All 91 is a Pittsburgh Steelers Now series profiling each of the 91 members of the Steelers 2019 training camp roster.
19 • JuJu Smith-Schuster, third-year wide receiver
Last year: After making seven starts as a rookie, Smith-Schuster secured a starting spot in 2018, making 13 starts and playing in all 16 games.
Stats: Grabbed 111 balls out of 166 targets for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns. He led the Steelers in catches and yards. Smith-Schuster averaged 89.1 yards per game, which was seventh in the NFL.
Named to his first Pro Bowl after the 2018 season as an alternate for teammate Antonio Brown. Received an 81.8 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, 16th amongst NFL receivers.
For the second consecutive season, he caught a 97-yard touchdown pass, the longest in the league.
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Camp outlook: With the departure of Brown, there aren’t many players on the Steelers roster with a role as secure as Smith-Schuster’s. He will be the team’s No. 1 wide receiver if he’s healthy, and he has been reliable throughout his young career.
Projected role: The one thing that he will have to deal with this year is an increased number of double teams and other ways that opposing defenses are going to center their coverage around him, now that Brown is gone.
That probably won’t be replicated in training camp, but it’s worth watching for in the preseason games, even if many other teams probably won’t want to tip their hand about what type of situational defenses they’re going to run.
That will be the biggest difference between his first two seasons and the upcoming one, and how he adjusts to it will likely determine whether he’s a repeat Pro Bowler.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20
James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.
This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.
Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.
Congrats to @camheyward on being named Week 1 #CommunityMVP for installing his first Little Free Library. The book-sharing boxes provide 24-7 access to literacy for underserved Pittsburgh communities while honoring the legacy in education of his late grandfather. pic.twitter.com/uKwbnz28A1— NFLPA (@NFLPA) September 18, 2020
Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”
The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.
Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.
Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20
The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.
Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.