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JuJu Smith-Schuster - Injury History

Basic StatsJuJu Smith-Schuster's Basic Stats

JuJu Smith-Schuster
ADP: 8.5
Bye: 8
Experience: 5 Yr(s)
Age: 25.6
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 215
40 Time: 4.54
Speed Score: 101.20
SPARQx (Rank): 106.60 (58%)
Burst Score (Rank): 115.30 (20%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.07 (69%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.04 (52%)

Injury PredictorJuJu Smith-Schuster's Injury Index

Very High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2022

91%

% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game

13.2%

1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2022

3.60

Durability

5

Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

Injury analysis powered by Draft Sharks Injury Index, formerly SIP Logo

Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Oct 31, 2015 Non-NFL Hand Metacarpal Fracture Smith-Schuster fractured his right hand against Cal, which required surgery to install a plate and screw. He still played the following game.
Aug 5, 2016 Non-NFL Hand Finger Dislocation Smith-Schuster dislocated his right pinky but played through the issue.
Aug 5, 2016 Non-NFL Pedal Toe Sprain Smith-Schuster sprained his right big toe in practice. He was ready by the season opener.
Aug 11, 2017 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Smith-Schuster left near end of the 1st quarter in the preseason opener with a concussion. He sat out the next exhibition.
Nov 16, 2017 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Smith-Schuster missed Week 12 with an unspecified hamstring injury.
Oct 22, 2017 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Smith-Schuster missed minimal time in Week 7 and returned for Week 8.
Nov 14, 2019 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Smith-Schuster sustained a concussion during a Week 11 clash with the Browns. He missed one game
Nov 14, 2019 NFL Knee Patella Sprain Smith-Schuster suffered a left knee injury in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns. He missed four games due to the injury
Sep 23, 2020 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Smith-Schuster missed practice for two days ahead of the Week 3 game with a knee injury. He was good to go for the game against the Texans.
Nov 22, 2020 NFL Pedal Foot Smith-Schuster suffered a foot injury during Week 11's game against the Jaguars. He was active for the next game.
Sep 26, 2021 NFL Chest Rib Bruise Smith-Schuster suffered a rib injury in the Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Oct 10, 2021 NFL Shoulder Smith-Schuster injured his right shoulder injury during Week 5's game against the Broncos. He missed 12 games

Basic StatsJuJu Smith-Schuster's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:
  • Smith-Schuster suffered a shoulder injury in Week 5 last year that required surgery and knocked him out for the rest of the regular season. He also left early in Week 3 with bruised ribs.
  • In his 3 healthy regular-season games, Smith-Schuster posted lines of 4-52 (8 targets), 6-41 (7 targets) and 2-11 (8 targets).
  • He was able to make it back for Pittsburgh’s playoff loss to the Chiefs, catching 5 of 8 targets for 26 yards.
  • In 28 games across the 2019 and 2020 seasons, JuJu averaged 5.0 catches, 49.4 yards and .43 TDs per game.
    • He finished 64th among WRs in PPR points per game and 69th in non-PPR in 2019; 24th in PPR points per game and 35th in non-PPR in 2020.
    • Smith-Schuster ranked 72nd and 83 qualifying WRs in Pro Football Focus’ 2019 receiving grades and 58th out of 90 in 2020.
    • He dealt with shoddy QB play from Mason Rudolph, Duck Hodges and a washed-up Ben Roethlisberger …
    • But JuJu finished behind teammates Diontae Johnson and James Washington in yards per route run in 2019 and behind Johnson, Washington and Chase Claypool in 2020.
  • That all followed 1 of the most productive opening 2 seasons we’ve seen from a WR in NFL history.
    • Smith-Schuster posted a 58-917-7 line in 14 games as a rookie in 2017. He finished 12th in PPR points per game and 7th in non-PPR points per game.
    • Then he exploded for a 111-1,426-7 line in 2018, finishing WR8 in PPR points and WR9 in non-PPR.
    • Smith-Schuster recorded the 5th most catches and 9th most receiving yards through 2 seasons in NFL history.
    • Only 7 WRs have totaled more PPR points through their first 2 seasons: Odell Beckham, Randy Moss, Justin Jefferson, A.J. Green, Michael Thomas, Jerry Rice and Marques Colston.
    • JuJu undoubtedly benefited from playing alongside Antonio Brown those 2 years. But he also ranked 29th and then 17th in PFF’s receiving grades.
  • Smith-Schuster will turn just 26 in November.
  • He hit the open market for the 1st time in his career this offseason and signed a 1-year deal with the Chiefs in the 1st week of free agency.
    • The contract has a base value of $3.25 million with $2.49 million guaranteed but is loaded with incentives:
      • $1.5 million if Smith-Schuster plays 65+% of Kansas City’s offensive snaps.
      • $500K for 40 catches, $1 million for 50 catches, $1.5 million for 65 catches
      • $500K for 500 yards, $1 million for 650 yards, $1.5 million for 900 yards
      • $1 million for a Pro Bowl selection
  • Less than a week after signing Smith-Schuster, the Chiefs traded WR Tyreek Hill to Miami.
    • Hill garnered a career-high 9.4 targets per game last year.
    • He averaged 9.0, 7.4, and 8.6 targets per game the previous 3 seasons.
  • The Chiefs also lost WRs Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson this offseason. Those 2 combined for 15.0% of the Chiefs’ targets, 15.0% of the receptions, 16.9% of the receiving yards and 21.6% of the receiving scores last year.
  • The Chiefs added WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency. He signed 6 days after Smith-Schuster but got a 3-year, $30 million deal.
  • Kansas City spent the 54th overall pick of this year’s draft on WR Skyy Moore, who’s coming off a big 95-1,292-10 line at Western Michigan.
  • TE Travis Kelce and WR Mecole Hardman return … along with QB Patrick Mahomes and HC Andy Reid.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Smith-Schuster is truly tough to figure out. He scored the 8th most PPR points by a WR through 2 seasons in NFL history – then has been mostly disappointing the 3 years since.

He’s still just 25 years old, though, and finds an excellent opportunity in 2022, catching passes from Patrick Mahomes on a Chiefs team looking to replace Tyreek Hill’s snaps and production.

There’s a wide range of outcomes for JuJu this season. Don’t ignore the downside … but the upside is certainly worth taking a shot on.

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Skyy Moore, WR KC

9:25pm EDT 5/8/22

Skyy Moore has minor hamstring tweak

Per Nate Taylor of the Athletic, the Chiefs believe rookie WR Skyy Moore “can excel as a secondary slot receiver behind Smith-Schuster and be a possible deep threat on the perimeter in one-on-one matchups.” Moore’s undersized — both in height and wingspan. But he brings blazing speed and quicks and sure hands. Marquez Valdes-Scantling profiles as the field-stretcher with JuJu Smith-Schuster working the short to intermediate routes. Moore’s usage figures to be diverse in an offense that lost 260 targets with the offseason departures of Tyreek Hill, Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson. The rookie is battling a minor hamstring tweak at the moment, but there's no cause for concern.

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The Steelers have activated WR JuJu Smith-Schuster from IR, making him eligible to play in Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He had previously said he'd take part. It's tough to know just how much we can expect, though, from a guy who is coming off October shoulder surgery. Smith-Schuster is no more than a fringe fantasy football consideration for what will likely be Pittsburgh's lone playoff game.

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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) returned to practice on Thursday. He's been out since suffering a shoulder injury in Week 5 that required surgery. He was supposed to miss the rest of the season and still seems like a big long shot to play vs. the Chiefs this weekend. But we'll keep an eye on him.

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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster underwent shoulder surgery on Sunday night and will miss the remainder of the 2021 season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Smith-Schuster is set to hit free agency next offseason after inking a 1-year deal with Pittsburgh back in March. His absence the rest of this season will make WR Chase Claypool a safer weekly target bet. WR Diontae Johnson, of course, will continue to see plenty of volume.

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