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Steelers’ Mike Tomlin speaks out on Donte Moncrief’s struggles

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Donte Moncrief has had some major struggles in the first couple of weeks of the season and coach Mike Tomlin seems to be at a loss for words.

Through two games, Moncrief has five drops and only two receptions for seven yards. For a guy who is signed to a two year, $9 million deal a lot more is expected.

“I don’t know what to make of it,” coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday via triblive.com. “I know we haven’t been able to depend on him to this point. He’s got some challenges and we have some challenges moving forward.”

Moncrief played only 18 snaps on Sunday and after he dropped a pass that led to an interception early in the second half, he didn’t see the field again.

Tomlin wouldn’t commit to Moncrief having a big role against the San Francisco 49ers and did say there could be some role changes at wide receiver.

If Moncrief losses the starting job it would be James Washington who would line up next to JuJu Smith-Schuster as the starter. Rookie Diontae Johnson, who played 27 snaps against the Seattle Seahawks, could have a bigger role moving forward. So far this season he has caught four passes for 47 yards and those stats should only go up if he gets more snaps.

Washington and starting quarterback Mason Rudolph played together with the Oklahoma State Cowboys so it would make sense if his playing time went up. They were a dynamic duo in Stillwater and maybe they can continue that magic in Pittsburgh.