JuJu Smith-Schuster shades Steelers after Chiefs apply

Former Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster appeared to take a shot at his former staff after the ‘hardest apply of his profession’ with the Chiefs.

Kansas Metropolis Chiefs vast 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 together with his new staff.

And whereas complimenting Kansas Metropolis 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 apply of [his] NFL profession”.

The five-year veteran apparently by no means labored as laborious 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 Metropolis. It’s possible 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 understanding in a wide range of roles at Chiefs coaching camp.

Taking part in in Pittsburgh, Smith-Schuster was primarily run out of the slot and for good purpose. In the very best statistical season of his profession (2018) when he made his lone Professional Bowl look, he was a complimentary weapon to Antonio Brown, who was chosen as first-team All-Professional that very same yr.

He had 111 receptions for 1,426 yards and 7 touchdowns that season, with the vast majority of his manufacturing coming from routes on the within. Even whereas he has excelled as a risk from the slot, he’s been perpetually competing for touches in opposition to the Steelers scheme.

JuJu Smith-Schuster ought to play a lot greater position in Chiefs offense

Le’Veon Bell, James Conner, and Najee Harris have been the operating backs that Smith-Schuster performed with whereas in Pittsburgh. Every demanded a wholesome quantity of touches of their respective peaks with the Steelers, and there have been three Professional Bowl picks amongst them within the 5 years that Smith-Schuster was on the Steelers roster. Final season, Harris acquired 307 touches out of the backfield, and though JuJu was damage for many of final yr, Harris’s contribution to the offense was inevitable.

Now in Kansas Metropolis, Smith-Schuster can have an opportunity at being a extra reliable cornerstone of the Chiefs offense — one which tends to commonly favor the go over the push. Many extra high-speed, exhausting practices lie forward, and will probably be fascinating to trace the Chiefs’ new receiver’s improvement on this offense as we close to the common season kickoff.