Why Anthony Johnson Is A Name That Should Not Be Ignored

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In the last decade, the Pittsburgh Steelers have built a solid reputation in finding and developing productive wide receivers, either through the NFL Draft or free agent signings.

In recent seasons, the Steelers have kept at least six wide receivers on their roster. From the current receivers on their roster, it is more than certain Diontae Johnson, Juju Smith-Schuster, James Washington, and rookie Chase Claypool will be occupying the first four spots; meanwhile, names such as Ryan Switzer, Deon Cain and Amara Darboh vying for any the remaining spots.

For many, Johnson is unknown as his name does not get brought up much in any capacity. For those who followed his collegiate with the Buffalo Bulls, Johnson is simply a legend.

In his junior year with the Bulls, Johnson emerged as one of the most accomplished receivers in school history;

  • Total receiving yards - 1,356 ( second in school history )

  • Receiving yard per game - 113 ( second in the nation that season)

  • Total receptions - 76

  • Receiving Touchdowns - 14 ( school record )

By the time he left Buffalo at the end of 2018, Johnson has accumulated 2,362 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns in just two seasons.

At 6'2, Johnson is not just a big-bodied receiver who can produce on the outside, his versatility and route-running affords him the ability to produce in the slot or the 'z' spot. Johnson is also defined by his ability to break tackles using his strength and agility. In his brief appearance with Tampa Bay last preseason, he displayed some of the attributes that made him a household name in Buffalo.

Even if he does not make the active roster, a player with Johnson's skillset should receive much attention, as NFL teams covet receivers with his type of size and speed. One can be assured that he will make a strong case with his play on the field, if given the right stage to do so.

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