Keesean Johnson

Keesean Johnson

Wide Receiver #3
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 201 lb.
College:Fresno State
Born:October 9, 1996
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 6 (174)
Draft Team:ARZ

Keesean Johnson: 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.

October 19, 2020 3:54 PM EST

Keesean Johnson: 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.

October 13, 2020 12:52 PM EST

Keesean Johnson: Logs another DNP

Johnson was active but didn't play in Sunday's 31-21 loss at Carolina.

Analysis: In fact, Johnson has only made his way onto the field in one of four games this season (Week 3 against the Lions when Christian Kirk was sidelined with a groin injury). If the pattern holds moving forward, Johnson will need an absence from the wide receivers above him on the depth chart to make an impact in the fantasy realm, and all of DeAndre Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald, Kirk and Andy Isabella earned offensive snaps Sunday.

October 6, 2020 10:14 AM EST

Keesean Johnson: Makes two catches in season debut

Johnson played 46 of 65 offensive snaps during Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Lions on his way to two catches (on seven targets) for 24 yards.

Analysis: Among the eight Cardinals that recorded catches Week 3, five of them had a catch rate at or above 83.3 percent. Johnson wasn't one of them, as evidenced by his stat line, and accounted for nearly half of Kyler Murray's 12 incompletions. That said, Johnson was making his season debut after spending the first two games of the year on the reserve/COVID-19 list and seemed to be thrust into three-wide sets more often that Andy Isabella with Christian Kirk (groin) sidelined. If Kirk continues to miss time, Johnson may be able to expect a similar workload to Sunday's in the short term.

September 29, 2020 8:53 PM EST

Keesean Johnson: Season debut on tap

Johnson is expected to have a role Sunday against the Lions with Christian Kirk (groin) sidelined, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Johnson missed the first two games of the season due to a spell on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but now that he's available, coach Kliff Kingsbury believes both Johnson and Andy Isabella will be involved in Arizona's offense. After being a regular part of the receiving corps as a rookie last year through a Week 12 bye, Johnson didn't log a single snap in the final five games of the campaign. His 8.8 YPC and 50 percent catch rate were uninspiring, to say the least, but he'll have a chance to make an impact as long as Kirk is sidelined.

September 25, 2020 1:06 PM EST

Keesean Johnson: Back from COVID-19 list

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

Analysis: Johnson is eligible to rejoin the team, and he'll begin preparing for Sunday's game versus the Lions. The 23-year-old wideout averaged 37.8 snaps per game in 2019, but he likely won't garner the same usage right away with DeAndre Hopkins in the picture now. He'll battle with Andy Isabella and Trent Sherfield for reps.

September 21, 2020 1:50 PM EST

Keesean Johnson: Placed on COVID-19 list

Johnson was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Friday afternoon, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: This explains why Johnson was held out of practice Thursday and Friday for non-injury reasons, though it doesn't necessarily mean he tested positive for COVID-19, as it's possible he merely came into contact with an infected individual. The timing suggests he isn't likely to play in Sunday's game against the 49ers, though he might've been a healthy scratch even if he were available.

September 11, 2020 1:43 PM EST

Keesean Johnson: Misses back-to-back practices

Johnson missed practice Thursday and Friday for non-injury reasons, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: With no other details provided, it isn't clear if Johnson will be available for Sunday's game in San Francisco. It also isn't clear he'll have a significant role -- or even be active -- if he is available. The 2019 sixth-round pick was limited to a 21-187-1 receiving line on 42 targets last year.

September 11, 2020 9:20 AM EST

Keesean Johnson: Appears in 10 games as rookie

Johnson recorded 21 catches (on 42 targets) for 187 yards and one touchdown in 10 appearances during the 2019 campaign.

Analysis: A regular in the Cardinals offense through Week 11, Johnson was a healthy scratch for the last six games of the season. The weekly decision was a curious one, considering the team was unable to get consistent production out of its outside receivers. Perhaps a full offseason to get acquainted with Kyler Murray and within coach Kliff Kingsbury's system will help Johnson regain a hold in the WR rotation, but he also will have competition for reps in the form of Trent Sherfield and fellow 2019 draftees Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler.

January 6, 2020 12:48 PM EST

Keesean Johnson: Won't suit up Week 16

Johnson (coach's decision) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Johnson will be a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive time Sunday, as he has 21 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown this season. With the rookie sidelined again, Andy Isabella and Trent Sherfield are in line to handle the depth receiver snaps for the game.

December 22, 2019 12:07 PM EST

Keesean Johnson: Another healthy scratch

Johnson (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Browns, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Johnson has yet to suit up since the team's Week 12 bye, marking his third consecutive absence and fourth overall this season. If he continues to be a healthy scratch the rest of the way, he'll finish his rookie campaign with a 21-187-1 line on 42 targets.

December 15, 2019 11:51 AM EST

Keesean Johnson: Healthy scratch again

Johnson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Johnson missed just one contest prior to the Cardinals' Week 12 bye, only to emerge from the break with back-to-back healthy scratches. While the rookie sticks to the sideline, the offense will rely on Andy Isabella, Damiere Byrd and Trent Sherfield as its outside receivers.

December 8, 2019 12:04 PM EST

Keesean Johnson: Not playing Sunday

Johnson (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Prior to the Cardinals' Week 12 bye, Johnson was a healthy scratch just once in 11 games, so his inclusion among the inactives this weekend is somewhat surprising. In his absence, Andy Isabella, Trent Sherfield and Damiere Byrd will serve as the team's outside receivers in some order.

December 1, 2019 11:37 AM EST

Keesean Johnson: Another minimal outing

Johnson recorded two catches (on two targets) for 14 yards during Sunday's 36-26 loss in San Francisco.

Analysis: Among Cardinals outside receivers, Johnson led them all with a 33 percent share of the offensive plays. And again, he failed to impact the box score much, failing short of 20 receiving yards for the sixth time in 10 appearances this season. Because he has just 8.9 yards per catch, 4.5 yards per target and a 50 percent catch rate in 2019, it's difficult to rely on Johnson from week to week.

November 18, 2019 5:44 PM EST

Keesean Johnson: Notches two receptions

Johnson recorded two catches (on five targets) for 14 yards during Sunday's 34-33 win versus the Falcons.

Analysis: While the Cardinals had outside wide receiver Damiere Byrd back in the lineup for the first time since Week 3, Johnson retained an 81 percent share of the offensive snaps Sunday, good for most among the team's receiving corps. Johnson likely will move back to a middling workload when Byrd is 100 percent healthy, but no matter his number of reps he'll have a regular role weekly in an offense that's finding its footing under rookie signal-caller Kyler Murray.

October 15, 2019 3:33 PM EST

Keesean Johnson: Does little with targets Sunday

Johnson caught three of seven targets for 22 yards and added one carry for three yards in Sunday's 26-23 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Getting the start with Christian Kirk (ankle) and Damiere Byrd (hamstring) both inactive, Johnson was second only to Larry Fitzgerald in targets for the Cardinals on the day but wasn't able to do much damage with them -- his longest catch went for only nine yards. The rookie sixth-round pick will continue to feature in Kliff Kingsbury's WR-heavy game plan even after his competition gets healthy, but as yet Johnson hasn't shown he'll be able to contribute much fantasy value even when he lands in an expanded role.

October 6, 2019 2:02 PM EST

Keesean Johnson: On pace for first career start

Johnson is the top candidate to receive his first career start Sunday in Cincinnati with Christian Kirk (ankle) and Damiere Byrd (hamstring) unlikely to suit up, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: If both Kirk and Byrd are among the Cardinals' Week 5 inactives, the remaining outside receivers will be Trent Sherfield, KeeSean Johnson and Andy Isabella, with Larry Fitzgerald and Pharoh Cooper manning the two slot positions. On the season, Johnson has consistently been the fourth wide receiver in the pecking order, earning 55.4 percent of the offensive snaps. With Kirk (93 percent) and Byrd (71.8) sidelined, there's a chance Johnson will become the second-most utilized WR behind Fitzgerald.

October 2, 2019 4:11 PM EST

Keesean Johnson: Hauls in two passes

Johnson notched two catches (on three targets) for 19 yards during Sunday's 27-10 defeat to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Johnson has settled into the fourth-most utilized wide receiver for the Cardinals. The status quo was maintained Week 4, even with Damiere Byrd (hamstring) out of the lineup. Byrd's absence thrust Trent Sherfield into an increased role, with Sherfield matching Larry Fitzgerald's workload (53 of 63 snaps on offense) behind Christian Kirk (59) and ahead of Johnson (36). Having said that, Kirk suffered a wicked lower leg injury near the end of this contest, so Johnson's standing as his direct backup could result in a corresponding boost in work.

September 30, 2019 12:00 PM EST

Keesean Johnson: Sees 48 percent snap share

Johnson logged 36 of 75 offensive snaps during Sunday's 38-20 defeat to the Panthers.

Analysis: Johnson again ranked fourth among Cardinals wide receivers in offensive snap share, seeing 48 percent behind Damiere Byrd (96), Larry Fitzgerald (92) and Christian Kirk (92). On this occasion, Johnson was far more utilized than Michael Crabtree, who matched the former's 32 percent Week 2 but fell off to just 17 percent Sunday. Arizona opted to release Crabtree on Monday, so Johnson seems to be locked in as the team's No. 4 WR, which translated to three receptions (on four targets) for 13 yards Week 3.

September 23, 2019 5:46 PM EST

Keesean Johnson: Loses work with Crabtree present

Johnson made one reception (on two targets) for 31 yards and caught a two-point conversion during Sunday's 23-17 defeat in Baltimore.

Analysis: Johnson was the wide receiver to lose snaps with Michael Crabtree making his Cardinals debut, falling from 76 percent of the offensive plays in the season opener to just 32 percent Week 2. Crabtree got exactly the same share, which was well behind the top trio of Larry Fitzgerald (95), Christian Kirk (93) and Damiere Byrd (93). There's no telling if Crabtree will eventually crack into that group, but Johnson's precipitous drop in work seems to be the biggest initial takeaway from the former's presence.

September 16, 2019 12:19 PM EST

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