Johnson caught two passes (two targets) for 14 yards in Sunday's 24-17 victory over the Chargers.
Coach Mike Tomlin handled third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges with kid gloves, which hindered the entire Pittsburgh receiving corps as a whole despite picking up the victory. Johnson was averaging 5.8 targets per game prior to Sunday's dud, so his role should return to normal once Mason Rudolph (concussion) returns to action. With a bye week coming up for Week 7, Johnson has a good chance to get his usual (backup) quarterback back under center in a tasty matchup against the Dolphins come Week 8.
Johnson caught five of eight targets for 27 yards during Sunday's 26-23 loss to Baltimore.
With James Washington (shoulder) exiting early and the Steelers playing from behind early, the rookie set a career high in targets but was otherwise pretty bottled up after back-to-back games with a touchdown. A stingy but injury-ridden Chargers squad awaits in Week 6. Johnson could be in line for an increased share of targets depending on Washington's status, but the quality of those targets depends on Mason Rudolph's health after the young passer was knocked out with a shot to the chin during Sunday's contest.
Johnson caught all six of his targets for 77 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 27-3 win over Cincinnati.
On Pittsburgh's second play from scrimmage Johnson caught a short pass from Mason Rudolph only to cough the ball up, leading to Cincinnati's only points of the game. He more than made up for his fumble with a 43-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter to put the game out of reach, 24-3. Johnson seems to have benefited from the Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) injury, catching nine passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the past two games with Mason Rudolph under center. He goes up against a Baltimore defense in Week 5 that was just torched by Jarvis Landry for 167 yards on eight receptions.
Johnson caught three of six targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-20 loss to the 49ers.
After catching only four passes for 42 yards through the first two games of the year, primarily with Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) under center, Johnson showed some chemistry with new starting QB Mason Rudolph and was on the end of a 39-yard TD strike early in the fourth quarter. A third-round pick in this year's draft, Johnson will likely remain a fairly low-volume big-play threat moving forward, but the Steelers don't have an established No. 2 option in the passing game behind JuJu Smith-Schuster. If Rudolph and the rookie continue to click, he could wind up putting together a surprisingly productive campaign.
Johnson said he'll be a big part of the game plan Sunday in San Francisco, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
Johnson and James Washington both saw bumps in snap share Week 2 against Seattle, taking on more work at the expense of Donte Moncrief and Ryan Switzer. There's still no lock for regular playing time apart from JuJu Smith-Schuster, as Moncrief, Switzer and Johnny Holton haven't necessarily fallen all the way out of the offense. New starting quarterback Mason Rudolph had plenty of reps with Johnson and Washington throughout the offseason program, training camp and preseason.
Johnson caught one of four targets for 17 yards in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.
The rookie third-round pick looked decent in the season opener with three catches for 25 yards, but he couldn't establish chemistry in Week 2 with Mason Rudolph, who will replace Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) for the remainder of the season. Johnson's opportunities will need to increase from the 47 percent of offensive snaps he played in Week 2 before he has fantasy value.
Johnson caught three passes for 25 yards in Pittsburgh's 33-3 loss to New England on Sunday.
Despite completing just 57 percent of his passes Ben Roethlisberger spread the ball around, connecting with eight different players. Johnson was targeted five times - the fewest among the five wide receivers with a reception - but still outperformed Donte Moncrief, who caught three of 10 targets for seven yards. Johnson has work to do but showed flashes to remind everyone why the Steelers picked him in the third round of the draft.
Johnson (undisclosed) said he will play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Panthers, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
The rookie third-round pick hasn't built any momentum for a Week 1 role, but his draft status at least ensures him a spot on the 53-man roster. Johnson did catch three of five targets for 46 yards and a touchdown in the second week of the preseason, primarily working with the second and third units on offense. His return to health at least gives him one more chance to impress before the games count.
Johnson said he's day-to-day with an unspecified injury, Chris Adamski of TribLive.com reports.
After dealing with a hip injury early in training camp, Johnson made it back for the second week of the preseason, catching three of five targets for 46 yards and a touchdown while playing deep into the fourth quarter. The rookie third-round pick doesn't appear headed for a significant Week 1 role on offense, but he could get chances throughout the year if Donte Moncrief and/or James Washington disappoint. An absence from Saturday's preseason game against Tennessee wouldn't help Johnson's case.
Johnson brought in three of five targets for 46 yards in the Steelers' 17-7 preseason win over the Chiefs on Saturday. He also returned three punts for 11 yards, muffing one of those chances but recovering his own fumble.
Johnson has previously dealt with a hip injury, but he bounced back nicely Saturday to check in second to team leader James Washington in both receptions and receiving yards. The rookie should enjoy weekly targets to open the season if he can secure the No. 4 wideout role, but he'll continue to have competition in the form of Eli Rogers and Ryan Switzer (quadriceps) for the time being.
Johnson (hip) did not practice Saturday, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Johnson evidently picked up a hip injury during the Steelers' Friday night practice. The 2019 third-round pick has done well in training camp so far and has benefited from the extra snaps created by Donte Moncrief's finger injury, though James Washington remains a threat to claim hold of the No. 2 role behind JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Johnson is off to a strong start at training camp, but offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner is tempering expectations, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports. "I've been through the entire process of Emmanuel (Sanders) and AB and Mike Wallace," Fichtner said. "But they all needed (the) weight room, they all needed a redshirt year, if you could."
Fichtner specifically mentioned that the rookie third-round pick needs to add 10 pounds of muscle to his 5-foot-11, 183-pound frame. Johnson's combine metrics -- 4.53 40, 33.5-inch vertical, 11.54 agility score -- are disappointing for an undersized wide receiver, but he has a reputation for excellent route running after he caught 123 passes for 2,039 yards and 21 TDs over his final two seasons at Toledo. The open competition for wideout roles behind JuJu Smith-Schuster presents a nice opportunity, though Fichtner makes an interesting point about other smallish receivers in Pittsburgh being limited to part-time roles during their rookie seasons. Donte Moncrief (finger) opened training camp working alongside Smith-Schuster with the first-team offense.
The Steelers selected Johnson in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 66th overall.
Johnson was the only combine invite of Toledo's big three at receiver, with teammates Jon'Vea Johnson and Cody Thompson being left out of the proceeings. Johnson curiously is the worst athlete of the three, running only a 4.53-second 40 at just 5-foot-11, 183 pounds. His vertical (33.5 inches) and agility score (11.54) are poor as well. The NFL is evidently sold on his route running and hands, which are likely the main reason he posted 2,039 yards and 21 touchdowns over his last 27 games. Pittsburgh already has two slot prospects in Eli Rogers and Ryan Switzer, so it might be tough for Johnson to make an immediate impact in the passing game. However, he's a standout punt returner who could make a strong case for himself on special teams. This selection also might indicate a general intention to give more outside snaps to Juju Smith-Schuster.
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