4 takeaways from the Steelers pathetic showing vs Bengals
By Andrew Falce
Steelers Johnson is a new man
If anyone needed to find some hope for Claypool, they should look at Johnson. His second season was riddled with drop issues and despite some big plays and a solid stat line, most were writing him off due to his inconsistent hands. He has put those doubts to rest though, and he has become the primary offensive threat in his third season.
He is continuing to become a more effective route runner and yards after the catch threat. He excelled at that in college and early on for the Steelers before his hands caused him some doubt as a pro. With those issues put to rest so far, Johnson can now be seen as a rising player in the league. As long as he stays healthy and can keep his hands strong Johnson can make a claim as a top receiver in the league.
Despite Claypool being the big play threat and Najee Harris being the top draft pick, it is Johnson that this offense is flowing through. That was on display against the Bengals, and it has been that way all season. He is dynamic with the ball in his hands, and that has now become the focus of this Steelers offense. He is a new man this year, and he is deserving of all the praise that he has been given.