Two former Pittsburgh Steelers receivers don’t appear to be living up to the expectations set for them…so far.
In New England, there are rumors that the Patriots are not getting what they expected from JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Even thought he is the second-highest paid receiver on the Patriots, behind Kendrick Bourne, there is belief he is their fourth or fifth best pass-catching option.
On Sunday, he has four catches for 33 yards.
Smith-Schuster only played 54 percent of the snaps and The Boston Herald’s Andrew Callahan reports that he didn’t participate in the two-minute drill on Sunday.
Another issue is his surgically repaired knee. He told reporters on Friday it is fine and continues to get stronger.
Smith-Schuster’s time on the field could decrease even further if DeVante Parker returns to the lineup. He was out with a knee during the Patriots loss on Sunday.
He signed a three-year, $25,500,000 deal with New England.
Now onto Bears wide receiver Chase Claypool, who the Steelers traded to Chicago last season for essentially Joey Porter Jr.
The feeling in Chicago is Claypool isn’t putting in the work to be the wide receiver he showed flashes of during his rookie year.
There are even thoughts that he could be benched.
Claypool had two targets and zero catches in the Bears opening loss to Jordan Love and the Green Bay Packers.