|Chance of Injury in 2020:||92%|
|Chance of Injury per Game:||14.6%|
|Projected Games missed for 2020:||3.7|
JuJu’s 2019 was the story of one bad event after another.
First in Week 2, Ben Roethlisberger went down with a season-ending elbow injury. What followed was ugly play from QBs Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges: 6.38 yards per attempt, a 62.3% completion rate and a 4.1% TD rate.
Stepping back, Pittsburgh’s offense ranked:
— 27th in total points
— 30th in total yards
— 31st in total plays
— 31st in yards per play
— 26th in pass attempts
Smith-Schuster picked up a toe injury in Week 1, only to re-aggravate it in Week 4. He played through the injury, but a bad toe and even worse QB play proved costly. He hit double digit PPR points — a low bar — in only half of his games from Week 2 to Week 10.
When Week 11 arrived, JuJu suffered a knee injury and a concussion after posting 2 catches for 21 yards. That marked JuJu’s third reported concussion as a pro. And with the knee a bigger problem, he didn’t return until the final 2 games (at Jets, at Ravens).
Still playing hurt, he totaled 4 catches for 28 yards in those matchups.
So his season settled at 42-552-3 in 12 games.Back healthy now, look for the contract-year WR to reemerge.
JuJu’s 2020 upside comes down to one factor: Roethlisberger’s health.
If he can play close to a full season, the support will be present for a rebound. Just consider this about JuJu’s 2018 alongside Ben: No WR in league history has topped his 111 catches during an age-22 season. Only Josh Gordon surpassed his 1,426 yards.
Yes, he played alongside Antonio Brown for that campaign. And Pittsburg…
|Nov 14, 2019||NFL||Knee Patella Sprain||Smith-Schuster suffered a left knee injury in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns. He missed four games due to the injury|
|Nov 14, 2019||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Smith-Schuster sustained a concussion during a Week 11 clash with the Browns. He missed one game|
|Nov 16, 2017||NFL||Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1||Smith-Schuster missed Week 12 with an unspecified hamstring injury.|
|Oct 22, 2017||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Smith-Schuster missed minimal time in Week 7 and returned for Week 8.|
|Aug 11, 2017||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Smith-Schuster left near end of the 1st quarter in the preseason opener with a concussion. He sat out the next exhibition.|
|Aug 5, 2016||Non-NFL||Hand Finger Dislocation||Smith-Schuster dislocated his right pinky but played through the issue.|
|Aug 5, 2016||Non-NFL||Pedal Toe Sprain||Smith-Schuster sprained his right big toe in practice. He was ready by the season opener.|
|Oct 31, 2015||Non-NFL||Hand Metacarpal Fracture||Smith-Schuster fractured his right hand against Cal, which required surgery to install a plate and screw. He still played the following game.|