JuJu Smith-Schuster up for “challenge” of being No. 1 wideout

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Steelers players have talked a lot this offseason about moving on without the drama that took center stage around the team last season and guard Ramon Foster opined this week that the members of the team are closer than they’ve been in the past.

While the team may be feeling better about how things are in the locker room, it remains to be seen if they will get better results on the field. One area that will be watched closely on that front will be wide receiver as the team moves forward without the divisive but talented Antonio Brown.

JuJu Smith-Schuster will move up to the No. 1 spot on the depth chart and he said Wednesday that he’s up for the task of being the top guy in the position group this year.

“Being 22, having that many games played, being role model for that room, I’m pretty sure I can take on that challenge,” Smith-Schuster said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Smith-Schuster is coming off a highly productive season as Brown’s running mate. If he repeats it as the lead dog, he’ll see his standing among the top receivers in the league ascend along with his spot on Pittsburgh’s depth chart.

11 responses to “JuJu Smith-Schuster up for “challenge” of being No. 1 wideout

  1. Hold uppp. You aren’t a role model at 22. You are still a kid yo. Do it for a while first. Being an athekte doesn’t make you one.

  2. I like JuJu’s attitude. I think he will be just fine, and will have a great season. Time and players move on…the Steelers will replace Brown, just as they replaced Bell. Not discounting Brown, he’s a great receiver, but anyone that thinks that he was the be all, end all of the Steelers offense is sorely mistaken.

  3. Agree with steelpenguin. How many super bowls did the Steelers go to with AB and Bell? Last time I look it was a 53 man roster not the nba (small letters intentional) where one player can pretty much win a title with average joes around him. TEAM game.

  4. This guy was only good because of AB being covered by the best. He will fade into Oblivion

  5. What some of you haters or non-Steelers fans don’t realize is that towards the end of the season, JuJu was also being double teamed. He still produced. Had more yards than AB, although AB had more touchdowns. He’ll do just fine.

  6. maxamili says:
    May 22, 2019 at 2:05 pm
    Hold uppp. You aren’t a role model at 22. You are still a kid yo. Do it for a while first. Being an athekte doesn’t make you one.
    His on field performance, off field actions, and responses to questions designed to create controversy point to him already being a mature young man.
    So that makes him NOT a kid, but a role model for how be a young man in today’s society.

  7. When the No. 2 wideout fumbles away the season, slapping a new title on him won’t change anything, probably just puts more pressure on him because he knows he didn’t deserve it. He’s a season killing disaster. Maybe at No. 1 he’ll just get the Steelers eliminated from the playoffs sooner rather than later.

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