Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster doesn’t foresee offense changing much without Ben Roethlisberger
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is officially out for the season, paving the way for backup quarterback Mason Rudolph to take over under center for the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign. As a result, Rudolph will now be paired with No. 1 Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who doesn’t believe that the team’s offensive scheme will change much despite a change at the quarterback position,
It is also worth noting that Smith-Schuster believes that he and Rudolph have already developed some chemistry as the duo has worked together quite a bit in the absence of “Big Ben,” who rested a bunch this offseason.
“I don’t think it will change a lot,” Smith-Schuster recently told NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk. “We have our plays set, we have the guys we still have on offense at every position that we need and I don’t think a lot will change.”
However, the Steelers didn’t do much with Roethlisberger on the field through the first two weeks of the season. With “Big Ben” prematurely exiting the team’s most recent loss in Week 2 at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, the Steelers offense has only produced 29 points and 569 yards through Pittsburgh’s first two games. Prior to falling to the Seahawks, the Steelers only scored three points and were blown out by the heralded New England Patriots to kickoff the regular season.
The Roethlisberger-less Steelers will now turn the team’s attention toward Week 3 when Pittsburgh will take on the 2-0 San Francisco 49ers on the road in the bay area.