NFL Analyst Believes Juju Smith-Schuster is the ‘Perfect Fit’ for the New York Jets

Published 02/26/2021, 2:12 PM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) walks off the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports


The future of Juju Smith-Schuster is still up for debate. Despite the Steelers star coming out and stating his desire to remain with the franchise, people believe he could be on his way out.

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Smith-Schuster had a decent season with the Steelers and was a highlight during their 11-0 start to the regular season. But one analyst believes he would be a better fit out East.

NFL analyst Peter Schrager spoke recently on Good Morning Football. He believes that Juju Smith-Schuster would be a great pick for the New York Jets.

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He noted that Juju is still very young and would add excellent skill to the Jets. Furthermore, despite the Steelers’ disappointing outing, Smith-Schuster recorded an excellent performance.

"He's still just 24 years old, he had 97 catches last year, is tough as nails, and would inject a bolt of energy and enthusiasm into a franchise that desperately needs it."

@PSchrags on why the perfect fit for JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) is…the @nyjets. pic.twitter.com/i66BTkTa3v

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“I think Juju Smith-Schuster is the perfect fit for the New York Jets…This guy is just 24 years old, he is just scratching the surface.

“You might think last year was a  lost season in Pittsburgh, and Juju didn’t fulfill expectations. He had 97 catches last year, double-digit touchdowns a couple of years ago.” 

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Schrager added that Juju Smith-Schuster, despite his young age, is a consistent performer. He also noted that Juju has a lot of experience for a player of his age, and that experience could help the New York Jets locker room. Putting him next to players in the New York Jets could be a recipe for success.

“Juju Smith-Schuster is a reliable receiver, and he already has NFL experience where he can bring it to a young locker room. He’s still just 24 years old. 24! ” 

Jan 3, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) returns an interception as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) pursues during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

He further added that while Schuster is not a superstar, he could be a significant improvement for the Jets. Smith-Schuster can help the team improve after their dismal season last year. Schrager believes that Schuster would be a significant upgrade over their current wide-receiver options.

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“And suddenly you add some talent, maybe a running back or a tight end. Juju may not be a slam-dunk, number one wide receiver but he’s certainly has a lot to give and be an upgrade to one of the worst, least effective Wide Receivers of the past few years in the NFL.

“At 24 years, I still believe Juju Smith-Schuster has his best football ahead of him.”

Would Juju Smith-Schuster make a good pick for the New York Jets? He would certainly give the team a new dimension. But the move itself doesn’t look likely. Smith-Schuster is likely to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers, at least for the next season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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