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New England Patriots wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (7) runs with the ball past Pittsburgh Steelers safety Damontae Kazee (23) during the first half of an NFL football game on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, in Pittsburgh. He was the Patriots highest graded offensive player by Pro Football Focus in Week 14 (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

New England Patriots wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had a disappointing 2023 season. He played in 11 games for the Patriots, sidelined multiple times by injuries. He finished the season with 29 receptions, 260 receiving yards, and one touchdown. New England was hoping Smith-Schuster could emerge as a number-one wide receiver last season. But even when he was healthy, that wasn’t the case.

So yesterday when Smith-Schuster was trending on social media, it could have been anything. Maybe the Patriots traded him ahead of the NFL Draft. Perhaps they just waived him altogether. Or maybe it was something away from football altogether. The last option proved to be the correct one and it was not under the best of circumstances.

Reportedly, JuJu Smith-Schuster posted a photo to Snapchat. It was of him and an unidentified female in a car. No big deal, other than Smith-Schuster’s privates were clearly visible in the photo. According to those who were tracking such matters, the wide receiver deleted the photo a few minutes later, but by then the damage had been done and the image began to circulate.

As with any such mishap in the age of social media, responses were swift. There were posts like this…

And this…

Also this…

And finally, this…

The point is, that no player needs this type of attention, never mind one fighting for a roster spot. This shouldn’t be blown up as being as serious as issues other NFL players have faced this offseason, including several brushes with the law. However, it is a very bad look for JuJu Smith-Schuster (no pun intended) that can at best be attributed to poor decision-making, whether it was an accident or not.

So far, neither JuJu Smith-Schuster nor the New England Patriots have released any statement on the matter.

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LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels

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Football Fun Fact of the Day

The record for most receiving yards for an undrafted NFL player belongs to former Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (11,841). He is followed by Rod Smith (11,389) and Wes Welker (9,924). Hall of Fame wide receivers Don Hutson (7,991) and Drew Pearson (7,822) round out the top five.

Adam Thielen is the active leader with 7,696.

Post of the Day

Speaking of Adam Thielen, today’s post is a Bill Belichick classic from Chris Mason:

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