PITTSBURGH — If Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey was attempting to get below JuJu Smith-Schuster’s pores and skin earlier than Sunday’s sport, it did not work.
Ramsey instructed reporters on Friday that the Steelers’ huge receiver will not be the identical as considered one of his former teammates.
“No disrespect to him, he isn’t Antonio Brown,” Ramsey mentioned. “I matched up with Antonio there for 2 years, and that was a very good battle, and I held my very own in these battles, and yeah, now I am going up in opposition to a unique particular person, completely different physique kind, completely different receiver a bit of bit. He could make performs.”
After beating the Los Angeles Rams 17-12 on Sunday, Smith-Schuster agreed.
“He is proper, although,” Smith-Schuster mentioned. “I am not Antonio Brown. I am going to by no means be Antonio Brown. I’m myself. I am JuJu Smith-Schuster. I am not so good as him but. I believe I nonetheless have time to proceed to get to his degree. However we’re two completely completely different individuals.”
Guarded generally by Ramsey and different occasions doubled, the third-year huge receiver was held to 3 catches on six targets for 44 yards within the win.
“He talks so much,” Smith-Schuster mentioned of Ramsey. “He talks a lot. He mentioned so many cuss phrases I’ve by no means heard of, and I am 22 years outdated. He is a very good participant, man.
“It is so much completely different than him being in Jacksonville, the place he is in a position to do no matter he needs. Over right here, he has to just about do what he is instructed. He has to take heed to [Eric] Weddle. It is completely different. It is a fantastic expertise. I want we had extra balls thrown at us, but it surely’s arduous if you’re double-teamed.”
The eye Smith-Schuster attracted freed up different huge receivers, together with James Washington and Diontae Johnson. Washington set a profession excessive with 90 receiving yards on six receptions and a landing, and Johnson had 4 catches for 64 yards.
“He is aware of that he’ll entice that focus, flies, going into the sport,” quarterback Mason Rudolph mentioned. “We perceive that another person goes to step up. Diontae’s been doing all of it yr for us. James has been coming alongside the final couple video games and making some big-time conversion catches. I believe it simply permits us to have extra threats on the receiver place and possibly not permit them to double JuJu going ahead.”
Even with different receivers stepping up, Rudolph acknowledged that getting Smith-Schuster extra concerned within the offense is a significant precedence.
“Diontae, James and Vance [McDonald], these guys make quite a lot of performs for us,” Rudolph mentioned. “If you are going to take two and canopy somebody, you have obtained to ensure it is tight on the opposite finish. I believe that is going to assist us get the ball in 19’s palms. That is on the prime of my to-do listing each week.”