Steelers Have Potential For Two 1,000 Yard Receivers
It was a question I had lingering around in my mind since late last season. Do the Pittsburgh Steelers have the potential to produce not one, but two 1,000 yard receivers this 2015-16 NFL season. So I decided to ask a very reputable CBS Senior NFL Columnist, Pete Prisco.
Mr. Prisco’s answer.. “With Ben, it’s possible”.
A short but sweet response to my question, but a response I had expect from someone who knows the sport of professional football. Because when you go into long winded..drug out answers to a simple question, it normally isn’t the truth.
Anyway, let’s take a look at this for a minute. You have Antonio Brown on one side, by far the most talented and explosive wide receiver in the game today. Hauling in 129 passes last season and gaining 1,698 yards with an average of 13.2 yards per reception, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that he will surpass the 1,000 yard mark again this season.
On the other side, possible overtaking the number two receiver spot over Markus Wheaton you have, Martavis Bryant. Who astounded NFL audiences with 549 yards on just on just 26 receptions as a rookie last season, averaging an incredible 21.1 yards per catch. Numbers that are most definitely sure to improve this season, especially with 100% of the offensive line from last year returning to block for quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.
Speaking of Roethlisberger, the newest inductee into the MAC Hall of Fame yesterday evening..he is coming off the best season of his NFL career under center behind that offensive line. Throwing for 4, 952 yards and averaging 309.5 YPG, Big Ben has clearly exceeded expectations under the Todd Haley ran offense. And as long as the line continues to keep him upright and he keeps his interceptions to a minimum, there should be no stopping him this season.
In short, I completely agree with Prisco’s previous assessment. “With Ben, it’s possible”. Much more possible than not.
Brian Christopher Jenkins