4 extremely underrated Steelers entering training camp

Diontae Johnson #18 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Diontae Johnson #18 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) . Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers underrated player #2

Diontae Johnson has had a tough offseason, and most of those issues have almost nothing to do with how he has acted so far. Johnson is entering the final year of his deal, and he justifiably wants a new deal to be negotiated. The rising cost of receivers has seemingly caused the fanbase to turn on him, and as a result, people are underrating the starting pass catcher.

Let me clear the air: Johnson is a top-15 receiver in the league. He is a smooth route runner who can turn any play into a big one. Yes, he has had drop issues, but compare that to his overall skill set and it doesn’t close his case as a top receiver. On top of all of this, he doesn’t act like a diva. Despite wanting a new deal, he has still been an active participant with the team through the offseason.

You can make the argument that Johnson isn’t worth what a new deal would pay him, but you can’t say he isn’t good either. This passing offense would have been nothing without him last season. He improved his game after a tough second season, and it showed on the field. Even if you aren’t in favor of giving him a new deal, you can’t argue the fact that Johnson is one of the better receivers playing right now.