Scary for a Secondary
As long as you have Antonio Brown on your team, you’re always going to be able to threaten teams through the air. But lately, it appears that gone are the days when Brown had to catch half or more of Ben’s yardage or when dumping it off to the RB was a third of the pass plays. You really never know who is going to come down with the ball lately for the Steelers. It’s demoralizing to players and impossible to scheme against when 9 players are catching the ball.
The obvious cause of this diversification is the development of JuJu Smith-Schuster, who kicked off the game with a 75 yard, dagger to the heart of Carolina, touchdown and has emerged as a true star. But the running backs and fullbacks are involved as well. The tight end position is more of a threat than it’s been since the days of Heath Miller. McDonald, James, and Grimble have all added big plays this year. You just cannot scheme against a team that spreads the ball like the Steelers did Thursday.
The Steelers take on the Jags next Sunday. Let’s see what we learn next.