“Let’s be frank,” Mike Tomlin said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Diontae Johnons is the known commodity within the group. People are going to have an agenda to minimize his impact on the game, particularly in significant moments: possession downs, red-zone football. When you’ve got a guy who has been a Pro Bowler — and, really, he’s the only one — and there is a young group, that is a component of it. How do you open up opportunities for a guy like that? Other guys make plays.”
Johnson admitted to frustration with his production after Sunday’s loss to the Bengals. Johnson is averaging 5.1 catches for 45.6 yards per game and has yet to score a touchdown this season after averaging nearly seven catches and just over 72 yards per game last season. He also caught eight touchdown in 2021, but there are some obvious differences from that team, the story went on to say.