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What Ladarius Green's departure means for the Steelers offense

Three weeks after the Steelers selected their rookie draft class, the logic behind general manager Kevin Colbert’s decisions have come into clearer focus. Using a second-round draft choice on USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster wasn’t a luxury pick after all. It was a necessity in light of what happened Thursday when the Steelers released tight end Ladarius Green with a failed physical designation.

Assuming he learns the offensive playbook in the coming months, Smith-Schuster can take over the role the Steelers hoped Green would fill when they signed him to a four-year, $20 million contract in March of 2016.