Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster can set new NFL receiving record in Week 2
The first week of NFL football didn’t give Pittsburgh Steelers fans reasons to celebrate. However, JuJu Smith-Schuster is about to make the Steeler Nation proud with the NFL record he’s about to break.
According to Missi Matthews, the wide receiver can break a long-standing record that has stood for almost 20 years in Week 2.
.@TeamJuJu, who will be 22 years and 297 days old on Sunday, needs 79 receiving yards to surpass @ProFootballHOF Randy Moss (22 years, 310 days) as the youngest player in @NFL history to reach 2,500 career receiving yards.
— Missi Matthews (@missi_matthews) September 11, 2019
The New England secondary stopped the Steelers offense from doing what they want on the field. However, Smith-Schuster was one of the team’s only bright spots as he managed to grab six catches for 78 yards.
There was a slight scare coming into the week that their star wideout might not be able to play due to a toe injury. However, he participated in the team’s full practice recently. He is looking likely to start against the Seattle Seahawks.
He started his NFL career with a respectable stat line: 917 yards and 7 TDs on 58 receptions and a 73% catch rate. The numbers took a huge spike in the 2018 season as he made 111 receptions for 1426 yards.
The stat line becomes more impressive if you consider the fact that he wasn’t the first option in his first two years in the NFL. He was playing behind Antonio Brown, and it’s likely that he also learned a thing or two from him.
The man he is passing over is no slouch, either. Randy Moss was a First-Team All-Pro in two of his first three seasons in the league. He also led the NFL in receiving TDs a grand total of five times in the league.
If this is the caliber of player Smith-Schuster will beat, Steelers fans will be looking forward to an outstanding career from the young but talented wideout.