Monday night’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers featured no shortage of hard hits, but one from Juju Smith-Schuster on Vontaze Burfict may have outdone them all.
The Steelers wide receiver absolutely destroyed Burfict with a blindside block after a dumpoff pass to Le’Veon Bell late in the game.
Smith-Schuster was called for both unnecessary roughness and taunting on the play. Burfict received medical attention and was carted off the field after the hit.
He was alert after the hit, and one reporter said he was “livid.”
The Bengals and Steelers have a ton of history, and Burfict always seems to be at the center of it. Usually he’s the one administering the hard and illegal hits, not receiving them.
The tussle between A.J. Green and Jalen Ramsey is now being used as a touchdown celebration.
It was adopted by JuJu Smith-Schuster and Le’Veon Bell of the ever-inventive Pittsburgh Steelers after they scored Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
Credit to both players, as it was a fairly accurate representation of what actually happened between Green and Ramsey. Plus, with the NFL’s relaxed celebration rules, they can get away with it, too. It’s not the first inventive celebration of the season for Smith-Schuster, who most definitely has a sense of humor and isn’t afraid to put it on display during games.
First we had Hassan Whiteside trying to get his 2K rating up. Now we have JuJu Smith-Schuster trying to get his Madden rating up.
The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver had quite the day in a win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, logging seven catches for 193 yards, including a 97-yard touchdown reception where he ran right past the Detroit secondary.
After the game, Smith-Schuster was asked about the play, particularly why he kept looking back on his way to the end zone.
“To be honest, the reason I kept looking back because in Madden, my speed is 82, 83,” he responded, per Bryan DeArdo of 247Sports. “The next thing you know, I pulled away, swerved to the right and was able to get the touchdown. I don’t know. Hopefully after today, it gets boosted up.”
Smith-Schuster did only run a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash at this year’s combine, but Sunday’s run proved he has sneaky speed for 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds. At the very least, he is winning the Internet in more ways than one these days.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster may be a rookie, but he has been around long enough to see what happens to athletes who get mixed up with Mia Khalifa.
On Tuesday, Khalifa decided that Smith-Schuster is her new favorite person to follow on Twitter. The former adult film star paid Smith-Schuster an innocent enough compliment, but it was not well-received.
Khalifa was a good sport about getting shut down once again, and she decided to bring Le’Veon Bell into the discussion.
If you’re feeling bad for Khalifa, don’t. Has she been shut down publicly on more than one occasion recently? Sure, but putting athletes on blast is one of the ways she made a name for herself. What goes around comes around.
JuJu Smith-Schuster could see some time lined up opposite Antonio Brown this season, and it’s amazing to him just how far he has come in so little time.
The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wideout took to Twitter on Sunday to share a great story about going from reaching out to Brown for advice on Instagram when he was still in college at USC to working out on the field with the five-time Pro Bowler just over a year later as a teammate .
Smith-Schuster was selected by Pittsburgh in the second round of last month’s draft with the No. 62 overall pick. While he didn’t exactly get the warmest welcome from the other Steelers wide receivers, the opportunity to learn firsthand from Brown will likely be more than enough for Smith-Schuster.
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USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster delivered one heck of a block during the Trojans’ game against Utah State on Saturday.
USC was up 14-0 and driving inside the red zone just before halftime against the Aggies and Deontay Burnett rushed the ball on a broken play. Smith-Schuster came back and delivered a massive blindside block on Dallin Leavitt as he tried to clear the way for Burnett:
Here’s another angle:
While Utah State’s Leavitt was treated by the medical staff after being on the receiving end of that crushing block, Smith-Schuster was put through concussion protocol on USC’s sideline.
USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during Saturday’s Pac-12 Championship Game after shoving Stanford’s Ronnie Harris.
Following an incomplete pass on third down in the first quarter, Harris had one arm on Smith-Schuster and seemed to offer him a hand to get up with the other. Smith-Schuster took offense to something Harris did or said and smacked him away:
USC ended up punting on the possession.
It seems likely that Smith-Schuster was just frustrated about the incompletion and that Harris hovered over him for no reason.