6 receivers the Steelers must sign to replace Diontae Johnson

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Steelers could sign Tyler Boyd

Of all of the names on this list, this is probably my least favorite connection. That isn’t because Tyler Boyd is a bad player, but because I don’t see him as a great fit for this team. As stated, this offense is likely to only rely on two receivers with little to no need for a consistent slot option. On paper, that works well, as Boyd can work as that second option.

The issue is that Boyd does his best work in the slot, and to sign him to a (likely) moderate-sized deal and take him out of his best position as a player is nonsensical. It wouldn’t be like fitting a square peg in a round hole. Boyd is still talented and would be able to produce in Pittsburgh. That said, the fit would always be a little off.

If the Steelers were running a more conventional offense, I would be pounding the table for Boyd. As a slot receiver, they don’t come any more consistent than him. He has been a fixture in the Bengals offense for years despite two better receivers flanking him. He isn’t flashy, but he does the unglamorous work well.

Again, the issue with Boyd isn’t talent, but taking him out of the slot seems like a mistake. That said, you can’t discount this team from adding him, as he would fill a major need and has ties to the city. It isn’t my favorite fit, but he could be the one to replace Johnson.