Smith-Schuster describes the difference between Roethlisberger and Mahomes
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster recently joined Ryan Khalil on his podcast Block forever and dealt with a multitude of subjects. One of them compared two quarterbacks he has played with throughout his career: Ben Roethlisberger and Patrick Mahomes.
Smith-Schuster is in his first year with Kansas City and is beginning to adjust to a new offense and a new quarterback. Since taking over Alex Smith’s starting job in 2018, Mahomes has been arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, winning the MVP award in 2018 and the Super Bowl in 2019. Smith-Schuster talked about what he does Mahomes a special quarterback.
“Mahomes, he had a crazy pass game this past game where he can be on the opposite side of the field and throw a side arm to get past the defense and for us to get the ball,” Smith-Schuster said.
One of Mahomes’ trademarks is his ability to throw the ball from crazy angles, as he used to be a star baseball player. It doesn’t hurt that he also has one of the strongest arms the NFL has ever seen.
Smith-Schuster also praised his former quarterback in Pittsburgh, praising his ability to put the ball in the perfect spot.
“I’d say Big Ben, the way his touch goes, he’s really good. He’s been playing so long that he knows how to like, put that touch on it. Like he’s shooting like a 3-pointer. Like somebody who runs like a over or a cross and you’ve got a safety over the top, a corner on the outside, a linebacker underneath, and you’re throwing it, he’s putting that little touch and dropping it in the pocket.”
A great example of Roethlisberger’s touch passing ability is shown in Smith-Schuster’s rookie season when he caught a 97-yard touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions. On the play, Roethlisberger places the ball right over the back corner and into the hands of Smith-Schuster.
The two were very close The Smith-Schuster era in Pittsburgh, and their relationship was a big reason he returned to the Steel City last year instead of signing in free agency with the Chiefs in the spring of 2021. Unfortunately for Roethlisberger and Smith-Schuster, in the week five of the 2021 season Smith-Schuster injured his shoulder and was out until the playoff game against the Chiefs, limiting the amount of time the duo played together in Roethlisberger’s final season.
Smith-Schuster is off to a great start in Kansas City, showing the talent he has and showed in his early years in Pittsburgh before injuries got the best of him. Despite the negative press he received towards the end of his time as a Steeler, he has still consistently shown love to his former quarterback, the city and the Steelers organization.
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