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Smith-Schuster after Antonio Brown trade: 'I'm ready'

The Antonio Brown trade to Oakland leaves a gaping hole in the Pittsburgh Steelers offense. JuJu Smith-Schuster is set to fill that void.

Smith-Schuster later added: "I promise, I am never lettin' up," with a highlight video attached.

Smith-Schuster led the Steelers in receptions (111) and receiving yards (1,426) in 2018, the first time Brown did not lead Pittsburgh in catches or yards since 2012.

The question for Pittsburgh is whether Smith-Schuster can remain prolific without Brown on the field to take away the bulk of the coverage.

Without Brown playing the outside receiver role, will the Steelers be able to keep JuJu in the slot, where he feasted last season?

The confidence that the 22-year-old Smith-Schuster can continue his ascent toward the upper echelon likely played a role in the Steelers' willingness to trade Brown for a third- and a fifth-round draft pick.

The bigger issue for Pittsburgh is less that JuJu will continue to produce, but rather the rest of the supporting cast. Second-round pick James Washington struggled mightily as a rookie last year, and several times caught the ire of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Ryan Switzer is a solid slot receiver, but not a player that will garner defensive attention.

With Brown out the door, how will the Steelers restock the targets for Big Ben?

Smith-Schuster is ready for a larger role. The bigger question is whether the Steelers will have the complementary pieces surrounding him in 2019.

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