Johnson (hamstring) is poised to enter camp as Jacksonville's No. 4 wideout after the signing of Marvin Jones, John Shipley of SI.com reports.
Analysis: The 23-year-old came on strong during the second half of 2020 before the hamstring injury sidelined him for the final two weeks of the season, but he won't begin camp in line for a significant role. Johnson, a 2020 fifth-round pick, flashed his potential with eight catches for 162 yards and one touchdown between Weeks 12 and 13 last year, but he was never a likely bet to open 2021 as the team's No. 3 wide receiver. He still figures to be involved in the offense, but Jones, DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault should start out as the Jaguars top wideouts.
Apr 12, 2021 12:41 AM EST
Johnson (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.
Analysis: Johnson had previously been ruled out for the season finale, but he'll officially shift to IR as the Jaguars signed Terry Godwin to the active roster in a corresponding transaction.
Jan 2, 2021 2:25 PM EST
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone ruled Johnson (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Colts, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Analysis: The hamstring injury will cost Johnson the final two games of his rookie season, but before getting hurt, the 23-year-old likely did enough to lock up a regular spot in Jacksonville's receiver rotation entering 2021. Over his 14 appearances this season, Johnson hauled in 18 of 31 targets for 272 yards and two touchdowns.
Dec 30, 2020 6:42 AM EST
Johnson (hamstring) will not play Week 16 against Chicago, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Analysis: Johnson logged his third straight DNP on Friday, eliminating his chance of suiting up Sunday. The rookie receiver has tailed off since tallying four catches for 96 yards and a touchdown Week 12 versus Cleveland, but his absence this weekend will affect the Jaguars' depth at wideout. Chris Conley figures to see more snaps in Johnson's stead.
Dec 25, 2020 10:19 AM EST
Johnson (hamstring) did not participate during the Jaguars' practice session Thursday.
Analysis: The rookie wideout's Week 16 status stands in question, after he exited last Sunday's loss to the Ravens with his hamstring injury. Given a pair of subsequent practice DNPs Wednesday and Thursday, Johnson is seemingly in danger of missing his first game action of 2020. The Texas product has posted 11 catches for 203 yards and a touchdown over his past four appearances, boosted largely by a four-catch, 96-yard performance Dec. 6 against Minnesota.
Dec 24, 2020 4:45 PM EST
Johnson (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The rookie fifth-round pick was forced out of Sunday's loss to the Ravens due to a hamstring issue, so it's worrying to see him sidelined at practice. John Shipley of SI.com reports that didn't express optimism about Johnson's chances of playing Week 16. Chris Conley would stand to handle increased snaps if Johnson misses Sunday's upcoming home game against the Bears.
Dec 23, 2020 2:20 PM EST
Johnson is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Ravens due to a hamstring injury, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The 23-year-old was responsible for Jacksonville's only catch of the first quarter with an eight-yard reception, but he was forced to exit due to the injury. Chris Conley will see increased work as the team's No. 4 wideout if Johnson cannot retake the field.
Dec 20, 2020 10:38 AM EST
Johnson caught two of three targets for 33 yards during Sunday's 31-10 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: The rookie fifth-round pick had eight receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown over the previous two contests, but he received only three targets during Sunday's blowout defeat. Even with Jacksonville trailing all day, Johnson played only 19 of 71 offensive snaps and remains clearly behind DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault and Keelan Cole on the depth chart.
Dec 14, 2020 11:57 AM EST
Johnson caught four of six targets for 66 yards and also hauled in a two-point conversion in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: Johnson led the Jaguars in receiving yards for the second straight game, and his game-tying two-point conversion with 1:08 remaining sent this one to overtime. The rookie fifth-round pick's role in Jacksonville's offense is growing down the stretch, and he'll benefit from a favorable Week 14 matchup against the struggling Titans secondary.
Dec 6, 2020 3:53 PM EST
Johnson caught four of eight targets for 96 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 27-25 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: The rookie fifth-round pick received his first start with DJ Chark (ribs) and Chris Conley (hip) inactive Sunday, and he made his biggest impact during the second quarter with a 46-yard touchdown reception. Even discounting the long score, Johnson's additional seven targets and 50 receiving yards still would have led the team. He entered Week 12 with only seven catches and 69 yards and his specific role in the offense figures to hinge on the health of Chark going forward, but it seems likely Johnson has earned a larger opportunity after the breakout performance.
Nov 29, 2020 2:05 PM EST
Johnson is slated to start alongside Laviska Shenault and Keelan Cole at wide receiver Sunday against the Browns, John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Analysis: For at least this week, the rookie fifth-round pick is poised to have a regular spot in three-wideout sets with DJ Chark (ribs) and Chris Conley (hip) inactive for the contest. Since drawing a career-high four targets Week 5 in Houston, Johnson has only garnered three looks in the passing game over Jacksonville's subsequent five games. The absences of Shenault and Cole should create more opportunities for Johnson, and the Jacksonville passing game as a whole has nowhere to go but up under Week 12 starting quarterback Mike Glennon, who steps in for struggling rookie Jake Luton.
Nov 29, 2020 9:47 AM EST
Johnson wasn't targeted during Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: The rookie fifth-round pick had a strong Week 5 with three catches for 30 yards and a touchdown, but he has only two catches for 22 yards over the past five games. Johnson doesn't have a target in the last two games despite Laviska Shenault (hamstring) being unavailable.
Nov 24, 2020 5:48 PM EST
Johnson (hamstring) is active Week 11 against Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Johnson has yet to see meaningful work on offense, as he's accumulated more special teams snaps than offensive ones in each of the last three games. Even though Laviska Shenault (hamstring) is inactive for the contest, the receiving corps will still presumably be led by DJ Chark, Keelan Cole and Chris Conley.
Nov 22, 2020 8:41 AM EST
Johnson (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.
Analysis: Johnson has played less than 15 percent of offensive snaps in back-to-back games, even with Laviska Shenault (hamstring) having missed both those contests. As such, even if Johnson manages to suit up versus Pittsburgh, it's unlikely that he'll handle a significant role on offense.
Nov 20, 2020 10:05 AM EST
Johnson caught one of two targets for nine yards during Sunday's 27-25 loss to Houston.
Analysis: The rookie fifth-round pick played only nine offensive snaps during the contest, which is his lowest snap total since Week 2. Laviska Shenault (hamstring) left with an injury during the first quarter, but he still ended up seeing more snaps than Johnson. Even if Shenault is forced to miss some time, it's unlikely Johnson sees his role change significantly while DJ Chark, Keelan Cole and Chris Conley remain in good health.
Nov 9, 2020 11:41 AM EST
Johnson caught three of four targets for 30 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 30-14 loss to the Texans
Analysis: The rookie fifth-round pick entered Sunday's game with only two receptions for 17 yards, but he saw his highest snap count of the season (23) with DJ Chark (ankle) exiting due to injury. Johnson still ranked last among Jacksonville's active wideouts in playing time, so without another injury to the group he seems unlikely to be significant more involved in the passing game.
Oct 12, 2020 12:35 PM EST
Johnson caught his only target for a 14-yard gain during Sunday's 27-20 win against the Colts.
Analysis: The rookie wideout from Texas was one of the many beneficiaries to Gardner Minshew's uber-efficient afternoon, as he was among 10 Jaguars players to catch at least one pass while Minshew completed 19-of-20 attempts. Johnson saw under 20 percent of the offensive snaps in his debut, as Keelan Cole, D.J. Chark, and fellow rookie Laviska Shenault were the only Jaguars receivers to attract more than one target. Heading into a Week 2 matchup against the Titans, Johnson is expected to remain a depth wide receiver option for the so far run-heavy Jaguars offense.
Sep 15, 2020 6:58 PM EST
Johnson was the star of Saturday's scrimmage and appears to have locked down a spot on the regular-season roster, according to Hays Carlyon of 1010 XL.
Analysis: Johnson got most of his work with the backups but also caught a pass from Minshew, taking advantage of the opportunity with both Dede Westbrook (shoulder) and Laviska Shenault (undisclosed) held out of the scrimmage. It won't be easy for the rookie fifth-round pick to earn snaps amidst a receiver group that also has DJ Chark, Chris Conley and Keelan Cole, but it does seem Johnson will be part of the team, at the very least. Given the expectation of a rebuilding season, there's a good chance the Jags will want to see more from Shenault and Johnson before the year is done.
Aug 30, 2020 9:48 AM EST
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