JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2020: question mark 92%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 14.6%
Projected Games missed for 2020: question mark 3.7
Durability: question mark 6

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Player Overview

What You Need To Know:

  • Torpedoed by awful QB play, JuJu’s numbers fell flat in 2019. He finished outside the top 60 WRs in PPR points per game.
  • JuJu battled injuries including a toe, a concussion and a knee ailment. He missed 4 games.
  • Returning for a contract year, JuJu carries massive bounce back appeal if Ben Roethlisberger — now 38 — can stay healthy.


Offense crumbles

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.


Ben returns

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…

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Injury History

Date League Injury Details
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.