WR Diontae Johnson - Pittsburgh Steelers
|5-10, 183||Born: 7-5-1996||College: Toledo||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2019|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Diontae Johnson's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 17 vs BAL (7 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
There was a much bigger game to be had for Johnson if Hodges would have been more accurate. He started with a good catch on slant route. Throw was on time and put in a spot to allow Johnson to work after the catch. His best reception was over Marcus Peters and Johnson was able to play the sideline perfectly on an over the shoulder reception. Johnson was targeted in the end zone and barely couldn't bring it in. On the possible touchdown reception Johnson was able to get one foot down and almost toe tapped the second down.
2019 Week 16 vs NYJ (9 / 8 / 81 / 1 rec)
The development of Diontae Johnson over the last several weeks has been impressive. Johnson has went from a rookie who committed frequent penalties and drops to a go to member of the receiving group. In fact, Johnson has been the most targeted wide receiver for the Steelers over the last two weeks. In Week 16, Johnson's first reception was a slant and showed excellent acceleration after the reception and was able to follow up with a great concentration after a reception to keep ahold of the pass. Johnson's best reception came on an over the shoulder grab for a touchdown. Showing nuance in his route, Johnson faked going inside and was able to not only get a step on the defender, but also pull away from the coverage. Johnson's final reception of the game came on off coverage. Johnson received the ball in open space and was able to make a play to make the defender miss.
2019 Week 15 vs BUF (7 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
The Steelers were trying to find ways to get Johnson involved with his athleticism deeper downfield instead of through the use of trick plays like in weeks past. Johnson's second catch on the evening was a deeper target downfield and went for 34-yards. Good display of athleticism against the defender as he accelerated past him. Johnson's remaining targets were all close to the line of scrimmage and tallied four receptions for 28-yards.
2019 Week 14 vs ARI (8 / 6 / 60 / 1 rec, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)
Amazing bounce back game for Johnson after committing multiple penalties in Week 13. Johnson was able to return t first Steelers punt for a touchdown since Antonio Brown in 2015. Johnson's previous punt return long was 15-yards. This return was 85-yards. Johnson did a great job stacking Cardinals defenders ahead of him. Displayed his great ability to work in the open field after the catch. As usual, Johnson was involved in multiple ways, out of the wildcat, Jaylen Samuels pitched Johnson the ball on an end around for 16-yards. On Johnson's most dynamic play of the game, he was thrown the ball on a screen pass and was able to completely reverse field and was able to slip a tackle for a 14-yard run. Johnson's best catch was on a timing route with Devlin Hodges for a touchdown. The ball was perfectly placed, and Johnson was able to make a great concentration catch close to the sideline in the end zone for the touchdown. Not to be outdone, Johnson's final catch was almost as good. Johnson came back to the ball on a critical third down scramble drill late in the fourth quarter to get a first down and keep the clock running to the two-minute warning.
2019 Week 13 vs CLE (5 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec, 1 / 17 / 0 rush)
Johnson had an up and down game for the Steelers in Week 13. Johnson's valleys were a false start, a drop with a lot of room in front of him to run, and was the second man in an altercation with a Browns player. Johnson drew a 15-yard unsportsman like penalty. Johnson had two big plays in the game. His first was an end around on a trick play using Johnson's athleticism. Gain of 17-yards. His second impactful play was his only catch of the game. It came in the most crucial time of the game in the fourth quarter. Streaking across the field, Johnson caught the ball over the middle and converted the first down. Unfortunately, Johnson didn't have the awareness to stay in bounds.
2019 Week 12 vs CIN (6 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
The targets were there for Johnson, but not the production. Johnson's first reception of the game, from Rudolph, was on an out route for short gain. Johnson's second reception came on a great adjustment on third and long in the first quarter. Was a bit aggressive at the top of his route to create separation. Big conversion early. Johnson was able to also contribute penalty yardage. Following James Washington's defensive pass interference penalty, Johnson drew one of his own for 26-yards and was the second longest play of the game for the Steelers.
2019 Week 11 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
In the first quarter Johnson was h in stride for a short reception. Johnson was able to break the first tackle, but couldn't make the second defender miss to gain a first down. On a helmet to helmet hit on a defenseless receiver, Johnson drew a 15-yard penalty and an automatic first down. Johnson was out for the remainder of the game and the defender who hit Johnson was ejected from the game.
2019 Week 10 vs LAR (6 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)
Working after the catch is a thing of beauty for Diontae Johnson. When caught in stride, Johnson displays good vision, exceptional explosiveness, and the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. Johnson has playmaker written all over him. Johnson's signature route, at this point in the season, is a simple drag concept moving him from left to right. Mason Rudolph, working in the intermediate area of the field, routinely hits Johnson in stride and allows him to use his athleticism after the catch.
2019 Week 9 vs IND (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
With a conservative game script comes not many opportunities to make plays. On one snap, the offense tried to get Johnson involved on an end around. The play went for five yards and was the last time Johnson touched the ball all game.
2019 Week 8 vs MIA (7 / 5 / 84 / 1 rec)
This is Johnson's fifth game with over five targets, third game with a touchdown and highest yardage total of the season. All of this and Johnson wasn't targeted for the first time until the second quarter. Overall, Johnson's game was a step forward, but there were still some mistakes. Johnson was called for an offensive pass interference. The call was reviewed, but there was not enough proof to rise to the level of overturning the call on the field. On another play, Johnson slipped at the top of his route and was not able to come back for the ball. Johnson's touchdown on the day came on a 3-20. For some reason the defense dialed up a walk around blitz and left the receivers in man coverage. The coverage on Johnson was blown and Johnson was free on a slant route over the middle of the field. Johnson displayed exceptional burst after the catch and good vision around the end zone where he had the ability to turn around the defender and follow his blockers for a touchdown.
2019 Week 6 vs LAC (2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Johnson's speed is apparent in every game and the Steelers are trying to find creative ways to get him touches weekly. On consecutive weeks, Johnson has been used in misdirection plays trying to either catch the defense sleeping or being to aggressive. Johnson's best catch on the night came on a speed out. There wasn't anything out of the ordinary for the catch, but the Hodges displayed a big-time arm driving the ball to the outside and trusting Johnson to make a play. This drive would later lead to a touchdown for the Steelers.
2019 Week 5 vs BAL (8 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)
It's the second straight time Diontae Johnson has led the Steeler's wide receivers in targets as he continues to take advantage of easier matchups while the defense concentrates on Juju Smith-Schuster. It also doesn't hurt for Donte ěDropsî Moncrief to be a healthy scratch again. Week 5 did not see the same broken coverages or flashy plays the previous weeks have seen, but there was one odd play for the rookie. On a third down, Devlin Hodges hits Johnson on a pass for the first down. The ball jars loose and goes out of bounds. The commentators and the official during the telecast all say it should be an incomplete pass, but the ruling on the field is a completed pass for a first down and the ball was fumbled out of bounds. This catch continued a drive which lead to the Steelers scoring a touchdown.
2019 Week 4 vs CIN (6 / 6 / 77 / 1 rec)
On his first catch of the first quarter on the first drive for the Steelers Diontae Johnson fumbled the ball when being brought to the ground. Video of the sidelines showed Johnson being spoken to by Smith-Schuster and one could only imagine Juju telling him to keep his confidence up and to be patient for his opportunity to make a big play for his team. Johnson didn't have to wait very long. Similar to how Antonio Brown was used last year, Johnson was being used as a multi-dimensional player who could be used on an end around for a big chunk play to catch an overly aggressive defense off balance or he can play in the deep game. In tonight's match-up against the Bengals Johnson was able to deliver one splash play. In the third quarter on a busted coverage Johnson was left alone on the deep left quadrant of the football field. No one was close to him. The ball was almost overthrown and Johnson didn't need to jump for the ball, but the catch was made and Johnson scored a redemption touchdown.
2019 Week 3 vs SF (6 / 3 / 52 / 1 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
There needs to be someone who can take a little bit of pressure from Juju Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson is stepping up. The Steelers were trying to use the 49ers aggressive style of defense against them and used Diontae Johnson in the screen/short passing game and also on misdirection end around plays. Johnson's versatility may be why he was so involved. Johnson has one reception on an inside slant, another on a crossing route, a gadget play, and a target downfield. Johnson's touchdown on the game was a product of being targeted downfield against a 49ers fill-in defensive back who the Steelers were targeting. The defender looked back and saw Mason Rudolph do a shoulder fake and bit. It was plenty for Johnson to get past his defender and haul in the reception for a touchdown. If Johnson continues to show his versatility, he may become the Robin to Juju Smith-Schuster's Batman.
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