Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster welcomes consideration Antonio Brown receives from opponents | NFL

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JuJu Smith-Schuster is following within the footsteps of fellow Steelers extensive receiver Antonio Brown, taking up because the staff’s chief in receptions (77) and receiving yards (1,055). However, he would not be capable of do it with out the eye the six-time Professional Bowl participant attracts.

“Clearly, he’s been right here for (9) years,” Smith-Schuster stated, by way of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Evaluate. “He’s getting double teamed, triple teamed; it’s laborious, you recognize? However he nonetheless makes his performs and he nonetheless has the explosive performs that he’s making. 

“And for me to be a younger man, me and (operating again James Conner) and a few of the different guys are with the ability to eat off his plate due to what he’s accomplished previously.”

Brown’s numbers are laborious to copy, particularly for such a younger participant. Through the 2013-17 seasons, the veteran receiver had the extra catches than any participant in NFL historical past over a five-year span. This season, he sits among the many prime 14 in each receptions and receiving yards however is second to Smith-Schuster with 71 receptions and 974 yards.

“He’s helped me out loads,” Smith-Schuster stated. “We at all times discuss simply making one another higher. Every single day I am going out and apply, I try to be one of the best I could be on the sector, competing towards him. 

“In relation to gameday, it’s simply all of us discuss, ‘It’s G.O.A.T. time.’ It’s time, ‘The G.O.A.T. comes alive.’ You make your performs, on either side. And we’ve seen it work.”

Whereas Smith-Schuster is having a breakout season in Pittsburgh, Brown nonetheless posts some spectacular numbers. 

No participant has extra landing receptions than Brown’s 11, and solely Kansas Metropolis’s Tyreek Hill has extra catches over 40 yards (6) than Brown (5). Smith-Schuster is tied for sixth within the NFL with 4 of these high-yardage catches. 

However, Smith-Schuster can be making a reputation for himself in different classes. His 1,972 profession yards are the fourth most for a participant by their first 25 NFL video games, and he’s the league’s solely participant with three landing performs of at the least 75 yards since 2017.

His efforts have earned excessive reward from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has focused Smith-Schuster 110 instances.

“He’s dependable, reliable and reliable. I do know he’s going to be in the appropriate spot,” Roethlisberger stated earlier within the week, by way of ESPN

The Steelers will want that dependability because the AFC wild-card race heats up, and each Smith-Schuster and Brown could have massive components to play. Pittsburgh is at the moment projected because the fourth seed, in accordance with NFL.com, however could have a troublesome street forward with video games towards the Chargers, Patriots and Saints in its ultimate weeks.



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