JuJu Smith-Schuster has a pretty simple message for the Steelers following a season filled with reported drama both on and off the field: “Let’s stop all the bull—.”
During an appearance on the “RapSheet and Friends” podcast with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the 22-year-old wide receiver expressed frustration with some of the behind-the-scenes tension that affected Pittsburgh throughout much of the season.
When asked about the Steelers’ current roster situation, Smith-Schuster said: “I really don’t have control of that.”
“In my dream world, what would I have? I would have Le’Veon Bell at running back with James Conner,” Smith-Schuster added. “I’d have A.B. stay on the other side. And win the Super Bowl with the guys that we have, the guys that we keep.
“Obviously it’s tough, situations like that, where you can’t control. … For me, it’s more so. Let’s keep the guys on the team and let’s win the Super Bowl. Let’s stop all the bull—.”
There has been speculation about Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown’s future with the team, though they both have different circumstances. Bell never played during the 2018-19 season amid a contract holdout, while Steelers owner Art Rooney II said earlier this month that it would be “hard to envision” Brown reporting to the team’s training camp ahead of next season.
“It’s opened up my eyes (to the business side of football),” Smith-Schuster said. “Just because the situation with [Le’Veon Bell], the whole money situation. It opened up my eyes from that point of view. And the situation with A.B. obviously that’s stuff that he’s dealing with, and that’s what they have to handle. I’m just focused on my campaign, how I can get getter and increase my role.”
The Steelers missed the playoffs, finishing the season with a 9-6-1 record and ranking second in the AFC North behind the Ravens.