WR - PIT
Week 2 Outlook
While Ben Roethlisberger took some time to shake off some rust in Week 1, his connection with JuJu Smith-Schuster didn't seem to miss a beat as his favorite receiver finished with 6 catches on 6 targets for 69 yards and 2 touchdowns. Roethlisberger will continue to improve as the season goes on, and this week is a great opportunity for him and JuJu as the Steelers play a Broncos' defense without their top cornerback, A.J. Bouye. Smith-Schuster should be a solid WR1 play this week.
It was good to see Smith-Schuster out there having fun again, wasn't it? He was only targeted six times, but he made each of them count, racking up six catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Him being in the slot is going to cause so many matchup problems for opposing secondaries because Diontae Johnson is a real threat, while Chase Claypool and James Washington can take the top off a defense. The Broncos have some real issues going on with their secondary, as their top cornerback A.J. Bouye had to leave the game at halftime and was ruled out with a shoulder injury, forcing Bryce Callahan to move to the perimeter. That pushed undrafted rookie Essang Bassey into the slot. If that's who has to cover Smith-Schuster... good luck. The Broncos are a solid run-stopping unit, so we could see the Steelers use quick, short passes to move the ball, and that would move through Smith-Schuster who needs to be in lineups as a low-end WR1. The whole pass attack gets a boost is Bouye is ruled out.
Smith-Schuster looked like his 2018 self with Big Ben back and he should be a WR1 at home this week.
Smith-Schuster saw only six targets against the Giants but caught all six and turned two of them into touchdowns. Although Ben Roethlisberger looked rusty to start, once he found his groove, the entire Steelers offense looked strong, including Smith-Schuster. He looks likely to justify his status as a borderline WR1 coming into the season, with upside for even more.
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