JuJu Smith-Schuster and Jackson Mahomes was a collaboration no one wanted but was seemingly forced upon us when Smith-Schuster signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Fans braced for the inevitable TikToks onslaught featuring the pair shimmying on top of monuments and or midfielder logos.
The fear of seeing these videos drawn to fans wasn’t because of Smith-Schuster. After all, Smith-Schuster claimed he was done with the pre-game dances after Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin spoke to him following the team loss to Cincinnati December 21. He was motivated by fears that Jackson Mahomes would bring Smith-Schuster back to posting these disrespectful TikToks. Jackson is known to be unpleasant in public, but his presence on TikTok (and his brother’s fame) gave him a sense of entitlement that could bring JuJu back to the dark side.
Yet after a week with Smith-Schuster at KC, nothing came of them. All we got was Smith-Schuster dancing in his new jersey.
What is that? Where are the grumpy thirst traps with Jackson? Where are the fashionable dances? That’s not why I signed up! I demand to see the material I thought was coming so I could make fun of it on the internet! Well, according to Smith-Schuster himself, we won’t be getting that content anytime soon.
During an Instagram Live with NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti, when asked whether or not he would be doing TikToks with Jackson Mahomes this year, Smith-Schuster replied, “No. This does not happen.
The world collectively rejoiced upon hearing this.
JuJu continued, “Do I see myself doing this here? I’m here to work…I came here to earn.
That’s exactly what Smith-Schuster will need to do if he is to bounce back from an injury-plagued 2021 campaign. Since Smith-Schuster took over the No. 1 receiver role in Pittsburgh, he hasn’t lived up to his stellar 2017 and 2018 seasons. Many skeptics believe this is proof that Smith-Schuster can’t not succeed as the first attack option in the passing attack. Well, here’s Smith-Schuster’s chance to prove them wrong. With Tyreek Hill out of the picture, Smith-Schuster is the only proven wide receiver in the Chiefs locker room. While it’s likely that KC will approach the position in the next draft with one of their first-round picks, JuJu will still be the veteran in that wide receiving room. It will be up to him to fill the void left by Hill, and if he works as hard as he claims, then I have no doubt he can thrive with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback.
As long as most of the dances Smith-Schuster does with a Mahomes family member are with Patrick after the two connect for a touchdown, I’m sure Chiefs fans will welcome him to Arrowhead with open arms.