JuJu Smith-Schuster

#19 WR / Pittsburgh Steelers / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 215 lb Age: 22 College: USC Bye 7

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    Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Readying for increased role

    JuJu Smith-Schuster is slated to become the Pittsburgh Steelers' unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver following the trade of Antonio Brown to the Raiders, Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.Brown's disappearing act in Week 17 allowed Smith-Schuster to lead the Steelers in catches (111) and receiving yards (1,426), ending a streak of five years for the former. With Brown's saga coming to a close, Smith-Schuster undoubtedly will top the depth chart in 2019 in an offense that has ranked in the top 10 for both points and yards each of the past five campaigns. The biggest question mark will be how Smith-Schuster reacts to increased attention from opposing defensive coordinators. In three games without Brown in his two pro seasons -- the 2018 regular-season finale, plus Weeks 16 and 17 of 2017 -- Smith-Schuster totaled 20 receptions (on 27 targets) for 255 yards and three touchdowns.

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    Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Seemingly avoids major injury

    JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) isn't believed to be dealing with a serious injury, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.Smith-Schuster was removed from Sunday's Pro Bowl in the second quarter with an injury that was initially reported as a knee bruise. There may have been some concern after he was spotted with a limp and declined to talk to the media, but Monday's update downplays the severity of his injury. The 22-year-old wide receiver will have nearly three months to regain his health before the Pittsburgh Steelers begin their offseason program in mid-April, at which point Antonio Brown may or may not still be with the team. After finishing fourth in the NFL with 166 targets this past season, Smith-Schuster conceivably could go even higher in 2019.

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    Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Spotted limping after Pro Bowl

    JuJu Smith-Schuster limped to the bus and declined comment after suffering a knee injury during the Pro Bowl on Sunday, The Associated Press reports.While the injury has merely been deemed a knee bruise, it sounds like Smith-Schuster is dealing with a considerable amount of pain. That doesn't mean his recovery will require a lengthy process, but it will at least be something to keep in mind as the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for an interesting offseason. The team reportedly is fielding trade offers on Antonio Brown, who was benched for the regular-season finale after missing practices and meetings throughout the week. Smith-Schuster would be a strong candidate to lead the NFL in targets if Brown were to end up with another team.

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    Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Exits Pro Bowl

    JuJu Smith-Schuster sustained a knee bruise during the Pro Bowl on Sunday, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.Smith-Schuster caught one of three targets for 16 yards prior to leaving the game. The injury doesn't appear overly serious, but it would nevertheless be surprising to see the 22-year-old retake the field Sunday.

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    Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Score salvages otherwise poor game

    JuJu Smith-Schuster caught five of 10 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.Smith-Schuster finishes up the 2018 season as Pittsburgh's top receiver with 111 catches (on 166 targets) for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games. He also gained 13 yards on one rushing attempt. Paired with Antonio Brown, the Pittsburgh Steelers have the most prolific wide receiver tandem in the league, combining for 2,723 yards and 22 touchdowns on 215 receptions this season. Smith-Schuster is signed for two more years, although it wouldn't be a surprise if he looked to renegotiate a new deal before his current contract expires.

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    Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Another 100-yard performance

    JuJu Smith-Schuster hauled in 11 of 15 targets, amassing 115 receiving yards during Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Saints.Smith-Schuster delivered on his promise to fantasy owners, powering through a groin injury suffered in Thursday's practice to provide his fourth 100-yard outing over the past six weeks. (He also has three touchdowns during that span.) With Pittsburgh remaining on the outside looking in but maintaining a chance of reaching the postseason, Smith-Schuster is certain to put forth an impassioned effort against Cincinnati's bottom-three pass defense (275.7 YPG allowed). The second-year wideout amassed seven receptions for 111 yards the last time these two teams met in Week 6.

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    Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Listed as active Sunday

    JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Saints.Smith-Schuster headed into the weekend listed as questionable after not practicing Friday, but the wideout subsequently tweeted out assurances that he would play Sunday. With that outcome now official, Smith-Schuster figures to remain a focal point in the Pittsburgh passing game, assuming no in-game setbacks.

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    Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Announces intentions to play Sunday

    JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, posted on his personal Twitter account Saturday that he intends to suit up this weekend.In a hat tip to those who selected him in fantasy football drafts and auctions, Smith-Schuster posted that he "couldn't let down the real ones down." While fantasy managers will still want to check to confirm that Smith-Schuster isn't included among the Pittsburgh Steelers' inactive list prior to the 4:25 p.m. EST kickoff, the wideout's own confidence in his availability suggests he isn't in major jeopardy of sitting out. It's less certain, however, if the 22-year-old will be his usual productive self after the groin injury prevented him from practicing Friday. He'll at least be aided by a positive matchup against a Saints defense allowing a league-leading 28.3 fantasy points to wide receivers this season.

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    Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Listed as questionable for Week 16

    JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints.Given that Smith-Schuster left Thursday's practice early and sat out the entire session Friday, the wideout's Week 16 status is truly up in the air. Hopefully, added clarity regarding his availability will arrive prior to the early wave of games Sunday, especially with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Saints not kicking off until 4:25 p.m. EST. If Smith-Schuster is unable to go, James Washington would be called upon to start in his place, per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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    Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster: Spectator for Friday's practice

    JuJu Smith-Schuster (groin) wasn't in uniform and didn't participate in the portion of Friday's practice that was open to the media, Peter Diana of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.It's not an encouraging sign for Smith-Schuster's Week 16 availability that he was a spectator one day after exiting practice with the groin issue. The severity of Smith-Schuster's injury remains unknown after the second-year player declined to discuss the matter with the media Friday, but teammate Antonio Brown said he expects his fellow wideout to "be there" Sunday against the Saints, per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Once the closed portion of practice wraps up, the Pittsburgh Steelers will provide an injury designation for Smith-Schuster, though it's uncertain if coach Mike Tomlin or any team personnel will offer any further clarity regarding the receiver's situation. James Washington would be the leading candidate to take on an enhanced role in Week 16 if Smith-Schuster is ultimately sidelined.