Diontae Johnson isn’t fully participating in Steelers training camp

Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers
Getty Images

Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson reported to Steelers training camp this week, but his quest for a new contract appears to be impacting his participation level.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said on Wednesday that Johnson was not a full participant in the first practice of camp and told reporters that it was not his decision to have Johnson do less than other members of the team. Tomlin also said that he didn’t see it as a big deal and that he would be devoting his “energy and focus” to those who are participating.

Johnson also spoke to reporters on Wednesday. He didn’t divulge his plans for practice, but said he’d like to get in time with the players competing to be the next quarterback in Pittsburgh before adding that “certain circumstances are just part of the business.”

“I want to be here long-term. But that’s up to them,” Johnson said, via Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing.”

Linebacker T.J. Watt took a similar stance on practicing in training camp before landing a new deal just before the start of the 2021 season. We’ll see if the approach works out as well for Johnson this time around.

17 responses to “Diontae Johnson isn’t fully participating in Steelers training camp

  1. I doubt that any of their players want to participate in their training camp.

  2. Everyone raves about the Steelers drafting of WRs, but should they really be? They draft the dumbest, most selfish and immature WRs, so I am not sure it matters when stuff like this bubbles up.

    NO THANK YOU (to Steelers WRs).

  3. If I were him, I’d do everything I could so as not to be a headache and ball out this year so I could either get franchised after this season (with these new insane WR contracts franchised WRs will make total bank) or be able to choose my next team/contract if they let me walk.

    Someone’s giving him bad advice.

  4. They draft the dumbest, most selfish and immature WRs.

    ————————-
    And BB drafts the most untalented WRs.

  5. The diva attitudes that these receivers and players display now would never happen under coach Cowher and Noll.The culture changed with Coach Tomlin. I know I know, he never had a losing record.Blah blah blah. But it’s the truth

  6. hey d.j. – this just in, it is a wr conveyor belt in pit. you are another in a long line of wr’s made better by the qb. you will be easily replaced. claypool is next.

  7. I would trade this guy yesterday. Every time I watch the Steelers he makes errors. He has talent, but I wouldn’t have him on my roster. The bad outweighs the good, and I’m not even talking about contracts.

  8. WR isn’t the pats expertise. He can leave and as usual the Steelers will find another. And so forth. Remember when AB joined the pats there was a parade. But you know, doesn’t fit the agenda. So it won’t be spoken about.

  9. the Steelers are cheap when it comes to paying players.. good luck with that DJ .. looks like they drafted your replacement.

  10. I knew this was going to happen guy has 1 decent season and thinks he’s outplayed the value of his rookie deal and on top of that he was hinting at wanting $20 mil a year before the dolphins and raiders way overpaid adams and hill so he probably wants even more now. I say trade him because we drafted 2 wrs that could replace him.

  11. the Steelers are cheap when it comes to paying players..

    ———————-

    How are they cheap…???
    They’re up against the cap every year.
    They have a decent payroll and they manage it well

  12. WhatInSamHill says:
    July 27, 2022 at 5:06 pm
    They draft the dumbest, most selfish and immature WRs.

    ————————-
    And BB drafts the most untalented WRs.

    697Rate This
    ———————

    They really don’t draft them, though. 6 SuperBowls tell a different story as does the complexity of the system and playbook.

    Pitt drafts low iq athletes and doesn’t win super bowls.
    See the difference? Dumb and immature doesn’t work in NE.

    Baltimore is the team that can’t draft one. At least BB drafted guys who were critical to 2 dynasties.

  13. henrythehorse says:
    the Steelers are cheap when it comes to paying players.. good luck with that DJ .. looks like they drafted your replacement.
    —————————-
    How can a team be cheap that spends to the cap every year?

  14. Yeah love the comment re: Steelers draft WR divas by certain blinders-on, Mr ” cap hell”, Pats fan. And talking about “”2nd Pats dynasty” delusions. Johnson is a replaceable asset. Just b/c other moronic, never-in-the-SB teams pay $20mill/yr for average WRs doesn’t mean other teams should. If the guy makes the key 3rd down catch, which has been lacking in the past, he will see a respectable offer by the Steelers. If he refuses, bye-bye.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.