When the Pittsburgh Steelers walked into the 2020 season on the offensive side of the ball they had all of the talent in the world at the wide receiver position. At times the wide receivers and the offense would flash if Ben Roethlisberger decided to play 'backyard football' once he found out the game plan was not going according to design. Thank Randy Fichtner for how atrocious the Steelers offensive side of the ball was in 2020. One of the reasons is because the talent on the Steelers offense was not being utilized to the best of its ability.
It sounds like Matt Canada is going to utilize all of the talent the Steelers have on the offensive side of the ball after hearing Pat Freiermuth speak after the first day of Rookie Mini-Camp. Freiermuth feels like Canada is going to definitely utilize all of the talent the Steelers have on the offensive side of the ball. He also saw quite a bit of 'pre-snap motion' with Matt Canada as well. If anyone has watched how Canada operates his offense you would know that is what he loves to do.
Pat Freiermuth on the Steelers offense: "It's complex but it's simple in the same way. I think Coach Canada puts guys on the field where they can create mismatches and I think he does a good job just kind of understanding and kind of figuring out what the defense's weaknesses are. I can kind of see that with the looks he gave out there for the 'look' team today and what he's put together."
Freiermuth on the Steelers offense utilizing talent: "The offense is awesome. I think it's very complex and I think it's going to utilize the talent we have on this roster. From the first 'walk through' today, felt great, felt like I understand most of what's going on."
The bottom line is if the Steelers can utilize Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, and JuJu Smith-Schuster to the best of their ability they should be in the top-5 receiving corps in the NFL in 2021. That is the way it should have been since JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson first arrived in Pittsburgh, but thanks to Randy Fichtner they didn't look as good as they could have been on the football field. It sounds like Tomlin has tasked Matt Canada to utilize every single member on the offensive side of the ball to be used to the best of their ability. That is music to my ears to finally hear this.