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The young wide receiver from Toledo

appears to be one of the early standout performers through OTAs" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBehind the Steel Curtaina Pittsburgh Steelers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsSteelersOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsSteelers Film Room2018 NFL Draft AnalysisLatest NewsFiled under:Latest NewsRookie WR Diontae Johnson impressing teammates and coachesNew L.C. Greenwood Jersey ,38commentsThe young wide receiver from Toledo appears to be one of the early standout performers through OTAsEDTShareTweetShareShareRookie WR Diontae Johnson impressing teammates and coachesPhoto by Andrew Weber/Getty ImagesWhile it is always worth tempering your enthusiasm about reports coming out of OTAs regarding the performance of any player, it was hard to ignore the positive words coming from some of the veteran players about rookie wide receiver Diontae Johnson on Tuesday. With the entire team in Pittsburgh for the start of the Steelers three day mandatory minicamp, the former Toledo product was a popular topic of conversation, highlighted as one of the standout performers by his teammates when talking to reporters.As per Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ben Roethlisberger has been spending extra time with his new receivers this offseason and is already impressed with the potential Johnson has been showing.A sentiment echoed by Joe Haden when asked who had stood out at OTAs to him, as reported by Teresa Varley of Steelers.com.Special teams coach Danny Smith is also excited to see what the young player can do as a return man having spent extensive time scouting him for that role ahead of the draft.For his part, Johnson is starting to find his footing after missing much of the first few weeks of OTAs with a hamstring injury Dermontti Dawson Jersey , as reported by Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Given the limited amount of time Roethlisberger spent throwing the ball to James Washington during his rookie offseason, it is encouraging to see that Johnson is getting comparatively more time with Big Ben this year. The sooner he can develop a rapport with Big Ben, the better his chances of being able to contribute early on in 2019. But while it may be far too soon to tag him as the starter opposite JuJu Smith-Schuster as Pro Football Focus did recently, these initial reports suggest it should not be completely discounted. Bills General Manager Brandon Beane says his team was never near a deal to bring in Antonio Brown, despite reports to the contrary.Beane said on that although he did talk to the Steelers about what kind of compensation they would want in a trade, the Bills and Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus Jack Ham Jersey , never came close to any kind of agreement about a contract for Brown. The Steelers eventually traded Brown to the Raiders, who were willing to meet his contract demands.“We had productive talks with Kevin Colbert, with Pittsburgh, but one of the things I made clear with Kevin early on is we would have to be comfortable with where the compensation is going to have to be with AB’s representatives, and that was never something that we were even close on,” Beane said.Beane said that by the time reports emerged that a deal could be close, he already knew it wasn’t going to happen.“We just didn’t get far enough down the road Jack Lambert Jersey ,” Beane said. “There’s compensation with the Steelers and then there’s compensation with the player. We were just never able to work out all sides to make that happen. It had totally died down before that tweet came out that was erroneous. It wasn’t like it was heating up at that point. Talks had stalled well before.”Brown and Rosenhaus made it clear that a team trading for Brown had better be willing to pay him what he thinks he’s worth. The Raiders and Brown could come to an agreement, the Bills and Brown couldn’t, and that’s why Brown is a Raider.

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