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Saturday, May 30, 2020

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JuJu Smith-Schuster takes shot at Antonio Brown over camp entrances

JuJu Smith-Schuster

The Pittsburgh Steelers are free from the distractions caused by Le’Veon Bell’s holdout and Antonio Brown’s distractions last season and are focused on football this year. JuJu Smith-Schuster and others have made that clear.

Smith-Schuster simply entered the building from a side door upon arriving at training camp on Thursday. There was no special entrance the way Brown has done the last several years. Smith-Schuster even commented on that, taking a shot at his former teammate by saying he doesn’t need the “paparazzi.”

Brown’s training camp arrivals with the Steelers included chauffeurs and helicopters.

When Brown arrived at his first training camp with the Raiders, he did so in a hot air balloon.

Brown and Smith-Schuster spent the offseason trading shots. We can only imagine this will lead to a response from the new Raiders receiver.

JuJu Smith-Schuster backs Ben Roethlisberger in Twitter post

It’s safe to say that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is a fan of his quarterback.

Smith-Schuster, the newly-anointed No. 1 wide receiver for the Steelers, made perfectly clear his support of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with a Twitter post on Saturday afternoon that seemed timed to send a message.

Every comment Smith-Schuster makes out of the blue about Roethlisberger is going to look like shade at this point. It’s in stark contrast to Antonio Brown, who seems to comment on every public comment anyone from Pittsburgh makes about him after his acrimonious departure to Oakland.

The relationship between Brown and Smith-Schuster also turned toxic after the trade. It may be that the Steelers wide receiver is just pumping up his quarterback, but given the circumstances of the offseason, it’s always going to look like more than that.

Antonio Brown puts JuJu Smith-Schuster on blast with message from 2015

Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster have been trading shots on social media over the past several weeks, and Brown feels he has done enough to win the war once and for all.

Brown took to Twitter on Sunday to criticize Smith-Schuster for fumbling the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season away last year, which was a reference to Smith-Schuster’s crucial turnover late in a Week 16 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Smith-Schuster, who has tried to take the high road with questions about Brown forcing his way out of Pittsburgh, could no longer remain silent.

In response to Brown, Smith-Schuster sent a series of tweets about how he never showed Brown anything but respect and was happy for him when he was traded to the Oakland Raiders and secured a new contract. Brown clearly feels those comments were disingenuous, because he put JuJu on blast Monday with an Instagram post that included a screenshot of a direct message he received from Smith-Schuster back in 2015.

A lot can obviously change in four years, so it seems a little cheap for Brown to expose something Smith-Schuster said when he was still in college at USC. Plus, the old message makes Smith-Schuster look polite if anything. In any event, you can tell by the microphone emoji that Brown feels sharing the screenshot was his “mic drop” moment.

While he hasn’t been quite as forward about it, Smith-Schuster has definitely tried to rip Brown on social media in a subtle manner. Neither receiver has been innocent in the immature war of words.

JuJu Smith-Schuster blasts Antonio Brown after latest criticism

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster tried to maintain a good relationship with former teammate Antonio Brown, but the new Oakland Raider’s latest public quote is apparently a bridge too far.

On Sunday, Brown took a shot at Smith-Schuster on Twitter, saying his former teammate fumbled the postseason away.

Brown is referring to Smith-Schuster’s crushing fumble late in a 31-28 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 16. The fumble cost the Steelers a shot at a potential game-tying field goal, and the loss ultimately eliminated them from playoff contention.

Smith-Schuster, who had largely avoided being critical of Brown amid his trade saga, had had enough after the latest barb.

In other words, the friendship is over. And while some would certainly argue that Smith-Schuster hasn’t been quite as innocent as he claims to be in terms of talking about Brown publicly, he’s been pretty quiet about it overall, and it’s clear that he previously had a lot of respect for Brown as a teammate. Brown’s decision to blast him publicly without any provocation seems like a completely unnecessary and petty move.

At the end of the day, even on a different team, Brown can’t stop causing Steelers-related drama. It’s why they got rid of him, and despite his unquestioned talent, they might end up being better off for it in the long term.

JuJu Smith-Schuster’s tweet was a clear shot at Antonio Brown

JuJu Smith-Schuster posted a somewhat subtle reaction to the Antonio Brown trade on Twitter Sunday, but the context of the photo he shared makes it obvious he was taking a shot at his former teammate.

On the surface, it appeared Smith-Schuster was simply indicating he is ready to take on a bigger role now that Brown is no longer with the Steelers. Of course, the photo he used was from a game against the Raiders, and Brown was one of the players standing in the background.

Apparently there is a lot more to it than that. Steelers reporter Mark Kaboly remembers the exact play, and it was initially ruled incomplete. Thinking the throw should have gone to him, Brown then proceeded to throw a temper tantrum on the sideline. The call was overturned, with Smith-Schuster and the Steelers being awarded the touchdown.

Coincidence? Of course not.

Smith-Schuster may have said all the right things about Brown demanding a trade, but it seems like he is happy with the result.

JuJu Smith-Schuster seemingly responds to Antonio Brown trade

JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster enjoyed a breakout season with the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, and he may be leaned on even more heavily in 2019 now that Antonio Brown has been traded. The younger wide receiver hinted on Sunday that he is ready to fulfill that role.

In the hours after Brown was sent to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for two draft picks, Smith-Schuster shared a photo of himself on Twitter catching a touchdown pass. The caption simply read “I’m ready…”

You may have noticed that the photo is from a game in which the Steelers were playing the Raiders, which is likely not a coincidence.

Smith-Schuster caught 111 passes for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns last season, but it will be interesting to see if he can duplicate that success without Brown commanding attention on the other side of the field. Despite what he previously said about Brown leaving Pittsburgh, Smith-Schuster has to be excited about the opportunity in front of him.

UPDATE: With more context, it has become obvious that Smith-Schuster was taking a shot at Brown.

JuJu Smith-Schuster wants Antonio Brown to remain with Steelers

Antonio Brown

The Pittsburgh Steelers may be in the process of fielding trade offers for Antonio Brown, but more than one of the star receiver’s veteran teammates have now publicly stated that they want him to return to the team in 2019.

One of the most noteworthy Steelers players to express that sentiment is JuJu Smith-Schuster. Some of Brown’s frustrations likely stem from the fact that Smith-Schuster became more of “the guy” in Pittsburgh this past season, but the 22-year-old is still hoping the situation can be resolved.

While Smith-Schuster led the Steeler with 111 receptions for 1,426 yards, him and Brown were essentially both No. 1 receivers. Brown hauled in 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a whopping 15 scores, so there was plenty of love to go around for both of Ben Roethlisberger’s top receivers.

It would not be a surprise if some of Brown’s teammates were upset with him over the way he went AWOL during the final week of the season, but one team captain also recently said he wants the All-Pro back next season. At this point, either outcome for Brown and the Steelers would not be particularly surprising.