USC football in the NFL: JuJu Smith-Schuster rumored to join Sam Darnold

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A Sam Darnold reunion could be in the cards for former USC football wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who is reportedly is in talks with the Jets to bring him to New York.

What's one way to make the Jets a more palatable home for quarterback Sam Darnold? Hook him back up with one of his favorite USC football targets.

JuJu Smith-Schuster is on the Jets' radar, according to Ian Rapoport of

Smith-Schuster landing in New York would be great news for Darnold if the Jets decide to keep the Trojan QB around.

JuJu Smith-Schuster would upgrade Sam Darnold's offensive weapons

New York has already added Corey Davis to the wide receiving corps in free agency. Instantly, Darnold would have two proven and productive receiving targets to make his life easier. It would also be a clear sign the Jets are serious about giving their quarterback support.

What better support could there be than giving Darnold his old safety blanket back from his college days?

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In 2016, Smith-Schuster caught 70 passes for 914 yards and 10 touchdowns, most of which came from Darnold. The numbers weren't particularly prolific in part because Smith-Schuster dealt with injury for much of the season. Their connection was critical in the Trojans' epic Rose Bowl victory over Penn State as the quarterback found the receiver on seven passes for 133 yards and a touchdown.

That's not to say Smith-Schuster landing with the Jets is a certainty. Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported that "the Steelers haven't closed the door on a return and have remain engaged in the situation the last few days."

Oddsmakers have also highlighted the Cardinals and Giants as potential destinations.

Will Smith-Schuster stay in Pittsburgh with fellow Trojan Zach Banner, who just signed a new contract? Or is it time to start some New York T-R-O-J-A-N-S chants? We'll find out soon enough.

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