Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Date of Birth:  07/05/1996
Age:  23
Height  5'10"
Weight:   183
College:  Toledo
Drafted:  2019 | Round 3 | Pick 66
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson had sports hernia surgery.

This surgery could potentially put offseason training in jeopardy for Johnson, but he should be 100% ready to go for the start of training camp at the latest. The second-year receiver had a promising first year in the NFL and will look to take a step forward with Ben Roethlisberger under center in 2020.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson will play in Week 12.

Johnson has cleared concussion protocol and is off the final injury report. With JuJu Smith-Schuster ruled out, the rookie receiver could see an increase in targets along with James Washington. Johnson had 77 yards and a touchdown versus the Bengals earlier this season.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson (concussion) practiced fully today.

Johnson is on track to play this Sunday against the Bengals after suffering a concussion last Thursday night. We'll let you know if/how the rookie receiver is listed on the final Week 12 injury report when it's released Friday, but he should be good to go this weekend.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson leaves game after hit to the head.

Johnson took a direct helmet-to-helmet hit from Browns safety Damarious Randall while going for a deep ball. Randall was ejected for the hit, and Johnson appeared to be bleeding from the side of the head or ear area on his way off the field. Unfortunately, it's safe to say Johnson will not be returning to tonight's game, and hopefully the rookie receiver is feeling better soon. Before leaving, Johnson caught two passes for 17 yards. The Steelers are now down James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Johnson in tonight's game.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

Diontae Johnson says he's been told he's a starting receiver.

Johnson told reporters after practice that the coaches "just put me in there and told me I'm the starter from here on out." The rookie receiver was getting noticeable playing time in last week's loss to the Seahawks, and it appears veteran Donte Moncrief has been pushed out of the starting lineup. It's very surprising that Pittsburgh hasn't given James Washington this treatment, especially with Washington's college quarterback Mason Rudolph now starting for Ben Roethlisberger, but Johnson is the one that appears poised for an increase in role. Johnson has four receptions for 42 yards through two games.

Diontae Johnson | Steelers WR

The Steelers have selected Toledo wide receiver Diontae Johnson with the No. 66 pick (third round) in the 2019 NFL Draft.

This feels like a Steelers pick, as Johnson is a versatile receiver that can play inside and outside and has ability on returns, which the team likes. Size (five-foot-ten, 183 pounds) is the concern with Johnson, but Ben Roethlisberger doesn't much trouble targeting smaller receivers. Johnson might be an immediate starter for Pittsburgh, in which case he could deliver some fantasy value as a rookie; though for now he's more of a dynasty-league option to stash.

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