Marcus Johnson

San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #14
San Francisco 49ers
Wide Receiver #14

Marcus Johnson News

Joins Niners

Johnson is signing with the 49ers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports,

Analysis: Johnson has carved out a depth role on three different teams since entering the NFL in 2016 as an undrafted rookie. He's now 27, and while he's started 12 of his 41 career games, Johnson has only 839 receiving yards and three touchdowns to show for it. He spent most of last year in Tennessee, where injuries eventually pushed him up the depth chart and helped lead to the third 100-yard game of his career. Unfortunately, Johnson injured his hamstring in November and spent the rest of the season on IR. He's likely healthy by now and should compete for the Niners' fourth or fifth receiver spot this summer.

Apr 7, 2022 11:16 AM EST

Hamstring issue derails season

Johnson (hamstring) finished the season with nine receptions for 160 yards and no touchdowns across seven games with Tennessee.

Analysis: Johnson was very limited due to two separate stints on injured reserve during his first season in Tennessee. In between, he showed the ability to produce when given an opportunity in the absence of A.J. Brown or Julio Jones as he turned in 100 and 52-yard performances in two separate game to account for nearly his entire production in 2021. Johnson is slated to hit free agency at the conclusion of Tennessee's playoff run, and he'll look for an opportunity to provide depth at wide receiver for a team around the league.

Jan 12, 2022 7:56 PM EST

Shut down for season

Tennessee placed Johnson (hamstring) on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Since Johnson previously opened the season on IR, he's not eligible to play again this season after being moved off the 53-man roster for a second time after he injured his hamstring early in Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Texans. The setback is an untimely one for Johnson, who broke out with five receptions for 100 yards in a Week 10 win over New Orleans and looked poised to emerge as the No. 2 wideout behind A.J. Brown following Julio Jones' placement on IR with a hamstring concern of his own. With Jones out for at least two more games and Brown's status for a Week 12 matchup with the Patriots in jeopardy due to a chest injury, the Tennessee receiver room is incredibly unsettled at the moment.

Nov 23, 2021 2:25 PM EST

Suffers hamstring injury

Johnson was forced out of Sunday's game against the Texans with a hamstring injury, Turron Davenport of reports.

Analysis: With Johnson already ruled out for the rest of the contest, he'll finish the day with without a catch after logging just one target. In his absence, A.J. Brown, Chester Rogers and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine will head the Titans' wideout corps versus Houston.

Nov 21, 2021 10:49 AM EST

Reaches 100 yards

Johnson recorded five receptions on six targets for 100 yards in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Johnson entered the game with only four receptions across five games this season, though he stepped up in the absence of Julio Jones (hamstring). He delivered several big plays, highlighted by a 50-yard gain late in the first quarter when he quickly turned a short slant up field. He added additional receptions of 17 and 16 yards to provide a big-play element to the Titans' offense. The team has been lacking a consistent second receiver behind A.J. Brown all season, though Johnson will have the chance to prove himself capable of the role heading into a Week 11 matchup against the Texans.

Nov 14, 2021 8:28 PM EST

Struggles with increased role

Johnson recorded one catch on five targets for eight yards in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Johnson saw an increased role with Julio Jones (hamstring) sidelined, and he finished tied for second on the team with five targets. However, that didn't translate to much production as his only reception came midway through the first quarter. Johnson also recorded five targets in Week 5 -- another game that Jones missed -- so he could be an under-the-radar candidate for targets in a Week 9 matchup against the Rams should Jones remain sidelined.

Oct 31, 2021 8:08 PM EST

Produces 52 yards

Johnson caught three of five targets for 52 yards against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Analysis: Johnson is somewhat convincing in his role as a downfield specialist for the Titans, and Sunday he provided meaningful production as they played without Julio Jones (hamstring). The Titans might need him to stretch the field again against Buffalo in Week 6 if Jones isn't able to return by then, but if Jones is active then Johnson is unlikely to draw more than a handful of snaps off the bench. Sufficient as he might be in his specialist role, Johnson probably can't take on much volume as a receiver.

Oct 10, 2021 2:28 PM EST

Activated from IR

Johnson (undisclosed) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Johnson missed the first four games of the season due to an undisclosed injury but has been practicing for two weeks. He'll provide additional depth at wide receiver while Julio Jones (hamstring) is sidelined.

Oct 9, 2021 11:14 AM EST

Return from IR looming

The Titans designated Johnson (undisclosed) to return from injured reserve Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Johnson spent the minimum three weeks on IR, and he will now have three weeks to be added to the 53-man roster. If he isn't, then he will head back to IR for the remainder of the season. The Titans are currently dealing with injuries to Julio Jones (leg) and A.J. Brown (hamstring), so Johnson may have a chance to make an immediate impact if he is able to suit up in Week 4. The 27-year-old appeared in 11 games for the Colts last year and caught 14 passes for 255 yards.

Sep 29, 2021 9:29 AM EST

Lands on injured reserve

Johnson (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Johnson earned a spot on Tennessee's initial 53-man roster but will now head to injured reserve with the unspecified injury. The 27-year-old will be sidelined for at least the first three games of the season.

Sep 2, 2021 4:08 PM EST

Continuing strong play

Johnson continues to stand out with his performance in training camp and caught a number of passes Saturday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Both Julio Jones (undisclosed) and A.J. Brown were absent from the practice, but Johnson nevertheless impressed with multiple receptions and his work after the catch. Noted as an early standout in camp, Johnson has carried his strong play forward and is gaining positive attention from the coaching staff. Josh Reynolds figures to serve as the team's third receiver behind Brown and Jones, though it appears Johnson is pushing for a fairly significant role in the offense.

Aug 8, 2021 8:52 AM EST

Impressing at camp

Johnson has impressed throughout the early days of training camp, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Johnson is coming off back-to-back seasons with over 200 receiving yards in Indianapolis, with most of his opportunities having come due to injuries ahead of him on the depth chart. He could have an easier path to playing time in Tennessee, especially if he can continue to impress leading up to Week 1. Behind clear top options A.J. Brown and Julio Jones, the Titans' third wide receiver spot could be up for grabs.

Aug 2, 2021 2:47 PM EST

Inks deal in Music City

Johnson signed with the Titans on Tuesday, John Glennon of reports.

Analysis: Johnson was a consistent contributor with the Colts between Weeks 4 and 11, recording an 11-202-0 line through six games. However, when the team started to get healthy, Johnson was cut loose, and he ultimately landed with Tennessee. The 26-year-old will battle for a depth role in 2021.

Mar 9, 2021 2:43 PM EST

Joins Titans' practice squad

The Titans signed Johnson to their practice squad on Wednesday according to a source, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Johnson, a former Colts player, will join Tennessee's practice squad after playing against them twice in the regular season. The receiver has caught 14 receptions for 255 yards throughout 11 games, and will now assist Tennessee as they take on the Ravens this Sunday.

Jan 6, 2021 10:37 AM EST

Heads to waivers

The Colts waived Johnson on Saturday.

Analysis: The Colts opted to cut Johnson loose to create a roster spot for tight end Noah Togiai (knee) to be activated from IR. Johnson has played just nine snaps on offense over the last three games. He logged 11 games in 2020, recording a 14-255-0 line with a bulk of that production coming from a Week 6 win over the Bengals where he caught five passes for 108 yards.

Jan 2, 2021 10:23 AM EST

Practicing in full

Johnson (quadriceps) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Johnson's quad injury kept him from suiting up against the Steelers in Week 16, but it looks like he'll be back in action against the Jaguars on Sunday. With Michael Pittman currently in the concussion protocol, Johnson could be in line for increased opportunities on offense.

Dec 31, 2020 2:01 PM EST

Logs limited practice

Johnson (quadriceps) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Johnson's quad injury sidelined him Week 17, so it's encouraging to see him back at practice in at least a limited capacity. He's only been targeted once in his last four appearances.

Dec 30, 2020 1:14 PM EST

Out Week 16

Johnson (quadriceps) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Analysis: The 26-year-old was unable to practice this week due to the quad injury and won't be available this weekend. Indianapolis' offense shouldn't be significantly affected by Johnson's absence since he's without a catch since Week 11.

Dec 25, 2020 2:54 PM EST

Misses second straight practice

Johnson (quadriceps) did not practice Thursday.

Analysis: Johnson also missed Wednesday's practice, leaving his availability for Sunday's matchup against Pittsburgh in serious question. Johnson has totaled 255 yards on 14 receptions (28 targets) this season, but much of that output came in a Week 6 effort during which he logged 108 yards on five grabs. He has not registered a reception since Week 11.

Dec 24, 2020 12:46 PM EST

Done for day

Johnson was ruled out of the remainder of Sunday's game against the Texans due to a quadriceps injury, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.

Analysis: It's unclear how Johnson suffered the injury, but the fact that he was immediately ruled out isn't a good sign. Johnson exits the game failing to record a fantasy-relevant stat. With Johnson sidelined, Ashton Dulin is the only healthy depth receiver behind T.Y. Hilton, Michael Pittman and Zach Pascal.

Dec 20, 2020 10:51 AM EST

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