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Johnson (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Eric Smith of Vikings.com reports.
Analysis: Johnson suffered a torn ACL on Friday and will miss the entire 2021 season, so this move is strictly procedural. He'll set his sights on returning in time for the 2022 campaign.
Aug 2, 2021 8:52 PM EST
Johnson was diagnosed with a torn ACL on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The 24-year-old suffered the injury during Friday's practice and is slated to miss the entirety of the 2021 campaign. Johnson, who worked as Minnesota's No. 3 wideout as a rookie in 2019, was attempting to win back that job in training camp, but he'll instead spent the season rehabbing from the ACL tear.
Jul 31, 2021 5:22 PM EST
Johnson left Friday's practice with an apparent leg injury, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Johnson, a 2019 seventh-round pick, is hoping to win back the No. 3 role he occupied as a rookie. Slot specialist Chad Beebe took the job last year and remains with the Vikings, but he'll need to fend off Johnson, Dede Westbrook and rookie fifth-round pick Ihmir Smith-Marsette this summer. It's a situation where Johnson could win the No. 3 job or could miss out on the Week 1 roster.
Jul 30, 2021 1:10 PM EST
Johnson didn't see a single target Week 17 and will end his 2020 campaign catching 14 of his 19 targets for 189 yards throughout 16 games.
Analysis: In his second season with the Vikings, Johnson played a much quieter role and didn't see half the targets (44) as last year. With Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson as the primary receivers, and Chad Beebe passing him on the depth chart, the 2019 seventh-round pick wasn't able to have the same number of opportunities. Depending on how Minnesota proceeds in the offseason -- especially as it pertains to Beebe, a restricted free agent -- Johnson may have even more competition for the No. 3 wide receiver role in 2021.
Jan 15, 2021 7:19 AM EST
Johnson hauled in his only target for 13 yards during Friday's 52-33 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: It may not have been an especially eventful Christmas Day outing from the 2019 seventh-round pick, but at least Johnson proved capable of snapping his three-game catch drought over his workload of 11 offensive snaps. Johnson possesses two notable fantasy outings on the year, producing a combined 10 catches for 130 yards between his season-best Week 1 and 12 performances. In 13 other 2020 outings, however, Johnson has totaled only four receptions for 59 yards.
Dec 29, 2020 6:16 PM EST
Johnson was not targeted over nine offensive snaps during Sunday's 33-27 loss to the Bears.
Analysis: Johnson enjoyed a seven-catch, 74-yard performance Week 12 against Carolina while Adam Thielen remained on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he's since reverted to an obsolete offensive role with the receiving corps returned to full strength. Justin Jefferson's emergence has largely pushed Johnson out of the picture in the passing game, exemplified again as the rookie's 11 targets combined with Thielen's three to constitute 87.5 percent of the Vikings' total WR targets against Chicago.
Dec 22, 2020 6:14 PM EST
Johnson went without a target over 19 offensive snaps during Sunday's 26-14 loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: 10 different Vikings were targeted in the Week 14 defeat, but Johnson went without an offensive look for a second consecutive contest. He produced an eye-catching seven receptions for 74 yards Week 12 against the Panthers while Adam Thielen resided on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Otherwise, he has no outings exceeding 25 yards since kicking off the campaign with three catches and 56 yards against Green Bay.
Dec 15, 2020 6:54 PM EST
Johnson didn't receive a target in the 27-24 overtime win against the Jaguars.
Analysis: Johnson played a season-high 58 snaps on offense in last week's win over the Panthers, when Adam Thielen was on the COVID-19 list. Thielen returned this week, however, and Johnson reverted to the No. 4 wideout role, playing just eight snaps and failing to receive a target for the fifth time this year. Chad Beebe appears to be the clear No. 3 behind Thielen and Justin Jefferson.
Dec 8, 2020 1:32 PM EST
Johnson secured all seven targets for 74 yards and caught a two-point conversion pass in the Vikings' 28-27 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: With Adam Thielen hitting the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week, Johnson stepped seamlessly into the No. 2 role and ended up pacing the Vikings in receiving yardage. The second-year wideout also tied multiple teammates for the team lead in receptions, and his two-point conversion grab in the fourth quarter was critical in that it brought Minnesota to within a field goal. Johnson had been virtually invisible this season while seeing Thielen and Justin Jefferson log the overwhelming majority of the passing game work, and despite his strong showing Sunday, he appears destined to revert to anonymity if the former is back for a Week 13 matchup against the Jaguars.
Nov 29, 2020 2:53 PM EST
Johnson will start as the No. 2 wide receiver Sunday against Carolina with Chad Beebe working as the No. 3 slot receiver with Adam Thielen out while on the COVID-19 list, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Johnson has just five receptions this season and has been outplayed by Beebe, who moved ahead of him for the No. 3 role when Adam Thielen was healthy. However, it looks like he'll get increased playing time and opportunities against Carolina.
Nov 29, 2020 9:05 AM EST
Johnson had one reception for nine yards in Sunday's loss to Dallas.
Analysis: It was his first reception since Week 5 and he played just four snaps on offense. Meanwhile, Chad Beebe played 17 snaps on offense despite not getting a target. Despite the catch, there isn't any change in Johnson's role as a deep reserve and fourth receiver.
Nov 23, 2020 2:23 PM EST
Johnson did not haul in his lone target during Monday night's 19-13 win against the Bears.
Analysis: Johnson has not recorded a reception since Week 5, though he did at least break his skid of three consecutive outings without a target Monday night. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen continue to dominate the wide receiver workload, combining for 12 receptions, 178 yards and two touchdowns against Chicago, while Chad Beebe got involved with two catches and 16 yards of his own. Heading into a Week 11 matchup against the Cowboys, Johnson remains a depth option among perhaps the most top-heavy receiving corps in the NFL.
Nov 17, 2020 6:15 PM EST
Johnson was not targeted on any of his eight offensive snaps during Sunday's 34-20 win against the Lions.
Analysis: Johnson has been sparsely involved as Justin Jefferson continues to emerge as a Rookie of the Year candidate, collecting just one reception for 13 yards since Week 3. The 23-year-old receiver started Minnesota's first two games of the season while fielding a combined 75 offensive snaps, but he has compiled just 45 total snaps on that side of the ball over his past six appearances.
Nov 9, 2020 5:02 PM EST
Johnson wasn't targeted in Sunday's 28-22 win over Green Bay.
Analysis: Kirk Cousins threw only 14 passes compared to 34 rushing plays, and none of those 14 passes went Johnson's way. Johnson caught three passes for 56 yards in the season opener but hasn't posted a multi-catch performance since.
Nov 2, 2020 1:53 PM EST
Johnson had one reception for 13 yards on his only target in Sunday's loss at Seattle.
Analysis: Johnson played just eight snaps on offense as he's been reduced to a minor role as the fourth receiver with the emergence of Justin Jefferson.
Oct 12, 2020 9:50 PM EST
Johnson recorded no receptions on one target during Sunday's 31-23 win against the Texans.
Analysis: Johnson collected four receptions for 80 yards Weeks 1 and 2, but as rookie Justin Jefferson has come to the forefront with 278 yards and a touchdown the past two games, the Colorado State product has seen his offensive role shrink. Johnson was on the field for a combined 75 offensive snaps Weeks 1 and 2, but he has been granted just a total of 16 the past two weeks. Operating within an offense that fed Jefferson and Adam Thielen a combined 15 of 22 team targets during its first win of 2020, Johnson appears destined for a bit role barring some sort of injury ahead of him on the depth chart.
Oct 6, 2020 6:01 PM EST
Johnson didn't have a pass thrown his way and played just five snaps in Sunday's loss to Tennessee.
Analysis: Johnson started at wide receiver opposite Adam Thielen and had a breakout game with 175 yard receiving. Johnson began the season as the starter opposite Thielen, but he moved to a reserve role and may not get may targets if the top two wideouts stay healthy.
Sep 28, 2020 3:43 PM EST
Johnson had one reception for 24 yards on three targets in Sunday's loss at Indianapolis.
Analysis: Johnson played 42 snaps on offense compared to Justin Jefferson's 29 snaps, but Jefferson had three receptions albeit on a similar three targets. Minnesota's passing game couldn't get on track as Kirk Cousins struggled with a 15.9 NFL passer rating, so it's hard to read too much into Johnson's performance. He's still ahead of Jefferson on the depth chart but it seems only a matter of time before the 2020 first-round draft pick passes him for a more prominent role.
Sep 21, 2020 1:25 PM EST
Johnson hauled in three of four targets for 56 yards in the Vikings' 43-34 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
Analysis: Johnson trailed both fellow wideout Adam Thielen and running back Alexander Mattison in receptions, but he made good use of his relatively few opportunities. The second-year wideout notably clawed his way to some relevance last season on an offense that often features a narrow distribution of targets, and with Stefon Diggs now in Buffalo, Johnson could certainly improve on 2019's 31-294-3 line if he can continue hanging on to the second receiver job over rookie Justin Jefferson. Johnson will look to build on Sunday's solid effort in a Week 2 interconference road battle against the Colts next Sunday.
Sep 13, 2020 3:02 PM EST
Johnson is listed as the No. 2 wide receiver on Minnesota's initial unofficial depth chart, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Rookie Justin Jefferson primarily worked with the first-team offense during scrimmages in the slot with Johnson as the No. 2 receiver opposite Adam Thielen, so this listing isn't a surprise. Still, Jefferson could overtake Johnson quickly in the offense to become the No. 2 receiver. A larger issue may be how often the Vikings use a third receiver, as the team had limited use of three-receiver sets last season. However, that could change slightly under offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
Sep 7, 2020 5:51 PM EST
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