Raiders Interested In JuJu Smith-Schuster

The Raiders are “very interested” in signing JuJu Smith-Schuster, according to John Clayton of 710 ESPN (Twitter link). The Steelers wide receiver is currently on track to reach the open market in March. 

Smith-Schuster, 25 in November, seemed on track for superstardom just a few years ago. As a rookie, Smith-Schuster caught 58 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns in just 14 games. In his last regular season game as an NFL frosh, he took a 96-yard kickoff all the way to the house and became the youngest player in NFL history to record more than 1,o00 all-purpose yards in a season.

Then came the true breakout year — 111 grabs for 1,426 yards and seven TDs and a Pro Bowl selection, helping the Steelers make up for the absence of Le’Veon Bell. The following year, Antonio Brown was shipped out, which should have set the stage for Smith-Schuster to have an even bigger season. Instead, his 2019 was marred by a knee injury and played without the services of Ben Roethlisberger.

Smith-Schuster was healthier in 2020 and bounced back somewhat, finishing with a 97/831/9 stat line. If the Raiders don’t retain Nelson Agholor, Smith-Schuster could have appeal. Of course, between Brown and Martavis Bryant, the Raiders haven’t had the best of luck with ex-Steelers WRs.

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22 comments on “Raiders Interested In JuJu Smith-Schuster

  1. Agholor, Renfrow, Waller, Williams, and JuJu. That’s gonna be some must watch TV.

  2. ahale224

    The last two Steelers wide receivers they acquired went pretty well for them lol.

  3. James

    Juju is a number 2 receiver not a number 1 he hasn’t had a 1,000 yard season since AB left or if Ben isn’t throwing him the football. Go look at Mohammed Sanu stats when he was with Atlanta same stats then look what happened when the Patroits try to make him their number 1 even with Tom Brady as their QB don’t do it Raiders

  4. raider j81

    They don’t need Ju Ju. Spend that money on the D and get Ruggs more involved in game planning

  5. mcdusty49

    I don’t think JuJu is a true #1 so I wouldn’t put too much of a monetary investment in him if I were running the bingo. On top of that, he’s proven to be a bit of a sideshow to the team at times and I wouldn’t be chasing players who weren’t dialed in to the program. We really need to beef up our defense and focus on developing our current WR core

    • mcdusty49

      I also disagree on the thought process behind putting Derek Carr on the trade block…he’s not flashy but he’s a solid game manager that would be even better if our defense wasn’t so porous…with Jacobs as our bell cow, Waller, Ruggs and Renfrow we should be ok unless a true #1 WR becomes available…this draft should literally be entirely defense unless they can address the secondary and and pass rush via free agency

  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis For MVP

    JuJu feels like the type of receiver who will end up an overpaid bust with a third rate organization like the Raiders or Jets.

  7. Appalachian_Outlaw

    ::sigh::

    Of course they are. Nevermind that the defense couldn’t stop a well coached JV squad. And as a Raider fan, I full well know it doesn’t take Vince Lombardi to out-coach Chucky.

    The Raiders will once again throw massive money at a #2 WR, the defense will continue to be porous. There will be whispers about Carr, even though he’s a good QB. The problem is Gruden is complete, utter, total garbage at HIS job. Jon’s got a job for life if he wants it though because Mark Davis is oddly enamored with him.

    Gah!!!

  8. letmeclearmythroat74

    Juju is decent … but I agree with most on here. He’s not a number one … he’s apparently a good dancer … that might fly in Vegas. Juju to me is Jamison Crowder, Christian Kirk , Marvin Jones, Tyler Boyd, Emanuel Sanders type ..,, nothing special. I think he will be somewhat irrelevant without a decent QB though. For example , put him on the Bears and he’s average. Put him on the Packers and then he’d be darn good as a compliment to Adam’s.

  9. Typical Raiders, focusing on flashy offensive players and totally ignoring their main problem: defense. They would have been 11-5 with even a league average defense.

    Gave up the 3rd most points in the league, but yeah, sure, go blow a ton of money on a wide receiver.

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