With JuJu Smith-Schuster out for the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed two wide receivers to make up for Smith-Schuster’s absence.
Juju Smith-Schuster fans and fantasy managers were hit hard this week by news that the electric Steelers wide receiver is now out for the season to recover from shoulder surgery.
As painful as the injury news is, the Steelers are forced to adjust in the middle of the season and bring on two key wide receivers to make up for the loss of Smith-Schuster.
Steelers sign former Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller to replace JuJu Smith-Schuster
Smith-Schuster, who was 62nd overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, will be replaced by Anthony Miller. Miller was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the 51st overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
In July 2021, Miller was traded by the Bears to the Houston Texans. On October 6th, Miller was released by the Texans. Miller has played two games this season and logged five receptions for 23 yards.
While Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool are still listed as healthy on the Steelers depth map, these two wideouts serve different roles on the Steelers offensive.
Smith-Schuster is a clutch slot receiver ranked one of the best in the NFL after its 2018 sophomore season. Earlier this summer, Doug Farrar of TouchdownWire reviewed Smith-Schuster the fourth best slot receiver in the NFL. With an aging Ben Roethlisberger opting for shorter routes more recently, Smith-Schuster benefited from the upward trend in looks.
In 2019, Smith-Schuster caught 25 of 38 slot goals for 316 yards and two touchdowns. In 2020, his numbers rose to 39 slot receptions with 119 total goals for 888 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Miller hasn’t exactly had a breakout season – his biggest year hitting 656 yards in 2019 – but he’s one of the best remaining mid-season NFL free agents.
No one can really replace Juju, but ideally Miller can make his mark this season, lifting the 2-3 Steelers off the bottom of the AFC North rankings.