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Author: Jon Kuzma
Everyone knows Antonio Brown is the best receiver in the National Football League but JuJu Smith-Schuster is actually leading the Steelers in receiving yards right now. Smith-Schuster has recorded 356 yards over Pittsburgh’s first three games and that’s huge because Mike Tomlin’s team has actually struggled out of the gate. Without Smith-Schuster this franchise would be in a lot of trouble but they’re lucky the second year wide out is progressing at such a fast rate. Everything that made Smith-Schuster a standout at USC is on display for the Steelers offense every Sunday. Maybe the most important trait Smith-Schuster has is the fact that he’s rises to occasion during the most crucial moments of the game. The stage is never too big for this guy and it’s amazing how good he is after the catch. Most scouts coveted Smith-Schuster for his size but he has a knack for making some magic happen when the ball is in his hands. He’s also a very good possession receiver and can use his body to box out cornerbacks who are trying to break on the route. Pittsburgh has two home run hitters in Antonio Brown and Smith-Schuster which is very tough to contain. No matter what one of those receivers is breaking loose and Ben Roethlisberger has options when he’s under pressure. Lately the 6x Pro Bowl quarterback has been targeting Smith-Schuster and that’s because a lot of times the coverage is rolling towards Brown. Roethlisberger knows his emerging pass catcher (Smith-Schuster) can win in those one on one match ups. This hot start is no fluke and you can expect to see number 19 for the black and yellow doing his thing from here on out. It’s getting to the point where JuJu Smith-Schuster has been so good that he’s starting take a little bit of Brown’s shine away.
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Elite Player: The Steelers can count on JuJu Smith-Schuster when the game is on the on the line. Pittburgh’s young receiver is making a huge impact.