4 current Steelers who will become studs in the playoffs

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

Diontae Johnson

Diontae Johnson has had one of the most frustrating seasons that a Steelers receiver has seen in recent years. His games were riddled with early bad decisions and later on with critical drops. Mixed in with that was a player who always made the first man miss and ran sharp routes, making it frustrating to see such a talented player struggle so much. That all said, the past few weeks have been a breath of fresh air for the second-year receiver.

The drops that haunted him through the middle of the year has disappeared for the time being, and it has been replaced with one of the most complete receivers on the roster. Johnson has been winning all over the field. He has maintained his status as a short threat that can turn any catch into a big play. As well, he has gotten more involved in the deep game, as his routes off the line of scrimmage have allowed him to win deep. While Chase Claypool has had more big plays and JuJu Smith-Schuster has been a physical player over the middle, Johnson has been the best all-around threat over the past through weeks.

Given he led the team in both targets and receiving yards, it is safe to assume he has a bigger role in the playoffs. If he can keep on avoiding the drops, he could be the biggest threat on this offense during their Super Bowl push. If he can keep up his excellent play, isn’t really a question that he turns into the stud he has shown flashes of. He’s playing the best football of his career over the past few weeks, and odds are he takes his game to the next level in the playoffs.