PITTSBURGH – If Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jelen Ramsay tried to get under JuJu Smith-Schuster's skin before Sunday's game, it didn't work.
Ramsey told reporters on Friday that the Steelers wide receiver is not the same as one of his former teammates.
"I'm not disrespectful to him, he's not Antonio Brown," Ramsay said. "For two years, I matched Antonio. It was a good fight. I kept mine in these battles. Yes, now I'm getting a little bit up against a different person, different body type, different receiver. He can make plays."
After winning the Rams 17-12 on Sunday, Smith-Schuster agreed.
"Still right," Smith-Schuster said. "I'm not Antonio Brown. I'm never going to be Antonio Brown. I'm alone. I'm Zhu Jo-Smith-Schuster. I'm still not as good as him. I think I still have time to go on to get to his level. But we are two completely different personalities. "
Saved sometimes by Ramsay, and other times doubled, the wide-receiver third year was held to three catches for six goals for 44 yards in the win.
"He talks a lot," Smith-Schuster says of Ramsay. "He talks so much. He said so many words I've never heard of and I'm 22 years old. He's a good player, man.
" It's a lot different than being in Jacksonville, where he is knows how to do whatever he wants. Here, he has to do almost everything he's been told. He should listen to [Eric] Wedding. It's different. It's a great experience. I wish more balls were thrown at us, but it is difficult when you are in double teams. "
The attention Smith-Schuster drew released other wide receivers, including James Washington and Dionta Johnson. Washington pitched a career high with 90 receiving yards on six receptions and touchdowns, and Johnson had four catches for 64 yards.
"He knows he's going to get the attention, the flies, coming into the game," said Mason Rudolph. Someone else will step up. Diontae does it all year long. James comes past the last couple of games and makes some big-catch catches. I think it just allows us to have more threats in the position of "
Even with other receivers intensifying, Rudolph acknowledged that Smith-Schuster's incorporation into crime was a top priority.
"Diontey, James and Vance [McDonald] these guys make a lot of plays for us," Rudolph said. "If you take two and cover somebody, you have to make sure the other end is tight. I think this will help us get the ball in the hands of 19. This is at the top of my to-do list every week."