NFL.com’s Marc Sessler has released predictions of players that will make the Pro Bowl for the first time this season, and believes Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson will earn the honor.
Even with the plethora of weapons on Pittsburgh’s offense, Sessler expects Johnson to breakout in his third season. That is if he can eliminate the drops that plagued him a season ago.
“I’m banking on Johnson, though, to reduce his frustrating drops and lean on his next-level ability to get open downfield,” Sessler writes. “This is a special athlete with the skills to crack secondaries like an egg.”
Sessler is not discouraged by the questions surrounding the Pittsburgh offense either, and is confident the team will find a way to overcome and be potent as ever in 2021.
“Questions hover around Pittsburgh’s offense. The line looks iffy, and it’s unclear what’s left of Ben Roethlisberger,” he adds. “The Browns fan in me tends to believe the following: The Steelers will figure it out. They always do.”
Johnson caught 88 passes for 923 yards, which led the team, and seven touchdowns in 2020, but also led the league in dropped passes.
The last Steelers wideouts to be selected to the Pro Bowl were JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown in 2018.