There is a reason why JuJu Smith-Schuster is our favorite Steeler. Prior to Pittsburgh’s week 10 win over the Los Angeles Rams, newly acquired Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey had some words for Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, comparing the third-year player top former Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown.
“No disrespect to him, he’s not Antonio Brown,” Ramsey said before Sunday’s game. “I matched up with Antonio there for two years, and that was a good battle, and I held my own in those battles, and yeah, now I’m going up against a different person, different body type, different receiver a little bit. He can make plays.”
After the game, Smith-Schuster agreed with Ramsey’s assessment.
“He’s right, though,” Smith-Schuster said. “I’m not Antonio Brown. I’ll never be Antonio Brown. I am myself. I’m JuJu Smith-Schuster. I’m not as good as him yet. I think I still have time to proceed to get to his level. But we’re two totally different persons.”
Steelers JuJu Smith-Schuster Had Choice Words
Smith-Schuster, who is a fan favorite, flourished in his first two years with the team, thanks to Brown drawing double teams that freed up a lot of room for him. During the offseason, the Steelers parted ways with Brown, making Smith-Schuster their number one receiver, which has led to some growing pains with him now getting all the attention from opposing defenses.
Against the Rams, Smith-Schuster was held to three catches and 44 yards on six targets, making it the fourth time in nine games this season that he has been held fewer than 50 yards. During the game, Smith-Schuster said he heard a lot of trash talk from Ramsey, who covered him for most of the game.
“He talks a lot,” Smith-Schuster said of Ramsey. “He talks so much. He said so many cuss words I’ve never heard of, and I’m 22 years old. He’s a good player, man.” Do NFL bettors agree JuJu Smith-Schuster?
“It’s a lot different than him being in Jacksonville, where he’s able to do whatever he wants. Over here, he has to pretty much do what he’s told. He has to listen to [Eric] Weddle. It’s different. It’s a great experience. I wish we had more balls thrown at us, but it’s hard when you’re double-teamed.”