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JuJu Smith-Schuster may not return in 2021

According to The Athletic's Ed Bouchette, Steelers receiver Juju Smith-Schuster will be allowed to 'walk' following the 2020 season.

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He's simply reading the tea leaves and connecting the dots based upon the Steelers' moves from previous years. Still, it's a fair guess as Smith-Schuster suffered through a miserable 2019 campaign but received little help from the injury bug, quarterback play and the departure of Antonio Brown. The halo effect of Brown was likely at least partially responsible for Smith-Schuster's stellar production as a rookie and, again, in 2018 when he amassed 111 receptions, 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns. Absent Brown and with the other noted downside variables, he managed only 552 yards and three touchdowns on 42 receptions in 2019. He was always a risk-on asset as a first round dynasty selection as the WR2 for the Steelers and it's not out of the realm of possibility that he's allowed to depart in 2021. That all said, Ben Roethlisberger is returning and the development of younger receivers around him, primarily James Washington and Diontae Johnson, may provide the upside necessary for Smith-Schuster to ascend to a true WR1. As DLF's WR5, the 23 year-old receiver is priced for perfection and carries a steep premium given 2019's production.

DLF Analyst:       Source: The Athletic
Mar 31: 1:56 PM EST
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