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Diontae Johnson


#29 Wide Receiver

139 Projected Points

ADP: 5.10
Bye: 7
Experience: 2 Yr(s)
Age: 25
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 183
40 Time: 4.53

2021 Projections & Outlook


#29 Wide Receiver

139 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
5.10 90 956 7 3

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What You Need to Know:

-Johnson underwent sports hernia surgery last offseason.

-He missed summer practice time with a foot injury and early, in-season practices with a toe.

-Johnson missed 1 full game in the regular season (Week 6, back) and part of another with a concussion.

-Despite the dings, Johnson finished as the PPR WR21 on the back of 144 targets (6th-most league-wide).

-Johnson scored a decent 7 TDs, but the 5’10 WR wasn’t a major red zone weapon. He saw 13.2% of Pittsburgh’s red zone targets — 4th most on the team.

-There was room for more, as Johnson struggled with drops in 2020. His 13.2% drop rate shot up from a mark of 4.8% in 2019. He dropped a pass in 11 of 16 games (postseason included).

-He benefited from Pittsburgh’s pass-heavy approach. The team finished 2nd in pass rate; 1st in pass attempts.

-Johnson also saw Ben Roethlisberger stay healthy after playing in only 2 games in 2019 (elbow surgery). He returns for his 18th season and retains plenty of injury risk.

-JuJu Smith-Schuster re-signed over the offseason; Chase Claypool and Eric Ebron return.

-The big change is in the backfield with Round 1 pick Najee Harris. His 3-down, workhorse potential should have this unit favoring a more balanced approach.

-The Steelers have one of the league’s most uncertain offensive lines entering the summer. Any struggles there might further exaggerate Johnson’s short-range role. He posted an average depth of target of just 8.8 yards in 2020.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

Shifty and elusive, Johnson excelled on short-range targets last season. He turned into Ben Roethlisberger’s go-to guy, although a high number of drops added volatility to his production.

The drops aren’t too concerning going forward. What’s likely to prevent a major year 3 jump is the arrival of Najee Harris and a much more balanced approach. Plus, any extended absence from Roethlisberger — now 39 — has the potential to torpedo this offense.

Coming off the board at WR21 in FFPC best balls, Johnson isn’t a standout value.


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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (toe) isn’t listed on the final Week 8 injury report after putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday. Johnson has racked up 38 targets across 3 healthy games this season.

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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (toe) returned to a full practice on Thursday. So he's evidently on track to play against the Ravens this weekend. Johnson has dealt with a bunch of injuries this season but racked up 10, 13 and 15 targets in his 3 healthy games.

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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (toe) did not practice on Wednesday. He was previously believed to be dealing with an ankle injury. Johnson has been sitting out on Wednesday for most of the season, but his status for Sunday's game against the Ravens is uncertain. Check back tomorrow for another update.

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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (back) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. We'll see what Pittsburgh's WR corps looks like with Johnson back and Chase Claypool's emergence. But we like Johnson as at least a WR3 with upside in Sunday's plus matchup vs. the Titans. He racked up 23 targets over the season's first 2 weeks.

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Steelers WR Diontae Johnson (back) was a full-go in Wednesday's practice. It's confirmation that he'll be back for this weekend's game vs. the Titans. Johnson has left his last 2 games early but racked up 14 catches on 23 targets over the first 2 weeks of the season. Consider him a risk/reward WR3 play for Week 7.

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