Steelers studs and duds Week 3: Time to consider Kenny Pickett

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Stud: Diontae Johnson, WR

He wasn’t perfect as he had a couple of passes go through his hands but Diontae Johnson had another great game for the Steelers. The veteran wideout had eight receptions on 11 targets and was making plays despite being covered by Denzel Ward.

The Cleveland cornerback has struggled to start the season but he’s still known for his skill as a press-coverage defensive back and has incredible speed to catch up to any wideout if he is beaten. On Thursday, he didn’t have any answers for Johnson who was running past him with ease.

In addition to his miscue, there were several passes where he had found a lot of space but Mitch Trubisky was unable to deliver an accurate pass. If he had, the numbers would have been much better — and the game may have looked different.

Dud: Pittsburgh secondary

It’s hard to point out who was a dud when covering Amari Cooper because no one could cover him. He beat Terrell Edmunds in the slot for a touchdown and was able to shake Cameron Sutton for a 32-yard gain in the second half.

Cooper always moves all around the field which makes it hard to put the best defender against him. Having said that, it wouldn’t have mattered in this one since he was cutting through the secondary with ease as he had nine receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns.