A lot like a QB in Miami that I won’t mention, this WR sparks up controversy amongst fans by merely mentioning his name. Juju Smith-Schuster became one of the most if not the most infamous figure in the NFL for his Tik Tok dances.
Dances in the locker room with his team mates became dances in the pre game warm ups, became dances on top of other teams logos, in front of them and their audience. They called this man free bulletin board material, but at least he’s not dancing on top of memorials… right Jackson?
Point is I think the public and players have moved far past Juju and his Tok Tok’s, for his short stint this year before getting hurt people looked at Juju’s dances like business as usual for him. A big plus for his team so they could focus less on distractions and more on playing football.
Going into 2022 I expect this narrative to completely die out, and people to move on. Especially if Smith-Schuster goes to another team.
At 6’1″ 215 lbs Smith-Schuster is a physical WR that has exceptional hands, can block, and can be used in many ways due to his versatility. The perfect description for a WR addition in the McDaniel system for the Dolphins.
WR’s in the draft with this type of skillset end up getting picked up early or end up being hidden gems later down the road. Smith-Schuster isn’t a #1 option so catch percentage becomes crucial for a player that won’t get as many targets, and will be doing a lot of the dirty work.
Juju’s catch percentage borders at almost 70%, and given his level of physicality on the field I see him being able to pick up some Deebo Samuel-ish plays. Don’t believe me? look at the tape.
This is a player that fights through contact and doesn’t go down easy, here’s another clip.
I know you look at the stats and the numbers don’t impress you, but remember he’s not a #1 option and the one season he had to step up he went for over 1,400 yards, this player is a risk but the risk is what creates the value.
Juju can be marketed as coming off an injury, locker room distraction who failed to consistently step up to the #1 role after Antonio Brown’s departure. He hasn’t had a 100 yard game since Brown’s departure, and is not as good on paper as some other options on the market.
That’s a perfect picture to paint if you’re the Dolphins, why? Scheme fit. Scheme fit is everything and this type of player at the WR position is something that doesn’t come often in the draft unless your team has a high pick.
And this “baggage” Juju has is more likely to be media fabricated drama than anything actually affecting the locker room, but the Dolphins can use that for a better deal.
Most WR’s coming out are aiming to be #1’s by being flashy, quick, and elusive. These guys aren’t built to truck linebackers in RAC. Juju Smith-Schuster is. The value is low, the upside is high, very high under a system like McDaniel’s in Miami.
- Age: 25
- Weight: 215
- Position: Wide Receiver
- 2020 PFF Grade: 68.2 – 69.6 Career average
- Targets: 125
- Catches: 97
- Yards: 831
- Touchdowns: 9