Diontae Johnson

Diontae Johnson

Wide Receiver #3
ADP:Round: 10, Pick: 11
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 183 lb.
College:Toledo
Age:
Born:None
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 3 (66)
Draft Team:PIT

Diontae Johnson: Hoping for clearance in coming days

Johnson (hernia) has yet to gain clearance to return to training but is hoping to receive it within the next couple of days, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Johnson indicated Wednesday that he suffered the groin injury in Week 2 of the 2019 season an played through most of the campaign with it before opting to undergo a procedure this offseason. The second-year wideout also mentioned that he has spent time working out with Ben Roethlisberger this offseason in an attempt to develop a rapport with the veteran quarterback. johnson enters 2020 likely facing competition in James Washington and rookie Chase Claypool to maintain consistent reps in the offense, though Johnson's impressive season a year ago likely gives him a leg up.

May 27, 2020 11:47 AM EST

Diontae Johnson: Undergoes sports hernia procedure

Johnson is recovering from sports hernia surgery, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Johnson appears to have undergone the procedure to address an issue he played with during the 2019 regular season, though he wasn't forced to miss any time. A typical recovery for such injuries can take up to six weeks, which would put Johnson on track for training camp, though particularly severe instances can sometimes cause players to miss extended time. The Toledo product led Pittsburgh in catches (59) and receiving touchdowns (five) as a rookie, and he stands to benefit from more consisted play at the quarterback position in 2020, with Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) progressing well in his own recovery from surgery.

February 13, 2020 3:00 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Four receptions in finale

Johnson caught four of seven targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Although the rookie receiver failed to hit the century mark in a game Johnson finished the 2019 season with a solid 59-680-5 line playing in all 16 games. With several players missing time due to injury Johnson led the team in catches and receiving touchdowns as well as targets (92). He also ran for 41 yards on four carries and led the league with a 12.4 average on punt returns including an 85-yard touchdown. Johnson has high-ceiling potential heading into the 2020 season.

December 30, 2019 7:41 AM EST

Diontae Johnson: Lone bright spot on offense

Johnson caught eight of nine targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Johnson's 29-yard touchdown with four seconds left before halftime tied the score at 10-10. The touchdown was thrown by Mason Rudolph, who came in after Devlin Hodges was benched following two interceptions. Rudolph later injured his shoulder, forcing Hodges back in under center. Johnson led the Steelers in targets, catches and yards in this one, operating as the team's top receiver over a clearly banged-up JuJu Smith-Schuster. The rookie third-round pick out of Toledo will have some Week 17 upside as the Steelers try to secure a playoff berth against a Ravens team that will likely rest most of its starters, though it will be easier to feel good about Johnson if he's catching balls from Rudolph as opposed to the struggling Hodges.

December 22, 2019 2:13 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Solid in defeat

Johnson caught five of seven targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Johnson had a solid performance given the matchup, but the red-zone struggles of this offense cost him a repeat touchdown performance (throw was intercepted on a target in the end zone). The 23-year-old maintains deep-league value while Juju Smith-Schuster (knee) remains sidelined, which could happen again when the Steelers take on the Jets on Sunday.

December 15, 2019 10:29 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Scores twice win over Cards

Johnson caught six of eight targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 23-17 win over Arizona on Sunday. He also ran once for 16 yards and scored on an 85-yard punt return.

Analysis: Entering this contest Johnson averaged 7.1 yards per punt return with a long of 14 but he took an Andy Lee punt to the house to give Pittsburgh an early 10-0 lead. Johnson had not scored in his last five games before doing so twice against Arizona including the first kick return for a touchdown of his career. With fantasy playoffs underway Johnson is a boom or bust play and fantasy owners should temper expectations in Week 15 against a Buffalo pass defense that has held opposing wide receivers to just six touchdowns all season.

December 8, 2019 6:23 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Returns to full practice

Johnson (illness) practiced fully Thursday, Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: With JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) looking likely to miss Sunday's game against the Cardinals, James Washington and Johnson -- who was limited at practice Wednesday -- appear on track to head the Steelers' Week 14 wideout corps.

December 5, 2019 1:52 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Under the weather

Johnson (illness) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: We doubt Johnson's illness will impact his Week 14 status, and that's a good thing, with fellow receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster still nursing a knee injury that clouds his availability for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

December 4, 2019 1:46 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Bottled up in win

Johnson caught only one of his five targets for a 14-yard gain and added a 17-yard run during Sunday's 20-13 win over Cleveland.

Analysis: The rookie receiver might be in the dog house after Sunday's game as he stopped running and helped surrender what might have been a costly interception late in Sunday's contest. Johnson has been targeted plenty in recent weeks, but has topped 30 yards receiving just once in his last five games. The elixir could be on tap Sunday against a weak Arizona pass defense. Johnson should get his opportunities whether or not JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) continues to be sidelined, though Smith-Schuster's status for the game should still be monitored through the week.

December 1, 2019 4:45 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Key role awaits in Week 13

Johnson and James Washington are expected to serve as the Steelers' primary options at wide receiver Sunday against the Browns with JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) ruled out for a second straight game, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Pryor speculates that Deon Cain could also see a bump in snaps after making a big 35-yard catch in last week's 16-10 win over Cincinnati, but Johnson and Washington should remain the team's clear top two receivers after handling 68 percent and 78 percent offensive snaps shares, respectively, against the Bengals. Washington provided the top highlight last week -- a 79-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown -- but the wideouts have seen similar involvement in the passing game throughout the season. Through 11 outings, Johnson has turned 56 targets into 35 receptions for 409 yards and three touchdowns.

November 29, 2019 2:23 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Makes three catches in return

Johnson caught three of six targets for 29 yards during Sunday's 16-10 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: After recovering from a concussion, Johnson finished second on the team in targets in his return, though he only managed to haul in half the passes sent his way. He recorded a long gain of 14 yards but never really got in a rhythm after Devlin Hodges took over under center. Johnson seems to be at full speed after his injury, but his upside is capped in next Sunday's matchup with the Browns due to lackluster quarterback play.

November 24, 2019 3:08 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Cleared to play

Johnson (concussion) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: Johnson practiced fully all week, which puts him in line to play Sunday. He'll play a key role opposite fellow wideout James Washington this weekend, with JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion/knee) already having been ruled out on Friday's final Week 12 injury report. In that context, Johnson -- who caught two passes for 17 yards while logging 38 snaps before exiting Week 11's loss to the Browns -- appears to be in a good spot for a bounce-back effort, while facing an 0-10 Cincinnati squad that has allowed an average of 258.1 yards per game in the air to date.

November 22, 2019 12:18 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Another full practice

Johnson (concussion) was listed as a full participant at Thursday's practice, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Johnson's ability to complete full practices on back-to-back days to kick off the week bode well for his chances of suiting up Sunday against the Bengals, but he'll retain an injury tag until he gains clearance from an independent neurologist, the final stage of the NFL's five-step protocol for concussions. Assuming Johnson ultimately gets the green light to play, he'll likely represent one of the top targets for quarterback Mason Rudolph, especially with No. 1 wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion/knee) looking unlikely to be available.

November 21, 2019 1:29 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Practices fully, but still in protocol

Johnson (concussion) was listed as a full practice participant Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: While Adam Schefter of ESPN previously suggested that it might be a "mild upset" to see Johnson play Sunday against the Bengals, the wideout's practice participation Wednesday offers some encouragement on that front. In any case, Johnson still resides in the NFL's concussion protocol, which is also the case with fellow wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee/concussion), who did not practice at all Wednesday.

November 20, 2019 2:05 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Week 12 status in question

It "would be a mild upset" to see Johnson (concussion) play against the Bengals on Sunday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Analysis: Meanwhile, JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee/concussion) looks unlikely to play this week, which leaves James Washington, Johnny Holton and Tevin Jones as the Pittsburgh's healthiest wide receiver options in advance of Week 12 action.

November 20, 2019 11:14 AM EST

Diontae Johnson: Enters concussion protocol

Johnson was diagnosed with a concussion after exiting Thursday's 21-7 loss to the Browns following a helmet-to-helmet hit from Cleveland safety Damarious Randall, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Pittsburgh ended up losing both of their top two receivers to concussions in the contest, as JuJu Smith-Schuster exited in the first half with the head injury before Johnson followed him to the locker room in the third quarter. Johnson's concussion may have been the more significant of the two, as Schefter notes the rookie was bleeding from his ear after being hit by Randall. Johnson will need to clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocol before he's able to play again, but the fact that Pittsburgh's next game won't come until Nov. 24 in Cincinnati should aid his efforts.

November 15, 2019 1:28 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Ineffective before exiting

Johnson caught two of four targets for 17 yards in Pittsburgh's 21 - 7 loss to Cleveland Thursday night.

Analysis: In what can only be characterized as an ugly game -- from the inept Pittsburgh offense to the numerous injuries to the multiple player ejections -- Johnson (concussion) continued to frustrate fantasy owners before suffering his own game-ending injury. He will have 10 days to clear the league's concussion protocol but remains an unattractive option having scored a touchdown just once in the last six games. Johnson was limited to three catches for 15 yards earlier this season against Week 12 opponent Cincinnati.

November 14, 2019 10:14 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Ruled out for remainder of contest

Johnson (concussion) has been ruled out for the remainder of Thursday's contest against the Browns, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

Analysis: Johnson was down on the field for several minutes after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Damarious Randall. The rookie will now enter league concussion protocol testing, so look for more updates on his status to come next week when the Steelers resume practice. In the meantime, James Washington, Johnny Holton and Tevin Jones will be the only available wideouts for Pittsburgh for the remainder of the contest.

November 14, 2019 8:03 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Questionable to return

Johnson is being evaluated for a concussion and is questionable to return to Thursday's contest against the Browns, Steelers Director of Communications Burt Lauten reports.

Analysis: Johnson took a nasty helmet-to-helmet hit from Damarious Randall, who was ejected from the contest as a result. The rookie will have to pass concussion protocol before he can return to the field. The Steelers are already down JuJu Smith-Schuster -- who also suffered a concussion in Thursday's contest. As a result, James Washington, Johnny Holton and Tevin Jones will be the only active wide receivers remaining in the game.

November 14, 2019 7:39 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Quiet passing game overall

Johnson caught two passes (two targets) for 14 yards in Sunday's 24-17 victory over the Chargers.

Analysis: 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 Week 7, there is a good chance Johnson will have his usual (backup) quarterback back under center in a tasty matchup against the Dolphins come Week 8.

October 13, 2019 10:29 PM EST

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