receiving statistics dropped tremendously, but it wasn’t necessarily an issue with the receivers. When you add players such as JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson battled injuries in 2019 into the equation, you can see how the Steelers’ passing offense averaged just 186.3 yards per game, 31st in the league.

Roethlisberger will return in 2020, but how his surgically repaired elbow handles the stress of a regular season has yet to be seen. The 2019 season might have been a low point for the Steelers’ passing attack, but the overall output shouldn’t dampen the promise of this wide receiving corps. In fact, they are brimming with young talent.

Who makes the team is a tough call, so let’s take a look at the depth chart.

DEPTH CHART

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  • Fullback Derek Watt didn’t want to get too excited about playing with his brother T.J.

Derek Watt says his agents kept Steelers interest in him quiet until right before signing

By: Curtis Crabtree, ProFootballTalk

Pittsburgh Steelers fullback Derek Watt didn’t know that he would be joining his brother T.J. in black and gold until right before putting pen to paper on his new contract.

In an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio on Monday, Watt said his agents had kept the true nature of the Steelers interest in him somewhat subdued in order to keep him level-headed during the free agency process.

“My agents had been keeping track, keeping in touch and saying ‘oh we’ve got some teams interested.’ They had a couple listed out that I was aware of that seemed to be extremely interested,” Watt said. “And all along they kind of mentioned it was kind of on the back-burner ‘oh the Steelers, they’ve been talking a little bit. They seem interested but you never know.’ It turns out they were trying to… all along the Steelers were one of the top teams that were trying to come after me. They just didn’t want to get my hopes up because they knew how exciting and special an opportunity it would be to play with T.J. here.

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  • Previewing both of the Steelers matchups against Cleveland

Countdown to 2020: The Browns

By: Mike Prisuta, Steelers.com

Date: Oct. 28

Time: 1 p.m.

Venue: Heinz Field

Date: Jan. 3

Time: 1 p.m.

Venue: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland

All-Time Regular-Season Series: Steelers lead. 74-59-1. The Steelers also lead the postseason series, 2-0.

Last Meeting: The Steelers extracted a measure of revenge for a 21-7 loss to the Browns in mid-November with a 21-13 victory over Cleveland on Dec. 1 at Heinz Field. QB Devlin Hodges went 14-for-21 passing for 212 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. WR James Washington had four receptions for 111 yards and a TD. The Steelers rallied after spotting the Browns an early 10-0 advantage.

Last Season: The Browns went 6-10 and finished third in the AFC North. Cleveland ranked 22nd in total offense (12th rushing, 22nd passing) and 22nd in total defense (30th rushing, seventh passing).

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