What To Expect From Pittsburgh Steelers: 2014: Wide Receivers

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Training camp begins in just a few short days, and the start of the season is less than a month away.  The Steelers have undergone quite a bit of change over the last five months.  What can we expect from the team and the players on an individual basis?  Let’s break’em down.

Wide Receivers

There are currently 11 wide receivers on the Steelers roster.  Let’s look at five of the more compelling stories for 2014.

Sep 22, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) catches a touchdown pass in front of Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) during the second half at Heinz Field. The Bears won the game, 40-23. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports


Antonio Brown

WR, Exp. 4yrs.

Antonio Brown is entering his 5th season in 2014.  There’s only one word to focus on when breaking down expectations for Brown – leadership.  There’s no question that Brown has proved his new contract worth last season by becoming one of the top receivers in the league in pass receptions and yards.  There’s also no question that the young man still lacks the discipline to become a leader in the locker room and on the field.  Teammate Ben Roethlisberger is the self proclaimed leader, but Brown has the charisma and skills to rally his teammates beyond huddling up the offense.  The problem is, he struggles to use his powers for good.  Dances, first down celebratory ball drops, falling to the turf before being hit, and mega brain farts dirty scuttle his chances at becoming a great leader on this team – something they could really use.  As 2013 wore on, it appeared as though Brown started to ‘get it.’  Can he continue to mature?  I think it’s a must for Brown, especially since he’s the only receiver who’s nabbed over 10 catches left on the roster from last season….
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