JuJu Smith-Schuster “happy being 5-0” whether he gets ball or not

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After a down 2019 season playing with backup quarterbacks, the expectation in Pittsburgh was that wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster‘s numbers would rise with Ben Roethlisberger back in the lineup.

That has not been the case, however. Smith-Schuster leads the Steelers with 23 catches through their first five games, but they’ve only amounted to 194 yards. Rookie Chase Claypool is leading the team with 335 receiving yards and has grabbed the headlines with five touchdowns over the last two weeks.

James Washington and Diontae Johnson have also had moments in the spotlight, but Smith-Schuster said he’s fine with anything that comes his way as long as the Steelers keep winning games.

“I’m happy being 5-0,” Smith-Schuster said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “People tell me you only got me two points this week in fantasy. I’d rather have two points and be 5-0 than be 1-5 and have 25 fantasy points. . . . I’m having fun all the time whether I get the ball or not. Whether it’s two catches for 10 yards or six catches for 60 yards, it’s more for the team and the atmosphere.”

Smith-Schuster has been working out of the slot more than any time in the past and Claypool thinks that “enables the outside guys to do things” because of how much attention he draws from defenses. Whether that’s the case or not, the current approach is working for the Steelers and there’s little reason to rock the boat as long as that’s the case.

14 responses to “JuJu Smith-Schuster “happy being 5-0” whether he gets ball or not

  1. I think his pace will pick up as teams need to move safety coverage onto the outside guys, but this is definitely going to hurt his free agent value.

  2. Just don’t pick him up in your daily fantasy thinking this is the week he’ll breakout or something or you’ll spend 3 and a half hours cursing and punching air. Good guy but his role and production is incredibly maddening. Maybe Steelers fans can correct me but from watching them it seems obvious that Washington and Claypool are much more physically gifted as well as their Number One and two receivers with Claypool being obvious as he’s like a poor mans calvin Johnson

  3. Ben and JuJu know that they can’t double everybody. Someone’s going to be open and Ben will find him.

  4. Juju is not a #1 receiver, never has been and never will be. After AB left, the Steelers really didn’t have a #1 receiver until this kid Claypool showed up.

  5. I think it’s ok if “JuJu isn’t a true #1” because if he’s not he’s a top end #2 and they got four great WR threats. They don’t need a #1, and honestly Claypool keeps it up they are gonna have the best WR Core in the NFL. Whoever succeeds Big Ben will be lucky.

  6. Steelers have not been getting a lot of passing yards but are scoring and winning. There are multiple ways to win and you are seeing the variation that doesn’t involve one guy getting 8 catches for 100+ yards every week. This is a team that has a lot of guys that can do what is required, so you are seeing it and you are seeing great results. Juju is a #1 on this team and doing everything required to get the win on sundays.

  7. Some desperate team is gonna pay him like a #1 and he is a true #2. Claypool and the other young Pitt Wrs will be taking his place. Good luck JuJu but this is your last yr in Pitt.

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