Former Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster appeared to take a shot at his former workforce after the ‘hardest practice of his career’ with the Chiefs.
Kansas City Chiefs huge receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster took to Twitter on Monday evening to share with followers how issues are going up to now at his first coaching camp along with his new workforce.
And whereas complimenting Kansas City and head coach Andy Reid for placing within the work, he additionally seemingly took a shot at his former employer, the Pittsburgh Steelers, as he referred to as it the “hardest practice of [his] NFL career”.
The five-year veteran apparently by no means labored as arduous in his time as a Pittsburgh Steeler as he has in his first official week as a member of the Chiefs. It ought to come as no shock, although, given the scheme that Reid deploys in Kansas City. It is probably going that Smith-Schuster shall be shouldering the best accountability that he has but to face all through his profession within the upcoming season, as he’s figuring out in a wide range of roles at Chiefs training camp.
Playing in Pittsburgh, Smith-Schuster was primarily run out of the slot and for good cause. In the most effective statistical season of his profession (2018) when he made his lone Pro Bowl look, he was a complimentary weapon to Antonio Brown, who was chosen as first-team All-Pro that very same 12 months.
He had 111 receptions for 1,426 yards and 7 touchdowns that season, with nearly all of his manufacturing coming from routes on the within. Even whereas he has excelled as a menace from the slot, he’s been perpetually competing for touches towards the Steelers scheme.
JuJu Smith-Schuster ought to play a lot larger function in Chiefs offense
Le’Veon Bell, James Conner, and Najee Harris have been the operating backs that Smith-Schuster performed with whereas in Pittsburgh. Each demanded a wholesome quantity of touches of their respective peaks with the Steelers, and there have been three Pro Bowl choices amongst them within the 5 years that Smith-Schuster was on the Steelers roster. Last season, Harris obtained 307 touches out of the backfield, and though JuJu was damage for many of final 12 months, Harris’s contribution to the offense was inevitable.
Now in Kansas City, Smith-Schuster could have an opportunity at being a extra official cornerstone of the Chiefs offense — one which tends to frequently favor the cross over the push. Many extra high-speed, exhausting practices lie forward, and it is going to be fascinating to trace the Chiefs’ new receiver’s growth on this offense as we close to the common season kickoff.