Diontae Johnson
Diontae Johnson
24-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Pittsburgh Steelers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
A third-round pick in 2019, Johnson saw regular snaps once JuJu Smith-Schuster got hurt and more than held his own under the circumstances. While his per-play numbers were pedestrian - 11.5 YPC, 7.4 YPT - Johnson was paired with two of the league's worst quarterbacks, yet still managed to score five touchdowns and catch two passes for 40-plus yards on 92 targets, mostly lining up outside. At 5-10, 183, and with a below-average 40 time (4.53), he has about the same physical specs as Antonio Brown, and like Brown, Johnson is quick and explosive. The Steelers have been wizards at developing smaller young receivers - from Santonio Holmes to Mike Wallace to Brown to Emmanuel Sanders - and Johnson could be the next in line, especially with Ben Roethlisberger healthy again. But Smith-Schuster, who already has Roethlisberger's trust, should be the clear No. 1, and Johnson will compete with 2018 second-round pick James Washington, 2020 second-round pick Chase Claypool and tight ends Vance McDonald and Eric Ebron for second fiddle. Johnson had sports hernia surgery after the season but is expected to make a full recovery for the start of training camp. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $4.28 million contract with the Steelers in May of 2019.
Resumes training work
WRPittsburgh Steelers
June 24, 2020
Johnson (sports hernia) has resumed working out, Jeff Hartman of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Johnson had surgery over the winter to address a sports hernia that nagged him throughout his rookie season. The injury didn't result in any missed games and wasn't enough to prevent him from leading the Steelers in catches (59) and receiving touchdowns (five). Johnson proved especially dangerous with the ball in his hands, averaging an NFL-best 12.4 yards per punt return and tying for second among wideouts with nine broken tackles on receptions. There's no shortage of target competition in the Pittsburgh offense, but Johnson is a strong candidate for a Year 2 leap with Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) back under center.
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How do Diontae Johnson's 2019 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
51.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.24
 
% Team Air Yards
22.4%
 
% Team Targets
18.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
9.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
64.8%
 
Drop Rate
5.5%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.2
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Diontae Johnson's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
183 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.53 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.45 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.09 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
123 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.00 in
 
Arm Length
30.75 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Diontae Johnson
Training Camp Notes: August 7
3 days ago
Pittsburgh activated James Washington from the COVID list Friday, setting up the Steelers for a spirited target competition between Washington, Diontae Johnson, and Chase Claypool.
NFL Observations: Snarky 150
6 days ago
Kerryon Johnson, damaged during turbulence, clocks in at No. 85, six spots below failed professional wrestler Rob Gronkowski.
ADP Analysis: Diontae Up, Deebo Down
45 days ago
ADP trends from the past couple months show increased enthusiasm for second-year wideouts, including Diontae Johnson, Marquise Brown and Terry McLaurin.
NFL: FSGA Draft
NFL: FSGA Draft
49 days ago
49 days ago
Chris Liss was happy to take Nick Chubb with the 14th overall pick in the season's earliest industry draft.
WR Tiers and Rankings (Top 75)
49 days ago
A foot injury drops Deebo Samuel outside the top 40, but that doesn't necessarily make Brandon Aiyuk a prized commodity for redraft leagues.
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Despite a poor performance at the Combine, Johnson has the tools to make an impact with the Steelers as a depth receiver/returner. He actually had a faster time in the forty (4.53) than Antonio Brown (4.56) and is now in line to compete with Eli Rogers and Ryan Switzer for slot work. He could also add value on special teams, having led the nation in punt return average (19.9) at the collegiate level the past two years, while scoring four times on kick or punt returns.
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Hoping for clearance in coming days
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Sports Hernia
May 27, 2020
Johnson (sports hernia) said Wednesday that he's hopeful to receive clearance to resume training within the next few days, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
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Undergoes sports hernia procedure
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Abdomen
February 13, 2020
Johnson is recovering from sports hernia surgery, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Four receptions in finale
WRPittsburgh Steelers
December 30, 2019
Johnson caught four of seven targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.
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Lone bright spot on offense
WRPittsburgh Steelers
December 22, 2019
Johnson caught eight of nine targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Jets.
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Solid in defeat
WRPittsburgh Steelers
December 15, 2019
Johnson caught five of seven targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Bills.
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