QDiontae Johnson
WR PIT (9)
Mon 8/8/22 4:54 PM

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Monday that Johnson is dealing with a hip flexor injury, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Tomlin didn't go into detail regarding the severity of Johnson's injury, but given his status as an established starter, the 26-year-old wideout is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Seahawks even if he's able to quickly move past the issue. After recently signing a two-year, $39.5 million extension with the Steelers, Johnson will be locked in as a top target for whichever quarterback emerges as the team's Week 1 starter.

QDiontae Johnson
WR PIT (9)
Thu 8/4/22 12:38 PM

Johnson has agreed to a two-year extension with the Steelers that is reportedly worth up to $39.5 million, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
EDGE Analysis
Per the report, Johnson's new deal with Pittsburgh includes $27 million guaranteed. With that, the 2019 third-rounder, who racked up 107 catches (on 169 targets) for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns in 16 games last season, presumably is set to resume practicing fully with his teammates in short order. This coming season, the 26-year-old will maintain his standing as the Steelers' top option in a wideout corps that also includes fellow returnee Chase Claypool as well as rookies George Pickens and Calvin Austin. While the team's Week 1 starting QB has yet to be named, regardless of who gets the assignment, Johnson figures to continue to see a steady flow of targets in 2022.

QDiontae Johnson
WR PIT (9)
Tue 8/2/22 4:02 PM

GM Omar Khan said Tuesday that the Steelers are in talks with Johnson's representatives.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson has been a "hold-in" through the first week of training camp, joining his teammates on the field but then watching team drills from the side. It seems both sides expect an agreement to be reached before Week 1, though the Steelers haven't exactly been known for generosity in contract negotiations with top players. Johnson, a 2019 third-round pick, is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract.

QDiontae Johnson
WR PIT (9)
Wed 7/27/22 4:25 PM

Johnson was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, sitting out team drills as he enters the final year of his contract, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
EDGE Analysis
A report in early July suggested the Steelers weren't planning to extend Johnson, who may thus be hesitant to take part in full-team drills at training camp. Coach Mike Tomlin said he doesn't think it's a big deal, and it's possible a new contract is around the corner despite the report from a few weeks ago.

QDiontae Johnson
WR PIT (9)
Wed 7/6/22 1:37 PM

Johnson isn't likely to get a significant contract offer from the Steelers prior to becoming a free agent following the 2022 season, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
The Steelers have a tendency for not overpaying for wide receivers, but Johnson should command a lucrative contract in free agency following the 2022 season. The 26-year-old has had a massive target share over the last two seasons, as he's totaled 313 targets during that time. He cut down on drops in 2021 and had a career-best season, securing 107 of 169 targets for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns. Johnson will be catching passes from a new quarterback in 2022 after Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement, and Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Pickett seem to be the frontrunners to start under center to begin the regular season. JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Ray-Ray McCloud all left the Steelers during the offseason, but Johnson will still compete for targets with veteran Chase Claypool and rookies George Pickens and Calvin Austin.

QDiontae Johnson
WR PIT (9)
Mon 1/17/22 4:01 AM

Johnson had five receptions on 10 targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Steelers.
EDGE Analysis
The 24-year-old finished first among all Pittsburgh receiving options in targets even with JuJu Smith-Schuster returning for Ben Roethlisberger's swan song. Johnson finished the regular season with team highs in receptions (107) and receiving yardage (1,161) while cashing in eight scores. He's established as the Steelers' No. 1 wideout, but the team's quarterback situation in 2022 will determine how much fantasy value Johnson will carry next season.

QDiontae Johnson
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Sun 1/9/22 5:04 PM

Johnson secured seven of 10 targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 16-13 OT win over Baltimore.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson sustained a rib injury early in Sunday's contest, but he was able to play through the issue and led the Steelers in targets during the win. Although he had a crucial drop on third down late in overtime, the team still picked up the win to likely clinch a postseason berth. The 25-year-old led the Steelers' pass catchers while appearing in 16 of 17 games during the regular season and topped 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his career. In total, he secured 107 of 169 targets for 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing five times for 53 yards.

QDiontae Johnson
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Sun 1/9/22 12:12 PM

Johnson is active for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Johnson, who was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Week 18 action, is thus set to head the Steelers' wideout corps along with Chase Claypool and Ray-Ray McCloud. Meanwhile, James Washington is unavailable Sunday after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

QDiontae Johnson
WR PIT (9)
Fri 1/7/22 3:13 PM

Johnson has been activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Steelers.
EDGE Analysis
The Steelers placed Johnson on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, but he's quickly been activated by the team, which sets the stage for the wideout to suit up Sunday against the Ravens. In the process, Johnson should head a Week 18 wide receiver corps that also includes Chase Claypool, Ray-Ray McCloud and James Washington.

QDiontae Johnson
WR PIT (9)
Thu 1/6/22 11:11 AM

The Steelers placed Johnson on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.
EDGE Analysis
As a result, unless Johnson is able to clear the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocols, Chase Claypool, Ray-Ray McCloud and James Washington are the Steelers' top available options at wideout ahead of Sunday's regular-season finale against the Ravens.