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January 4, 2021 11:24 PM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Caps off impressive regular season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson brought in three of his four targets for 96 yards in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Browns.

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.

January 1, 2021 05:52 PM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Misses practice, but cleared for finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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.

December 27, 2020 05:24 PM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Scores seventh touchdown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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.

December 21, 2020 11:40 PM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Leading receiver in latest loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson caught eight of 13 targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 27-17 loss to the Bengals.

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.

December 17, 2020 02:56 PM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Moving past drop issues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday that he intends to give Johnson a clean slate after the wideout dropped three passes in Sunday's loss to the Bills, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Tomlin said Johnson "responded appropriately" to being benched in the first half, suggesting that the receiver won't see a role reduction Week 15 in Cincinnati. However, if Johnson fails to show improvement with regard to the drops, he could end up losing snaps to Chase Claypool, who has made a strong impression as a rookie.

December 14, 2020 05:24 PM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Struggles with drops again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson hauled in four of his seven targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 26-15 loss to the Bills.

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.

December 7, 2020 09:40 PM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Scores in first defeat
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson caught eight of 12 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 23-17 loss to Washington.

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.

December 3, 2020 12:20 PM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Fails to capitalize on 13 targets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson recorded eight receptions on 13 targets for 46 yards in Wednesday's 19-14 win over the Ravens.

Johnson's target total led the way for the Steelers in a game in which quarterback Ben Roethlisberger aired it out 51 times. The outing wasn't Johnson's most efficient, 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.

November 22, 2020 06:16 PM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Another lucrative receiving day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson reeled in 12 of 16 targets for 111 receiving yards during Sunday's 27-3 win against Jacksonville.

No. 1 receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (toe) suffered an injury during the contest, but according to Brooke Pryor of, 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.

November 16, 2020 01:04 AM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Logs 116 yards in big performance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson recorded six receptions on 11 targets for 116 yards and one touchdown in Week 10 against the Bengals.

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.

November 9, 2020 11:32 PM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Racks up 77 yards in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson hauled in six of his 10 targets for 77 yards while also recording one carry for four yards in Sunday's 24-19 win over the Cowboys.

Johnson wasn't very involved in the Steelers' Week 8 matchup against Baltimore, but he was on the field for 81 percent of the offensive snaps against the Cowboys. His performance was highlighted by a 42-yard reception that led to the go-ahead touchdown as Pittsburgh remained undefeated. The 2019 third-rounder will face a slightly tougher test against the Bengals in Week 10, but he's proven to be a significant producer in the Steelers offense when he's fully healthy.

November 1, 2020 11:08 PM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Just one catch against Ravens
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson hauled in one of his three targets for six receiving yards during Sunday's 28-24 win against Baltimore.

Johnson was forced to sit out Week 6 because of a back injury, but he re-emerged last Sunday against the Titans with a nine-catch, 80-yard, two-touchdown performance. The 2019 third-round pick enjoyed an exciting start to the season with 14 receptions, 149 yards and a touchdown Weeks 1 and 2, but he's since dealt with injury and has been held under 10 receiving yards over three of his past four appearances. An upcoming matchup against the Cowboys' 32nd-ranked scoring defense provides Johnson with an opportunity to get back on track after he was slowed during the Steelers' most recent practice week because of toe and ankle issues.

October 29, 2020 03:56 PM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Logs full practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (toe) returned to a full practice Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Johnson, who sat out Wednesday's session, returned to the lineup last weekend after a Week 6 absence due to a back injury and proceeded to rack up nine catches on 15 targets for 80 yards and two TDs in the Steelers' 27-24 win over the Titans. With a full practice under his belt Thursday after managing his toe issue, Johnson is poised to handle his usual starting role against the 5-1 Ravens on Sunday.

October 29, 2020 09:20 AM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Aiming to practice Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (ankle) told Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he intends to take the practice field Thursday.

Johnson is coming off one of his best fantasy performances of the season with two touchdowns Week 7 against Tennessee, but the injury bug bit again and he was forced to leave the contest early. The second-year wideout proceeded to begin the week with a missed practice session, but it seems he intends to be back out there Thursday, which would only increase his chances of getting to suit up for a key divisional matchup Week 8 in Baltimore.

October 29, 2020 11:08 AM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Misses practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson didn't practice Wednesday due to a toe injury, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

The Steelers' injury report doesn't reference an ankle bruise the wideout reportedly suffered in the Week 7 win over the Titans, but it bears noting that Johnson previously managed a toe issue earlier in the season. His status will be revisited again Thursday, when Johnson should upgrade to limited or full practice participation as the Steelers prepare for Sunday's game against the Ravens.

October 26, 2020 12:28 AM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Two touchdowns prior to injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (ankle) recorded nine receptions on 15 targets for 80 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7 against the Titans.

Johnson returned after a Week 6 absence with a back injury and showed no rust early on. He tallied two of the first three Steelers' touchdowns on 11 and nine-yard receptions respectively. He was also Ben Roethlisberger's favorite wideout, as Johnson picked up a career-best 15 targets. Despite the excellent performance, Johnson was forced to exit the game in the midst of the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Brooke Pryor of reported that the injury would not jeopardize Johnson's status for Week 8, though it will be worth noting his practice participation leading up to the Steelers' contest against the Ravens.

October 22, 2020 12:48 PM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Logs full practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (back) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Missi Matthews of the Steelers' official site reports.

Johnson's back injury caused him to miss Sunday's win over the Browns, but he now appears fully on track to return for the Steelers' Week 7 contest against the undefeated Titans. Assuming Johnson is good to go this weekend, he stands to handle his usual role in three-receiver sets alongside JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Chase Claypool, while James Washington would seemingly become the odd man out.

October 21, 2020 10:24 AM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: On pace to practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (back) is expected to practice Wednesday, Brooke Pryor of reports.

Johnson has been bit by the injury bug this season, but due to an unexpected Week 4 bye, he only missed this past Sunday's win against the Browns. His current concern is a back issue, which he picked up Week 5 and only allowed for one limited practice session last week. He'll look to elevate to full in advance of this Sunday's matchup at Tennessee.

October 16, 2020 02:44 PM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Not playing Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Johnson took a hit to his back during Pittsburgh's Week 5 win against the Eagles, finishing his day with one catch for minus-two yards. During the week, he followed a DNP/LP/DNP practice regimen before the Steelers' ultimately made the call on his availability Sunday. With Johnson out of the lineup, the offense will lean on JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Chase Claypool and Ray-Ray McCloud at wide receiver.

October 16, 2020 11:32 AM
Steelers' Diontae Johnson: Returns to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson (back) returned to a limited practice Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Johnson sat out Wednesday's session, with his limited participation Thursday a good sign with regard to his Week 6 availability. Look for Friday's final injury report to clarify whether Johnson approaches Sunday's game against the Browns listed as questionable or free from an injury designation.

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1Mon 09/14@ NYGW 26-166579.5180
2Sun 09/20vs DENW 26-2189211.5281
3Sun 09/27vs HOUW 28-2100-00
5Sun 10/11vs PHIW 38-291-2-2.0-20
7Sun 10/25@ TENW 27-249808.9142
8Sun 11/01@ BALW 28-24166.060
9Sun 11/08@ DALW 24-1967712.8420
10Sun 11/15vs CINW 36-10611619.3461
11Sun 11/22@ JACW 27-3121119.2230
12Wed 12/02vs BALW 19-148465.8110
13Mon 12/07vs WASL 17-238718.9171
14Sun 12/13@ BUFL 15-2644010.0170
15Mon 12/21@ CINL 17-278597.4231
16Sun 12/27vs INDW 28-248749.2391
17Sun 01/03@ CLEL 22-2439632.0470
18Sun 01/10vs CLEL 37-481111710.6190
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