Steelers Get Great News on Diontae Johnson Injury
The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver factory keeps churning out terrific players. JuJu Smith-Schuster is coming off a down year, and Diontae Johnson stepped up. Diontae Johnson got hurt and rookie Chase Claypool stepped up.
Johnson has only played 25 snaps since Week 2 thanks to a couple injuries, but he's set to return this week against the Tennessee Titans, which should be a huge boost to the Pittsburgh passing attack.
Johnson was clearly Ben Roethlisberger's top receiving option before he got hurt this year. Through the first two games he had tallied 25 targets, 14 receptions and 149 yards. After breaking out with a 59-reception 680-yard season as a rookie in 2019, Johnson looked ready to be a focal point of this offense.
That means his injuries may have even been a blessing in disguise, as it gave Claypool and James Washington time to step up and build rapport with Big Ben. Washington turned 7 targets into 4 receptions, 68 yards and a TD last week, and Claypool of course erupted with 110 yards and 3 TDs through the air in Week 5.
The 4-1 Steelers rank just 24th in the NFL with 221.2 passing yards per game, and a fully healthy receiving corps should have them quickly climbing those rankings.
FanDuel Sportsbook has Pittsburgh as a 2.5-point road favorite for their upcoming Week 7 matchup against the Tennessee Titans.
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