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Diontae Johnson Tweets Plea to Fans After Disappointing Start

Adam Taylor McKillop
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson tweeted a plea to fans after his disappointing start.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson tweeted a plea to fans after his disappointing start. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Diontae Johnson and the Pittsburgh Steelers offense has been in shambles since the very first snap of the 2022 NFL season. On an offense that ranks just 30th in points scored and 28th in offensive yards, the Steelers are off to a sluggish 1-4 start.

Johnson has been at the middle of the underwhelming performances. Perhaps aided by some questionable play calling and poor quarterback play, but the Pro Bowl wideout is off to the slowest start since his rookie year.

He's aware of the slow start, and took to Twitter early on Tuesday morning to make a plea to the fans disappointed with his performance.

Johnson promises to play better and begs his fans to not "give up on me yet." It's a nice sentiment, but the fourth-year pro will ultimately have to let his play do the talking. And it hasn't thus far.

Every statistical category is on pace for near career lows. This includes his 5.60 receptions per game (despite 10.0 targets per game), 9.5 yards per reception, 53.4 yards per game and a 56.0% catch percentage. What makes matters worse is Johnson's lack of ability to score the ball, something he's always excelled at.

Johnson has yet to catch a single TD in 2022. It's not necessarily for lack of opportunity because his red zone targets ranks second on the team. The young wide receiver and his offense have to get this sorted out. Perhaps the introduction of Kenny Pickett under center will aid this process, but if not, the boos from Steelers nation will only grow louder.

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