Juwan Johnson

New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver #83
New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver #83

Juwan Johnson News

Logs last catch of 2022

Johnson hauled in their only target for 21 yards during Sunday's 10-7 loss against Carolina.

Analysis: Johnson logged less than two targets for just the second time in 16 games. The 6-foot-4 tight end saw a massive increase in usage during the 2022 campaign, allowing him to finish with his best season as a pro. The 26-year-old recorded 42 receptions (on 65 targets) for 508 yards and a team-high seven receiving touchdowns. Johnson first emerged as a big-bodied red-zone target in 2021, but he became one of the Saints' top receivers due to the team's rash of injuries at wideout. The No. 1 tight end accumulated the team's second-most targets and receiving yards behind rookie wide receiver Chris Olave as well as the third-most receptions behind running back Alvin Kamara. Johnson will now enter the 2023 offseason as a restricted free agent.

Jan 9, 2023 8:40 AM EST

Suiting up in Week 18

Johnson (quadriceps) is listed as active Sunday against the Panthers, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: After opening Week 18 prep as a non-participant Wednesday due to a quadriceps injury, Johnson proceeded to log back-to-back limited sessions before New Orleans tabbed him as questionable for Sunday's game. Taysom Hill also entered the weekend with the same listing, but both tight ends will be available to the offense. In 15 appearances this season, Johnson's snap share has ranged from 45 to 77 percent, and while he's seen 11 red-zone targets this season en route to seven touchdowns, he's surpassed 50 receiving yards on just two occasions (Weeks 15 and 17).

Jan 8, 2023 8:36 AM EST

Receives questionable tag

The Saints list Johnson (quadriceps) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Analysis: New Orleans will tentatively enter the weekend with just one healthy tight end (Adam Trautman), as Taysom Hill (back) is also listed as questionable for the season finale. Considering both Johnson and Hill closed the week with a pair of limited practices, there's a good chance the Saints could have both players available to fill their usual roles. Johnson has been the Saints' top pass-catching tight end this season, as he enters the Week 18 contest with 41 receptions for 487 yards and seven touchdowns on 64 targets across his 15 appearances.

Jan 6, 2023 12:49 PM EST

Increases practice activity

Johnson (quadriceps) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Johnson sat out Wednesday's session due to the quad issue that he apparently picked up coming out of this past Sunday's upset win over the Eagles, during which the tight end recorded five receptions for 62 yards on seven targets. Though the Saints don't have much to play for Week 18, Johnson's return to practice Thursday -- albeit in a limited fashion -- suggests he's aiming to play this weekend against the Panthers. New Orleans will release its final Week 18 injury report later Friday, when it'll be known whether Johnson approaches the season finale with or without an injury designation.

Jan 5, 2023 12:51 PM EST

DNP due to quad injury

Johnson didn't practice Wednesday due to a quadriceps injury.

Analysis: Since the Saints' Week 14 bye, Johnson has sandwiched 60-plus yard efforts around a nine-yard Week 16, totaling 10 catches (on 15 targets) for 138 yards and two touchdowns over the last three games. Now with a quad injury in tow, his status will be monitored as the week goes on to get a sense of his potential to play Sunday versus the Panthers.

Jan 4, 2023 1:00 PM EST

Leads Saints in targets

Johnson recorded five receptions on seven targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 20-10 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: The Saints were able to maintain a run-heavy offense in positive game script, but even so Johnson matched his season high with seven targets. He turned in a few big plays, highlighted by gains of 21 and 17 yards. Johnson was touchdown reliant earlier in the season, though he's now topped 60 receiving yards in two of his last three contests.

Jan 1, 2023 10:00 PM EST

Struggles in blustery conditions

Johnson reeled in one of two targets for nine yards during Saturday's 17-10 win over Cleveland.

Analysis: Johnson took a step back following his two-touchdown performance against Atlanta last week. The 6-foot-4 receiving tight end dropped his first target of the game while laying out for a pass that likely should have been caught late in the first quarter. What's worse, this mistake tipped the ball up in the air for an easy interception to Browns safety Grant Delpit. Johnson's opportunities then fell to the wayside in Saturday's windy and frigid conditions, as the Saints attempted just seven passes while leaning into an option rushing attack between versatile quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Alvin Kamara. Johnson still tied with wideout Keith Kirkwood for the team's third-most targets behind Rashid Shaheed (five) and Kamara (four). Johnson will look to bounce back against Philadelphia in Week 17.

Dec 24, 2022 2:52 PM EST

Grabs two TDs in return

Johnson hauled in four of six targets for 67 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 21-18 win versus Atlanta.

Analysis: Johnson returned following a one-game absence due to an ankle injury. As a result, he reprised his role as one of the Saints' top receivers, pacing the team in targets and receptions Week 15. Johnson also displayed his ability after the catch by evading multiple Atlanta defenders on his way in a 19-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game. Johnson now leads the Saints with seven receiving touchdowns this season, all of which have come across his last seven games.

Dec 18, 2022 4:56 PM EST

Back in the fold Sunday

Johnson (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Coming off his only absence of the season Week 13 due to an ankle injury, Johnson used the Saints' Week 14 bye to get healthier, which resulted in limited sessions Wednesday through Friday and a questionable designation for Week 15. Fellow tight end Adam Trautman (ankle) experienced the same regimen and designation, but in the end both players will be available Sunday. Johnson has been the better pass catcher of the two this season, recording a cumulative 31-349-5 line on 49 targets in 12 appearances.

Dec 18, 2022 8:33 AM EST

Questionable for Sunday

Johnson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: The same goes for Adam Trautman (back), with both TEs limited practice participants Wednesday through Friday. Johnson has dominated the tight-end targets in New Orleans this year, though an average of 4.1 per game still makes for a low floor in fantasy. The Saints will release their inactives 90 minutes before the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday.

Dec 16, 2022 12:39 PM EST

Stays limited at practice

Johnson (ankle) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.

Analysis: Prior to the Saints' last game Week 13 against the Buccaneers, Johnson didn't practice at all before he was ruled out on the final injury report. After a Week 14 bye, he's put together back-to-back limited listings, which also can be said for fellow tight end Adam Trautman (ankle). The team's final report of the week Friday may provide some clarity regarding who among the duo has a chance to play Sunday versus the Falcons.

Dec 15, 2022 1:32 PM EST

Practices Wednesday

Johnson (ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, ESPN's Kat Terrell reports.

Analysis: Johnson was unable to practice leading up to New Orleans' loss to Tampa Bay on Monday night in Week 13, so his return to practice early in this week is an encouraging sign. With the Week 14 bye to give additional healing time, hopefully Johnson will be able to return when New Orleans faces Atlanta in Week 15. Fellow tight end Adam Trautman was also limited in practice Wednesday with an ankle issue, so that will be worth monitoring over the week in order to project Johnson's potential playing time against Atlanta.

Dec 14, 2022 1:45 PM EST

Out for Monday

Johnson (ankle) has been ruled out and will not play Monday against the Buccaneers, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Johnson never managed to practice this week, so it's not entirely surprising to see the touchdown threat sidelined. Expect Adam Trautman to see an increase in snaps while Taysom Hill will continue his usual multi-position production.

Dec 3, 2022 12:28 PM EST

No practice again

Johnson (ankle) didn't practice Friday.

Analysis: The tight end is in danger of missing Monday's game at Tampa Bay after back-to-back missed practices. He played only 45 percent of snaps and finished without a catch in last week's 13-0 loss to San Francisco, following six straight games with multiple receptions and at least 63 percent snap share (not to mention five TDs in the six-game stretch). Adam Trautman and Taysom Hill are the best bets to take on more snaps if Johnson can't play Monday night, though his absence might also free up more playing time for the team's depth wide receivers.

Dec 2, 2022 12:51 PM EST

Sits out practice with ankle injury

Johnson didn't practice Thursday due to an ankle injury, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Johnson was idle for the Saints' first Week 13 practice after he played 24 snaps on offense (45 percent share) while failing to reel in either of his targets in this past Sunday's 13-0 loss to the 49ers. The knee issue may explain why Johnson handled his lowest snap share of the season, and the injury at least temporarily puts his status into question for Monday's game at Tampa Bay. Adam Trautman is the next man up for reps at tight end if Johnson is unable to play this week.

Dec 1, 2022 2:04 PM EST

Zero catches in loss

Johnson did not haul in either of his two targets during Sunday's 13-0 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Johnson was held without a catch for just the second time this season. While the 6-foot-4 tight end tied his second-fewest targets of the year, he did have an additional target wiped off the board by a roughing the passer penalty absorbed by Taysom Hill in the fourth quarter. Johnson also played a season-low 47 percent of the Saints' offensive snaps behind fellow tight end Adam Trautman (61 percent), who was only targeted once Week 12. Johnson will look to bounce back in next week's divisional matchup against Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football.

Nov 28, 2022 9:03 AM EST

Remains involved in passing game

Johnson hauled in three of four targets for 47 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 27-20 victory over the Rams.

Analysis: Johnson once again played a significant role during this bounce-back performance for the Saints' offense, as he tied running back Alvin Kamara for the team's second-most receiving yards behind wideout Chris Olave. The tight end also caught an eight-yard touchdown from quarterback Andy Dalton in the second quarter, marking his third straight game with at least 42 receiving yards and one score. Outside of a disappointing two-catch performance against the Raiders in Week 8, Johnson has been a consistent factor in the passing game for the past five games, and he should maintain this reliable role next week against San Francisco.

Nov 20, 2022 4:16 PM EST

Heavily involved during loss

Johnson recorded five receptions on seven targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Johnson paced the Saints' pass catchers in receptions and yards, and he also recorded the team's only touchdown of the day. His score came late in the first half when he got open down the right sideline for a relatively easy 15-yard touchdown. He didn't have particularly notable receptions otherwise, though Johnson has now topped 40 receiving yards in three of his last five games -- also tallying four touchdowns in that span.

Nov 13, 2022 8:40 PM EST

Benefits from Baltimore miscue

Johnson recorded two receptions on two targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 27-13 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: As was expected, Johnson saw a dip in targets due to the return of Adam Trautman. Despite his lack of involvement, he managed a fortunate 41-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter that came after Marcus Peters mistakenly believed he pushed Johnson out of bounds and gave up on the play. Despite the decent stat line, Johnson is at risk of poor production until he proves capable of racking up consistent targets once again.

Nov 7, 2022 9:54 PM EST

Two catches Sunday

Johnson notched two receptions (on four targets) for 14 yards during Sunday's 24-0 win against Las Vegas.

Analysis: Johnson played as one of the Saints' top receiving options and caught a pass on two of the team's first three offensive series Sunday. With wide receivers Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) still sidelined, the 6-foot-4 tight end finished third on the team in targets behind running back Alvin Kamara (10) and wideout Chris Olave (seven). Johnson also saw the bulk of New Orleans' snaps at tight end ahead of Nick Vannett (37) and J.P. Holtz (13), as Adam Trautman (ankle) missed his second game in a row. The 26-year-old Johnson should continue to attract a consistent share of the Saints' targets so long as Thomas and Landry remain out.

Oct 31, 2022 6:24 PM EST

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