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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ best pass catcher in 2020 missed the last 12 games this season. But could JuJu Smith-Schuster line up against Chiefs?
It is safe to say that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive unit did not scare many teams this season. Mike Tomlin’s club finished 23rd in the NFL yards per game and 21st in the league in scoring. The club received at least 30 points once in 17 games. And that was in a 41-37 loss Sunday night to the Chargers in Los Angeles.
From an aging Ben Roethlisberger to an offensive line and its season-long battles to some adjustments by new coordinator Matt Canada. The Steelers could not get out of their own way in the first quarter. Tomlin’s team scored just 37 points in the first 15 minutes of matches this year. Ouch!
But help may be on the way.
JuJu Smith-Schuster has a chance to play for the Steelers in the playoffs
Fifth-year wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster, who last played in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos, returned to training on Thursday. The team also announced that wideout James Washington is also back after being activated from the reserve / COVID-19 list.
Before going down in October, he caught just 15 passes for 129 yards and zero goals. In 2020, he totaled 97 receptions at 831 yards (second only to Diontae Johnson) and drew with Chase Claypool with nine touchdown receptions. The 25-year-old performer has been more of a safety valve for “Big Ben” the past two seasons, averaging just 8.6 yards per carry. reception.
The inconsistent Steelers are obviously facing a completely uphill task. Sunday night, the team returns to Arrowhead Stadium for a rematch with the Kansas City Chiefs. In Week 16, Tomlin’s team was pushed around 36-10. So could having Smith-Schuster, who totaled 13 receptions (on 19 goals) for 157 yards and a score in last year’s playoff loss to the Browns, be a big factor after a long absence?