Diontae Johnson
WR PIT
Mon 1/4/21 2:37 PM

Johnson brought in three of his four targets for 96 yards in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Browns.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson missed a day of practice during the week due to an illness, but he was fully healthy for the team's Week 17 matchup against Cleveland. The second-year wideout finished his season with impressive output, accruing his most receiving yards since Week 11. Johnson had some issues with drops along the way, but he still led the team with 144 targets during the regular season. He tallied 88 receptions for 923 yards and seven touchdowns to go with three rushes for 15 yards. He demonstrated his potential in 2020 and could serve as the Steelers' clear top receiver next season if JuJu Smith-Schuster signs elsewhere during the offseason. Regardless of his status for next year, Johnson should continue to play a significant role for Pittsburgh during the playoffs.

Diontae Johnson
WR PIT
Fri 1/1/21 5:49 PM

Johnson was listed as a non-participant in Friday's practice due to an illness, but he doesn't carry a designation into Sunday's game against the Browns.
EDGE Analysis
Any absence at practice related to an illness has naturally warranted concern this season, but the Steelers haven't provided any indication his ailment is related to COVID-19. As such, Johnson should be in the clear for the regular-season finale, though how much he actually plays has yet to be determined. The Steelers are already resting starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the contest, and several other top contributors are expected to be rested during the game, if not healthy inactives. Given that Johnson has left multiple games this season due to injury, he would seem to be a prime candidate to play less than his usual allotment of snaps as the Steelers prioritize preserving key players' health for the postseason above all else Week 17.

Diontae Johnson
WR PIT
Sun 12/27/20 5:21 PM

Johnson caught eight of 14 targets for 75 yards and a touchdown while adding a two-yard rush during Sunday's 28-24 win over the Colts.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson led the team in targets while finishing second in catches and receiving yards. The highlight of this performance came on a diving 39-yard touchdown reception that ignited his team's comeback in the third quarter. Johnson has responded encouragingly after his most recent drop issues, hauling in 16 balls for 134 yards and a pair of touchdowns over the last two games. He is also up to seven touchdowns after notching three in his last four games and will look to add to his numbers in next Sunday's regular-season finale against the Browns.

Diontae Johnson
WR PIT
Mon 12/21/20 11:38 PM

Johnson caught eight of 13 targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 27-17 loss to the Bengals.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson scored Pittsburgh's first points with a 23-yard touchdown early in the third quarter and also drew a fourth-down pass interference call to set up Benny Snell's one-yard touchdown run in the fourth. The 24-year-old receiver put his recent struggles with drops in the rear-view mirror and led Pittsburgh in targets, catches and receiving yards. Johnson has been targeted at least 10 times in nine of 13 games played this season, including six of the past seven. He'll hope to lead the struggling Steelers out of their recent malaise in Week 16 against the Colts.

Diontae Johnson
WR PIT
Wed 12/16/20 6:55 PM

Coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday that he intends to give Johnson a clean slate after the wideout logged three drops during Sunday's loss to the Bills, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
EDGE Analysis
Tomlin said Johnson "responded appropriately" to being benched in the first half, saying "we will move forward." However, Tomlin also noted that "one of the ways you help a young man work through [issues] is to reduce his number of snaps" when talking about Chase Claypool, a hint that while Johnson's playing time doesn't seem to be in jeopardy for Monday's upcoming tilt in Cincinnati, the Steelers could consider a change if drops continue to be a problem.

Diontae Johnson
WR PIT
Mon 12/14/20 4:31 PM

Johnson hauled in four of his seven targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 26-15 loss to the Bills.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson was targeted four times over the first two drives of Sunday's contest, but he dropped three of those passes. As a result, the 2019 third-rounder appeared to be benched for most of the first half, and he now has a league-worst 13 drops this season. Johnson still was effective with the ball in his hands Sunday, but it's safe to wonder whether he'll have a decreased role going forward if he fails to haul in targets.

Diontae Johnson
WR PIT
Mon 12/7/20 8:38 PM

Johnson caught eight of 12 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 23-17 loss to Washington.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson's performance was highlighted by his three-yard touchdown to open the game's scoring in the second quarter. Although he struggled with drops for the second game in a row, Johnson still led Pittsburgh in receptions and targets. The shifty wideout has now commanded double-digit looks in five straight games, catching at least six passes in all of those outings and topping 70 yards four times as well. With such high involvement in a dangerous offense, Johnson should remain a quality option despite facing a tough Bills defense Week 14.

Diontae Johnson
WR PIT
Wed 12/2/20 7:52 PM

Johnson recorded eight receptions on 13 targets for 46 yards in Week 12 against the Ravens.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson led the team with 13 targets, and he benefited from the Steelers' continued reliance on their passing attack as Ben Roethlisberger took to the air 51 times. It wasn't Johnson's most efficient performance, however, as he managed only 3.5 yards per target, and his longest reception went for only 11 yards. He'll look for a bounce-back performance Week 13 against Washington.

Diontae Johnson
WR PIT
Sun 11/22/20 6:02 PM

Johnson reeled in 12 of 16 targets for 111 receiving yards during Sunday's 27-3 win against Jacksonville.
EDGE Analysis
No. 1 receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) suffered an injury during the contest, but according to Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com, it seems the team was exercising a cautious approach in restraining his workload with a multi-possession second-half lead in hand. Johnson took full advantage of increased opportunity, doubling Chase Claypool for the team lead in targets and translating that into his second consecutive outing of 110-plus receiving yards. A Week 12 matchup against the Ravens appears far more prohibitive, as Baltimore has allowed the second-fewest receiving TDs (five) to opposing wideouts on the season.

Diontae Johnson
WR PIT
Sun 11/15/20 10:23 PM

Johnson recorded six receptions on 11 targets for 116 yards and one touchdown in Week 10 against the Bengals.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson was one of three Steelers receivers to see double-digit targets, though he far outgained both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool. Johnson provided several explosive receptions, including gains of 46, 18 and 17 yards. In addition, Johnson snagged his fourth touchdown of the season on a 12-yard slant route late in the first quarter. Johnson has seen at least 10 targets in five of his nine contests this season and will draw a favorable matchup against the Jaguars in Week 11.