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AB vs JuJu: Odds Released on Better 2019 Stats

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Just when you think Antonio Brown has finally moved on and focused on his upcoming season, social media proves us wrong once again. After an off-season full of blonde mustaches and verbal jabs taken at multiple members of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown’s latest move possibly takes the cake.

When a fan responded to one of Brown’s tweets with a graphic from the announcement of JuJu Smith-Schuster winning the team’s MVP award (that’s player voted), Brown was swift to respond:

 

After a few more tweets sent by Brown, Smith-Schuster finally responded by standing up for himself.

 

With the two now acknowledging the other, it’s inevitable Brown/Smith-Schuster will be battling through the season, at least in a statistical aspect, which leaves the question…

Who will have a (statistically) better 2019 season?

While fans on both sides will continue to debate, BetOnline recently released odds on who will have the most out of three categories between the two receivers: Receiving yards, receptions and touchdowns.

Most receiving yards during 2019 regular season

Antonio Brown -200 (1/2) 
JuJu Smith-Schuster +150 (3/2)

Most receptions during 2019 regular season 

Antonio Brown -180 (5/9)
JuJu Smith-Schuster +140 (7/5) 

Most touchdowns during 2019 regular season 

Antonio Brown -150 (2/3)
JuJu Smith-Schuster +110 (11/10) 

Oddsmakers appear to like Brown’s chances in leading Smith-Schuster in all three categories. Will that carry over into the regular season? Smith-Schuster led Brown in every category except touchdown receptions in 2018. We have nearly five months until meaningful football is played again, yet until opening week of the NFL, the odds remain in AB’s favor to reign over JuJu as far as numbers go.

 

 

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Report: Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey Has Told Teammates He’ll Retire

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Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has told teammates that he will retire, according to a report by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Former Steelers guard Ramon Foster, now of DK Pittsburgh Sports, reported on Jan. 12 that Pouncey was “50-50” on whether he would return for the 2021 season.

The 31-year-old Pouncey just finished his 11th season in the NFL, all of which have been with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has one year remaining on his contract, which would pay him $14.475 million if he returns. Just $6.475 million of that is guaranteed. The Steelers would save $8 million in cap space if he retires.

Pouncey made the Pro Bowl for the ninth time in 2020 and has also been a five-time Associated Press All-Pro. He was also a member of the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team, largely giving him Hall of Fame credentials.\

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Asks Fans to Give him Space

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JuJu Smith-Schuster is experiencing the negative side effect of living so much of his personal life in the public eye. The Steelers receiver, who is looking for a new NFL contract, took to Instagram to ask fans to leave him alone.

This stems from allegations that fans are showing up to his family home in California while he is there. Obviously, fans have no right to show up unwelcome anywhere to stalk an an athlete or celebrity, but this is just another example of the polarization of Smith-Schuster’s career. While he’s received much criticism, most notably this past season, for his sometimes over-the-top behavior and seemingly prioritizing his brand at all times, he also has many avid supporters who would stop at nothing to defend one of their favorite players.

Smith-Schuster is set to be a free agent in March for the first time in his professional career. If the Steelers should try to bring back the receiver has become a hot debate among Pittsburgh fans, so much so Smith-Schuster himself addressed the situation during a live Twitch sessions with fans.

Even Smith-Schuster’s play on the field is often up for debate. He totaled 97 receptions, but for only 831 yards with an average of just 8.6 yards per catch, which is significantly lower than his average from past seasons, including 15.8 his rookie year and 13.1 in 2019.

When it comes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, it’s always best to just stay tuned.

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Steelers’ Vance McDonald Reflects on Stiff Arm Moment, Relationship with Ben Roethlisberger

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Steelers tight end Vance McDonald spoke to the media after officially announcing his retirement from the NFL. McDonald responded to a question about the play he’s most synonymous with by saying he embraces the famous stiff arm moment. He also detailed his interaction with Ben Roethlisberger when he told his quarterback he was planning to retire.

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