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‘Next Man Up’ Mentality For Steelers WR Room According to Ray-Ray McCloud

It goes without saying how big the loss of JuJu Smith-Schuster is to this Steelers team. Smith-Schuster not only provides a physical, tough option out of the slot for Ben Roethlisberger, but his energy in the locker room is crucial as well.

The Steelers first game without Smith-Schuster was a bit rocky against the Seahawks. Ray-Ray McCloud possesses a unique dynamic that’s different than that of Smith-Schuster. As expected, his work in the slot increased significantly Sunday night. McCloud addressed the unfortunate injury and the next man up mentality.

”First, I just want to thank God for the opportunity,” he said after practice to the media Tuesday, via the Steelers website.