Steeler fans tend to have a debate on who is better at the wide receiver position on the Steelers team currently. Some say JuJu Smith-Schuster and some say, Diontae Johnson. It all comes down to preference. Although Johnson struggled in the New York Giants game he eventually found his rhythm for weeks 2 and 3.
Pro Football Focus has Dionate Johnson currently graded higher then JuJu Smith-Schuster. Let's take a look at both of their stats to compare who truly has been better through 3 weeks.
Diontae Johnson has 23 targets, 14 receptions, 143 receiving yards with 1 receiving touchdown. Johnson's overall grade on PFF is 74.0 and is currently ranked 28th in the NFL at the wide receiver position.
JuJu Smith-Schuster has 19 targets, 17 receptions, 160 yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns. Smith-Schuster's overall grade on PFF is 73.5 and is currently ranked 33rd in the NFL at the wide receiver position.
PFF does rank JuJu's receiving better then Dionate's. JuJu Smith-Schuster's receiving is rated at a 74 while Dionatae Johnson's is rated at 72.5. Yes, you could be sitting here at this point saying oh well Dionate is only rated higher by .5 of a grade, but it really is a big debate among Yinzers on a daily basis. Overall at this point, we think PFF is wrong to list Johnson over JuJu. Smith-Schuster is constantly guarded by the number 1 cornerback each week and still has more touchdowns then Dionate Johnson. JuJu also has fewer targets and more production then Johnson so far. 23 targets on 14 receptions compared to 19 targets and 14 receptions are a big difference especially on the professional level. We would take 19 targets with 17 targets any day of the week. This just shows JuJu is more consistent when catching the football. Smith-Schuster also has 2 more touchdowns then Johnson. Overall as we sit here today through 3 weeks we feel PFF got their rankings wrong and JuJu is more superior then Johnson as we sit here today. Let's continue to monitor the wide-receiver position throughout the season to see who really is right on who the best Steelers wide-receiver is.