The Not So Selfless Steelers or former-Steeler
I still see fans on Twitter talking about how the Steelers should give Antonio Brown another chance. Brown will go down as one of the great receivers in the team’s history, but his break from the team was not pretty. His hate, or more so jealousy, for Juju Smith-Schuster was a major Twitter feud and there is little room for another weapon in the Steelers selfless receivers room at this point.
The Steelers have moved on completely from Brown and it doesn’t look like they have any interest in going back down that road.
Smith-Schuster leads a young group of wide receivers in Pittsburgh. They also seem to be having a great time winning and have little concern for their personal statistics and accolades.
Ben Roethlisberger is loving the difference he is seeing from his number-one receiver. Antonio Brown was openly upset when more targets went to Smith-Schuster in 2018. He was the Steelers’ top wideout at the time and he didn’t like that Smith-Schuster took over a lot of the limelight.
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When Chase Claypool went off with four-touchdowns in week 5 against the Eagles Smith-Schuster had a much different reaction.
“I wasn’t sure what the demeanor was going to be from the other receivers, to be perfectly honest,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday via ESPN. “Because obviously, Chase had an amazing day. I looked over at JuJu to kind of see what his reaction would be, because he’s our No. 1 receiver. I looked over at him and he had the biggest smile on his face.
“And it’s not because Chase was right there with him. Chase wasn’t even next to him. He had the biggest smile. He was having fun with other guys.”
Despite recording only four receptions for 28 yards against the Eagles, Smith-Schuster was just happy to be 4-0 on the season. He called the game a great “team-win” on Twitter and has shown nothing but happiness for Claypool’s big day.
“I just can’t say enough about him and what that meant to me, what it meant to other guys and how proud we are of him that he truly was happy for Chase,” Roethlisberger said. “He was happy we won the game. Did he have huge stats, JuJu? No, but we won the game and that’s all that matters.
I think for a No. 1 receiver to feel that way in a locker room, I told my wife about it, I told my closest friends about it. That just made me really proud and really happy that we have selfless guys on this team that are more about the win than they are trying to get their stats.”
This is no doubt a shot at Brown, who it appears is not at all missed in Pittsburgh. This young receivers corps is not concerned with statistics and recognition. Their focus is on winning games and taking the team back to the playoffs this season.