Steelers’ Smith-Schuster still ‘lit’ but with a dash of grit

Steelers’ Smith-Schuster still ‘lit’ but with a dash of grit
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by cornerback Marlon Humphrey #44 of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 01, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is developing a reputation as Ben Roethlisberger’s go-to target when things get tough.

The 23-year-old Smith-Schuster leads the unbeaten Steelers in receptions through nine games, many of them difficult catches in traffic that Smith-Schuster turns into first downs. Roethlisberger says he trusts Smith-Schuster to make the play regardless of the circumstances.

Smith-Schuster is in the final year of his rookie contract but says he’s not worried about his future and is simply focused on getting the Steelers to the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh plays at Jacksonville this weekend.

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