4 takeaways from Steelers blowout win over the Bengals
Steelers might have the deepest group of WRs in the league
Though the Steelers are still waiting for that one player to emerge as the top dog and take over as a legitimate ‘number one’ receiver threat in the league, there’s no question that this group is deep – perhaps even the deepest in the NFL at the moment. On any given Sunday, it could be a different player stepping up to the plate.
Early in the game, it was Diontae Johnson, as he earned double-digit targets by halftime and led all Pittsburgh receivers in yardage. However, the second half featured much more JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool. Collectively, these three receivers combined for 249 receiving yards and all four touchdowns in the contest – Claypool earning a pair of scores.
Thanks to the emergence of Claypool and the treat that he has been to the Steelers this season, former second-round pick, James Washington, is rarely used. However, when called upon, he is still efficient. Washington hauled in both o his targets for an impressive 30 yards.
This is a talented, young group of playmakers, and they should only continue to get better with time.