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JuJu Smith-Schuster

#1 WR,

Patriots

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ACTUAL 2022

185 FPTS

RANK: 27

2023 SEASON

193 FPTS

RANK: 35

AGE

26 yrs

HEIGHT/WEIGHT

6'1'' / 215 lbs

COLLEGE

USC

SEASONGPFPTSRANKTARGETRECPTREYDRETDREAVE
20231619335th11478829510.6
20221618527th10178933312.0
3yr Ave1112563rd765150449.88

Fails to impress during OTAs

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-06-22

Smith-Schuster didn't look explosive at spring practices even though he says he's healthier than he was last year, according to Chad Graff of The Athletic.

Graff notes that Smith-Schuster may end up competing with Kayshon Boutte, Tyquan Thornton and Jalen Reagor for one or two roster spots, with the locks at WR likely being DeMario Douglas, Kendrick Bourne (knee), K.J. Osborn and rookies Ja'Lynn Polk and Javon Baker. The final math will partially depend on whether the Patriots keep Reagor as a kick return specialist or prefer to deploy a returner that also has a considerable role on offense (e.g. Douglas or RB Antonio Gibson). Either way, Smith-Schuster's guaranteed $7 million salary won't necessarily ensure him of a spot on the team after he had 260 receiving yards in 11 games last season. Knee surgery last offseason may have impacted his speed and strength, but it was head and ankle injuries that ultimately led to six absences.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022

11.9
4
13.9
9.6
6.3
22.3
25.4
5.3
6.8
6.5
22.4
16.8
5.7
4.1
5.5

Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingReceiving StatsRoutes Run
WEEKSTADIUMGAMERANKTARGETSPREADO/UTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
1 @ARZ Dome 99° 11.9 37th 1.98-6.053.58679013.29425%31021%39%0%61%
2 LAC Outdoor 82° 4.0 82nd 1.33-4.052.5331003.3120%0009%50%0%50%
3 @IND Dome 66° 13.9 35th 2.78-4.550.58589017.87110%31124%35%0%65%
4 @TB Outdoor 75° 9.6 38th 1.922.544.5854609.2270%20024%64%0%36%
5 LV Outdoor 77° 6.3 66th 2.10-7.051.58333011.07425%20019%46%0%54%
6 BUF Outdoor 64° 22.3 7th 4.463.053.555113122.67160%32014%31%0%70%
7 @SF Outdoor 66° 25.4 4th 3.63-0.547.587124117.7990%52024%43%0%57%
10 JAC Outdoor 33° 5.3 70th 2.65-9.050.54233016.515233%11011%29%0%71%
12 LA Outdoor 44° 6.8 69th 2.27-15.543.53338012.7850%2008%69%0%31%
13 @CIN Outdoor 57° 6.5 56th 2.17-2.551.54335011.72100%20017%36%0%64%
14 @DEN Outdoor 55° 22.4 7th 2.49-9.043.51197418.2440%41026%26%0%75%
15 @HOU Dome 50° 16.8 18th 1.68-14.049.510108808.8630%30024%36%0%64%
16 SEA Outdoor 12° 5.7 57th 1.90-10.549.5432709.02725%10015%44%0%56%
17 DEN Outdoor 47° 4.1 65th 2.05-12.543.53221010.5380%2007%44%0%56%
18 @LV Dome 55° 5.5 65th 2.75-8.051.52235017.51260%1108%42%0%58%

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving Averages
LOCATIONSTADIUMGPGSGMTOUCHRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVEAIRYACDROP10+20+50+
Home Outdoor 19 160.61.6589th6.44.7420.38.84.64.57%1.50.40.0
Away Outdoor 13 121.11.7558th7.85.5550.510.14.95.30%2.40.80.0
Away Dome 1 15.52.7552nd2.02.0350.017.512.05.50%1.01.00.0
Away Retractable Dome 4 44.01.9458th8.36.8870.312.97.45.57%3.01.30.3

Career Stats by Season: 2017 to 2022

Fantasy PointsReceiving StatsRoutes Run
SEASONAGETEAMGPGSTOTALRANKTRGTRECYDTDAVGAIRYACDROP10+20+50+SHARESLOTTIGHTWIDE
2017 21 PIT 14 7 198 20th7958917715.8977%3512214%50%3%46%
2018 22 PIT 16 13 297 8th1661111,426712.8765%4717325%59%0%41%
2019 23 PIT 12 12 113 63rd7042552313.18511%207114%63%1%36%
2020 24 PIT 16 14 234 32nd1289783198.6543%2913020%78%0%22%
2021 25 PIT 5 5 35 134th281512908.6450%5104%74%3%23%
2022 26 KC 16 14 185 27th10178933312.0667%389116%41%0%59%
Yards ball travels in the "Air" per completion. "YAC" is average yards gained after catch. "Drop"ped pass rate. "Share" of team passing targets.

Played through injury in 2023

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-05-20

Smith-Schuster said Monday at the start of OTAs that he never reached 100 percent health during the 2023 season, Chris Mason of The Springfield Republican reports.

Smith-Schuster said the last 12 months have made a "big difference," and he estimated that last offseason he was only at 60 percent health due to a lingering knee injury. Across 11 games in 2023, Smith-Schuster was an afterthought in New England's offense, finishing with just a 29-260-1 receiving line despite little established competition at the position. If truly healthier and now able to move better, Smith-Schuster could earn more consistent targets from Jacoby Brissett and Drake Maye, though the Patriots' wide receiver corps has gotten more crowded with the additions of rookies Ja'Lynn Polk and Javon Baker, plus free-agent addition K.J. Osborn.

Role with team TBD

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-05-02

Smith-Schuster's role with Patriots is unclear after the team selected a pair of wideouts in the 2024 NFL Draft, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reports.

Over the course of 11 regular-season games in his first year with the Patriots, Smith-Schuster recorded a 29-260-1 receiving line on 47 targets in 2023. Though the veteran wideout -- who is under contract with the team through 2025 -- is presumably past the ankle issue that landed him on IR in December, New England's additions of free agent K.J. Osborn and 2024 draftees (second-rounder Ja'Lynn Polk and fourth-rounder Javon Baker) to a wide receiver mix that also includes returnees Kendrick Bourne (knee) and Demario Douglas, clouds Smith-Schuster's depth chart standing ahead of training camp. With that in mind, both Callahan and Chad Graff of The Athletic suggest that the 27-year-old pass-catcher could end up moving on as the offseason progresses.

Lands on IR

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-30

The Patriots have placed Smith-Schuster (ankle) on IR.

With Smith-Schuster on IR and slated to miss the Patriots' final two games this season, DeVante Parker, Demario Douglas, Jalen Reagor, Tyquan Thornton and Kayshon Boutte (illness, out this week) are in line to handle the team's WR duties in Weeks 17 and 18. Smith-Schuster thus finishes the 2023 campaign with a 29/260/1 receiving line on 47 targets in 11 games.

Third straight absence Week 17

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-29

Smith-Schuster (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Smith-Schuster will miss a third consecutive game Sunday. He'll have one more chance to take the field in Week 18 against the Jets before the wide receiver's disappointing 2023 campaign comes to an end. DeVante Parker and Demario Douglas should continue to lead New England's receiving corps, with Jalen Reagor, Tyquan Thornton and Kayshon Boutte occupying depth roles.

Not practicing Friday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-29

Smith-Schuster (ankle) wasn't present for Friday's practice, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.

Smith-Schuster didn't practice Thursday, so the wide receiver's continued absence Friday clouds his status for Sunday's game against the Bills. If Smith-Schuster remains sidelined this weekend, DeVante Parker, Demario Douglas and Jalen Reagor would be in line to lead the Patriots' Week 17 WR corps.

Not practicing Thursday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-28

Smith-Schuster (ankle) wasn't spotted at practice Thursday, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.

Smith-Schuster was limited Wednesday, so his apparent non-participation a day later clouds his status for Sunday's game against the Bills. With that in mind, the veteran pass catcher will likely have to practice fully Friday in order to head into the weekend without an injury designation.

Logs limited practice

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-27

Smith-Schuster (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Smith-Schuster closed out last week with a 'DNP' on Friday before being ruled out for this past Sunday's win over the Broncos. The veteran wideout's limited participation Wednesday indicates that he could return to action this weekend against the Bills, however Smith-Schuster will need to practice fully by Friday in order to avoid a Week 17 injury designation.

Won't play Sunday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-12-22

Smith-Schuster (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Smith-Schuster logged limited practices Wednesday and Thursday, but he didn't participate in any capacity Friday and will miss his third game of the season as a result. In Smith-Schuster's absence, DeVante Parker and Demario Douglas are in line to lead the Patriots' wide receiver corps, with Jalen Reagor and Tyquan Thornton also being candidates to mix in.

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