Page 25 of 25 FirstFirst ... 15232425
Results 241 to 250 of 250

Thread: Steelers Take WR Diontae Johnson

  1. #241
    Benchwarmer

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    With no AB, everyone is acutely aware that more then before, their number can/will be called. We are talking about human nature here; with AB here, there’s a settlement that takes place in the back of the minds of the 3rd & 4th wr’s that I’m not going to get too much action this year. That “ in the back of the mind” settlement can no longer be there now. Now someone like Washington knows that if he plays well, he could be a starter and /or be on the field a significant amount of snaps. Same for Johnson , Moncrief.
    These are professional athletes. They are constantly working and competing for the next step up the depth chart, for more playing time and preparing to be the best they can possibly be when the opportunity arises. If "there’s a settlement that takes place in the back of the minds”. The NFL surely means Not For Long for these types of players, no matter what position they play.
    Last edited by STH70; 06-10-2019 at 03:21 PM.

  2. #242
    Legend

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Northern_Blitz View Post
    You might be right.

    But, I think we ofter apply the logic of high school level football to the pros.

    Guy's who get to the NFL have sacrificed so much to get there that I think most narratives about them not trying hard are inaccurate.
    I wouldn't say they don't try hard; I'm saying that they know for certain this year that their play can/will dictate how much they can be on the field more so then in previous years. So they'll be even more focused. Not to say they were not focused before.
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

  3. #243
    Legend

    User Info Menu

    Johnson: 'I wanted to get it done'

    Teresa Varley
    STEELERS.COM
    Monday, Jun 10, 2019

    When Diontae Johnson first arrived in Pittsburgh the day after he was selected by the Steelers in the third-round of the draft, he went through all the mandatory things the team’s top three draft picks are asked to do, from interviews to a photo shoot, and meeting everyone from coaches to equipment staff.

    Once he had been run through the gamut, he stopped and asked a question.

    When do we come back to Pittsburgh?

    When he was informed he wouldn’t have to be back until May 9 for the team’s rookie minicamp, a smile crept across his face.

    Rest assured. If he was told he would be staying until the end of the 2019 season, chances are good the team’s third-round pick would still have been smiling. That is just the type of person he is.

    But there was a reason he was smiling, and it gives you great insight into who Diontae Johnson is.

    Johnson, who left school early to be eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft, had big plans last weekend, the weekend he thought he might have to be in Pittsburgh. He graduated from the University of Toledo and he fulfilled a goal he set for himself, walking on stage and receiving his diploma.

    “It was really important to me that I graduated,” said Johnson, who majored in Sports Management. “That is why I wanted to go back to school. I wanted to get my degree. I wanted to get it done. My dad was really excited. He came to graduation, got to see me walk across the stage with a big smile on his face. I wanted to walk.

    This is something I always wanted to do, to graduate and walk. That is something my dad always wanted to see.

    “That felt like high school again. A lot of people don’t get the chance to graduate. My family was there. My dad was excited for me.”

    Making his dad, Leo Johnson, proud is something that Johnson holds close to his heart. The two have a tight relationship, a bond that became stronger when Johnson’s mom passed away when he was just five years old. All he wanted was to make him proud, and he did that in two major ways in just a week’s time – from being drafted to graduating.

    “After my mom died, he stepped up and did what he had to do while we were young,” said Johnson. “He came home from work every day and still had time for us. I really appreciate him.

    “I got up every day for him. He motivated me every day, just by how he got up to go to work. This is about him. He always knew I had it in me. He just stayed on me whenever I wanted to give up. He didn't like that. So, he stayed on me, never liked to see me down, and he always tried to lift me up. Just by him doing that, he made me the man I am today. I appreciate him for that.”

    Johnson said there were times when it was tough to stay motivated. There was confusion, not fully understanding why he lost his mother, why life was treating him the way it was.

    “I didn't really know what was going on,” said Johnson. “During the time, and when I was getting older, I started to realize that I missed my mom. He just told me that I just have to move on and just keep my head up, and not to think about things like that, to stay positive.”

    When Johnson got the call from the Steelers, among those in the room with him was his dad. The two exchanged looks, they exchanged smiles. But when they went to embrace, they also exchanged tears.

    “That was the first time I saw my dad cry,” said Johnson. “I cried. I didn’t cry at first, but when I hugged my dad, that’s when it hit me. When I came to hug him, we talked to each other, and it was just a good feeling to see my dad happy.

    “There was also a lot of excitement. Just being able to experience this whole situation with my family, it's been pretty good. Not too many people get to go through this. I just cherish every moment of it. I'm just glad I got to do it with my family.”

    Now Johnson is spending time with his second family, his Steelers family that is. And he is quickly seeing they are all there to help him. Fellow receivers like JuJu Smith-Schuster, Donte Moncrief and Ryan Switzer are among those who have been helping him, and the most important thing he knows is tackling the mental side of the game.

    “It’s going pretty good,” said Johnson. “I am just trying to stay on top of my playbook and stuff, get into the flow of things. Right now I want to show the coaches I can retain the information and show them I can work hard and be consistent and help out. A lot is thrown at you. They want to see how you retain information and execute.”

    He also wants to show Ben Roethlisberger, a player he grew up watching, that he can retain the information. Roethlisberger has been working with the young receiver, but he still has some learning to do.

    “I am still adjusting,” said Johnson. “The speed and the conditioning is totally different from college. Everything is faster. You have to be ready and know what to expect. I am starting to get more comfortable. There is more room for improvement every day.”

    https://www.steelers.com/news/johnso...to-get-it-done

  4. #244
    Legend

    User Info Menu

    Steelers Depot
    @Steelersdepot

    Haden on who has stood out:

    “For me the receiver, No. 18 (Diontae Johnson). He runs some really, really crisp routes. He is natural. He is fast. He comes out of his breaks really well. He has been impressive. I watch receivers. I watch tape on them. He is a good one.” #Steelers

    Jun 11, 2019

    https://twitter.com/Steelersdepot?re...-Hits-Minicamp

  5. #245
    Legend

    User Info Menu

    High praise indeed. I really value Haden’s take.
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

  6. #246
    Hall of Famer

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    High praise indeed. I really value Haden’s take.
    Hoping Johnson (and Washington) can make an impact this year.

  7. #247
    Legend

    User Info Menu

    ESPN's Jeremy Fowler lists rookie WR Diontae Johnson as one of the Steelers' surprise offseason standouts.
    Fowler called RB Trey Edmunds the biggest surprise for the Steelers this offseason, but he points out Johnson has been catching everything thrown his way. Johnson is competing with James Washington, Donte Moncrief, and others for outside snaps. The 2019 third-round pick averaged 8.5 yards per target as a junior at Toledo last year.

    SOURCE: ESPN.com
    Jun 14, 2019, 9:56 AM ET
    From the 2010-2018 season, (An 8 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the postseason; not the regular season.

  8. #248
    Legend

    User Info Menu

    Jeremy Fowler
    ESPN Staff Writer

    Here at the Ben Roethlisberger football camp, where rookie receiver Diontae Johnson brought his eight-week-old English bulldog, Major.

    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

  9. #249
    Starter

    User Info Menu

    I get irrationally upset at folks who carry dogs around.

  10. #250
    Legend

    User Info Menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Oh wow View Post
    I get irrationally upset at folks who carry dogs around.
    As long as he doesn't fumble the puppy, I'm okay with it.

    Look...he's carrying the pooch high and tight. Nice work, rook.
    Steeler teams featuring stat-driven, me-first, fantasy-football-darling diva types such as Antonio Brown & Le'Veon Bell won no championships.

    Super Bowl winning Steeler teams were built around a dynamic, in-your-face defense plus blue-collar, hard-hitting, no-nonsense football players on offense such as Hines Ward & Jerome Bettis.

    We don't want Juju & Conner to replace what we lost in Brown & Bell.

    We are counting on Juju & Conner to return us to the glory we once had with Hines & The Bus.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •