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Terrible Towel Tales: Mike Tomlin gives Diontae Johnson Ultimatum

Steelers news and commentary for Thursday, September 28

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Mike Tomlin gives ultimatum to Steelers WR Diontae Johnson | Allison Koehler, Steelers Wire

Tomlin strolls by and notices all of the pampering he’s getting. “Whatever you need,” he joked with Johnson. “I’ll get somebody here fanning a towel on your ass.”

All joking aside… “But you better play like that.”

Once Johnson returns, the Steelers expect him to play worthy of the attention he’s gotten (his $37 million contract notwithstanding). With the exception of a couple of explosive touchdowns — which just so happen to be the NFL’s longest pass plays — the receivers are struggling. It’s a result of Kenny Pickett trying to get his groove back, subpar offensive line play and questionable play-calling, but having Johnson back in the mix should do them some good.

Mike Tomlin Lied About Steelers Offense | Noah Strackbein, Sports Illustrated

The Pittsburgh Steelers offense finally showed some life during their Week 3 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. But the victory wasn’t enough to say they were back on track. Maybe headed that way, but even the players acknowledged there was work left to be done.

“I think we’re on track to getting it back. It’s never a perfect game,” quarterback Kenny Pickett said after the game. “There are things we wished we had back and there’s plays where that’s always going to be the case. But I think we’re definitely getting towards that step that we needed to have it back.”

Steelers Receive Offer Of BBQ And Beers From Chiefs’ Great Travis Kelce “That’s A Tough f***** Team” | Parker Abate, Steeler Nation

Travis was excited about Pittsburgh’s win in Las Vegas. He was emphatic when talking about how talented the Steelers truly are and made sure to give them a shoutout for a big victory.

“Steelers held off a late Raiders comeback on Sunday Night Football. Steelers man, tell you what man, that’s a tough f***ing team. That is a tough team.”

The organization had a little bit of a scare returning from Sin City, as the team plane had to land unexpectedly in Kansas City. Travis mentioned something he saw from defensive lineman, Cameron Heyward, who was recently placed on Injured Reserve due to a groin injury.