JuJu Smith-Schuster lit the Detroit Lions on fireplace Sunday evening, dashing for 193 yards on seven receptions, together with a 97-yard landing catch-and-run that gave the Pittsburgh Steelers sufficient punch to safe the 20-15 street win.
The longest move play in Steelers’ historical past wasn’t a fluke, as Smith-Schuster tortured the Lions defensive backs Sunday evening on a bevy of routes on his different six catches for 96 yards.
The Steelers have been all aglow in regards to the younger rookie, who isn’t but 21 years outdated.
“We won’t be extra fortunate to have a child like that on our workforce,” heart Maurkice Pouncey mentioned, through the Pittsburgh Put up-Gazette.
“He is particular,” David DeCastro mentioned. “He has a terrific angle, nice abilities, particularly for a rookie.”
“Mbadive-time participant, nice performer,” receiver Antonio Brown mentioned. “He stepped up mbadive. Big play. Largest play in historical past.”
JuJu’s standing with the Steelers sits in stark distinction to that of Martavis Bryant, who was inactive for Sunday evening’s recreation in Detroit after feedback about Smith-Schuster on social media final week.
Whereas Pittsburgh insists it has no plans to maneuver the receiver, Bryant’s future with the Steelers stays hazy forward of Tuesday’s commerce deadline.
Coach Mike Tomlin responded succinctly when requested in regards to the receiver Sunday evening:
On the choice to make Bryant inactive:
Tomlin: “I outlined that fairly crystal clear on Tuesday and I am carried out speaking about that. I’m.”
Reporter: You have not talked about it because you made your determination although…
Tomlin: “I do know.”
Reporter: You aren’t going to?
Reporter: You’re badured he’ll badist you down the stretch?
Tomlin: “I am not. We’ll see.”
Maybe Smith-Schuster’s mbadive day permits the Steelers to imagine they will comfortably transfer on from the Bryant distraction with out shedding a lot on the sector.
JuJu’s breakout, nonetheless, masked a still-struggling Steelers offense that wants all of the playmakers it has. Justin Hunter and Darrius Heyward-Bay are low-level replacements at receiver. The duo mixed for seven yards on one catch — Ben Roethlisberger missed DHB on a would-be landing as effectively.
A Pittsburgh offense that has been overly reliant on Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell this season might need discovered its third weapon in Smith-Schuster. Nonetheless, until Tomlin is really sick of Bryant’s antics or somebody makes a convincing commerce provide for a suspension-prone receiver, it could behoove the playoff-bound Steelers to maintain all of the offensive expertise they will compile. Regardless of the complications he is offered, Bryant remains to be an athletic mismatch and a wanted red-zone weapon.
There may be loads of season left for Brown, JuJu and Bryant to all play vital roles in a heretofore disappointing Steelers offense that’s 6-2 regardless of nonetheless looking for its groove.