Mark Madden: Growing weary of several Steelers

Some Pittsburgh Steelers make me weary. Beyond the never-ending quarterback debate, this is.

The maximum tiresome is receiver Diontae Johnson, the Dollar Tree model of Antonio Brown. Less dear however much less manufacturing. Less chaos, too, however nonetheless an excessive amount of.

Johnson were given a two-year contract extension value $36.71 million. He has replied with two authentic drops, several different incompletions that can have been stuck, a couple of disasters to get his ft down in bounds, a meager 26 yards after catch, no touchdowns and a reported halftime row with Mitch Trubisky that possibly were given the quarterback benched Week 4 vs. the New York Jets.

Johnson was once mad about now not getting the ball sufficient. But within the first part of that loss to the Jets, Johnson let a go slip via his palms, hit off his helmet and get picked. He additionally couldn’t get his feet down for what would had been a landing catch.

Maybe Trubisky will have to had been complaining to Johnson, now not vice versa. If Johnson makes both of the ones performs, Trubisky may just nonetheless be beginning. The Steelers would possibly have received.

Johnson’s stats upload up: He has a team-high 33 receptions for a team-high 275 yards. But he’s now not a profitable soccer participant and is a ache within the bottom but even so.

Johnson were given his cash. Now he’s all about drops and whining.


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Running again Najee Harris is runner-up in the case of aggravation. Is his foot harm or isn’t it? If he has a metal plate in his shoe, will have to he be enjoying? All that is exacerbated through the Steelers’ casual (but inflexible) coverage of mendacity about accidents.

It is also infected through Harris’ very marginal stats: 83 carries, 264 yards, 3.2-yard moderate, one dashing landing. Harris has performed 23 NFL video games and has simply 3 100-yard video games. For a first-round pick out, that’s now not so just right.

Blame the offensive line. Have you spotted that once the Steelers stink, it’s by no means in point of fact anyone’s fault? Except the offensive coordinator’s, of direction.

Guard Kevin Dotson may be uninteresting me. Dotson took 3 consequences towards Tampa Bay this previous Sunday, compelled a timeout to get burned when he was once overdue taking the sector for a field-goal try to were given beat for the hit that were given quarterback Kenny Pickett concussed.

Dotson then made himself a sympathetic determine through pronouncing he had won demise threats on Twitter.

That shouldn’t occur. But to my revel in, the ones aren’t a reliable worry. Just block higher.

“I gave up a sack,” Dotson stated. “I don’t know why everyone is going crazy. Maybe because it was Kenny Pickett.”

That’s precisely why. Nobody can contact and even criticize the golden kid. (Pickett’s stats are rotten, BTW.)

Several Steelers do supply their cash’s value. (Not too many. That’s why they’re 2-4.)

Safety Terrell Edmunds has began 65 out of a imaginable 71 video games since he was once the Steelers’ first-round pick out in 2018. Edmunds hasn’t been impressive, however he’s been competent. He supplied wanted glue and communique when accidents made him the defensive backfield’s lone starter to be had in Sunday’s victory over Tampa Bay.

Edge rusher Alex Highsmith leads the NFL with 6½ sacks. T.J. Watt’s absence hasn’t deterred Highsmith or created many issues for him.

Inside linebacker Myles Jack has been Mr. Consistent. His 58 tackles lead the Steelers through a mammoth 23. Jack’s presence has enabled fellow within ’backer Devin Bush to boost his recreation to mediocre, every so often higher.

Right guard James Daniels and proper take on Chuks Okorafor had been first rate. Given preseason expectancies for the offensive line, that’s a godsend.

We now go back you to the never-ending quarterback debate, already in development.

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