Wide receiver depth carrying Steelers’ offense

Wide receiver depth carrying Steelers’ offense
(Don Wright)

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers have played four games this season, winning them all.

And they’ve had a different leading receiver in each one of those games, highlighted by rookie Chase Claypool’s record-breaking seven-catch, 110-yard, three-touchdown performance in a 38-29 win over the Eagles Sunday, one in which he also ran for a score.

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The Steelers are only carrying five wide receivers on their active roster, but they’re getting significant contributions from all five. Add in tight end Eric Ebron, himself a de facto wide receiver, and it’s one of the more diverse and talented -- and most of all -- productive groups the team has had.

There’s no Darrius Heyward-Bey, who is only around to help out on special teams, or Johnny Holton, a speedster who ran deep a lot but seldom caught the ball, or Ryan Switzer, who averaged 7.4 yards per catch in his two seasons with the Steelers. These guys all have big play ability.

Perhaps more importantly, there’s no one receiver demanding the ball all the time. These guys have checked their egos at the door.

Steelers fans revel experience as Heinz Field filled with just 5,500 people