JuJu Smith-Schuster: There is really no drama in the locker room

AP

JuJu Smith-Schuster was diplomatic in most of his comments about Antonio Brown on Wednesday, even when prodded.

Asked about Brown’s tweet criticizing Smith-Schuster for fumbling against New Orleans with 32 seconds left, the Steelers now No. 1 receiver didn’t bite.

“At the end of the day, that’s his opinion,” Smith-Schuster said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “For myself, I stand from afar. I’m not worried about what he’s got going on with his team. I wish him nothing but the best. He’s a great player. He dominates on the field. I’m worrying about the guys we have here, my teammates and how I can be great on and off the field.”

Smith-Schuster, though, admits it is quieter around Pittsburgh without Brown, whom the Steelers traded to the Raiders in March.

“The chemistry is on point,” Smith-Schuster said, via Will Graves of the Associated Press. “Everyone is on the same page. Everyone is communicating. There’s really no — how do you say? — drama in our locker room.”

Smith-Schuster also took a veiled shot at Brown, saying he has no pressure to match the numbers Brown posted in his nine seasons in Pittsburgh. The Pro Bowl receiver leaves Pittsburgh having contributed 11,207 receiving yards and 74 touchdowns, an average of 1,245 yards and eight touchdowns per season.

Despite replacing Brown as the team’s featured wideout, Smith-Schuster vows not to let his statistics get in the way of the team goal.

“I’m looking at mine, my own team, how we do and how we win,” Smith-Schuster said, via Graves. “I’m fine. I would take five catches for 30 yards and win the game than have 10 catches, two touchdowns. It’s not really about myself at the end of the day. It’s about the Super Bowl.”

It will take a village to replace Brown. Smith-Schuster concedes that. He will lead a group that includes James Washington, Donte Moncrief, third-round pick Diontae Johnson, Eli Rogers and Ryan Switzer.

Only 22, Smith-Schuster finds himself the leader in the receivers room.

“There’s no need for me to go out of my way and yell at the guys,” Smith-Schuster said. “We’re all adults here. We all know what’s right from wrong and everyone just works. Everyone has a voice in a room. It’s not just mine.”

16 responses to “JuJu Smith-Schuster: There is really no drama in the locker room

  1. Someone should tell Steelers that to change the public’s perception that the team’s an out of control bus-load of divas who can’t shut up, the first step is to shut up for at least a few days.

  2. streetyson says:
    May 22, 2019 at 8:35 pm
    Someone should tell Steelers that to change the public’s perception that the team’s an out of control bus-load of divas who can’t shut up, the first step is to shut up for at least a few days.

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    Nothing about Smith-Schuster’s response gives any indication that he or the team cares about the public’s perception of anything, and there’s no reason why they should care. All he did was give a non-contentious, reasonable response to the questions posed.

  3. To streetyson: He was giving honest answers to the questions he was asked. I’m sure you would be hacked off if he answered “no comment” to every question. You’d have nothing to make negative comments about. I think he handled himself like a true professional..

  4. “He will lead a group that includes James Washington, Donte Moncrief, third-round pick Diontae Johnson, Eli Rogers and Ryan Switzer”. Eh.. Who?, Who? Who? Who? and Who?

  5. i guess the steelers future is pretty bleek, when all they can do is continue to live in the past

  6. Just shut up already….
    Show us and stop telling us.
    Still no control or discipline in this organization.

  7. Another low talent cheerleader who knows he’s on the chopping block so he pretends everything is peachy in Rustburg. Believe me, that team is a sunk ship.

  8. radrntn says:
    i guess the steelers future is pretty bleek, when all they can do is continue to live in the past
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    At least they have a past — a recent past. All your team has is ancient history.

  9. Someone should tell Steelers that to change the public’s perception that the team’s an out of control bus-load of divas who can’t shut up, the first step is to shut up for at least a few days.

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    Nothing says “I’m going to troll a team with a comment even though I didn’t even read the article” like this comment does.

    He showed maturity and said the right things. Why must the obnoxious Patsy fans always comment negatively on virtually every team’s articles?

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