The Giants placed Johnson on injured reserve Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: After the Giants claimed Johnson off waivers last September, he proceeded to make 12 appearances as a part of an injury-riddled receiving corps, hauling in 11 of 21 passes for 105 yards and no touchdowns on 209 offensive snaps. According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, Johnson has been impressive in training camp, which was apparent through two preseason games (a combined 10-123-0 line on 13 targets). But after Johnson was carted off the practice field Wednesday, he was diagnosed with a torn Achilles, almost certainly ending his 2022 campaign.
Aug 24, 2022 3:34 PM EST
Johnson tore his Achilles during Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com, Johnson was vying for a possible starting spot after a strong training camp, which included catching 10 passes for 123 yards across two preseason games. However, the 2020 fifth-round pick's season is now likely over before it started and may possibly remain sidelined to start the 2023 campaign as well. In a corresponding move, the Giants claimed Jaylon Moore off waivers from the Ravens.
Aug 24, 2022 1:40 PM EST
Johnson suffered an apparent lower-body injury during Wednesday's practice, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Johnson reportedly has been excellent throughout training camp and caught 10 passes for 123 yards in two preseason games. Initial reports suggest the injury may be serious, but if not, Johnson could have role off the bench Week 1.
Aug 24, 2022 11:15 AM EST
Johnson caught three of four targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 25-22 preseason win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Johnson had two catches for 33 yards over the first three drives while Daniel Jones was in the game, then stayed in for some more action with backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The 24-year-old wide receiver's usage in this one was encouraging, and this outing coupled with his 82-yard performance in the Giants' preseason opener have Johnson firmly in contention to make Big Blue's roster. Johnson will have one more opportunity to add to his successful preseason when the Giants take on the Jets on Aug. 28.
Aug 21, 2022 7:32 PM EST
Johnson reeled in seven of eight targets for 82 yards in Thursday's 23-21 preseason victory over New England.
Analysis: Johnson led New York pass catchers in targets, receptions and yards in the opening game of the preseason slate. The third-year pro caught five passes for 51 yards in Week 3 last season but had only six receptions the rest of the campaign. He's on the bubble for a spot on the 53-man roster, so Thursday's performance could prove to be especially important for his chances of making the squad.
Aug 12, 2022 12:21 AM EST
Johnson (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against Washington, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: With Kadarius Toney (shoulder) and John Ross (knee) ruled out ahead of the contest and all of Sterling Shepard (Achilles), C.J. Board (knee) and Dante Pettis (shoulder) on injured reserve, Johnson could find himself in a regular role in three-receiver sets alongside Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton for the season finale. That said, the Giants' passing attack has been anemic since Daniel Jones suffered a season-ending neck injury Week 12, so Johnson will be tough to trust as a DFS option while he's drawing targets from second-year quarterback Jake Fromm, who is making his second NFL start Sunday.
Jan 9, 2022 9:04 AM EST
Johnson (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against Washington, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Johnson returned to practice in a limited fashion Thursday after being a non-participant to start the week. He may be in line for an increased workload if he's able to suit up for the first time since Week 15, as the Giants will be short handed at wide receiver with Kadarius Toney (shoulder) and John Ross (knee) both out.
Jan 7, 2022 12:43 PM EST
Johnson (hamstring) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimation, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: Johnson has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, and his status on Wednesday's injury report isn't encouraging for his Week 18 status. If he hopes to have a chance to play in Sunday's regular-season finale against Washington, he'll likely need to practice in some capacity Thursday or Friday.
Jan 5, 2022 12:31 PM EST
Johnson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Johnson will be sidelined for the second straight game by a hamstring injury. The Giants are significantly short-handed at wide receiver, with Kenny Golladay being the only fully healthy wideout currently on the active roster.
Dec 31, 2021 12:00 PM EST
Johnson (hamstring) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Johnson picked up a hamstring injury late in the week and was ultimately ruled out for the Giants' divisional showdown with the Eagles. Now, the 2020 fifth-round pick starts off Week 17's practices with a non-participant due to the same injury, putting his status for Sunday's matchup with the Bears in serious jeopardy.
Dec 29, 2021 11:08 AM EST
Johnson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Johnson was absent from the injury report until Friday, so he may have picked up the hamstring injury at practice. He caught one pass for 16 yards last week, which was his first reception since Week 8.
Dec 24, 2021 11:26 AM EST
Johnson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Chargers, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: With Sterling Shepard (quadriceps) and Kenny Golladay (ribs) both expected to be available, Johnson finds himself as the odd man out. On the season, the 2016 second-round pick has 10 receptions for 89 yards, but he hasn't caught a pass since Week 8.
Dec 12, 2021 11:59 AM EST
Johnson caught one of two targets for seven yards in Sunday's 25-3 win over Carolina.
Analysis: Even with New York's receiving corps battling injuries, Johnson still finished eighth on the team in receiving yards. He was on the field for 21 of the Giants' 72 offensive snaps, so Johnson was actually given ample opportunities to make his mark on this game but simply failed to do so.
Oct 25, 2021 9:26 AM EST
Johnson caught two of five targets for 21 yards Sunday against the Rams.
Analysis: Injuries to Darius Slayton, Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay got Johnson some looks, but he's still a tertiary option in the offense and will barely see the field if/when the starters get healthy.
Oct 19, 2021 1:49 AM EST
Johnson failed to catch any of his three targets in Sunday's 44-20 loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: Johnson played on 44 percent of the Giants' offensive snaps, but he was unable to reel in any of the passes that came his way. With fellow wideout Kenny Golladay sidelined with a knee injury, the 24-year-old may find himself in a more prominent role in Week 6, especially if Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton are unable to return from their hamstring injuries. Johnson and the Giants will host the Rams in Week 6.
Oct 13, 2021 2:07 AM EST
Johnson could have a significant role this Sunday with both Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and Darius Slayton (hamstring) ruled out to face the Saints, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: A few weeks back, Johnson was claimed off waivers by a Giants team with three experienced starters plus a rookie first-round pick at his position. Following a pair of healthy scratches, Johnson was active for Week 3 as the No. 5 receiver, ultimately catching five of seven targets for 51 yards after Shepard and Slayton left early. Johnson even led the team's wideouts with 84.8 percent snap share in the second half, as No. 1 receiver Kenny Golladay was battling through a hip injury. Of course, Golladay seems healthier this week, and the Giants also have John Ross (hamstring) on track to return from injured reserve. It amounts to an unpredictable situation behind Golladay, with each of Johnson, Kadarius Toney, Ross and CJ Board in the mix for WR snaps.
Oct 1, 2021 1:14 PM EST
Johnson caught five of seven targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: Johnson saw his involved increase after starting wideouts Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard both suffered hamstring injuries. Their absences enabled Johnson to tie for New York's team lead in targets and trailed only Saquon Barkley in receptions. Should Slayton and Shepard be sidelined going forward, Johnson could see his value benefit from significant playing time opposite Kenny Golladay, with rookie first-rounder Kadarius Toney a prime candidate to help fill any potential voids as well.
Sep 26, 2021 3:38 PM EST
Johnson (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game at Washington, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Johnson was a roster casualty of the Jaguars on cut-down day, but he found a new home in New York one day later. Still, he's only been with the team a little more than two weeks, and the Giants' receiving corps is healthy, so he'll remain in street clothes for a second straight game.
Sep 16, 2021 4:02 PM EST
The Giants claimed Johnson off waivers from the Jaguars on Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Johnson's release was a minor surprise after he'd earned some playing time late in his rookie season. The 2020 fifth-round pick is one of the league's tallest wideouts at 6-6, providing some size for a WR corps that doesn't have much of it behind Kenny Golladay. Even so, Johnson will need to impress on the practice field to keep his roster spot, hoping to work his way up the depth chart eventually. The Giants have struggled to keep their wide receivers healthy all summer, but the key guys appear tentatively on track for Week 1.
Sep 1, 2021 9:37 AM EST
The Jaguars have waived Johnson.
Analysis: The move comes as something of a surprise, and it remains to be seen if Johnson is claimed by another team. Following the Jaguars' initial cuts, DJ Chark, Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault are entrenched as Jacksonville's top three wideouts, and it looks like the team plans to shuffled the deck depth-wise beyond that trio.
Aug 31, 2021 1:03 PM EST
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