JuJu Smith-Schuster

Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #19
Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #19
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Quiet again

Smith-Schuster recorded two catches on two targets for 35 yards in Saturday's 31-13 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Smith-Schuster did the majority of his damage on a 28-yard catch late in the first quarter, his first reception of more than 20 yards since Week 14. However, his production largely ended there, and he closed the regular season having recorded three or fewer receptions in five of his last seven games. Smith-Schuster enjoyed a mostly healthy campaign and turned in a respectable 80 receptions and 933 yards with three touchdowns across 16 games during his first year in Kansas City.

Jan 7, 2023 6:53 PM EST


Limited to two catches in win

Smith-Schuster secured two of three targets for 21 yards in the Chiefs' 27-24 win over the Broncos on Sunday.

Analysis: Smith-Schuster was a minimal part of the air attack for the second straight week, following a two-game stretch where he'd produced a 19-162-1 line on 21 targets. The veteran wideout's downturn can easily turn around on any given week considering Patrick Mahomes is his quarterback, so Smith-Schuster could play a significant role in a Week 18 road matchup against the Raiders where KC will still be fighting for the top seed in the AFC.

Jan 1, 2023 3:36 PM EST



Low volume in comfortable win

Smith-Schuster had three receptions on four targets for 27 yards in Saturday's 24-10 win over Seattle.

Analysis: The Chiefs went up two scores early and were never threatened by the Seahawks, resulting in low usage for every receiver not named Travis Kelce (6-113-0). Smith-Schuster actually led all Kansas City wideouts in targets, receptions and yardage despite the meager final line. The veteran wideout was coming off of consecutive games with double-digit targets, so fantasy managers shouldn't be too concerned with this down performance. Smith-Schuster will attempt to bounce back against the Broncos next Sunday.

Dec 24, 2022 3:34 PM EST


Another hefty workload Sunday

Smith-Schuster brought in all 10 targets for 88 yards and lost a fumble in the Chiefs' 30-24 overtime victory over the Texans on Sunday.

Analysis: The first-year Chief tied Travis Kelce for the team lead in receptions and targets while also checking in second in receiving yards. Smith-Schuster's fumble came just past the halfway point of the third quarter on a controversial hit, with the change of possession confirmed by replay. Smith-Schuster has been exceedingly busy over the last two games, producing a 19-162-1 line on 21 targets in that span. Now over the 800-yard mark for the season, Smith-Schuster will aim to continue a march to the second 1,000-yard campaign of his career in a Week 16 home matchup against the Seahawks on Saturday afternoon.

Dec 18, 2022 1:58 PM EST


Finds end zone against Denver

Smith-Schuster caught nine of 11 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-28 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: He led Kansas City in receptions on the day and caught Patrick Mahomes' third TD pass, but Jerick McKinnon surprisingly hauled in a team-high 112 receiving yards and the QB's first two touchdowns. Smith-Schuster posted his best numbers since Week 9 while the score was his first since Week 7, and he'll again be a high-upside option in Week 15 against a Texans defense that's been more vulnerable on the ground than through the air in 2022.

Dec 11, 2022 5:40 PM EST



Three grabs against Cincy

Smith-Schuster caught three of four targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: It was a quiet showing for Smith-Schuster and the Kansas City passing game as a whole, but he still caught multiple passes for the 11th straight game this season. The former Steeler has still been held below 40 receiving yards in three straight games, and he could have a hard time breaking out in Week 14 against the stingy Broncos secondary.

Dec 4, 2022 8:06 PM EST


Puts in full practice

Smith-Schuster (illness) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Smith-Schuster was sidelined for the Chiefs' first Week 13 practice Wednesday, but his return to full activity a day later implies that the illness he had been dealing with isn't a major concern. In his return from a one-game absence due to a concussion during last week's 26-10 win over the Rams, the receiver played just 39 percent of the Chiefs' snaps on offense, but expect him to be more involved Sunday in Cincinnati. Smith-Schuster's light workload may have been a byproduct of Kansas City establishing an early lead and opting to rest him with the Rams offense not presenting much of a threat while amassing fewer than 200 yards of total offense.

Dec 1, 2022 2:12 PM EST


Back at practice

Smith-Schuster (illness) will return to practice Thursday, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: Thursday's injury report will reveal Smith-Schuster's official participation level, but the wideout's return to practice after missing Wednesday's session has him trending in the right direction ahead of Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Dec 1, 2022 9:53 AM EST


Slated to miss practice Wednesday

Smith-Schuster (illness) won't practice Wednesday, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: Smith-Schuster now has two more days to return to practice ahead of Sunday's game against the Bengals, but if the wide receiver is able to play this weekend, he'll continue to be a key cog in Kansas City's Week 13 passing game, along with fellow WRs Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Skyy Moore and possibly Kadarius Toney, who is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Nov 30, 2022 10:00 AM EST


Held in check in Week 12

Smith-Schuster hauled in all three targets for 38 yards during Sunday's 26-10 victory against the Rams.

Analysis: Smith-Schuster has claimed a total of just five passes over his last two games after reeling in at least five in the previous three games. Patrick Mahomes spread the love in the passing game in this contest, completing at least two passes to eight different pass-catchers. Smith-Schuster did log fewer than 30 offensive snaps in this one. However, his return from a concussion and a comfortable Chiefs lead may have both contributed to the unusually low workload. Smith-Schuster should remain in many fantasy lineups in Week 13, though he faces a Bengals defense that's been stingy against wide receivers this year, ranking around the top five in per-game fantasy points allowed to the position.

Nov 29, 2022 9:04 AM EST


Good to go for Sunday

Smith-Schuster (concussion) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Analysis: After sitting out the Chiefs' Week 11 win over the Chargers due to the concussion he sustained a week earlier, Smith-Schuster cleared up most of the concern about his availability for the game against the Rams by returning to practice Wednesday as a full participant. He maintained that level of activity Thursday and Friday, and his lack of a designation heading into the weekend implies that he's officially cleared the NFL's five-step concussion protocol. With Kadarius Toney (hamstring) sidelined this weekend and with Mecole Hardman (abdomen) on injured reserve, both Smith-Schuster and tight end Travis Kelce should enjoy prominent roles in the Kansas City passing attack in the matchup with the Rams.

Nov 25, 2022 12:24 PM EST


Practices without limitations

Smith-Schuster (concussion) was a full practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: The wide receiver returned to practice a day after his 26th birthday and three days after he missed a 30-27 win over the Chargers. Smith-Schuster apparently is making progress through the concussion protocol and still has four days to gain clearance before Sunday's matchup with the Rams. With he and Mecole Hardman (IR - groin) both missing the last game and Kadarius Toney then suffering a hamstring injury in the first half, Kansas City was left with Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Justin Watson and Skyy Moore as the Top 3 at wide receiver.

Nov 23, 2022 2:36 PM EST


In line to practice Wednesday

Smith-Schuster (concussion) is slated to practice Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Per coach Andy Reid , Smith-Schuster - - who was inactive in Week 11 -- "is feeling better" at this stage, but the wide receiver still needs to progress through the league's concussion protocol in order to suit up Sunday against the Rams. Wednesday's practice report will reveal Smith-Schuster's official participation level in his anticipated return to the field.

Nov 23, 2022 10:42 AM EST


Ruled out for Week 11

Smith-Schuster (concussion protocol) won't play Sunday night against the Chargers, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: With Smith-Schuster out and Mecole Hardman (abdomen) having been placed on IR, look for Marquez Valdes-Scantling (illness) to be busy Sunday, assuming he's active. Meanwhile, Kadarius Toney, Justin Watson and Skyy Moore are also candidates to see added work, with Toney likely to absorb of good portion of Hardman's previous responsibilities.

Nov 18, 2022 11:21 AM EST


Not spotted at practice

Smith-Schuster (concussion) wasn't present for the media-access portion of Friday's practice, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Smith-Schuster didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, so his absence from the initial portion of Friday's practice doesn't bode well for his chances of suiting up Sunday night against the Chargers. With Mecole Hardman (abdomen) having landed on IR and Smith-Schuster looking iffy, the Chiefs' wideout depth could be taxed in Week 11, with the status of Marquez Valdes-Scantling (illness, limited at practice Thursday) also worth monitoring.

Nov 18, 2022 10:06 AM EST


Remains sidelined Thursday

Smith-Schuster (concussion) won't practice Thursday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Nor will Mecole Hardman (abdomen), which sets the stage for what the two pass catchers are able to do Friday to be pivotal with regard to their chances of suiting up Sunday night against the Chargers. On the plus side for the Chiefs, Marquez Valdes-Scantling (illness) is slated to return to practice Thursday and take the field along with fellow wideouts Kadarius Toney, Justin Watson and Skyy Moore.

Nov 17, 2022 10:07 AM EST


Not practicing Wednesday

Smith-Schuster (concussion) won't practice Wednesday, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official site reports.

Analysis: The same applies to Marquez Valdes-Scantling (illness) and Mecole Hardman (abdomen), which leaves Kadarius Toney, Justin Watson and Skyy Moore as Kansas City's healthiest wideouts at this stage of the week. Smith-Schuster -- who is in the NFL's concussion protocol -- now has two more chances to take the practice field ahead of Sunday night's game against the Chargers.

Nov 16, 2022 10:34 AM EST


In concussion protocol

Smith-Schuster is in the NFL's concussion protocol after being forced out of Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from Sunday's contest, Smith-Schuster caught two of his four targets for 33 yards. In his absence, added Week 10 snaps are available for fellow WRs Kadarius Toney, Skyy Moore and Justin Watson alongside Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Nov 13, 2022 11:29 AM EST


Double-digit catches in OT win

Smith-Schuster racked up 10 receptions on 12 targets for 88 yards in Sunday's 20-17 overtime win over the Titans.

Analysis: Smith-Schuster was unable to extend his touchdown streak to three games Sunday, but he continued to produce like a WR1 with new season highs in both receptions (10) and targets (12). The veteran continues to see his role grow with his new club, signifying the trust Patrick Mahomes has in him as a top receiving threat alongside Travis Kelce. Juju and the Chiefs will take on the Jaguars middling pass defense next Sunday.

Nov 6, 2022 10:25 PM EST


Another huge performance

Smith-Schuster hauled in seven of eight targets for 124 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 44-23 win over San Francisco.

Analysis: Smith-Schuster appears to be settling in with his new offense, posting consecutive games with at least 100 yards and a score. The 25-year-old now carries a 34-494-2 line while operating as the Chiefs' top wideout and Patrick Mahomes' second-favorite target. Smith-Schuster is looking like a fantasy steal through seven weeks, and should be held through the upcoming bye week. Kansas City will be back in action against Tennessee on Nov. 6.

Oct 23, 2022 6:01 PM EST


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