Roethlisberger Says JuJu Playing For Team, Not Contract

Ben says Smith-Schuster is blocking, catching and making heads up plays

Steelers quarterback is praising receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster for his play on Monday that helped Pittsburgh win the first game of the season.

Speaking to reports on Wednesday morning, Roethlisberger said the Smith-Schuster is doing all the right things and playing a complete game.

"He's going to give you everything he has from start to finish no matter what, even if he only makes one catch of the end of the game that's a big third down catch, he's a professional," said Roethlisberger.

Smith-Schuster is looking for a big contract next season, but Roethlisberger says he is playing for for the team than himself.

"You saw a guy that was blocking, that made the tough catches that dove into a pile," said Roethlisberger. "How many guys that are quote unquote looking for a contract and trying to get paid would dive into a pile and risk their body and injury to recover a fumble that . . . he didn't fumble it so to me that just shows what kind of a team guy he is."

Smith-Schuster caught six passes for 69 years and two touchdowns. He also recovered a Benny Snell Jr. fumble recovery that could've turned the tide of the game late in the 3rd quarter.

He jumped on the ball as soon as it was fumbled and had at least six Giants fighting him for the ball.