Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster set for 'huge year statistically' says Nate Burleson
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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster set for ‘huge year statistically’ says Nate Burleson

JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers, Nate Burleson

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster did not have his best season in 2019 while encountering some injury trouble along the way.

However, former NFL wide receiver and current NFL Network analyst Nate Burleson believes that the Steelers’ top pass-catcher will bounce back in a big way come the 2020 campaign.

“If you look at his last best season, which was two years ago, he put up those monster numbers,” Burleson recently said on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football, via USA TODAY Sports. “The only asterisk I would put on that season is that Antonio Brown was still on the roster…Prove that you can do it without a big dog next to you.

“If you ball out, you know that money is coming. If you don’t, people are going to try to short-change you. So, JuJu Smith-Schuster, I expect him to have a huge year statistically for the Steelers.”

With current free-agent wide receiver Antonio Brown previously making his way from Pittsburgh to the Oakland Raiders before the start of last season, Smith-Schuster was slated to become a big part of the Steelers’ offensive attack in 2019. Unfortunately, both he and Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found themselves injured as the team’s season continued to slide in the wrong direction. Even so, the tandem of Smith-Schuster and Roethlisberger remain primed to be more than ready for the start of the 2020 regular season, which bodes very well for the Steelers.

Smith-Schuster produced just 42 receptions for 552 yards and three touchdowns across 12 regular-season appearances last season.