JuJu Smith-Schuster mimicked one in all Mike Tomlin’s favourite sayings throughout a current media session forward of Sunday’s wild card playoff recreation towards the Browns. Smith-Schuster’s Steelers want to benefit from a Browns crew that has been pressured to just about observe this week attributable to their ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
Together with borrowing a phrase from his coach, Smith-Schuster additionally supplied some digital bulletin board materials for the Browns when requested concerning the Pittsburgh’s upcoming opponent. Particularly, Smith-Schuster was requested if he feels a special vitality from the Browns, who will formally finish their 18-year playoff drought on Sunday. The Browns, 11-5 through the 2020 common season, have been 0-16 throughout Smith-Schuster’s rookie season.
“Nah, I feel they’re nonetheless the identical Browns that I’ve performed yearly,” Smith-Schuster stated, through ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “I feel they’re anonymous grey faces. They’ve a few good gamers on their crew. However on the finish of the day … the Browns are the Browns. It is AFC North soccer. They are a good crew. I am simply completely satisfied we’re taking part in them once more.”
The “anonymous face” remark comes from Tomlin, who stresses to his crew that how they play and execute Pittsburgh’s recreation plan is extra vital than the Steelers’ opponent. That a part of his quote possible will not upset the Browns, however his reluctance to acknowledge Cleveland’s resurgence since 2017 could ruffle some feathers in Cleveland within the days main as much as kickoff.
Smith-Schuster just isn’t even a month faraway from being requested my Tomlin to cease dancing on opponents’ logos following the Steelers’ three-game shedding streak. Members of the Bengals and Payments stated they took exception to Smith-Schuster’s pregame actions, with Bengals security Vonn Bell drilling Smith-Schuster (inflicting him to fumble) in the beginning of Cincinnati’s upset win over the Steelers in Week 15.
A soon-to-be free agent, the 24-year-old receiver caught 97 passes for 831 yards and 9 touchdowns through the common season. He caught six passes for 65 yards and a rating in Pittsburgh’s Week 17 loss to Cleveland.