JuJu betters 40 time in run in London


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JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Potential NFL players spend a lot of time leading up to the NFL Scouting Combine or their respective school's pro day working on things such as running the 40-yard dash.

But once they do it at the Combine, they often never do it again. At least not in a public setting.

JuJu Smith-Schuster got an opportunity to perform a 40-yard dash Tuesday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. And he liked the results.

He also answered the question about whether players can get faster after entering the NFL.

The Steelers' third-year receiver, who ran a 4.54-second 40-yard dash in Indianapolis in 2017, posted a 4.5-second 40-yard dash Tuesday in London.

Smith-Schuster was asked after running the 4.5 if he wanted to do it again. He chose to stand on his time.

Despite his average -- at least by NFL standards -- 40 time entering the NFL, Smith-Schuster has averaged 13.9 yards per reception in his career. He also has three receptions of 90 or more yards in his two NFL seasons, the most in the league over that time period.

Smith-Schuster will be counted on to be the Steelers' No. 1 receiver this season after the team traded Antonio Brown in the offseason. Smith-Schuster set career highs in 2018 with 111 receptions for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns, being voted the team's Most Valuable Player by his teammates.

The 22-year-old is in London as an ambassador for the NFL Academy, a new NFL venture there to help promote interest in the game.

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