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Steelers WR Donte Moncrief has added ‘unbelievable professionalism’ in Pittsburgh

Donte Moncrief, Steelers

New Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Donte Moncrief has been a consummate professional so far. This was what Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner told ESPN senior writer Jeremy Fowler on June 12.

That’s good news for the Steelers, who are figuring out who will become their No. 2 receiver behind JuJu Smith-Schuster. The departure of controversial wideout Antonio Brown has left Pittsburgh with a massive void. Moncrief is no Antonio Brown by a long shot, but he has the potential to give the Steelers a credible threat at wide receiver.

Surprisingly, no less than quarterback Ben Roethlisberger singled out Moncrief as a potential starter opposite Smith-Schuster, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ray Fittipaldo.

It’s hard to pick one, but I’d probably go with Donte Moncrief just because he’s new. I wasn’t really sure what to expect with him.

Now getting to see his work ethic, his desire, his knowledge of the offense…We’re doing no-huddle stuff, and I’ll give him a signal and ask him, ‘Are you good?’ And he’ll say yeah.

He’s in with (Steelers wide receivers coach) coach (Darryl) Drake every single morning. You see the desire and the want-to to be great. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know him.

Roethlisberger’s sentiments on Moncrief speak massive volumes – they’re consistent with what Fichtner told Fowler on Wednesday. From all indications, Moncrief should have a breakout season in The Steel City.

The 25-year-old Moncrief agreed to a two-year deal with the Steelers on March 15. He caught for 668 yards and three touchdowns on 48 receptions for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2018 NFL season.

Moncrief spent his first four pro seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. He enjoyed his most productive year in 2015, when he caught 733 yards and six touchdowns on 64 receptions for Indianapolis.

Despite finishing with a respectable 9-6-1 record, the Steelers missed the postseason for the first time in five years. With Moncrief’s help, Pittsburgh should make a serious postseason run in the 2019 NFL season.

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