Steelers should call Bears about WR Anthony Miller
The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t had a lot of receivers step up this year. Here’s why they should make a call about trading for Bears wideout, Anthony Miller.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have all of their weapons in place yet on offense. Though JuJu Smith-Schuster is a solid starter, he hasn’t quite been the same so far this year.
There are many factors we can point to. Ben Roethlisberger trusted JuJu in the passing game and looked his way often in 2018, as JuJu was 4th in the entire NFL in targets just a season ago with 166 balls thrown his way. With Ben gone, Mason Rudolph simply may not throw his direction as often.
As much as fans don’t want to think about it at this point, Antonio Brown did a lot in terms of drawing coverage away from Smith-Schuster last season.
JuJu isn’t the only Steelers receiver who has had a disappointing start to the 2019 season. Donte Moncrief is shaping up to be a horrible signing for Pittsburgh, while James Washington is yet to live up to his preseason hype for the second year in a row.
Rookie Diontae Johnson shows a ton of promise, but even with him busting onto the scene against the Bengals, Pittsburgh still needs more weapons on offense.
Chicago Bears wide receiver, Anthony Miller, could make a lot of sense for Pittsburgh. I was extremely high on Miller coming out of Memphis in 2017. He was insanely productive with 2 seasons reaching at least 95 catches, 1,400 yards, and 14 touchdowns, and he had some excellent college tape.
Miller is a slightly undersized, but he is an explosive receiver who can create separation quickly and is a beast after the catch (think Stephon Diggs).
Sadly, the talented wideout is wasting some of his best years rotting Chicago’s offense. In his second season, he has just 4 catches and 28 receiving yards working with Mitch Trubisky and Chane Daniels.
The Steelers don’t have a lot of draft capital just to give away next season. They gave Miami their first-round pick for Minkah Fitzpatrick, and they already lost their 3rd round pick in 2020 as part of the deal to move up for Devin Bush this offseason.
Even so, the Bears obviously aren’t too hight on Anthony Miller. They may be willing to sell low. Either way, the Steelers should be interested in adding anyone who can get open and help their young quarterback succeed. Anthony Miller could be that guy.