WR JuJu Smith-Schuster - Pittsburgh Steelers
|6-1, 215||Born: 11-22-1996||College: Southern California||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2017|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Feb 1): Smith-Schuster's 617 yards after catch were the sixth-most in the NFL in 2018, and he was the only wide receiver ranked in the Top 10 in the category.
General News (Tue Jan 29): is reportedly fine after suffering a knee injury during the Pro Bowl.
General News (Mon Jan 28): suffered a knee contusion during the 2019 Pro Bowl.
Week 21: bye week
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
2018 Week 17 vs CIN (10 / 5 / 37 / 1 rec)
In Week 17 Smith-Schuster did his best to carry the Steelers passing game. But, moving from secondary wide receiver with Antonio Brown drawing primary coverage to being ěthe manî is a tough transition for anyone to make. Smith-Schuster found himself being double covered the entire game and had little overall room to operate. It doesn't help when Smith-Schuster continues to have the same concentration drops which have plagued him all season. Smith-Schuster's highlight catch of the game came on first down within the final two minutes of the first half. He ran a simple inbreaking slant and looked to be tackled as soon as he caught the ball. Smith-Schuster continued moving his legs and was able to drag his defender for an additional three yards. It was an extremely high effort play. Smith-Schuster had a controversial call in the fourth quarter. He elevated and seemed to catch a contested pass. As he went to the ground the ball came loose. The catch was reviewed and ultimately overturned. Smith-Schuster's touchdown came on a wide receiver screen from 11 yards out. Smith-Schuster was stacked with another wide receiver ahead of him. When he caught the ball, Smith-Schuster was able to avoid one defender with a stiff arm and was able to walk into the endzone with nothing in his way.
2018 Week 16 vs NO (15 / 11 / 115 / 0 rec)
This was a workman like performance for JuJu Smith-Schuster and no one knew if he was even going to be able to play after injuring his groin in practice earlier in the week. Completing the day with over 100 yards and only two plays of over 20 yards and none longer than 25 yards. Going beyond the box score, Smith-Schuster had a defensive pass interference penalty called at the two-yard line with led to the Steelers first touchdown of the game. The stat line was pretty, but the end of the game wasn't kind to Smith-Schuster. Roethlisberger dropped back to pass and delivered the ball accurately and on time to Smith-Schuster. As he was being taken to the ground, Smith-Schuster lost control and fumbled the ball costing the Steelers an opportunity to at least tie the game. This would be a devastating way for the season to end after such a breakout performance. This loss cannot be fully placed on JuJu Smith-Schuster's shoulders.
2018 Week 15 vs NE (10 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
At times, there are too many mouths to feed in Pittsburgh. In Week 15 alone eight different wide receivers were targeted by Ben Roethlisberger. With this said, Smith-Schuster continues to lead the Steelers in targets and receive optimized touches from the slot. The big day was almost there. Ben Roethlisberger missed Smith-Schuster deep twice, one of which was a potential touchdown. Smith-Schuster's notable reception came in the first quarter. The Steelers were backed up and it was 2nd & 14. Roethlisberger targeted Smith-Schuster out of the slot and Smith-Schuster elevated over his defender to make a strong catch.
2018 Week 14 vs OAK (12 / 8 / 130 / 2 rec)
Smith-Schuster led the Steelers in targets and yardage, providing valuable as a threat in the slot in crucial situations. The chemistry Smith-Schuster is developing with Roethlisberger is like that of Antonio Brown. Smith-Schuster's had two highlight catches on the day. His first came on a back-shoulder timing reception from Ben Roethlisberger displaying exceptional timing. JuJu's second highlight catch was for a touchdown in the back of the end zone. Smith-Schuster was relatively open and the ball was placed well above his head. Fortunately, Smith-Schuster tipped the ball to himself and was able to secure the catch. The ruling on the field was originally called incomplete, but was overturned for a touchdown.In the closing seconds, Smith-Schuster took a toss from James Washington and had big yards after the catch to bring the Steelers within field goal range. Smith-Schuster does most of his damage in the slot and by being physical with his defenders after the catch.
2018 Week 13 vs LAC (9 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)
Smith-Schuster had a workman-like game. The Chargers were not going to let Smith-Schuster beat them with big plays after the catch. Smith-Schuster did excel when Ben Roethlisberger needed a conversion. Smith-Schuster's most critical catch came on the final drive of the game for the Steelers. Smith-Schuster caught the ball for a nine-yard gain and allowed the Steelers to continue their drive after James Conner converted a critical fourth down.
2018 Week 12 vs DEN (17 / 13 / 189 / 1 rec)
With Antonio Brown drawing shadow coverage, Smith-Schuster drew much easier coverage both in the slot and outside. The connection with Roethlisberger and Smith-Schuster was string during the game and were almost playing sandlot football at times. Smith-Schuster ran one route where he broke inside, then went outside, and then turned the route back inside to find a soft spot of the zone defense and allow Roethlisberger to find him. Smith-Schusters biggest reception came in the third quarter with the Steelers backed up to the three-yard line. Ben Roethlisberger backpedaled and threw the ball right before taking a hit from an oncoming defender. Smith-Schuster ran an out breaking route which he turned upfield. When the route was turned upfield Roethlisberger hit Smith-Schuster in stride which allowed Smith-Schuster to outrun his coverage. At the end of the run it looked like the safety would catch Smith-Schuster right before the end zone when Smith-Schuster stiff-armed his man to the ground and walked into the end zone. On the last drive of the game for the Steelers, Smith-Schuster was targeted three times and caught two of them. Those two catches went for 19 and 20-yards respectively and were critical to the Steelers getting into scoring position.
2018 Week 11 vs JAX (10 / 8 / 104 / 0 rec)
This will go down as the quietest eight reception 100-yard game of the season. In fact, Smith-Schuster only had two of his eight receptions in the first half of the game and had zero receptions in the third quarter. Like the rest of the Steelers offense, JuJu Smith-Schuster did a majority of his damage in the fourth quarter and came up big. On the final drive of the game Smith-Schuster was responsible for converting a second and short for 35-yards over A.J. Bouye. The reception was Smith-Schuster's best of the day. He had Bouye beat outside and the ball with overthrown. Smith-Schuster turned and leaped for the tough high-point reception.
2018 Week 10 vs CAR (5 / 3 / 90 / 1 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
Most of Smith-Schuster's production, 75-yards, came on the first play of the game for the offense. JuJu was lined up in the slot and the defender was caught playing the ball and tried jumping the play when Ben Roethlisberger used the pump fake. Ben Roethlisberger delivered a well thrown ball and was able to take the ball to the house. Smith-Schuster continued his strong involvement in the offense on an end around.
2018 Week 9 vs BAL (9 / 7 / 78 / 0 rec)
Smith-Schuster working out of the slot has really allowed the Steelers to get him in yards after the catch situations. In the first quarter, Smith-Schuster worked out of the slot and had Vance McDonald run a pick route and occupy two defenders. This allowed Smith-Schuster to go relatively uncovered in the middle of the field and work in the open field. Smith-Schuster's trust from Ben Roethlisberger was on display with an important reception on fourth down which eventually turned into a touchdown for the Steelers. In the third quarter Smith-Schuster had an injury scare. He was hit hard by Eric Weddle, Ravens safety, and had to go in for a concussion check. Smith-Schuster was quickly back on the field. Smith-Schuster had two of his most quizzical drops during this game as well. His first was dropping the ball in the middle of the field when he was turning up field. His second came at a possible turning point in the game when he was beat to his spot by Jimmy Smith, Ravens defensive back, and dropped a likely touchdown. To Smith-Schuster's credit, he bounced back quickly with a back-shoulder reception converting a third down in the fourth quarter to help ice the game for the Steelers.
2018 Week 8 vs CLE (6 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Smith-Schuster's day started off slow. Smith-Schuster's day started with a left side wide receiver screen which was stopped quickly and continued his slow start by having a pass that was intended for him tipped in the air and intercepted. Smith-Schuster's best reception of the day came on a perfectly placed back shoulder throw from Ben Roethlisberger. Most importantly, Smith-Schuster had a big fourth down reception towards the middle of the field. Ball was thrown high and Smith-Schuster had to leave his feet for the reception. This did not allow Smith-Schuster the opportunity to use his legs to drive for more yards.
2018 Week 6 vs CIN (10 / 7 / 111 / 0 rec)
JuJu is the perfect compliment to Antonio Brown. He can win against man coverage and can do the dirty work. JuJu's best catch of the game came when he was matched up with Darqueze Dennard and JuJu stole the ball from Denard. JuJu was ruled down by his helmet at the one-yard line after seemingly slide in for a touchdown. JuJu had another touchdown grab broken up in the endzone by a Bengals defensive back.
2018 Week 5 vs ATL (4 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)
Relatively quiet game for JuJu today. In fact, all four of JuJu's targets came in the first half of the game and before a false start penalty. Luckily JuJu was efficient and did his damage early by catching an early high-pointing touchdown between two defenders.
2018 Week 4 vs BAL (11 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec)
One of the quietest 11 target games ever witnessed. Smith-Schuster was providing the only spark for the Steelers early. Working from the slot and on a play action pass over the middle, Ben Roethlisberger dropped ball over the defender with excellent placement. JuJu followed up with a near touchdown which was in his hands and broken up by a defender. Shortly after JuJu left the game with an undisclosed injury. Of JuJu's 11 targets only three of them came in the second half. Stay tuned for injury updates on JuJu.
2018 Week 3 vs TB (11 / 9 / 116 / 0 rec)
JuJu was again Roethlisberger's go-to-receiver for the second week in a row and spent a lot of his time working out of the slot. Smith-Schuster caught a shallow crossing route against zone coverage for a big gain. During the last two minutes of the first half JuJu caught two passes and almost a third for a touchdown. The almost touchdown grab was broken up by the defender.
2018 Week 2 vs KC (19 / 13 / 121 / 1 rec)
It is hard to imagine Ben Roethlisberger having eyes for another wide receiver, but JuJu Smith-Schuster is a possibility and out targeted Antonio Brown 19 to 17. Throughout Sunday's match-up Smith-Schuster and Roethlisberger were on the same page. Big Ben was hitting JuJu in stride and giving plenty of opportunity after the catch. Smith-Schuster's touchdown reception came on tight coverage from Kansas City.
2018 Week 1 vs CLE (8 / 5 / 119 / 0 rec)
Playing second fiddle to Antonio Brown still provides plenty of opportunities when you have the trust of Ben Roethlisberger. After the Browns tied the game 7-7, the momentum had shifted to the Browns. Enter JuJu Smith-Schuster answering almost immediately with a long gain to silence the Browns crowd with a 67-yard reception. Even though Smith-Schuster didn't record a catch in overtime, it was still a productive showing for the second-year wide receiver.
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