Johnson caught 13 of 21 targets for 159 yards and four touchdowns over 14 games in 2021.
Analysis: After converting from wide receiver during the offseason, Johnson was one of three New Orleans tight ends to have a sizable role in 2021. However, Johnson ran a route on over 52 percent of his offensive snaps while Adam Trautman (33.8) and Vannett (36.3) hovered around one third. Moreover, Johnson's four touchdowns were more than Trautman (two) and Vannett (one) combined. While his overall stat line still wasn't very useful for fantasy purposes, Johnson had impressive moments for an undrafted player who changed positions ahead of his second season in the pros. As an exclusive-rights free agent, Johnson should be back in New Orleans in 2022, when he'll again look to push Trautman and Vannett for receiving reps at tight end.
Jan 17, 2022 3:22 PM EST
Johnson was activated off of the Saints' reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
Analysis: The tight end was placed on the COVID list last Wednesday and missed Monday's loss to the Dolphins. Johnson returned to the team Tuesday and will be back in the lineup for the Saints' Week 17 matchup with the Panthers.
Dec 28, 2021 5:02 PM EST
Johnson (illness) wasn't activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the Saints' deadline for Week 16 roster moves and won't be available for Monday's game against the Dolphins, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Johnson wasn't able to clear the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol after landing on the list Wednesday following a positive test of the virus. Adam Trautman is also on the list and Garrett Griffin (hamstring) was recently moved to injured reserve, leaving the Saints with Nick Vannett and practice-squad call-up Ethan Wolf as their only options at tight end Week 16.
Dec 27, 2021 2:35 PM EST
The Saints have placed Johnson on the reserve/COVID list, Kyle Mosley of SI.com reports.
Analysis: Johnson reportedly tested positive for the virus. It is unclear if he is vaccinated or not. If he is, he will still have a chance to clear the league's health and safety protocols before Sunday's matchup with the Dolphins. Adam Trautman and Nick Vannett would be the team's only healthy tight ends if he is ultimately unable to play.
Dec 21, 2021 5:21 PM EST
Johnson secured his only target for 15 yards during Sunday's win over the Jets.
Analysis: Johnson saw roughly half the snaps of Nick Vannett, who ended up leading the offense with 44 receiving yards on six targets. However, even if Johnson started seeing more playing time, no Saints receivers are safe for fantasy purposes as long as the offense flows through the rushing abilities of Taysom Hill and Alvin Kamara.
Dec 13, 2021 10:26 AM EST
Johnson (neck) has returned to Thursday's game against the Cowboys, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.
Analysis: Johnson was absent for several drives due to a neck injury, but he returned to the field with just over five minutes remaining in the first half. He hauled in his lone target for 27 yards early in the contest.
Dec 2, 2021 6:34 PM EST
Johnson is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Cowboys due to a neck injury, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.
Analysis: Johnson went down awkwardly following a big gain in the first quarter of Thursday's matchup and headed to the locker room after spending several minutes in the medical tent. Garrett Griffin should see a slight uptick in playing time if Johnson is unable to return.
Dec 2, 2021 6:23 PM EST
Johnson was not targeted during Thursday's 31-6 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: While the lack of opportunities in the passing game is a disappointment, Johnson at least led Saints tight ends in snaps (24) in the first game without Adam Trautman (knee). However, that only equated to 43 percent of the available offensive snaps. Unless he starts seeing more playing time, Johnson will not be a trustworthy fantasy option.
Nov 26, 2021 7:27 PM EST
Johnson caught two of three targets for 36 yards during Sunday's 40-29 loss to Philadelphia.
Analysis: Back in action after being made a healthy scratch in Week 11, Johnson saw a trio of targets for the fourth time in eight games en route to a career high in receiving yards. With starting tight end Adam Trautman (knee) now expected to miss four to six weeks, we could be seeing a lot more of the second-year Oregon product down the stretch. However, a Week 12 matchup with Buffalo's top defense probably isn't the best spot for Johnson to build upon this performance.
Nov 22, 2021 5:30 PM EST
Johnson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Eagles, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Johnson is the odd man out with Nick Vannett (knee) making his season debut. This marks Johnson's second healthy scratch in his last three contests.
Nov 21, 2021 9:14 AM EST
Johnson caught two of three targets for 36 yards during Sunday's 23-21 loss to Tennessee.
Analysis: Johnson's season seemed to hit a low point when he was a healthy scratch in Week 9 following three straight games in which he only saw one target. However, the converted wideout was back on the game-day roster and produced one of the longest gains of the day for the Saints' sputtering offense. The 25-year-old will look to stay involved in Week 11 against the Eagles, who have been among the weakest units at defending tight ends in 2021.
Nov 14, 2021 8:01 PM EST
Johnson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Falcons, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Johnson has played over 20 percent of the Saints' offensive snaps in four games this season, but he will be a healthy scratch in Week 9. Adam Trautman and Garrett Griffin are the only active tight ends for New Orleans on Sunday.
Nov 7, 2021 9:51 AM EST
Johnson caught his lone target for eight yards in Monday's 13-10 win.
Analysis: Johnson played second fiddle to Adam Trautman at the tight end position, seeing just one target to Trautman's three. Despite the Saints' high passing volume, Johnson should be ignored for fantasy purposes.
Oct 27, 2021 4:53 AM EST
Johnson saw one target but did not record a catch during Sunday's 33-22 win over Washington.
Analysis: Johnson wasn't needed much on a day when Marquez Callaway and Alvin Kamara shared the team lead with eight targets a piece. With the Saints on bye in Week 6, he'll look to get back on track in Week 7 against the Seahawks.
Oct 10, 2021 8:48 PM EST
Johnson caught two of three targets for 20 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 27-21 loss to the Giants.
Analysis: It's becoming clear that Johnson is the Saints' preferred receiving option at tight end. Even though Adam Trautman saw six looks in the season opener, he has seen just two targets in three games since while Johnson has already seen three targets three times this year. While he's not seeing enough volume to be anything more than a touchdown-dependent fantasy option, Johnson's role in the red zone makes him a respectable dart throw for deep-league fantasy owners who are desperate for production.
Oct 3, 2021 4:36 PM EST
Johnson was not targeted during Sunday's 28-13 win over the Patriots.
Analysis: Johnson logged a season-low eight offensive snaps and actually saw more action on special teams in this one. Meanwhile, Adam Trautman led Saints tight ends with over 80 percent of the snaps while Garrett Griffin set a new season-high with 48 percent. If the Saints move forward with a similar run-heavy approach that involves heavy doses of Taysom Hill, Johnson could struggle for playing time, let alone offensive production.
Sep 27, 2021 11:31 AM EST
Johnson caught one of three targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 26-7 loss to Carolina.
Analysis: After seeing 19 percent of the offensive snaps in Week 1, Johnson jumped to 41 percent Sunday while Adam Trautman fell from 82 to 52. While it's possible that game script played a large role in those disparities considering the Saints attempted nearly half as many rushing attempts compared to the season opener, Johnson saw three looks in both games, and it looks like he could have some sort of role in the passing game regardless of the situation. Next up is a Week 3 trip to New England.
Sep 20, 2021 9:34 AM EST
Johnson hauled in all three of his receptions for 21 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 38-3 win over the Packers.
Analysis: Johnson served as a wide receiver during his rookie year in 2020, but he transitioned to tight end during the offseason and became more involved in the offense during camp. The 25-year-old played just 12 offensive snaps Sunday, but he saw some work in the red zone during the blowout win. Although fellow tight end Adam Trautman led the team with six targets against Green Bay, Johnson made an immediate impact at his new position.
Sep 13, 2021 7:36 AM EST
Johnson made the regular-season roster at tight end, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Johnson figures to have some sort of role as a pass-catching tight end throughout the year. However, with top receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) set to miss the first six weeks of the season while both Adam Trautman (ankle) and Nick Vannett (knee) bounce back from minor injuries, Johnson could have a chance to show what he can do in an expanded role as soon as Week 1.
Aug 31, 2021 4:21 PM EST
Johnson is more involved in the offense since transitioning to tight end, Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Johnson was mainly used to block from a receiver position during his rookie year, but he has since been moved to tight end in Year 2 and it appears to be a more natural fit for the 6-foot-4, 231-pound Oregon product. Not only can Johnson still be used to block, but he is more of a receiving mismatch against linebackers than he is against cornerbacks, evidenced by his two-catch, 71-yard performance during last weekend's preseason game against Baltimore. Add in the fact that none of New Orleans' other depth options at tight end seem to have stood out this summer, Johnson seems to have a great chance at securing a roster spot yet again.
Aug 16, 2021 12:35 PM EST
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