Connect with us

Steelers

JuJu Smith-Schuster Rated No. 47 in NFL Top 100

Published

on

Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has landed at No. 47 in the NFL Top 100, as voted on by the players of the league.

The third-year receiver jumped way up the charts after a breakout 2018 season. He was previously unranked. Smith-Schuster finished 2018 with 1,426 yards on 111 catches and had seven touchdowns, leading to his first Pro Bowl selection in his second season in the NFL.

“He’s just playing like a seasoned vet,” Steelers cornerback Joe Haden said to NFL.com. “You wouldn’t think this is only his second year in the NFL. He just runs very, very good routes. Ben [Roethlisberger] obviously has that trust in him to throw to him in third down situations.”

Now with the departure of Antonio Brown, Smith-Schuster should have the opportunity to have an even greater role in the offense, while also having to deal with being the primary target of opposing teams’ coverage schemes for the first time.

“I’ve been doing this my whole life,” he said after practice on Friday. “I’ve been doing this my whole life. There’s just an opportunity, not just for myself, but for my other teammates. We all have to step up and make plays.”

Smith-Schuster is the fourth-highest-rated Steelers player in the Top 100, joining T.J. Watt (91), Cameron Heyward (88) and James Conner (62) as players honored by their brethren.

Steelers

Watch: Steelers LB Ola Adeniyi Surprises Mother with SUV for Birthday

Published

on

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi had a big surprise for his mother for her birthday last week.

Adeniyi, who was born in Nigeria and grew up in Texas, posted a video on Friday of him surprising his mother with a Range Rover for her birthday.

https://twitter.com/Love_Ola_9/status/1350239629614710787

Adeniyi, 23, just finished his third season with the Steelers in 2020 after joining the team as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo in 2018.

He got his most extensive playing time this season, appearing in 14% of the team’s defensive snaps after playing just 1% and 6% in his first two seasons. The injury to Bud Dupree opened up more playing time for Adeniyi and rookie Alex Highsmith at outside linebacker. Adeniyi has been a consistent performer on special teams the last two seasons.

Adeniyi is a restricted free agent this offseason and should be expected to earn a raise on his $575,000 salary from this past season.

Continue Reading

Steelers

Jerome Bettis Helps Start Memorial Fund for Family of Tim Lester

Published

on

Steelers running back Jerome Bettis is trying to help out the family of his former teammate.

Tim Lester, who was Bettis’ teammate and lead blocker with the Steelers and Los Angeles Rams, died this week at the age of 52 due to complications from COVID-19.

After Lester’s death, Bettis started the Tim Lester Family Memorial Fund, and a GoFundMe page that has accumulated over $35,000 worth of donations in just two days.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and want to support Tim’s wife Natalie and children Tim Jr., Tristan and Tony in any way we can,” Bettis wrote. “I , Jerome Bettis, with the help of my family, friends and former teammates of mine and Tim’s have set up this memorial fund to help the Lester family with funeral costs. We thank you for your thoughts, prayers, well wishes and generous donations in lieu of flowers.”

James Farrior, Joey Porter, Kordell Stewart and Will Wolford are among the former teammates that have contributed.

Continue Reading

Steelers

Report: Ben Roethlisberger Wants JuJu Smith-Schuster to Return to Steelers for 2021

Published

on

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return to the team, according to a report by NFL Network, and he apparently also wants wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to return to the team with him.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafalo reported that Roethlisberger has communicated to the team that he wants Smith-Schuster back for the 2021 season.


Roethlisberger has one season left on his contract, which carries a $41 million cap hit, including $19 million of salary. Smith-Schuster is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career after making $1.04 million in 2020.

Roethlisberger’s contract is a big part of a money crunch that has the Steelers as much as $40 million over the 2021 salary cap entering the offseason.

Smith-Schuster is expected to make as much as $15 million per year on a market-value contract.

It’s not clear how the Steelers would be able to fit both Roethlisberger and Smith-Schuster under the 2021 salary cap. Roethlisberger would almost certainly have to take a significant pay cut.

Continue Reading

Steelers Now in Your Mailbox!

Enter your email address to subscribe and get notifications of new posts in your mailbox.

Moon Golf Club

Copyright © 2020 Pittsburgh Sports Now / Steelers Now. In no way affiliated with or endorsed by the Pittsburgh Steelers or NFL.

Steelers Now in your Inbox

Sign up and get all of our posts sent directly to your inbox!

Thank you!

Oops!

Send this to a friend