Diontae Johnson

Diontae Johnson

Wide Receiver #3
ADP:Round: 9, Pick: 2
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 183 lb.
College:Toledo
Age:
Born:None
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 3 (66)
Draft Team:PIT

Diontae Johnson: Not playing Sunday

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

Analysis: 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 11:41 AM EST

Diontae Johnson: Returns to practice

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

Analysis: 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.

October 15, 2020 12:47 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Sits out practice Wednesday

Johnson (back) didn't practice Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Per coach Mike Tomlin, Johnson took a direct blow to his back during Sunday's 38-29 win against the Eagles, but there's been optimism that the wideout -- who's been getting routine days off at practice this season -- will be a go Sunday against the Browns. A return to the field on his part in any capacity Thursday would support that notion.

October 14, 2020 2:24 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Optimism about health

Coach Mike Tomlin told Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com that Johnson took a hit to the back during Sunday's 38-29 win against the Eagles, but he believes the wide receiver will be able to play Week 5 versus the Browns.

Analysis: Johnson left Sunday's game in the first half and didn't return, finishing with one catch for minus-two yards. His second season as a pro has been injury-riddled, as he's tended to foot and toe issues as well as a concussion. He benefitted from the Steelers' unexpected bye Week 4 when their opponent, the Titans, were hammered by positive COVID-19 tests, but with no respite the rest of the way, his status will need to be watched in advance of a Week 6 AFC North bout with the Browns.

October 11, 2020 3:28 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Exits Sunday's game

Johnson was forced out of Sunday's game against the Eagles with a back issue, Burt Lauten of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Prior to his exit, Johnson's lone reception resulted in a two-yard loss. In the meantime, Chase Claypool, James Washington and Ray-Ray McCloud are next up for targets alongside Pittsburgh's top wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

October 11, 2020 10:53 AM EST

Diontae Johnson: Practices fully Thursday

Johnson (toe) practiced fully Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow starting wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), who missed practice Wednesday along with Johnson. At this point, managing the duo's practice reps could become routine for the Steelers, but Johnson will be out there Sunday against the Eagles. The 2019 third-rounder heads into the contest with a 14/149/1 stat line through three games.

October 8, 2020 2:52 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Sits out Wednesday's practice

Johnson (toe) didn't practice Wednesday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Johnson has progressed out of the NFL's concussion protocol, but he continues to manages a toe issue that Pryor suggests is minor and one that hasn't kept the wideout out of any games. We'll circle back on Johnson's status Thursday, but it wouldn't surprise us to see him work fully as he did in advance of Week 3 action before approaching the Steelers' game against the Texans minus an injury designation. The team's scheduled Week 4 contest versus the Titans was postponed.

October 7, 2020 1:04 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Escapes concussion protocol

Coach Mike Tomlin announced Johnson is out of the concussion protocol, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The 2019 third-round pick opened the season with back-to-back fruitful outings, combining for 14 catches (on 23 targets) for 149 yards and one touchdown. He then suffered a concussion Week 3 against the Texans and was blanked in the box score, before having an unexpected bye week due to COVID-19 complications with the Steelers' original Week 4 opponent, the Titans. Tomlin told Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Johnson will be a full practice participant Wednesday, which will set him up to return Sunday against the Eagles.

October 6, 2020 9:18 AM EST

Diontae Johnson: Progressing well from concussion

Johnson (concussion) donned a helmet for Thursday's practice and took part in individual drills with the Steelers' other healthy receivers, Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Analysis: Even though the NFL announced earlier Thursday that Pittsburgh's Week 4 matchup with the Titans would be postponed to a later date due to a COVID-19 outbreak among Tennessee players and staff, the Steelers are still holding practices during what's essentially an unexpected bye week. The postponement will provide Johnson with more time to recover from the concussion he sustained in the Steelers' Week 3 win over the Texans, but the wideout already looks close to clearing the NFL's protocol for head injuries, if he hasn't already. The Steelers may not reveal where Johnson stands in his recovery from the concussion until the team releases its first Week 5 injury report next Wednesday.

October 1, 2020 11:25 AM EST

Diontae Johnson: Remains in concussion protocol

Coach Mike Tomlin said Johnson is still in the league's concussion protocol, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

Analysis: Johnson suffered a concussion during Week 3's win over the Texans after playing just 19 snaps and failing to haul in either of his two targets. Tomlin said Johnson won't be able to clear the league's protocol until Friday at the earliest, so it's possible the second-year receiver will be able to play in Sunday's game versus the Titans. However, his practice capacity this week will be closely monitored. Chase Claypool and James Washington should both see an uptick in usage behind JuJu Smith-Schuster if Johnson sits out Sunday.

September 29, 2020 3:26 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Won't return Sunday

Johnson (concussion) has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game versus the Texans, Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It appears Johnson has been diagnosed with a concussion. For the remainder of the game, James Washington and Chase Claypool should see an uptick in targets behind JuJu Smith-Schuster. Johnson will look to clear the league's concussion protocol before Week 4's matchup versus the Titans.

September 27, 2020 11:51 AM EST

Diontae Johnson: Possible concussion

Johnson is being evaluated for a concussion during Sunday's game against the Texans, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

Analysis: While Johnson is unavailable, added wideout targets behind JuJu Smith-Schuster will be available for James Washington and Chase Claypool.

September 27, 2020 11:13 AM EST

Diontae Johnson: Resumes practicing fully

Johnson (toe) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: As was the case last week, Johnson sat out practice Wednesday before return to a full session Thursday. Johnson was on the field for 83 percent of Pittsburgh's snaps on offense in Week 2's win over the Broncos, en route to recording eight catches on 13 targets for 92 yards and a TD. He'll remain busy this Sunday against the Texans, especially if fellow wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) is limited at all.

September 24, 2020 1:15 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Sits out practice Wednesday

Johnson (toe) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow starting wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), though it's worth noting that both players missed practice last Wednesday with the sames issues, but returned to full sessions Thursday, and then approached Week 2 action minus injury designations. We'll have to see if that pattern repeats this week, but either way, we'd be surprised if Johnson's toe issue keeps him out of Sunday's game against the Texans.

September 23, 2020 1:46 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Still dealing with toe issue

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Johnson continues to deal with a lingering toe injury, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Johnson has showed up on the Steelers' injury reports the past two weeks with toe or foot issues, but he hasn't been slowed down on game days. He's been Pittsburgh's top receiver during the team's 2-0 start to the season, logging double-digit targets in both contests and compiling 14 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers could look to limit Johnson's workload in practice again this week, but barring a setback, he'll likely enter Sunday's matchup with the Texans minus an injury designation.

September 22, 2020 9:25 AM EST

Diontae Johnson: Finds end zone as leading receiver

Johnson caught eight of 13 targets for 92 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 26-21 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Johnson led the team in targets, catches and receiving yards while scoring his first touchdown of the season on a 28-yard strike in the fourth quarter. The second-year wideout has taken a big leap forward to start the new season and has drawn a whopping 23 targets from Ben Roethlisberger over two games. That type of attention from a capable passer carries plenty of fantasy value and Johnson will look to build on this outstanding performance in a favorable matchup next Sunday against the Texans.

September 20, 2020 4:06 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Back to full practice

After sitting out practice Wednesday, Johnson (toe) practiced fully Thursday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The same applies to JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), which puts the wideouts -- who both logged 55 of a possible 64 snaps on offense in Monday's win over the Giants -- on track to start and handle their usual roles Sunday against the Broncos. In Week 1, that resulted in Johnson catching six of his 10 targets for 57 yards.

September 17, 2020 1:01 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Doesn't practice Wednesday

Johnson (toe) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Nor did JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), but both players logged 55 of a possible 64 snaps on offense in Monday's win over the Giants, so it's possible that the Steelers are simply managing the reps of a couple of key players dealing with opening-game aches and pains. Added clarity on that front will arrive no later than Thursday, when the team resumes preparations for Sunday's tilt against the Broncos. Johnson was targeted a team-high 10 times in Week 1, yielding six catches for 57 yards.

September 16, 2020 2:09 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Busy in opener

Johnson caught six of 10 targets for 57 yards in Monday night's 26-16 win over the Giants. He also muffed a punt, resulting in a lost fumble in the first quarter.

Analysis: Johnson's night got off to a poor start, as he gifted the Giants the ball on his own three-yard line after coughing up a punt on the game's first drive. Although he later had a miscommunication with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Johnson's play elevated as the game wore on. With incredible quickness, Johnson offered separation for Big Ben to take advantage of, resulting in a team-high target tally while tying JuJu Smith-Schuster for the lead in receptions. Although his fellow wideout scored twice from his six grabs, Johnson still flashed intriguing ability behind Smith-Schuster and will hope to cut out mistakes while maintaining his level in Week 2 versus the Broncos.

September 14, 2020 8:33 PM EST

Diontae Johnson: Returns to full practice

Johnson (foot) practiced fully Friday.

Analysis: A foot issue sidelined Johnson at Thursday's practice, but a full session Friday puts the 2019 third-rounder in line to suit up and start opposite JuJu Smith-Schuster Monday night against the Giants. Johnson logged 59 catches (for 680 yards and five TDs) as a rookie, and in his second year as a pro, the 5-foot-10, 183-pounder figures to benefit from more consistent play at quarterback now that Ben Roethlisberger (who missed most of last season) is healthy.

September 11, 2020 12:40 PM EST

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