Marcus Johnson

Marcus Johnson

Wide Receiver #14
Team: Indianapolis Colts
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 192 lb.
College:Texas
Age:26
Born:August 5, 1994
Drafted:2016 / UDFA

Marcus Johnson: Tops 100-yard mark

Johnson caught five of eight targets for 108 yards during Sunday's 31-27 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Johnson led the team in targets, catches and receiving yards while playing a vital role in the team's comeback after falling into an early hole. He most notably hauled in a 55-yard deep ball from Philip Rivers that nearly resulted in a touchdown, only to be tackled just short of the goal line. Johnson had previously totaled 90 yards while catching four of four targets in his first two games of the season and seems to have developed a nice rapport with Rivers on deeper routes. The Colts will be on bye in Week 7 but Johnson will look to continue his ascent in the team's next game against a beatable Lions defense.

October 18, 2020 3:24 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Joins active roster

Johnson was added to the Colts' active roster Saturday, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: The Colts ran out of practice-squad options for Johnson, so an official spot on the 53-man roster always seemed like the obvious designation. While the receiver recorded three receptions for 53 yards in Week 5 and has logged a decent number of snaps over the past two weeks, the Colts' passing attack simply hasn't been productive enough to warrant fantasy consideration for the depth target.

October 17, 2020 9:12 AM EST

Marcus Johnson: Heading back to practice squad

Johnson has reverted to Indianapolis' practice squad after collecting all three of his targets for 53 receiving yards during Sunday's 32-23 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Johnson was the Colts' second-leading receiver on the afternoon, with his 30 offensive snaps ranking behind only T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal among Indianapolis WRs. Coupled with his solid Week 5 receiving production, this transaction becomes more puzzling given that Johnson out-snapped both Daurice Fountain and Ashton Dulin on Sunday -- each of whom currently remains on the Colts' active roster.

October 12, 2020 5:46 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Joins Colts' active roster

Johnson was elevated to the Colts' active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Johnson worked as the Colts' No. 3 receiver last week against the Bears and recorded one reception for 27 yards on his only target. He was then let go on Monday and subsequently reverted to the team's practice squad. However, that did not last long, as he will be back with the team in Week 5.

October 10, 2020 10:40 AM EST

Marcus Johnson: Headed back to practice squad

Johnson reverted back to the practice Monday, according to the NFL transaction log.

Analysis: Johnson had a sizeable role in the Colts' offensive gameplan in Week 4 against the Bears. He was on the field for 34 of the team's 72 snaps and also logged one catch for 27 yards. With both Parris Campbell (knee) and Michael Pittman (leg) both on injured reserve, Johnson could get another chance on the active roster if any more injuries occur among the Colts' receiving corps.

October 5, 2020 6:25 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Works as No. 3 WR

Johnson had one reception for 27 yards on his only target in Sunday's win over Chicago.

Analysis: While Johnson had just one target, he played the third most snaps among Colts wide receivers. He played on 34 of the offense's 72 snaps compared to 18 snaps for Ashton Dulin and 15 snaps for Daurice Fountain. It looks like Johnson may emerge as the third receiver, however the Colts had more targets to tight ends (8 combined) than wideouts (2 targets) after the starting duo of Zach Pascal and T.Y. Hilton. The No. 3 and No. 4 wide receivers in the offense may not produce viable fantasy value as a result.

October 5, 2020 3:07 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Added to active roster

Johnson was elevated from the Colts' practice squad to the active roster Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Johnson was waived by the Colts in early September but returned to the team as part of the practice squad later in the month. He could be needed to fill a role in the next few weeks with Michael Pittman (leg) on injured reserve, though there's no guarantee that role will be a particularly significant one. Pittman registered just 12 targets and nine catches across the first three games of the season, and those infrequent opportunities will likely go to receivers higher on the Colts' depth chart.

October 3, 2020 10:59 AM EST

Marcus Johnson: Reappears on practice squad

The Colts signed Johnson to the practice squad on Wednesday.

Analysis: Johnson appeared in 13 games with the Colts between 2018-19, and he logged a number of strong performances with the team last season. With Parris Campbell (knee) expected to miss multiple weeks, Johnson could see an opportunity to join the active roster if Indianapolis suffers any more injuries to the pass catching corps.

September 23, 2020 3:24 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Shown door by Colts

Johnson was waived by the Colts on Saturday, Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: The Colts signed Johnson when their receiving corps faced a slew of injuries midseason, and he flashed potential, including a Week 14 performance where he caught three passes for 105 yards and a score. However, the room is healthy now with the rookie additions of Michael Pittman and Dezmon Patmon, and Johnson lost the battle with Ashton Dulin for the No. 6 wideout job.

September 5, 2020 8:10 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Back to work Monday

Johnson (undisclosed) suited up in Monday's practice, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Johnson had missed the past week of practice with the undisclosed issue but returned in full fashion. Now healthy, Johnson is battling for the No. 5 or No. 6 wide receiver spot against Daurice Fountain, Ashton Dulin and Chad Williams.

August 31, 2020 4:47 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Misses scrimmage

Johnson (undisclosed) did not participate in Saturday's scrimmage, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 FM The Fan Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Johnson has been sidelined for a week with an undisclosed issue and it's not clear when he may return. Johnson is battling for the No. 5 or No. 6 wide receiver spot against Daurice Fountain, Ashton Dulin and Chad Williams. His missed time so far in camp isn't helping his case.

August 29, 2020 11:14 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Remains sidelined

Johnson (undisclosed) did not practice Friday, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Johnson has been sidelined for nearly a week with an undisclosed issue. Johnson is battling for the No. 5 or No. 6 wide receiver spot against Daurice Fountain, Ashton Dulin and Chad Williams. His missed time so far in camp isn't helping his case.

August 28, 2020 11:36 PM EST

Marcus Johnson: Out with undisclosed issue

Johnson missed practice Saturday and has missed several practices this past week with an undisclosed issue, the team's official web site reports.

Analysis: Johnson is battling for the No. 5 or No. 6 wide receiver spot against Reece Fountain, Ashton Dulin and Chad Williams. His missed time so far in camp isn't helping his case.

August 23, 2020 2:50 AM EST

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

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