WR JuJu Smith-Schuster - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-1, 215||Born: 11-22-1996||College: Southern California||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2017|
He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
General News (Fri Dec 6): is out for this week's game.
General News (Thu Dec 5): did not practice on Thursday.
General News (Wed Dec 4): did not practice on Wednesday.
General News (Tue Dec 3): is questionable to play in Week 14, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Week 14: at Arizona Cardinals
FBG says: Good matchup. It's hard to call young Devlin Hodges a polished prospect. He's being managed very closely and given very little downfield opportunity, with the Steelers running heavily to protect him. Still, his steady-ish play has been a noticeable upgrade on the mistake-prone Mason Rudolph. Hodges has shown the spark of a dynamic connection with wideout James Washington, who's topped 90 yards in 3 of his last 4 games. The pair hooked up on three fantastic, well-contested deep balls last week, making for the most excitement this attack has seen in over a month. Washington would still hold some fantasy value even if JuJu Smith-Schuster can return - he doesn't look likely to - but offers week-winning potential as Hodges' No. 1 target. With the lack of volume at play, though, there's not much stability or upside to be found anywhere else. No. 2 wideout Diontae Johnson have combined to post just 115 yards over the past 3 weeks. The Cardinals opened the year struggling against the pass, but this unit has now plummeted to the bottom of the league by just about every measure. Not even the Week 7 return of All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson has helped stop the bleeding. The numbers have been staggering: they've allowed 420+ yards in back-to-back games, and 315+ in 6 of their last seven. Over those 7 games they've surrendered 19 touchdowns through the air, and 7 different receivers have recorded 100+ yards. Peterson has suffered through his worst season as a pro, and rookie Byron Murphy has been even worse across the field. Of course, the Cardinals have gained the most notoriety here in 2019 for their ineptitude against tight ends. The linebackers and safeties have been historically poor in coverage up the seams. They've already allowed 6 different tight ends to top 75 yards - 4 of them cleared 100 - with an astonishing 13 touchdowns along the way. Vance McDonald has largely faded from the Pittsburgh gameplan, but he couldn't ask for a better time to get more involved.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
JuJu Smith-Schuster's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 11 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Similar to the rest of the Steelers offensive skill position players, Smith-Schuster has a relatively short a unproductive evening. Early on, the Cleveland Browns were playing off coverage against Smith-Schuster and not allowing him to beat them deep. He was hit over the middle of the field on a short crossing route. Smith-Schuster was able to convert the Steelers first down of the game. On a key third down and short play, in the first quarter, Smith-Schuster was open for a first down to keep a drive alive. Mason Rudolph threw the ball too far in front of Smith-Schuster and failed to convert the third down. Smith-Schuster's night was cut short at the beginning of the second quarter after taking a helmet to helmet hit after making a catch. Smith-Schuster would not return to the game with a concussion.
2019 Week 10 vs LAR (6 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
On the brightside, the Steelers target distribution among it's wide receivers narrowed in Week 10 to three players. Unfortunately, nursing a toe injury, Smith-Schuster was not able to separate much from his coverage. In fact, Smith-Schuster almost repeated his mistake from Week 9. On a well-placed pass from Mason Rudolph, Smith-Schuster was not able to bring in the reception and the ball deflected off of his hands and was nearly Rudolph's third interception on deflections this season. Smith-Schuster's best reception of the day came from a bunch formation. The defender was playing off almost 10-yards to avoid being caught up in the scrum and completely losing Smith-Schuster. Smith-Schuster had a good opportunity after the catch, but was unfortunately, with his injured toe, his explosion after the catch was limited and ultimately caught from behind quickly.
2019 Week 9 vs IND (5 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
This looked like it was going to be a high-volume Smith-Schuster after three of Mason Rudolph's targets on the first drive went to him. Smith-Schuster's first reception was on a perfect slant where Smith-Schuster was able to split the defenders. Smith-Schuster's second target was deep down the field. The coverage was perfect and there wasn't a catch to be made, but it was a good sign the Steelers were game planning those deeper shots. Unfortunately, on the third target, the ball went through Smith-Schuster's hands and was intercepted. For the rest of the game the Steelers shifted to an ultra-conservative game script. In fact, Smith-Schuster didn't see another touch until the third quarter of the game when the Steelers used a slow developing play to move the pocket. When the pocket was moving Rudolph passed the ball to Smith-Schuster where there was no space for him to turn up field.
2019 Week 8 vs MIA (9 / 5 / 103 / 1 rec)
Smith-Schuster had his best game of the season and his first 100-yard game since Week 16 of 2018 against the Saints. The star receiver was targeted heavily in this game, but didn't connect with Rudolph until the second quarter. Smith-Schuster's first target of the day ended up being an interception. The day didn't get any easier for Smith-Schuster until the offense found ways to scheme him away from Xavien Howard. In the second half, after Howard exited the game due to injury, Smith-Schuster began to come alive. Smith-Schuster's touchdown came in the third quarter on a contested catch. For most wide receivers they wouldn't have fought for the ball. Smith-Schuster not only fought for the ball in the air, but he took it away from the defender and was able to dive towards the end zone to score. Smith-Schuster wasn't done on the day. On the Steelers' last touchdown drive of the day, Smith-Schuster drew a 25-yard defensive pass interference and made a 9-yard reception to bring the Steelers inside the 5-yard line.
2019 Week 6 vs LAC (4 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
On top of dealing with the fourth string quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Smith-Schuster also had Casey Hayward to deal with. Smith-Schuster's single catch came on an in-breaking slant route. The ball was perfectly thrown in rhythm and Smith-Schuster made a great catch on the ball.
2019 Week 5 vs BAL (7 / 7 / 75 / 1 rec)
The Steelers wanted to make an effort to get Smith-Schuster involved early and often. Smith-Schuster received the first two targets of the game. On the Steelers' third drive of the game, the ball was snapped and Smith-Schuster's defender covering him was bumped by a teammate covering another player and he was able to break free across the middle of the field. Marlon Humphrey was able to catch Smith-Schuster, but he was stiff armed to the group and Smith-Schuster kept his balance to score a touchdown. Unfortunately, Smith-Schuster's day did not end as sunny. During overtime Smith-Schuster was able to split two defenders and made a great reception in traffic while on the run. The ball was recovered by the Ravens. The Ravens proceeded to kick a field goal to end the game. The fumble call is controversial and could be viewed as an incomplete pass.
2019 Week 4 vs CIN (4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Another quiet night for Smith-Schuster on the field. The Bengals throughout the night were putting their best defender on Smith-Schuster. While Smith-Schuster did not have a big receiving impact on the game, his impact was felt as a mentor to Diontae Johnson. On the first drive of the game, after Johnson fumbled the ball, Smith-Schuster went to Johnson and helped coach him through the turnover.
2019 Week 3 vs SF (7 / 3 / 81 / 1 rec)
The stat line for Smith-Schuster looks relatively robust, but 76 of Smith-Schuster's 81 total yards came on one reception. On Smith-Schuster's touchdown reception it was the perfect catch and run. Smith-Schuster was running a deeper crosser and the ball was delivered right on his facemask. With a step already on his defender, Smith-Schuster turned on the afterburners to force a bad angle by the safety and score a long touchdown.
2019 Week 2 vs SEA (8 / 5 / 84 / 0 rec)
After combatting all night with Stephen Gilmore in Week 1 against the Patriots, Juju Smith-Schuster saw a much easier day against the Seattle Seahawks who don't have a traveling shutdown cornerback. The downside is Ben Roethlisberger didn't target him until halfway through the second quarter. When Smith-Schuster was targeted he was a reliable target for Ben Roethlisberger and getting good opportunities after the catch. Smith-Schuster's had two prominent receptions on the night, one with each quarterback. The first, with Ben Roethlisberger, came in the second quarter. Smith-Schuster used his eyes to work the defender inside in tandem with Roethlisberger and was able to work his route outside for a great opportunity in the open field. In the third quarter, with Rudolph in, Smith-Schuster sprang free on a flea flicker play. Smith-Schuster tracked the ball well, slowing down and made a strong hands catch over the defender. However, if Rudolph would have led his receiver better, Smith-Schuster would have a touchdown on the night.
2019 Week 1 vs NE (8 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)
Going from second chair wide receiver to first chair is never easy. You draw either double coverage or the opposing team's best defensive back on every plan. On Sunday night, Juju Smith-Schuster went toe to toe with the Patriots top defensive back, Stephon Gilmore, and had a long night. Smith-Schuster dealt with tight coverage from the start and had to work for every yard. On his first reception of the game, Smith-Schuster had to high point the ball over the defender and concentrate as he brought the ball into his body with another defender draped on him. His second catch on the evening was his easiest by far. Smith-Schuster had inside position on his defender and when he cut his route inside the defender was left trailing him. By the end of the evening things did end up loosening up for Smith-Schuster. With off coverage, Smith Schuster was able to convert a couple garbage time catches before injuring himself on his last reception of the game. After the game new has come out Juju Smith-Schuster was sent after the game for an x-ray after suffering a toe injury on his last reception.
Latest NewsSteelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster to miss Week 14 (Fri Dec 6, 03:15 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 6, and has been ruled out for Week 14. link to story Steelers | Pittsburgh's Week 14 injury report (Fri Dec 6, 02:57 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) was unable to practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 14 versus the Arizona Cardinals. RB James Conner (shoulder) was limited in practice all week and has also been ruled out. LB Mark Barron (knee, non-injury) was limited Friday, Dec. 6, but no longer appears on the injury report. WR Diontae Johnson (illness), TE Vance McDonald (non-injury) and OG Ramon Foster (non-injury) practiced in full Friday and also have been removed from the injury report. Our View: Benny Snell and James Washington will get a lot more work in place of Conner and Smith-Schuster and both are worth plays this week against the weak Cardinals defense.
link to story Steelers | No practice for JuJu Smith-Schuster (Thu Dec 5, 04:12 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 5. link to story Steelers | JuJu Smith-Schuster doesn't practice Wednesday (Wed Dec 4, 04:10 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) didn't participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. link to story Steelers | Juju Smith-Schuster iffy for Week 14 (Tue Dec 3, 01:24 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster (knee) is questionable to play in Week 14, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Our View: Fantasy GMs shouldn't like the sound of 'iffy' when it comes to Smith-Schuster's status. Many have other plans in place, and those plans may stay in place in Week 14.
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