Chicago Bears free-agent wide receivers to avoid: JuJu Smith-Schuster
He’s an interesting character and player to figure out. JuJu Smith-Schuster is highly talented. There’s no question about it. The former USC standout has perfectly prototypical size for a true number one wide receiver in the NFL.
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At times, he’s proven he can be that guy; the dependable, every-down, every situation type of receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers. When he played alongside Antonio Brown, Smith-Schuster dominated. Some wondered whether it was because his counterpart had so much focus from the defense.
In his last season next to Brown, Smith-Schuster caught 111 passes for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns en route to the Pro Bowl.
Is it any wonder that in his two seasons after that year, Smith-Schuster has combined for fewer receiving yards than he had in that 2018 campaign? He’s looked hot and cold; all over the place at times, really. Smith-Schuster has completely disappeared in some games, even.
In addition to not really knowing if he can be the focal point of a passing game, his immaturity and antics have been a problem. At times, people wonder if Smith-Schuster spends more time on social media than he does in his playbook.
Dancing on opposing teams’ logos didn’t go over well last season, either.
This is not a guy you want around the Bears’ locker room. He is defined by immaturity at its finest. Pace should move past Smith-Schuster in a hurry.