Diontae Johnson
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Johnson with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019
No. 18 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1996-07-05) July 5, 1996 (age 26)
Ruskin, Florida, U.S.
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:Earl J. Lennard
(Ruskin, Florida)
College:Toledo (2015–2018)
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 3 / Pick: 66
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2022
Receptions:340
Receiving yards:3,646
Receiving touchdowns:20
Return yards:330
Return touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Diontae Lamarcus Johnson (born July 5, 1996) is an American football wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Toledo and was drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.[1]

Early years

Johnson attended and played high school football at Earl J. Lennard High School.[2][3]

College career

Johnson played college football for Toledo from 2015 to 2018.[4][5] During his time at Toledo, he had 135 catches for 2,235 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also had four rushing attempts for 26 yards. His sophomore year was his best, where he had 74 catches for 1,278 yards and 13 touchdowns.[6]

Collegiate statistics

NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Toledo Rockets football
Season Team Class GP Receiving
Rec Yds Avg TD
2015 Toledo FR 11 12 196 16.3 2
2017 Toledo SO 14 74 1,278 17.3 13
2018 Toledo JR 13 49 761 15.5 8
Career 38 135 2,235 16.6 23

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 10+12 in
(1.79 m)
183 lb
(83 kg)
30+34 in
(0.78 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.53 s 1.53 s 2.63 s 4.45 s 7.09 s 33.5 in
(0.85 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
15 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7][8]

2019

Johnson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round, 66th overall, of the 2019 NFL Draft.[9] The Steelers originally acquired the selection in a trade that sent Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders. Johnson made his NFL debut in Week 1 against the New England Patriots. In the game, Johnson made three catches for 25 yards in the 33–3 loss.[10] In Week 3 against the San Francisco 49ers, Johnson caught three passes for 52 yards and his first career touchdown as the Steelers lost 24–20.[11] In Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins, Johnson caught five passes for a career-high 84 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown, in the 27–14 win.[12] In Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football, Johnson was concussed after safety Damarious Randall made a helmet to helmet hit on him.[13] In Week 14 against the Arizona Cardinals, Johnson caught six passes for 60 yards and a touchdown and returned a punt for an 85-yard touchdown in the 23–17 win, earning him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[14][15] On January 3, 2020, Johnson was named to the NFL All-Pro Second-team as a punt return specialist.[16] Overall, Johnson finished the 2019 season with 59 receptions for 680 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns.[17]

2020

Johnson finished the 2020 season with 88 receptions for 923 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns in 15 games. He had two games going over the 100-yard mark on the season.[18]

In the Wild Card Round of the playoffs against the Cleveland Browns, Johnson recorded 11 catches for 117 yards during the 48–37 loss.[19]

2021

Johnson finished the 2021 season with 107 receptions for 1,161 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns in 16 games. He had three games going over the 100-yard mark on the season.[20]

In the Wild Card Round of the playoffs against the Kansas City Chiefs, Johnson caught five passes totaling 34 yards and a touchdown in the 42–21 loss.[21]

After the AFC Championship game which resulted in the Cincinnati Bengals making it to Super Bowl LVI, he was named to his first Pro Bowl, replacing Bengals receiver Ja'Marr Chase.[22]

2022

On August 4, 2022, Johnson signed a two-year, $36.71 million contract extension with the Steelers that included $27 million guaranteed.[23]

In Week 15 against the Carolina Panthers, Johnson had his best game of the season with 10 receptions for 98 yards, both season highs.[24] He finished the 2022 season with a team-high 86 receptions for 882 yards and zero touchdowns, setting an NFL record for most receptions in a season without a touchdown.[25]

NFL statistics

Legend
Led the league
Bold Career best

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Returning Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Y/R Lng TD Att Yds Y/A Lng TD Ret Yds Y/R Lng TD Fum Lost
2019 PIT 16 12 59 680 11.5 45 5 4 41 10.3 17 0 20 248 12.4 85 1 5 2
2020 PIT 15 13 88 923 10.5 47 7 3 15 5.0 9 0 9 82 9.1 24 0 2 1
2021 PIT 16 14 107 1,161 10.9 50 8 5 53 10.6 25 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
2022 PIT 17 17 86 882 10.3 37 0 7 25 3.6 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career 64 56 340 3,646 10.7 50 20 19 134 7.1 17 0 29 330 11.4 85 1 10 5

Postseason

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Y/R Lng TD Att Yds Y/A Lng TD Fum Lost
2020 PIT 1 1 11 117 10.6 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021 PIT 1 1 5 34 6.8 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 2 2 16 151 9.4 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

References

  1. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray (April 12, 2019). "Steelers playing host to Toledo WR Diontae Johnson". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Diontae Johnson, Lennard , Wide Receiver". 247Sports. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  3. ^ Brady, Kevin (February 4, 2015). "Lennard's Diontae Johnson named state, county all-star". The Observer News (South Shore, Riverview, Sun City Center and North Manatee). Retrieved March 4, 2023.
  4. ^ "Diontae Johnson – Football". University of Toledo Athletics. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  5. ^ Vukovcan, Mike (April 27, 2019). "Toledo Coach Jason Candle Believes Steelers a Great Fit for Diontae Johnson". Steelers Now. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  6. ^ "Diontae Johnson College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "Diontae Johnson Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  8. ^ "2019 Draft Scout Diontae Johnson, Toledo NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved November 11, 2022.
  9. ^ "Steelers select Johnson in third round". Steelers.com. April 26, 2019. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "Brady starts his 20th season by beating Steelers 33–3". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 8, 2019. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  11. ^ "Sloppy 49ers beat Steelers 24–20 on late Garoppolo TD pass". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 22, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  12. ^ "Steelers overcome slow start, drop winless Dolphins 27–14". ESPN.com. Associated Press. October 28, 2019. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  13. ^ "Browns, Steelers brawl at end of Cleveland's 21–7 win". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 14, 2019. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  14. ^ "Steelers hang on for 23–17 victory over Cardinals". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 8, 2019. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  15. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (December 11, 2019). "Ryan Tannehill, Jimmy Garoppolo among Players of the Week". NFL.com. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  16. ^ "2019 NFL All-Pros". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  17. ^ "Diontae Johnson 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  18. ^ "Diontae Johnson 2020 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  19. ^ "Wild Card - Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers - January 10th, 2021". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  20. ^ "Diontae Johnson 2021 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  21. ^ "Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs - January 16th, 2022 - GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  22. ^ Koehler, Allison (January 31, 2022). "2 Steelers alternates named to 2022 NFL Pro Bowl". Steelers Wire. Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  23. ^ Edholm, Eric (August 4, 2022). "Steelers signing WR Diontae Johnson to two-year, $36.71M extension". NFL.com. Retrieved March 3, 2023.
  24. ^ Strackbein, Noah; Thompson, Stephen. "Steelers vs Panthers Takeaways: Diontae Johnson's Shut Up Game". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 13, 2023.
  25. ^ Marczi, Matthew (January 9, 2023). "So Close, Yet So Far: Diontae Johnson Officially Owns Record For Most Catches Without A TD". Steelers Depot. Retrieved January 10, 2023.