Mike Tomlin: “Big opportunities” for other receivers with JuJu Smith-Schuster out

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Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will miss the rest of the season after injuring his shoulder in Sunday’s win over the Broncos and the team’s plans at receiver were a topic of conversation at head coach Mike Tomlin’s press conference on Tuesday.

Tomlin said that his “heart aches” for Smith-Schuster, who is playing on a one-year deal, but that he is also excited about the “big opportunities” that now exist for players like James Washington, Ray-Ray McCloud, and Cody White to make their mark on offense.

“We’re not trying to replace JuJu. We’re just trying to provide opportunities for guys to have expanded roles,” Tomlin said.

A report in August said Washington, who was out Sunday with a groin injury, asked to be traded, but Tomlin denied that was the case and Washington said only that he loves Pittsburgh. Tomlin said Tuesday that the team has “a lot of confidence” in Washington, which could give him the first crack at playing time alongside Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson.

9 responses to “Mike Tomlin: “Big opportunities” for other receivers with JuJu Smith-Schuster out

  1. Ray is not a good wr. The sooner the staff wakes up to the fact the better. James Washington is low key a beast and needs more targets regardless of anyone being injured.

  2. Steeler threads always attract the trolls whose attempts at humor are terrible yet they still persist and get posted here.

    JuJu will be missed and I hope he makes it back next season. Also glad the trolls are trying to make living being funny because they would definitely starve.

  3. Who needs receivers when you have Big Ben clutching some new body part on every play? Steeler games aren’t about winning. They’re about trying to milk every injury for maximum limelight.

  4. IDK why every team in the NFL employs a TE who is targeted, except Pitt? Good lord, you drafted Freirmuth in 2nd round – utilize him!

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