JuJu Smith-Schuster had an impressive rookie year with 58 receptions, 917 receiving yards, 8 total (receiving and returning) touchdowns, and a 73.4% catch rate in 14 games. His ability to play multiple roles in the offense and on special teams contributed to an outstanding 11-3 record when active and a playoff season for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Smith-Schuster's 2017 production not only led all rookie wide receivers, but among the skill position players in his rookie class, his total 133.7 fantasy points were only bested by four running backs -- Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, Kareem Hunt, and Leonard Fournette -- with an abundance of opportunities. That's impressive, but to do so at just 20 years old is ridiculous.
With an extremely productive rookie season under his belt, Smith-Schuster's expectations are much higher for year two, and rightfully so.
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For the record, I never actually played football. I have no doubt that I would get crushed running across the middle for a pass, every single time.
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