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Smith-Schuster signed to a one-year contract

The Steelers re-signed receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to a one-year contract.

In his first four seasons, Smith-Schuster has 308 career receptions for 3,726 yards and 26 touchdowns, bringing energy and explosiveness to the offense.

In 2020, Smith-Schuster had 97 receptions for 831 yards and nine touchdowns.

"He is a guy that has been in the system for a while," said Ben Roethlisberger during the season. "He is a guy I can line up anywhere and he knows what to do. What you see from him in terms of his demeanor, his attitude, when the ball is in his hand is determination. It's unbelievable. There have been times when I have gotten the ball to him on third and whatever, and he has caught it a little bit short of the first down, and I have 100 percent confidence he is going to find a way to get the first down.

"He is just a competitor. He is fun to play with. He is tough. He can make combat catches. He gets those first downs when you need them. He is smart. He is a guy you can move around and put him pretty much anywhere and he knows what to do. He helps get other guys lined up. I think when you have a guy when push comes to shove, when the rubber meets the road, all the different slangs you want to use. When you have a guy like JuJu that I know and trust him, it makes you feel pretty comfortable."

Smith-Schuster was voted the team's 2018 Most Valuable Player, earning the honor in just his second season in the league and also played in his first Pro Bowl.

He finished that season second in the AFC and tied for sixth in the NFL with 111 receptions for 1,426 yards, which was third in the AFC and fifth in the NFL and were both career highs. Smith-Schuster was fifth in the AFC and 12th in the NFL with 1,439 yards from scrimmage.

Smith-Schuster registered his 150th career reception in his 28th career game, coming during the 2018 season. It set a franchise record for the fewest games to the milestone, and he reached the 1,500-receiving yard mark in his 21st career game to establish a new team record.

Take a look at photographs of Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster from the 2020 season

The Steelers second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Smith-Schuster finished his first season with 58 receptions for 917 yards and seven receiving touchdowns while winning the Joe Greene Great Performance Award for the Steelers Rookie of the Year.

He also had two of the most exciting plays not just of the Steelers season, but the NFL overall that year.

In Week 8 against the Detroit Lions, he had seven receptions for 193 yards, including the 97-yard touchdown catch from Ben Roethlisberger, where he caught the ball short and took off running, the longest pass play in Steelers' history, and tied for the longest offensive play in team history.

In Week 17 he helped lead the Steelers defeat the Cleveland Browns when he took a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, the first kickoff returned for a touchdown by the Steelers since 2010.

Smith-Schuster's career highlights:

  • Fourth-youngest player in NFL history to reach 3,000 career receiving yards and 20 career receiving TDs
  • Only NFL player since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to register at least 250 receptions, 3,300 receiving yards and 21 receiving TDs before his 24th birthday
  • Second-youngest player to reach 300 career receptions in NFL history
  • Third player in NFL history to register 250 career receptions before his 24th birthday
  • First wide receiver in NFL history to record 12 100-yard receiving games prior to their 23rd birthday
  • First player to record 200 career receptions before his 23rd birthday in NFL history
  • Youngest player to reach 2,500 career receiving yards in NFL history
  • Ninth in franchise history in career receptions (308)
  • Eighth in franchise history in career 100-yard receiving games (12)
  • Recorded fourth (111, 2018) and ninth-most (97, 2020) receptions in single-season franchise history
  • Twice registered sixth-most receptions in single-game franchise history (13)
  • Recorded fifth-most (1,426, 2018) receiving yards in single-season franchise history
  • Registered second-most (8, 2018) 100-yard receiving games in single-season franchise history
  • Owns streak of 57 consecutive games played with a reception, which ranks eighth in franchise history
  • Owns sixth-longest kickoff return in franchise history (96 yards)
  • Owns postseason franchise record for single-game receptions (13)
  • His 13 receptions vs. Cleveland rank tied for fourth in NFL playoff history