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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Diontae Johnson understands parallels will be drawn between himself and former Steelers star Antonio Brown. The third-round pick Jon Bostic Jersey , however, is focused on forging his own path.The comparisons and serendipitous circumstances that link the two are almost too conspicuous to believe. But this “D.J.” isn’t actively going out of his way to be the next “AB.”As he walked off the field after completing his first official on-field NFL practice session, Johnson was predictably asked to give his thoughts about the ubiquitous comparisons between him and the perennial All-Pro receiver now with Oakland.“It’s a good thing, because he’s a great player,” Johnson said Friday. “Somebody I used to watch. I still look up to him. He’s a great player.“But I can only be myself only.”What the Steelers have been saying they expect of Johnson would be more than good enough — even if it falls short of the level Brown attained as the Steelers’ No. 1 receiver for most of the past decade.Brown was shipped off to the Raiders for third- and fifth-round draft picks in March after he’d publicly clashed with everyone from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to coach Mike Tomlin to Steelers President Art Rooney II since sitting out the final game of the 2018 season. That leaves a gaping, 114-catch-per-year hole of production on the offense. Brown had 686 receptions, 9,145 yards and 67 touchdowns from 2013 to 2018.By no means do the Steelers expect Johnson to make up for that by himself. But Johnson enters the NFL with a similar game and profile as Brown — and he was acquired as the headlining (if underwhelming) return in the trade of Brown.Johnson embraces the on-field similarities with Brown in regards to playing style: “route running, able to catch ball, get out of my breaks, able to run every route in the route tree.” But Johnson politely downplays expectations he can approach the superstar status Brown reached in Pittsburgh.“I’m just trying to come in and contribute and come in and do what I can do,” Johnson said. “Be myself and help out in any way that I can.”It might forever be difficult for Johnson to simply “be himself” with the Steelers, if only because many might always compare him to Brown. A look at the roster shows that about the only way Johnson doesn’t share a strong resemblance with Brown is uniform number. Johnson was wearing No. 18 at rookie minicamp; Brown’s former No. 84 was given to undrafted tight end Milan Richard.Brown stands 5-foot-10, 181 pounds. Johnson is listed at 5-10, 183.Brown went to Central Michigan, a Mid-American Conference school; Johnson starred at Toldeo, the Chippewas’ MAC rival.Over his final two college seasons, Brown had 2,096 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns in being voted all-MAC twice. Johnson, over his final two college seasons: 2 Ryan Switzer Jersey ,039 receiving yards, 25 touchdowns, two-time all-MAC.Each had great success as a punt and kick returner, too.Johnson might not be Brown but he’s already made an impression on his new teammates.“He has a lot of talent,” said cornerback Justin Layne, a player the Steelers took with another third-round pick. “Fast, quick guy. He is going to help us a lot.”Steelers fourth-round pick Benny Snell has gotten to know Johnson in recent months because they share the same agent and were roommates in Indianapolis at the combine in February.“Diontae is amazing,” said Snell, a running back from Kentucky. “He’s a cool guy, a cool dude — and he’s got some hands.”Johnson’s hands weren’t as much on display Friday as the Steelers likely hoped; he sat out portions of team drills, then deferred to coach Mike Tomlin, who was unavailable to media Friday, for specifics about any injury. But he allowed that he was “fine.”For his rookie season, Johnson joins a receivers corps led by JuJu Smith-Schuster and also featuring veteran Donte Moncrief, second-year wideout James Washington, and slot specialists Eli Rogers and Ryan Switzer.Where Johnson falls into that pecking order in 2019 is a long way from being determined.“It’s exciting, being able to play football again,” Johnson said, “being able to run routes and catch balls and learn the plays.” The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers Hines Ward Jersey , things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at how difficult it would be to make an all-time Super Bowl roster for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Some players and position are slam dunks. No one is going to do it better than ‘Mean’ Joe Greene, but what about quarterback? Terry Bradshaw or Ben Roethlisberger?Let us know who would make your all-time Super Bowl roster in the comments below!Let’s get to the news:Tim Benz: The definitive all-Steelers Super Bowl rosterBy: Time Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewSuper Sunday is this weekend. Without the Pittsburgh Steelers. Again.But that doesn’t mean we haven’t had our fair share.Eight of ‘em, in fact.So, it’s time for us to do what we do best in Pittsburgh when the Super Bowl doesn’t involve the Steelers. We just flash back to the ones that did.In an effort to bask in the past, I tried to come up with a Steelers all-time, all-Super Bowl team.These selections were made based on how the players played in the actual Super Bowl games themselves. Not their careers or their play in the season leading up to the big games.And it was way harder to do than I thought.QuarterbackNeil O’Donnell.Just kidding.Obviously, it’s Terry Bradshaw or Ben Roethlisberger. And almost as obviously, it’s Bradshaw.This is one of the few achievements Bradshaw still holds over Roethlisberger. Bradshaw won four of those games. He was the MVP twice. Only Joe Montana, Jim Plunkett and Russell Wilson have better career passer ratings in Super Bowls.Only Tom Brady (18) and Montana (11) have more career passing touchdowns than Bradshaw (9). And Bradshaw’s 11.1 yards per pass in Super Bowls are still tops in the history of the game.Despite Roethlisberger’s game-saving heroics at the end of Super Bowl XLIII, he was only so-so in Super Bowl XLV (25 for 40, 263 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions).And Ben was just flat-out bad in Super Bowl XL (9 for 21, 123 yards, no touchdowns Isaiah Buggs Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey , two interceptions). Actually, Antwaan Randle El threw the best pass that day.At least the Steelers still won.Running backRashard Mendenhall.Got you again.Of course, it’s Franco Harris. Over four games, his 101 carries and 354 yards and Super Bowl IX MVP are the stuff of legend. He’s the Super Bowl career leader in both categories.Sorry Willie Parker.(For more, click the link in the headline...)A special honor for CowherBy: Teresa Varley, Steelers.comFormer Steelers Coach Bill Cowher received the Pat Summerall Award at the Legends of Charity Dinner held in Atlanta, an event that benefitted the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.“It is a true honor to receive the Pat Summerall Award. Pat was an icon. He was a special broadcaster and even better person,” said Cowher. “I grew up watching him and it is humbling to be in the elite company of the previous recipients.”Cowher spent 15 seasons at the helm for the Steelers, including leading the team to a victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. Cowher retired from coaching in 2007, and went on to become a studio analyst for the NFL Today on CBS. It’s that work in the studio that Cowher was honored for.“I watch him quite a bit on there,” said Jerome Bettis, the Hall of Fame running back who flourished under Cowher. “Just like he did with our team, he adds that calmness, that stablility they need on the show. A couple of guys go here, go there, off the rails.“He is stable. He breaks it down, explains to you what is going in terms you understand. That is who coach has been his whole career, he always explained it to us in a way we can understand. That is what coach is doing now, he is just appealing to the masses and not just us.”Calmness. Yes Bettis used that to describe Cowher. Not something many would expect, but something that is fitting.“When you are trying to get across to guys you have to talk a certain way Isaiah Buggs Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey ,” said Bettis. “He is one way behind the scenes when it was time for him to be a teacher. There was another side when he had to be a fiery coach on the sideline because that’s when his energy came out, his passion showed. On television he is doing more teaching and explaining than coaching, so every now and then you see him get fired up.”Cowher is the 14th recipient of the award and while Bettis loves to see what he is doing on camera, it was his time coaching the Steelers that will always special.(For more, click the link in the headline...)VIDEO: JuJu Smith-Schuster opens up about team’s dramaClick HERE to watch the video.Cowher on Faneca: ‘He led the way’By: Teresa Varley, Steelers.comFormer Steelers guard Alan Faneca is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The class will be revealed on Saturday during the NFL Honors show.Throughout the week Steelers.com will be highlighting Faneca as his quest for a Gold Jacket closes in.Today Bill Cowher shares why the six-time first-team All-Pro should be in the Hall of Fame.It’s hard to measure statistics for an offensive lineman, but there is one for former Steelers guard Alan Faneca that clearly stands out.Six time first-team All-Pro selection. Not once, not twice, but six times.It’s a number you can’t ignore. It’s a number Hall of Fame voters can’t ignore.Faneca is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019, and the do-it-all guard has every right to be alongside the greatest ever to play the game.“As a left guard one of the staple running plays we had with him was pulling right and he paved the way for a lot of the runs Jerome Bettis had, especially late in games,” said Bill Cowher, one of his former coaches. “We knew if we ran left we ran behind him, if we ran right we pulled him. We always found a way to make sure he was at the point of attack when we ran a running play.”(For more, click the link in the headline...)

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