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Smith-Schuster signed to a four-year deal

Posted May 17, 2017

The Steelers signed second-round draft pick JuJu Smith-Schuster.

The Steelers signed second-round draft pick JuJu Smith-Schuster to a four-year contract.

Smith-Schuster, a receiver from USC, is the fifth of the team’s eight players from the 2017 NFL Draft to sign.

The 6-1, 215 pound Smith-Schuster, had159 catches for 2,368 yards and 20 touchdowns the past two seasons at USC.

“He is a good sized receiver,” said offensive coordinator Todd Haley. “He was very productive out there at USC. He is a really do-it-all guy. He can play inside, outside. If you had to say what he excelled at, I’d say his ability to catch the ball in combative situations, 50/50 balls as we call them, and he usually comes down with them. He’s a really exciting guy and we are excited to get him here to work on.

“He’s very competitive and passionate about what he does. That shows up in the run game, which is an exciting thing for us. He’s not a guy that’s afraid to stick his nose in there and block safeties and even some linebackers. He plays with a great passion, which is one of the exciting things about him.”

Smith-Schuster showed that passion right after he was drafted when his emotions ranged from tears, to straight joy when he jumped into the ocean to celebrate his selection.

Transactions

Date Transaction
05/22/2017 Signed QB Joshua Dobbs.
05/18/2017 Released TE Ladarius Green with the designation of Failed Physical and signed RB Terrell Watson.
05/18/2017 Released LS Greg Warren with the designation of Failed Physical.