Steelers Wide Receiver Diontae Johnson returned from a hamstring injury suffered in the team’s opener against the San Francisco 49ers this past Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, and it didn’t take him long to make a big impact.
Johnson had five catches for 79 yards — the most significant coming on this 39-yard catch and run in the 4th quarter with the Steelers down a touchdown, needing a boost.
Another look at Diontae Johnson's 39-yard catch-and-run. Great play call, and great execution. pic.twitter.com/eslCwR6jtQ— Ross McCorkle (@Ross_McCorkle) October 23, 2023
Today at his weekly press conference, HC Mike Tomlin talked about the impact of Johnson’s return, and how his presence opened up the field for George Pickens to also thrive. Pickens finished with five catches for 107 yards.
#Steelers Mike Tomlin-Diontae provided tangible playmaking and opportunities for others. His ability to separate, create space and make plays--he allows QBs a larger room for error because he gets open— 93.7 The Fan (@937theFan) October 24, 2023
It’s no coincidence that Kenny Pickett had one of the best games of his career, as his projected top weapon heading into the season was able to live up to the expectations.