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Give me 10 push-ups! Competition fuels post-A.B. Steelers offense

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Vance McDonald has seen too much from Antonio Brown to think one player alone will replace his 1,500 yards of yearly production.

Even trying will require serious teamwork from the Pittsburgh Steelers offense.

"The things A.B. is capable of doing at the position, he’s a freak. He’s so good," the veteran tight end said of Brown, who was traded to the Oakland Raiders in March. "I think Ben (Roethlisberger) is the best quarterback that will allow us to take that piece that A.B. is giving in each game and allowing it to go through different avenues."

Pittsburgh's post-Brown offense will prioritize versatility, creativity and an equal opportunity approach. JuJu Smith-Schuster is the obvious primary option for Roethlisberger and will most likely post big numbers. Behind him is depth and intrigue but a lack of star power.

The Steelers believe they have at least nine viable pass-catching options which Roethlisberger will surely utilize. In a two-game stretch without Brown in late 2017, Roethlisberger completed passes to nine other Steelers, with four players catching at least four balls.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

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"Everybody's pushing each other -- you got a drop, you've got 10 push-ups," free-agent addition Donte Moncrief said. "Everybody's trying to bring energy ... Make plays, don't come out here lagging ... I feel like everybody' going to be able to help. Everyone's ready to play. Everybody knows JuJu is going to get a lot of attention. We have to be able to help him out, take some double-teams away and beat man so the defense has to cover everybody."

Despite an erratic rookie year, James Washington posted two 60-plus-yard games in the final three weeks last season and dropped 15 pounds in the offseason. He's getting off the line of scrimmage quicker now.

The Steelers value Ryan Switzer's versatility and quickness. He can line up in the slot, in the backfield or on the outside.

Eli Rogers is a classic matchup option. He can still beat man coverage in spots.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Third-round pick Diontae Johnson will have time to develop, but the Steelers hope his route-running ability helps him crack the lineup sooner than later.

Xavier Grimble will get a legitimate look as the No. 2 tight end. He's earned that. If his hands prove reliable, his athleticism and physical blocking can take over.

Not many have more riding on this year than Moncrief, who's trying to redirect his career after a rocky one-year experiment in Jacksonville. His 21 career touchdowns make him a compelling red zone target for Big Ben. Moncrief doesn't own an 800-yard season, but he also caught passes from Scott Tolzien and Blake Bortles in Indianapolis and Jacksonville.

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