Moncrief, Roethlisberger Not Discouraged By Drops

Steelers WR got text from Roethlisberger postgame

Josh Rowntree
September 11, 2019 - 3:39 pm

Despite his abysmal showing Sunday night in New England, Steelers wide receiver Donte Moncrief is looking ahead. And his quarterback is with him.

Moncrief caught three passes for seven yards in Pittsburgh’s 33-3 loss to the Patriots. He was targeted a team-high ten times, dropping four balls. 

“That was the worst game ever in my career,” Moncrief said. “It hurt. But you can’t just sit there and pout about it. You’ve got to get better and that’s what I’m doing. 

“It’s sickening when you watch it and you know the plays you’re supposed to make and you didn’t make them. After watching the film, there was a feeling in my stomach. It hurt. After the game I went straight home and went to sleep. It hurt me. I had to put that away. It’s a new week and it’s ready to go.”

Moncreif, however, was somewhat comforted by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, even before the team left Gillette Stadium. 

“It was crazy, he texted me right after the game,” added Moncrief, who is still dealing with a left middle finger dislocation suffered during training camp. “I was on the bus and he sent me a text. That’s a good thing. He believes in me and I believe in myself.”

“Nothing has changed,” Roethlisberger said. “I think he’s a smart receiver. He’s a guy that’s going to give you everything he’s got. He’s a veteran guy, he’s been around. He can run, he can run different routes, not just a deep ball guy.

“I really just like the personality he has. He’s a guy that is easy to talk to and will communicate back with you. I’m excited for him this week. I think we’ll see some really good things.”

“I’m not discouraged at all. I told him, and I think if you saw the game you saw that I’m not going to shy away from throwing to him.”

Moncrief had four drops all of last season while with Jacksonville. He matched that output in one game. 

“This week in practice, I don’t think about ‘oh, did this guy make this play or didn’t make that me,’” Roethlsiberger said. “We all have a clean slate every week, that’s me included.”

Moncrief is appreciative of the positive and public reinforcement and has turned his attention to Sunday's home opener against Seattle. 

“It’s huge for a guy like that to come out and say something,” Moncreif said. “It shows that he has trust in you and he knows you can make plays. So I’ve got to make those plays for him and make those hard throws easy and the easy throws easy, also.

“I had a few drops that I shouldn’t have had. Got to get them out of the way. Glad that it happened early. I have to get ready to make some more plays for him."