The Pittsburgh Steelers drop charges in 2020 had been alarming

There were moments of brilliance from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ broad recipients in 2020 and moments of utter disappointment.

During the Steelers’ worst run of the season, a trend developed among the team’s pass catchers. They just couldn’t hold onto the ball, especially when it mattered most. Brutal falls killed drives, eliminated the moment and had a tough hand on the team that lost 5 of their last 6 games.

You don’t have to remind Steelers fans of the discarded passports, trust me, they’ll remember. If you look at the numbers you can see how strong the drops were in 2020. Check out the drop rates among Steelers pass catchers in 2020, thanks to the Steelers Pro Football Focus (PFF) Twitter page:

Drop rates at #Steelers

➤ Diontae Johnson – 13.7%
➤ James Washington – 11.8%
➤ Eric Ebron – 11.1%
➤ James Conner – 10.3%
➤ Chase Claypool – 6.1%
➤ JuJu Smith-Schuster – 3% pic.twitter.com/jDfDPFQay3

– PFF PIT Steelers (@PFF_Steelers) February 15, 2021

The worst of the above players is undoubtedly Dionate Johnson. Sure, he’s high on the list, but it goes beyond leading the team in that category. Johnson also had more goals than Chase Claypool, Eric Ebron, and James Washington. It gives him more opportunities to drop football, which he did a lot last season, but it also gives him a tremendous amount of opportunities to reverse that percentage.

If you look at the declined passes throughout Ben Roethlisberger’s career, the numbers regarding the 2018-2019 season are even clearer compared to 2020. This in turn from PFF:

To be fair, Roethlisberger didn’t even play two full games in 2019, but the entire 2018 season combined with the season opener in New England in 2019 was only 26 passes lost. A total of 41 drops in 2020 are simply inexcusable and should be taken into account when looking at Ben Roethlisberger’s entire season.

Fans love to point out that the Steelers are losing steam on the track, and most point to Roethlisberger as the main culprit, but it wasn’t like he was being rescued by his passport catchers. In fact, it was the opposite.

If the Steelers hope to bring the ship back to order as a crime in 2021, it will have to start with those responsible for catching the football to do their job better. Stay tuned for the latest news and notes regarding the Steelers preparing for the new league year, the NFL Free Agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.

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