Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster spent five training camps with Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but those camps were nothing compared to what he experienced during his first training camp practice in pads with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday.
Smith-Schuster, who was signed by the Chiefs to a one-year deal earlier this offseason, tweeted on Monday that his first practice in pads with Kansas City was the hardest practice of his career.
The former Pro-Bowler wasn’t complaining — he seemed excited for the hard work that awaits during training camp.
Today was the hardest practice of my NFL career! 😂 & we’re just getting started 😤— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) August 2, 2022
Smith-Schuster has a chance to be one of the NFL’s top bounce-back players in 2022.
The former USC standout appeared to be on the verge of stardom early in his NFL career. Smith-Schuster caught 111 passes for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018 (his second season in the league).
Unfortunately for Smith-Schuster, he hasn’t been able to replicate his success from his sophomore season.
Smith-Schuster’s best season since 2018 came in 2020 when he caught 97 passes for 831 yards and nine touchdowns.
Part of the reason Smith-Schuster hasn’t had another huge season is because of injuries — he’s missed 16 games over the last three seasons.
If Smith-Schuster, who is only 25 years old, can stay healthy in 2022, then he has a chance to put up some massive numbers while playing with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, arguably the best quarterback in the NFL.
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