Even though Antonio Brown’s exit from Pittsburgh certainly did not lack in the play area, JuJu Smith-Schuster is maintaining that there is none lingering between him and his former teammate as mandatory minicamp marches on.
Almost three weeks later saying that team chemistry is”on point” following the trade that sent Brown to the Oakland Raiders in March, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ new No. 1 receiver addressed where things are today.
Obviously, he isn’t foreseeing any flareups like both participated in over Twitter this spring the next time he and Brown are in exactly the exact same area.
“I looked at him as a role model and in that scenario I did not want it to end like that. I don’t have any hard feelings ,” Smith-Schuster informed the press at his locker Wednesday. “Obviously, if we were ever in precisely the exact same area, I will say what’s up to him. I think hatred is a massive term to use against someone.
“At the close of the day, he is an excellent player. He comes out every day, his work ethic. He worked hard. Aside from that, I really don’t have anything towards him or anything like this.”
Smith-Schuster will likely continue to subject as many questions about Brown this season as he has kickoffs throughout his budding career but he can not let it be a distraction.
Back in May, the 22-year-old said he felt as a”French bulldog barking at everybody” however, as the season approaches, Smith-Schuster might need to set himself as the alpha among a group of receivers looking to prove themselves after the charismatic Brown’s departure.
Possibly playing together and learning from Brown his first two seasons gave the young wideout, who made the Pro Bowl at 2018 following a year with 111 grabs, 1,426 yards and 7 TDs, the necessary tools to shoot within his third year?
Only time will tell if Smith-Schuster is able to secure the Steelers with an increased workload and fill the void left by the seven-time Pro Bowler.
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