The Pittsburgh Steelers passing attack could be one of the best in the league next season if youngsters Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant can prove to be big-time deep threats, because the rest of the pieces are there for the Steelers offense. Ben Roethlisberger is a top ten quarterback, Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount form an excellent RB duo, Heath Miller has always been a solid TE, Antonio Brown blossomed into a sure-fire elite wideout last year, Dri Archer is a nice wrinkle in the passing game, and Lance Moore is a safe, veteran chain-mover. Wheaton didn’t make much of an impact as a rookie, but the Oregon State product has the talent to be a difference-maker. Bryant struggled with drops and comes into the league as a raw route-runner, but the Clemson product is an incredibly explosive athlete with a great size-speed combo.
While Bryant and Wheaton are the two young wide receivers worth focusing in on the most, another young wideout in Oklahoma Sooners second-year pro Justin Brown is making his presence felt this offseason. According to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Brown had a big first day of training camp and picked up where he left off earlier this offseason, when he lined up with the first-team offense at times in OTAs and minicamp. Per Kaboly, Brown made some very acrobatic receptions, including one catch that received praise from Roethlisberger.
It’s great to hear that Brown is continuing to make a big impact in offseason workouts, because he came out of Oklahoma with concerns over whether or not he had sufficient speed and athleticism to make the jump into the NFL. He’s currently the team’s No. 5 or 6 wideout behind Brown, Wheaton, Moore, Bryant, and possibly Darrius Heyward-Bey, but Brown looks ready to make the Steelers roster after being on the practice squad last year.
A sixth-round pick in 2013, Brown looks like a possession-type receiver on the outside and will hopefully end up being a nice No. 4 receiver for the Steelers down the road. For now, being the team’s No. 5 wideout is his ceiling, and we can only hope that his strong work this offseason turns into solid play during the regular season.