It was not that way back that the tales across the Steelers have been Antonio Brown throwing tantrums, Ben Roethlisberger throwing interceptions and Martavis Bryant throwing shade.
Enter JuJu Smith-Schuster.
The rookie out of Arizona has modified the mojo across the 6-2 Steelers, now winners of three straight after they have been embarrassed 30-9 by the Jaguars at residence.
The newest instance was Sunday night time, when Smith-Schuster made an inside transfer like a veteran and used his younger legs to do the remaining on a ninety seven-yard landing cross from Roethlisberger late within the third quarter, and the Steelers pressured the Lions to show the ball over on downs twice in a 20-15 Pittsburgh win.
Smith-Schuster, chosen No. sixty two general out of Southern California, had season highs with seven receptions for 193 yards.
“Lots of people stated, ‘He’s younger, he’s immature,’” Smith-Schuster stated. “I’m 20 years previous, however once I’m on the sector, enjoying with my boys, I’m going to get the job executed.”
Smith-Schuster later took his rehashing of doubters to Twitter by posting one unnamed evaluation from previous to the draft.
Smith-Schuster’s angle and efficiency is a direct counter to Bryant, who has complained about his position on the workforce whereas questioning his rookie teammate’s capability. Bryant was made inactive for Sunday’s victory and after the punishment promised am improved angle.
However Bryant might have endlessly misplaced his position as Roethlisberger’s No. 2 choice with Smith-Schuster’s rise.
When he received to the sideline after his landing, he put a sequence, which he bought Sunday, on a stationary bike, making mild of his bike being stolen and recovered lately.
“He’s just a little child, excited for the second,” veteran defensive finish Cameron Heyward stated. “You recognize the power he brings. Us previous farts don’t know the best way to cope with it typically, however I’m glad we acquired him.”
Roethlisberger is, too, as a result of he has a dependable receiver to go to when Brown is roofed and Bryant is pouting.
His final catch transformed a 3rd-and-1 from the Steelers 32, permitting them to expire the clock.
“He’s not enjoying like a rookie,” Roethlisberger stated. “He’s enjoying like a seasoned veteran.”