Keesean Johnson

San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #3
San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #3

Keesean Johnson News

Lands with 49ers

The 49ers signed Johnson to a reserve/future contract Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports.

Analysis: Johnson spent the 2021 season on the Eagles' practice squad and was elevated to the active roster for the team's wild-card loss to Tampa Bay. He played mainly on special teams and will now attempt to secure a role with the 49ers during the offseason. Since the 25-year-old isn't on San Francisco's 53-man roster, he won't be eligible to appear in the NFC Championship Game or the Super Bowl.

Jan 26, 2022 2:17 PM EST

Headed back to practice squad

Johnson reverted to the Eagles' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Johnson was active for Sunday's wild-card round loss due to the absence of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (finger). He was on the field for 18 total snaps --16 of which came on special teams -- but he did not record a stat.

Jan 17, 2022 6:45 PM EST

Elevated by Philadelphia

The Eagles elevated Johnson to their active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Johnson spent the entire 2021 campaign on the Eagles' practice squad but will join the active roster for Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Buccaneers. He's unlikely to play a significant role in the postseason opener.

Jan 15, 2022 1:42 PM EST

Restored to practice squad

The Eagles activated Johnson (undisclosed) from the practice squad COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: Johnson landed on the practice squad COVID-19 list Friday but will rejoin the team after less than a week of isolation. He hasn't yet appeared in a game this year.

Jan 5, 2022 12:37 PM EST

Hits practice squad COVID list

Johnson was put on the Eagles' practice squad COVID-19 list Friday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Johnson has been on the Eagles' practice squad since September 1 but hasn't seen any game action this season. Whatever chance he had to make the active roster during the regular season just took a hit.

Dec 31, 2021 5:08 PM EST

Heading to Philly

Johnson signed to the Eagles' practice squad Wednesday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: The 2019 sixth-round pick spent camp with the Cardinals but was let go Monday, and he'll now receive a look with the Eagles. Johnson appeared in 18 games for Arizona over the past two seasons and caught 36 passes for 360 yards and one touchdown.

Sep 1, 2021 10:40 PM EST

Cut loose by Cards

The Cardinals let go of Johnson on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 2019 sixth-round pick started five of his 18 games the past two seasons, catching 36 of 65 targets for 360 yards and a touchdown. Johnson hans't shown any explosiveness as a wide receiver, and he's played just 11 career snaps on special teams.

Aug 30, 2021 7:55 AM EST

Back from COVID-19 list

The Cardinals activated Johnson (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Johnson returns to the practice field alongside fellow wideouts Andy Isabella and Isaac Whitney. With A.J. Green and Rondale Moore having bolstered Arizona's wide receiving corps, and the likes of DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk already established on offense, Johnson is competing for what looks like sparse depth opportunities.

Aug 2, 2021 2:37 PM EST

Moved to COVID list

The Cardinals placed Johnson (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Currently, the Cardinals have four wide receivers on this reserve list, including Andy Isabella (undisclosed), Rico Gafford (undisclosed) and Isaac Whitney (undisclosed). It's unclear if any or all of them have tested positive for the virus, but their respective number of days away from the team will be indicative of their situations. Despite Larry Fitzgerald moving on this offseason, Johnson is even further down the depth chart, as Arizona added A.J. Green and Rondale Moore to a receiving corps that also includes DeAndre Hopkins (undisclosed) and Christian Kirk.

Jul 29, 2021 9:06 PM EST

Another quiet season

Johnson finished the 2020 season with 15 catches (on 23 targets) for 173 yards and no touchdowns in eight appearances.

Analysis: Johnson was a healthy scratch for eight of the Cardinals' first 10 contests of the campaign, but a positive COVID test and injuries to the receiving corps allowed him to get on the field down the stretch. Tossing aside his two longest catches of the season -- 45 and 32 yards -- his other 13 receptions went for a miserable 7.4 YPC and 4.6 YPT. A 2019 sixth-round pick, Johnson has two years remaining on his rookie deal, but the presence of DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk, possibility Larry Fitzgerald returns and potential for offseason additions doesn't guarantee Johnson anything heading into the offseason.

Jan 22, 2021 8:49 PM EST

Set to be No. 2 WR in Week 17

Johnson is in line to serve as the Cardinals' No. 2 wide receiver for Sunday's road game against the Rams with Larry Fitzgerald (groin) and Christian Kirk (undisclosed, reserve/COVID-19 list) sidelined, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: After making just two appearances through Arizona's first 10 contests of the season, Johnson has received a varied snap count in five consecutive games, leading to a 10-131-0 line on 13 targets. Behind DeAndre Hopkins, Chase Edmonds and tight end Dan Arnold, reps and passes from Kyler Murray still will be available for Johnson, Andy Isabella and Trent Sherfield. Considering his recent workload, Johnson should lead that trio, but his career mark of 5.5 yards per target doesn't project significant production.

Jan 3, 2021 12:30 PM EST

On pace for more work

Johnson is slated for a larger role in the Cardinals offense Sunday against the Rams after Christian Kirk (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: While he was inactive for eight of the first 10 games of the campaign, Johnson has had a modest role in the offense over the last five contests, hauling in 10 of 13 targets for 131 yards during that span. With Kirk out of the picture Week 17 and Larry Fitzgerald (groin) seemingly poised to join him on Arizona's list of inactives, Johnson could bump all the way up to the No. 2 receiver alongside DeAndre Hopkins. Still, in Johnson's 17 career appearances, he's averaged just 5.5 yards per target, so he may be hard-pressed for a notable performance Week 17, even if he experiences a decent increase in volume.

Jan 3, 2021 9:14 AM EST

Posts career-high 50 yards

Johnson caught two of three passes for 50 yards during Saturday's 20-12 defeat to the 49ers.

Analysis: Johnson did most of his damage on a 45-yard bomb late in the third quarter, which was the Cardinals' longest play of the game. He otherwise was quiet on his 20 snaps on offense behind DeAndre Hopkins (75 of 82), Larry Fitzgerald (71) and Christian Kirk (68). Having said that, Hopkins suffered an upper-body injury during the game and Fitzgerald's recent practice reps were capped due to a groin issue, so the state of Arizona's receiving corps is in some flux.

Dec 27, 2020 2:06 PM EST

Posts season high in yards

Johnson totaled two receptions (on three targets) for 38 yards during Sunday's 33-26 victory against the Eagles.

Analysis: The Cardinals made Andy Isabella a healthy scratch for a second straight game, going instead with Johnson as the fourth wide receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald. Johnson's 32-yard catch at the end of the first half was Arizona's fourth-longest play of the contest, but he otherwise was quiet on 20 other offensive plays. Assuming he's available on game days, his lack of snaps and targets don't give much hope for production on a weekly basis.

Dec 21, 2020 6:54 PM EST

Records one catch Week 14

Johnson reeled in one of two passes for nine yards during Sunday's 26-7 road win versus the Giants.

Analysis: With Larry Fitzgerald back from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Cardinals opted to make Andy Isabella a healthy scratch, which allowed Johnson to work as the No. 4 wide receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk and Fitzgerald. The top trio earned between 72 and 84 percent of the plays on offense, while Johnson was limited to 24 percent and Trent Sherfield to six percent. Only Johnson got into the act among those two, but a nine-yard catch on such a small snap share is nothing to write home about.

Dec 14, 2020 6:24 PM EST

Makes four catches Sunday

Johnson hauled in all four targets for 27 yards during Sunday's 38-28 defeat to the Rams.

Analysis: With Larry Fitzgerald (illness) out for a second straight game, the Cardinals operated with four wide receivers on the majority of snaps Week 13. The development allowed Johnson to work with DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk and Andy Isabella, and he finished second on the team in catches and third in receiving yards. There's no telling when Fitzgerald will be ready to be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, so Johnson may continue to play a large role in Arizona's offense Week 14 versus the Giants.

Dec 7, 2020 7:31 PM EST

Makes rare appearance

Johnson made a seven-yard catch during Sunday's 20-17 defeat in New England.

Analysis: The Cardinals were shorthanded at wide receiver due to Larry Fitzgerald (illness) and Trent Sherfield (undisclosed) residing on the reserve/COVID-19 list. As a result, Johnson got on the field for the first time since Week 5 and almost made the most of his nine offensive snaps. On a short catch-and-run near the goal line before halftime, he was ruled to have broken the plane, but upon a review the play was reversed, and he was credited with the aforementioned grab. If Fitzgerald and/or Sherfield can't make it back to the active roster for Sunday's contest against the Rams, Johnson again may serve as the No. 4 WR behind DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk and Andy Isabella.

Nov 30, 2020 8:15 PM EST

Logs another DNP

Johnson was a healthy scratch for Sunday's 37-34 overtime victory versus the Seahawks.

Analysis: In a game in which the Cardinals had four wide receivers with at least a 50-percent share of the snaps on offense, Johnson's DNP tells much about his standing in the receiving corps. All of DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald and Andy Isabella met the aforementioned playing criteria, while Trent Sherfield remained busy on special teams Sunday. As a result, Johnson is a fantasy non-entity at the moment.

Oct 26, 2020 6:38 PM EST

Scratched for MNF

Johnson (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's game versus the Cowboys.

Analysis: Johnson played just five offensive snaps in a Week 5 win against the Jets, and now he's been pushed completely out of the gameplan. There aren't many reps to go around with DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald handling most of the snaps in three-wide sets, but now Andy Isabella and Trent Sherfield are the only remaining reserves.

Oct 19, 2020 3:54 PM EST

Secures short catch Week 5

Johnson gathered in his only target for five yards during Sunday's 30-10 road victory against the Jets.

Analysis: Johnson's sole offensive look occurred just before the two-minute warning of the fourth quarter, and he got on the field for just five of the Cardinals' 75 plays on offense. On a positive note, he's impacted the box score in both of his appearances this season, so an injury on the depth chart in front of him may result in some targets for the second-year pro.

Oct 13, 2020 12:52 PM EST

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