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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is excited about his receiving options

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Antonio Brown may no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but that doesn’t mean Ben Roethlisberger isn’t looking forward to what his receiving corps can bring to the table.

“I’m really excited about what we have,” Roethlisberger told Chris Simms of NBC Sports. “JuJu [Smith-Schuster] just keeps getting better and I’m excited for what he’s going to do, especially with a new challenge. Every year he’s presented with a new challenge and he’s answered the bell.”

While we know about Smith-Schuster, who hauled in 111 receptions for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance during his second NFL season in 2018, it’s the rest of the Steelers’ receivers that has fans worried.

Pittsburgh doesn’t really have a proven No. 2 wide out, with Donte Moncrief and second-year receiver James Washington battling it out for the job. There is also Ryan Switzer, who will likely play the slot.

Still, Roethlisberger is amped to see what they can do.

“I’m excited to see what [Donte] Moncrief [does],” Roethlisberger said. “I’ve been really excited about him. We got a battle inside between him, Eli [Rogers] and [Ryan Switzer], two guys who are really fun to watch work. James Washington has shown improvement. He’s lost weight, gotten faster, and [is] making plays.”

The veteran quarterback then added that there are “some catches that went to Oakland that are going to have to get dispersed among a lot of guys,” an obvious reference to the loss of Brown.

It should certainly be interesting to see how the Steelers’ passing game manages without the seven-time Pro Bowler.