JuJu Smith-Schuster wants Antonio Brown to stay

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Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster is replacing Antonio Brown in the Pro Bowl, but he hopes he gets another chance to play alongside him.

Via Chris Pastrick of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Smith-Schuster said during a YouTube Q and A that he’s hoping Brown and the Steelers can stand down.

“No, I don’t want AB traded,” Smith-Schuster said. “He makes me better. He makes the team better. He’s awesome. He’s a great dude.

“For myself, I learn a lot from him — just playing with him. If I want to increase my game to be the best, I gotta compete against him. So, I do not want him traded.”

Smith-Schuster’s emergence — whether it’s because of Brown’s mentorship or nor — actually makes it more palatable for the Steelers to consider moving on from Brown, since they know they have a guy who can produce lead-receiver numbers.

Smith-Schuster had 111 catches for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns. Brown had 104 catches for 1,297 yards and 15 scores.

Whether Smith-Schuster would be able to put up those kind of stats without Brown on the other side remains to be seen, but he doesn’t want to find out.

17 responses to “JuJu Smith-Schuster wants Antonio Brown to stay

  1. Steelers are SOOOO overrated. Of course he wants him to stay. Sink or swim time now Mr. So-called 2 no. 1 receivers

  2. Smith-Schuster is a quality receiver, but thins can change drastically if you become the focus of the defense without a quality WR on the other side who teams have to respect and can take the top of the defense.

  3. You just gotta love JuJu, all of Pittsburgh loves him and so should you. I’d certainly rather have his attitude leading by example for younger players than Brown’s. Pittsburgh can use one of the draft picks they get for Brown to get him some wrs for JuJu to mentor.

    Go Steelers!

  4. I’m with Juju, I would like to see AB stay, but if he doesn’t, the Steelers will get a package deal for AB and find another good quality veteran receiver with less drama. Plus with JuJu they got 2nd year James Washington. Big Ben has never had a problem passing the ball during his career. Geez, They won the superbowl with Cedric Wilson at receiver.

  5. The Steelers are terrific at managing to find great wide receiver talent. They suck at manageing that talent.

  6. clashpoint says:
    January 14, 2019 at 12:23 pm
    You just gotta love JuJu, all of Pittsburgh loves him and so should you. I’d certainly rather have his attitude leading by example for younger players than Brown’s. Pittsburgh can use one of the draft picks they get for Brown to get him some wrs for JuJu to mentor.

    Go Steelers!
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    I remember the Steelers loving Antonio Brown also back when Mike Wallace was demanding the Steelers pay him. I suspect if/when Juju does something the fans don’t like the love will disappear also. Nothing like conditional love.

  7. What a mess the Steelers are right now! Their top receiver is the guy who gets suspended for hits on the Bengals and now his claim to fame is a giant season ending fumble. With screw ups like that, the AFCN defenses are going to grind that rudderless, pathetic, low scoring offense into mincemeat.

  8. It sounds like the Steelers FO has had enough of AB’s detrimental actions so he’s more than likely going to be playing elsewhere so JuJu better prepare for becoming the #1 receiver and not needing Brown as a mentor

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