Antonio Brown And JuJu Smith-Schuster Forming League’s Top Receiving Duo

It was thought to be the year of the Killer B’s. But you gotta add a little JuJu to that list. Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster are the league leaders for top receiving tandem in the NFL in combined yards. Together, they have 1259 yards through eight weeks, easily the most by any pair this season.

As the graphic shows, they’re over a 100 yards ahead of the next closest tandem, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. On the year, Brown is the league-leader with 835 yards, no one else is even close to that mark, while Smith-Schuster has 424. The rookie is actually the Steelers’ leader in touchdown receptions with four, one more than AB.

Together, Brown and Smith-Schuster make up 60% of the Steelers total receiving yards. No other player has even reached 250 yards. Martavis Bryant has 234, Le’Veon Bell 219. And only two other Steelers have hauled in a touchdown pass; Jesse James with two in the first week of the season, and Bryant has one.

Antonio Brown is still on pace for a remarkable year and is still averaging over 100 yards a game, an insane feat, even in this modern era. And as our Daniel Valente wrote a few days ago, Smith-Schuster could shatter pretty much every rookie record in franchise history.

Though Bryant will return after the bye, the job may mainly go to Smith-Schuster. He just turned in the best receiving performance of his young career and is one of the most consistent parts of the Steelers still rocky offense. Todd Haley may not want to rock the boat.

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  • Kevin Gobleck

    Wow I never expected this when he was drafted, I thought he’s see maybe like 5 snaps a game being stuck behind Bryant, Coates, and Rodgers. What a pleasant surprise

  • Alex, won’t Juju see most of his snaps in the slot with MB returning to the X? It would be GREAT if both could produce as well as get significant [pass-catching] production from Bell, McDonald, or James.

  • melblount

    Double Yoi!

    Here’s hoping this kind of talk does NOT transcend to “Best Offense On Paper” claims again. 😉

  • Greg Payne

    It’s not the “Killer B’s”, it’s the “JuJuBes”

  • treeher

    Well, one thing this shows is that we’re not spreading the ball around.

  • PaeperCup

    Coulda drafted Davis Webb

  • Generic Steelers Fan

    Exactly. Not one bit. Which makes these numbers unacceptable. Nothing about this is good. Time to replace Haley because this is clearly not working.

    All he and Ben want to do is get the ball to big time playmakers which imo is assinine.

  • srdan

    This team has more of the “if I told you at the beggining of the year…..would you have believed me?” than I can remember in recent years.

    But to be fair, usually AB+whoever is top 5 midway and at the end of the season. No knock on JuJu, but AB may go down as the greatest that ever did it. He just needs rings. Yes, I know who Jerry Rice is.

  • The Tony

    Can’t tell if you’re being serious. The Picture would suggest otherwise

  • EdJHJr

    So the Pats lead the league in passing yards but 5 guys have over 325 yards.

    We have 2 guys over 325. And one has

    Martavius is right

  • Dwight Brautigam

    Who’s “Martavius”, Ned? 🙂

  • PaeperCup

    Martavius Flaxon-Waxon. ….ever see that Key and Peel East vs West skit?

  • PaeperCup

    Different Strokes for different folks.

    and the Pats don’t have an AB.

  • falconsaftey43

    That’s because the Patriots lost Edelman. Last year Edleman had 159 targets. Next closest was White with 86. This year their top 3 targets are Gronk with 56, Cooks 54, Hogan 54. They are spreading it around a lot more this year than they did last year. There is no one “right” answer.

  • michael young

    He tosses it to Vance McDonald…..who tosses it into the turf. Let’s not act like Ben doesn’t try to hit other guys. Off the top of my head from last week, I can name a bunch of throws going to other guys. Rogers with the drop, DHB (bad throw) and Jesse James on a dart.

    Does he toss it in AB’s direction too often at times….sure. That’s what you do when you have the best player in the NFL. My problem is when he forces it into double and triple coverage to AB.

  • Crashcrash777

    You’re joking right?

  • MJK

    great , can we let him earn his way , lets look at a couple more games, and we need to salvage Bryant then we will have an unstoppable offense we need to think team, as in a group of people

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  • MintDragon

    🤣 I was thinking about that the other day, and then realized I can’t even remember what the candy tasted like.😳

  • MintDragon

    Bye Felicia.

  • lone pistol

    LoL there is no one else that is reliable that’s prob why.

  • Generic Steelers Fan

    I agree with you 100%.

    We should have traded for Tom Brady. Tomlin is inept for not doing that and needs to get canned

    Martavarious was absolutely right.

  • Russell Stauver

    I coined “JuJuBee” at the start of the season. I’m glad its sparked your creativity.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    AB will have better stats the second half of the season because defenses have to worry about JuJu now. No more double or triple teaming AB.

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    As soon as they drafted this kid, I knew as soon as he ever got his claws into that job, good luck ever getting him out of it again. RELIABLE.

  • Gautama Om

    On top of that JuJu, being a rookie, hasn’t even gotten anywhere near the top of his game yet.

  • dany

    You’re not wrong, the player next to AB could have 275 yards and remain #1 on this list

  • Work Toward

    Divisive Article on So Many Levels?

  • NinjaMountie

    How so?

  • NinjaMountie

    Do you do anything other than b**ch and moan?

  • NinjaMountie

    JuJu is going to be a pretty good WR. He takes joy in all parts of the game. Attitude reminds me of Hines, physical attributes remind me of Boldin. Good combination.
    If the Steelers had a reliable TE and Ben would snap out of it this offense could be really good.

  • will

    Best line in a long time! Great one…. the JuJu B’s

  • will

    Does that mean he is right?

  • will

    Brady v. Ben

  • will

    Should have drafted him

  • will


  • asp330jc

    A trip down memory lane this year: Ben passes to Bryant….and he dropped it. Ben passes to Vance… and he dropped it. Ben passes to Rogers….and he drops it. Ben back to Bryant deep…..and he stopped running and missed it.

    Hmm, doesn’t seem like this statement: “Which makes these numbers unacceptable. Nothing about this is good. Time to replace Haley because this is clearly not working.” – is accurate at all. Also, whats CLEARLY not working? We have the highest yards duo of WR’s in the league based on numbers, a RB who is 2nd in rushing yards by 3 yrds, and we are #1 in the AFC. What isn’t working? Seems like Haley isn’t just a really good Offensive Coordinator, he is the best one we have had in the last two decades as we have the WR yards leader, 2nd RB yards leader, and the #1 AFC team. Is Ben regressing, especially in the Red Zone and accurate deep balls, yep but that’s not on Haley.

  • asp330jc

    Why would we have wanted to draft him? We got Sutton (who is just coming back and may be a great addition to CB depth) and Connor who has shown good promise backing up Bell. What would Webb be doing, holding Ben’s towel and rubbing Landry Jones shoulders in case he goes in as the 2nd QB?

  • asp330jc

    Brady’s focus shifted when Edelman went down (as stated below with his 150+ targets last year) AND he hasn’t had a consistent WR corp all year. Gronk’s been out, Hogan’s been out, Amendola’s been out, Dion Lewis was hurt, Rex Burkhead was hurt…….thats 6 receivers in the Pats offense that has missed time, especially his main target. His numbers reflect the carousel of the Pats offense. The numbers are diverse out of necessity.

  • asp330jc

    Love me some Jesse James. I think he, and McDonald, will start becoming more prominent roles in the 2nd half, especially in the end zone.

  • Mark

    Martavis who?

  • Mark

    MB can stay off the field, line up James and Mac. Split one wide. Unstoppable minus the whiny man-child.

  • Mark

    Two thumbs up to your profile pic.

  • Besd1

    eeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Besd1

    Dan Smith

  • Besd1

    I love that sketch.

  • PaeperCup

    I was joking.

  • I have both Brown and Smith-Schuster on my fantasy team. Should I play both or just JuJu? I also have A.J. Green and Rob Gronkowski. Ugh, can’t decide!