Marcus Johnson

Tennessee Titans
Wide Receiver #14
Tennessee Titans
Wide Receiver #14

Marcus Johnson News

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

Left out of game plan

Johnson played one snap on offense in Sunday's 26-20 win over the Texans.

Analysis: The emergence of Michael Pittman has certainly influenced Johnson's decreasing usage, but it was surprising to see him completely left out of the game plan in a divisional game. Johnson hasn't been fantasy relevant since Week 6, when he posted a 5-108-0 line against the Bengals. He's not startable with Pittman, T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal healthy.

Dec 8, 2020 2:19 PM EST

No targets Sunday

Johnson wasn't targeted during Sunday's 41-26 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: The 26-year-old played 26 offensive snaps but was never involved in the passing game. Johnson is entrenched as Indianapolis' No. 4 wideout and doesn't offer much fantasy value in the current situation.

Dec 1, 2020 6:39 PM EST

Just one reception Sunday

Johnson had one reception for 14 yards on three targets in Sunday's win over Green Bay.

Analysis: Johnson played on 38 of the offense's 70 snaps as he saw an uptick in snap count despite Indy's receiving corps being as healthy as it's been all season. Still, he may continue to have just a minor role in the offense as the passing game's focus has been to spread the ball around. Eleven players had receptions in Sunday's win.

Nov 23, 2020 3:04 PM EST

No receptions Thursday

Johnson did not have a reception and was targeted once in Thursday's loss to Tennessee.

Analysis: Johnson played just 18 of the offense's 70 snaps as his playing time declined sharply from his 60 snaps in Week 9. Michael Pittman's emergence and the return of T.Y. Hilton from injury pushed Johnson to a reserve role. With the Colts utilizing two tight ends frequently, Johnson won't get much playing time as the No. 4 receiver.

Nov 16, 2020 3:06 PM EST

Inefficient day in loss to Ravens

Johnson corralled two of his seven targets for 14 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Johnson tied Michael Pittman Jr. for a team high in targets, though the rookie's output yielded twice the number of catches and quadruple the yardage compared to Johnson's. The Texas product bounced back and forth between the active roster and the practice squad throughout September and October, but with seven-plus targets in two of his past three appearances, Johnson may be developing into a more stable piece of the Colts' roster.

Nov 9, 2020 4:30 PM EST

Suiting up against Ravens

Johnson (knee) is officially active Week 9 against Baltimore.

Analysis: This was the expectation all along after Johnson was able to log a full practice Friday. Opportunity knocks for the wide receivers in Indianapolis, as T.Y. Hilton is inactive for the contest with a groin injury, leaving Johnson to contend with Zach Pascal and Michael Pittman for targets at the wide receiver position. The team will also have a fully healthy tight end group with Mo Alie-Cox cleared to play despite a knee injury. It's a tough matchup in any case, as the Ravens are allowing the sixth-least passing yards per game with a mark of 322.9.

Nov 8, 2020 8:44 AM EST

Questionable, should play Week 9

The Colts will list Johnson (knee) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens, but he's expected to play in the contest, George Bremer of The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports.

Analysis: Johnson failed to practice Thursday after hurting his knee during Wednesday's workout, but he returned as a full participant Friday in the Colts' final Week 9 session. Though the Colts are still giving him an injury designation as a precaution, Johnson looks like he'll be ready to go Sunday, and he should step into a starting role at receiver with T.Y. Hilton (groin) listed as doubtful for the contest. Johnson had already played more than 60 percent of the Colts' offensive snaps in both of the team's past two games, totaling seven receptions for 147 yards on 12 targets between those contests.

Nov 6, 2020 11:42 AM EST

Added to injury report

Johnson (knee) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Johnson is a newcomer to the Colts' Week 9 injury report, so it remains to be seen if his DNP listing for Thursday's walk-through is indicative of minor issue he's managing or something that could affect his status for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Friday's injury report should provide added clarity on that front.

Nov 5, 2020 12:55 PM EST

Has 200 yards in last three games

Johnson caught two of four targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 41-21 win over the Lions.

Analysis: Johnson has racked up 200 receiving yards in the past three games, adding a big-play element to an otherwise methodical Colts offense. If fellow deep threat T.Y. Hilton -- who exited with a groin injury -- can't go against the Ravens in Week 9, Johnson should get more opportunities to try to find space downfield against the talented Ravens secondary.

Nov 2, 2020 1:13 PM EST

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.

Oct 18, 2020 3:24 PM EST

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.

Oct 17, 2020 9:12 AM EST

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.

Oct 12, 2020 5:46 PM EST

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