Marcus Johnson

Marcus Johnson

Wide Receiver #14
Team: Indianapolis Colts
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 192 lb.
College:Texas
Age:25
Born:August 5, 1994
Drafted:2016 / UDFA

Marcus Johnson: Staying with Indy

Johnson re-signed with the Colts on Wednesday, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: It's a one-year contract for Johnson, who wasn't extended a restricted free agent tender earlier this offseason. He made six starts for the Colts last year, climbing up the depth chart while Devin Funchess, T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell dealt with injuries. Johnson even had a 100-yard game Week 14 at Tampa Bay, but he'll likely be battling for a depth job whenever the Colts are able to practice.

April 22, 2020 7:28 AM EST

Marcus Johnson: Won't receive tender

The Colts do not intend to tender Johnson, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: As a result, Johnson will become an unrestricted free agent March 18, rather than a restricted free agent. After working his way up from the practice squad November of 2019, Johnson hauled in 17 receptions for 277 yards and two scores across eight contests. Most notably, 25-year-old surpassed 100 receiving yards Week 14 against the Buccaneers while also hauling in a touchdown. Given his youth and occasional flashes, Johnson shouldn't have much difficulty catching on as a depth or developmental option with another club if he indeed leaves Indianapolis.

March 6, 2020 1:43 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Shows flashes in 2019

Johnson recorded 17 receptions for 277 yards and two touchdowns over eight games in 2019.

Analysis: Johnson was activated from the practice squad in November after a slew of injuries to the Colts' wide receivers, and the 25-year-old more than doubled his career totals in all major categories over the course of eight games. His work as a consistent starter is one of the main reasons for his success. Johnson will be a restricted free agent in March, and if he stays in Indianapolis, he projects as a depth option.

January 7, 2020 12:54 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Just one reception Sunday

Johnson had one reception for two yards on four targets in Sunday's win over Carolina.

Analysis: Johnson started next to T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal in a three-receiver set and played on 46 of the offense's 64 snaps. However, he didn't produce much as the Colts didn't need to throw the ball after amassing a large early lead through special teams and with the running game. He should remain in the mix in the passing game next week against Jacksonville.

December 23, 2019 3:12 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Makes long catch

Johnson caught two of four targets for 37 yards in Monday night's 34-7 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Johnson came back to earth after exploding for 105 yards and a touchdown his last time out. Like Week 14, however, he again went for a 20-yard reception Monday, showing his big-play ability. With top wideout T.Y. Hilton back available, Johnson will have to work with a smaller share the final two weeks of the season, but he at least has done enough lately to remain in the mix.

December 16, 2019 8:50 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Breaks out in Week 14

Johnson caught three of seven targets for 105 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-35 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Johnson scored a 46-yard touchdown on Indianapolis' first drive and later added a 50-yard reception. If T.Y. Hilton (calf) remains out against the Saints in Week 15, Johnson should continue to serve as Indianapolis' big-play threat. Johnson had more receiving yards in this one (105) than he did all season coming in (102).

December 8, 2019 2:49 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Has four receptions Sunday

Johnson had four receptions for 55 yards on six targets in Sunday's loss to Tennessee.

Analysis: Johnson played on 65 of the offense's 70 snaps as he was pressed into a larger role after Chester Rogers was lost to a knee injury. With Rogers placed on IR, Johnson could be a large factor in the offense again next week in an enticing matchup at Tamp Bay. However, he could also move to a reserve role if T.Y. Hilton (calf) and Parris Campbell (hand) can return from injury.

December 2, 2019 11:10 AM EST

Marcus Johnson: No impact in loss

Johnson failed to catch his only target during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Texans.

Analysis: Johnson wasn't able to follow up his Week 11 performance, during which he racked up 38 yards and a score, against the Texans on Thursday. He's set to reprise his usual role as a depth wideout and special-teams contributor Week 13 versus the Titans.

November 22, 2019 7:16 AM EST

Marcus Johnson: Takes advantage of opportunity

Johnson hauled in all four of his targets for 38 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 11 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Johnson hauled in the team's lone score through the air on a one-yard reception midway through the third quarter. Earlier that drive, he hauled in 17-yard pass down the left side of the field for his longest reception of the day. Johnson has seen an increased role in the offensive gameplan with T.Y. Hilton (calf), Parris Campbell (hand) and Devin Funchess (collarbone) all sidelined. Given the team's quick turnaround for their Week 12 matchup against the Texans on Thursday, Johnson could be in for a large role once again.

November 17, 2019 6:18 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Joins Colts' practice squad

Johnson (concussion) signed with the Colts' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Johnson was waived/injured by the the Colts at roster cutdowns after suffering the concussion, reverted to injured reserve and eventually reached an injury settlement to return to free agency. The 25-year-old appeared in five games with Indianapolis last season, catching six of eight targets for 102 yards and one touchdown.

October 1, 2019 3:27 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Gets injury settlement

The Colts cut Johnson (concussion) from IR with an injury settlement Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Johnson reverted to IR late August after being waived/injured by the Colts and is now free to sign elsewhere in the league when fully healthy. The 25-year-old wideout offers upside as a depth receiver and special-teams contributor.

September 9, 2019 11:30 AM EST

Marcus Johnson: Lands on IR

Johnson went unclaimed on waivers and was reverted to the Colts' injured reserve Sunday, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Johnson suffered the concussion in the Colts' preseason finale. It seems that the 25-year-old will remain on injured reserve for the entire 2019 season unless both parties can reach an injury settlement.

September 1, 2019 11:47 AM EST

Marcus Johnson: Waived/injured by Colts

Johnson (concussion) was waived/injured by the Colts on Saturday, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Johnson was competing for a role contributing on special teams and providing depth at receiver before suffering a concussion in the Colts' preseason finale. Assuming he clears waivers, he will revert to the team's injured reserve. He would then remain there for the rest of the season unless both parties reach an injury settlement.

August 31, 2019 11:41 AM EST

Marcus Johnson: Suffers concussion

Johnson won't return to Thursday's preseason matchup with the Bengals due to a concussion, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Johnson now joins Parris Campbell (hamstring) as injured Colts receivers not on injured reserve -- they would be Daurice Fountain (ankle) and Steve Ishmael (knee) -- leaving 12 healthy receivers for Indianapolis. It's unclear how long the 25-year-old will be sidelined or how it will affect the Colts' decisions when the deadline for roster cuts arrives.

August 29, 2019 6:41 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Being evaluated for concussion

Johnson left Thursday's preseason contest against Cincinnati to be evaluated for a concussion, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After colliding with a Bengals defensive back, Johnson had to take his time before getting back up. The 25-year-old had finally gotten back to full speed at the start of preseason after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right ankle. Johnson appeared in five games last season with the Colts, catching six passes for 102 yards and a touchdown on eight targets.

August 29, 2019 6:24 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: First action since ankle surgery

Johnson had two receptions for 27 yards on six targets in Thursday's preseason loss at Buffalo.

Analysis: Johnson underwent offseason surgery on a torn ligament in his right ankle which ended his 2018 season in October, so it was good to see him back to full speed in a game. He played in five games last season, catching six of his eight targets for 102 yards and a touchdown. However, he's in a battle for a reserve receiver role in camp and may not make the final roster.

August 9, 2019 11:25 AM EST

Marcus Johnson: Officially signed

Johnson officially signed his tender with the Colts on Monday, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Analysis: The Texas product was only able to suit up in five games last season, and caught six of eight targets for 102 yards and a touchdown. Johnson also underwent ankle surgery at the end of 2018, but was medically cleared to participate in offseason workouts Feb. 26.

April 15, 2019 7:57 AM EST

Marcus Johnson: Receives tender from Indianapolis

The Colts extended a tender to Johnson on Friday, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Texas product was only able to suit up in five games last season, and caught six of eight targets for 102 yards and a touchdown. It should be noted that Johnson received medical clearance following ankle surgery, so he should be a full-go this offseason.

March 10, 2019 10:14 AM EST

Marcus Johnson: Receives clearance

Johnson (ankle) announced via Twitter he received medical clearance from ankle surgery he underwent in October.

Analysis: Johnson tore a ligament in his right ankle Week 6 against the Jets and subsequently underwent surgery. The 24-year-old had six catches for 102 yards and a touchdown in five games last season and is set to to be an exclusive rights free agent with the Colts.

February 26, 2019 8:08 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Slated for ankle surgery

Johnson, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, will undergo surgery on a torn ligament in his right ankle, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Johnson's role steadily increased in the Colts' passing attack as injuries piled up within the receiving corps, culminating with his first career touchdown Sunday against the Jets. During that contest, though, he suffered a serious ankle injury that may end his season. To account for the lingering injuries to T.Y. Hilton (hamstring), Ryan Grant (ankle) and Jack Doyle (hip), the Colts signed veteran wide receiver Dontrelle Inman on Tuesday.

October 16, 2018 10:49 AM EST

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