|Team:||Free Agent None|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 198 lb.|
|Born:||August 25, 1998|
|Drafted:||2020 / Rd. 5 (161)|
Johnson failed to bring in his only target during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs during Super Bowl LV on Sunday.
Analysis: Unlike the divisional-round and conference-championship wins over the Saints and Packers, Johnson was unable to make an appearance on the stat sheet Sunday. However, the rookie did record one reception for double-digit yardage in four of the five games leading into Super Bowl LV, and he finished the regular campaign with 12 catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns. The 22-year-old was unsurprisingly buried on the depth chart for most of his first pro season, particularly after Antonio Brown was signed at mid-season. However, with both Brown and Chris Godwin ticketed for unrestricted free agency, there's certainly a chance Johnson sees a nice bump in opportunity in 2021.
Johnson secured one of two targets for 16 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-26 win over the Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
Analysis: The rookie made another one of his trademark contested catches on a Tom Brady bullet in the second half, but it was the one ball he didn't bring in that was arguably even more prominent. Facing a 3rd-and-4 with 1:46 remaining and trying to preserve a five-point lead, Brady surprisingly targeted Johnson on a right-to-left crossing route. Johnson successfully began to get some separation from the trailing Kevin King, which caused the latter to grab a clear hold of the wideout's undershirt for several seconds and draw a critical pass interference penalty. Johnson had only 12 receptions during the regular season, but Brady has repeatedly displayed trust in him by looking for him in the red zone and on tough throws during the postseason. However, if Antonio Brown (knee) is back for the Super Bowl LV matchup against the Chiefs as expected, Johnson presumably will share No. 4 receiver duties with Scotty Miller at best during that contest.
Johnson could benefit from expanded opportunity in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Packers with Antonio Brown (knee) ruled out for the contest, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The rookie logged 15 snaps in Sunday's divisional-round win over the Saints with Brown spending the majority of the second half on the sideline, with his one reception an impressive 15-yard grab on third down. Johnson was able to get a fair amount of experience during the regular season despite recording just 12 catches, logging 265 snaps from scrimmage over 14 games. Tom Brady showed some trust in Johnson in the red zone as well, with four of the 2020 fifth-round pick's 17 targets coming in that part of the field. Coach Bruce Arians endorsed Johnson's ability to rise to the occasion Friday, noting Johnson has earned the trust of his staff and Brady with his play.
Johnson secured his only target for a 15-yard reception in the Buccaneers' 30-20 divisional-round win over the Saints on Sunday.
Analysis: The rookie's one grab stood out, as Johnson exhibited excellent control, getting in near-parallel position to the ground while making a difficult catch away from his body and then maintaining a secure grasp of the ball as he went down. Johnson logged 15 snaps overall while helping fill in for Antonio Brown, who appeared to spend large portions of the second half on the sideline with what was later labeled as a knee issue. If Brown is limited again or ruled out for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Packers, Johnson may once again see some run as a complementary target.
Johnson brought in one of two targets for a 16-yard reception in the Buccaneers' 44-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: The rookie saw some opportunities with Mike Evans (knee) exiting the game for good in the first quarter, a development that allowed Johnson to make an appearance on the stat sheet for the second straight week. Johnson was considered a steal as a fifth-round selection last April after a productive college career, but the wealth of talent ahead of him -- which was augmented by the mid-season acquisition of Antonio Brown -- conspired to keep Johnson near the bottom of the depth chart. The University of Minnesota product finished the regular season with a 12-169-2 line, and unless multiple injuries strike the receiving corps in the postseason, he appears likely to fill a very minor role during the Buccaneers' playoff run.
Johnson secured his only target for 35 yards in the Buccaneers' 47-7 win over the Lions on Saturday.
Analysis: Multiple seldom-used players were utilized in the blowout win, with Johnson getting in on the fun courtesy of a career-high 35-yard grab. Johnson's splash play could potentially be a harbinger of what's to come Week 17, a divisional contest against the Falcons that the playoff-bound Bucs may rest some front-line players in.
Johnson failed to bring in his only target during the Buccaneers' 31-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: The rookie once again saw minimal involvement, failing to bring in his only target for the third time in the last five games. Johnson has actually been active in every game since Week 3, but he hasn't recorded a catch since Week 9 against the Saints. With so many talented and healthy wideouts in front of him, the 2020 fifth-round pick figures to continue to toil in anonymity during a Week 16 matchup versus the Lions on Saturday afternoon.
Johnson failed to bring in his only target in the Buccaneers' 27-24 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
Analysis: The rookie came up empty for the third straight game, not necessarily a surprising development considering the wealth of healthy pass-catching talent in front of him. Johnson logged just five snaps overall, and that level of involvement figures to remain the norm unless multiple injuries strike the Buccaneers' receiving corps.
Johnson didn't receive a target in Monday's 27-24 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Johnson is now operating as the No. 5 receiver with Chris Godwin healthy and Antonio Brown on board. The rookie out of Minnesota logged fewer than 10 snaps on offense for a third straight week and didn't record a reception fora second straight game.
Johnson failed to bring in his only target in the Buccaneers' 46-23 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: The rookie played just nine snaps from scrimmage overall, not entirely surprising considering the Buccaneers' receiving corps was at full health. Johnson was overthrown by Tom Brady on his one target, and he now has logged just two targets in the pair of contests Antonio Brown has played in thus far.
Johnson secured his only target for 11 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-3 loss to the Saints on Sunday night.
Analysis: The rookie unsurprisingly filled a minor role, logging just six snaps from scrimmage and coming in last in targets among players who received at least one look from Tom Brady. Johnson has slipped down to No. 5 on the wideout depth chart with the arrival of Antonio Brown, so his level of participation moving forward could be similarly modest.
Johnson brought in both his targets for 35 yards in the Buccaneers' 25-23 win over the Giants on Monday night.
Analysis: Johnson took a formidable hit from the Giants' Logan Ryan on his second and final catch of the night, a 20-yard grab that took the ball down to New York's 42-yard line on a drive that would culminate in a go-ahead touchdown grab by Mike Evans. The rookie played on exactly 50.0 percent of the snaps overall and was able to post his third multi-reception tally of the last four games in the process. However, the 2020 fifth-round pick could well be in for a notable decline in opportunity beginning Week 9, when Antonio Brown's expected debut projects to knock the receivers on the latter half of the depth chart down another notch.
Johnson is in line to potentially see an expanded role in Monday night's Week 8 game against the Giants with Chris Godwin (finger) already declared out for the contest, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Johnson has had an interesting rookie season, one that saw him inactive for the first two games of the campaign, target-less for the subsequent pair of contests and in the end zone twice on just seven catches over the last three. The 2020 fifth-round pick was at his busiest in Week 5 against the Bears, one of three games Godwin has already missed this season, posting a 4-61 line on six targets. While it remains to be seen if Johnson will see the same volume versus New York, he should slot into the No. 3 receiver role with Scotty Miller bumping up to No. 2 in Godwin's stead.
Johnson secured both his targets for four yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 45-20 win over the Raiders on Sunday.
Analysis: The rookie is starting to demonstrate a knack for making excellent use of his relatively sparse opportunities, as he now has a pair of touchdown grabs on a combined three receptions over the last two games. Sunday, Johnson found the end zone from a yard out with 3:08 remaining to put an exclamation point on the lopsided win for the Buccaneers. While his recent fantasy production is encouraging to an extent, the outlook for Johnson isn't too bright moving forward, considering Antonio Brown's on-field debut in what will likely be Week 9 is poised to have the domino effect of bumping everyone on the latter portion of the receiver depth chart down a notch.
Johnson hauled in his only target for a seven-yard touchdown in the Buccaneers' 38-10 win over the Packers on Sunday.
Analysis: The rookie didn't have anywhere near the same role as in a Week 5 loss to the Bears that Chris Godwin missed due to a hamstring injury, but Johnson certain cashed in on his one opportunity to touch the ball. The 2020 fifth-round pick should continue to see sporadic opportunity throughout his first pro campaign, but he'll have a weekly uphill battle for Tom Brady's attention whenever the rest of the team's pass-catching corps is healthy.
Johnson secured four of six targets for 61 yards in the Buccaneers' 20-19 loss to the Bears on Thursday night.
Analysis: The rookie finally had a chance to see some targets come his way, and he made good use of the opportunity overall. Johnson led the Buccaneers in receptions and receiving yardage for the night, with the highlight of his performance a 35-yard grab late in the first quarter on the Buccaneers' only touchdown drive of the night. Johnson saw extended opportunity as a result of the absences of Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Justin Watson (chest), but the accounting he gave of himself could certainly earn him additional opportunities as a complementary weapon in coming weeks.
Johnson could be in line for No. 3 receiver duties at minimum in Thursday's Week 5 game against the Bears with Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Justin Watson (shoulder) sidelined, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The rookie already logged 25 snaps in Week 4 against the Chargers, although he didn't see a target. That's likely to change Thursday, even if Evans, who's reportedly going to test out his gimpy ankle in pregame warmups, and Miller, who's expected to play through groin and ankle injuries, both suit up. Smith identifies Johnson as the most likely to serve as the No. 3 wideout in such a scenario, and if Evans can't go, the 2020 fifth-round pick could conceivably find himself in a starting role in what would be only his third NFL game with active status.
Johnson is in line for an expanded role in Sunday's Week 4 home tilt against the Chargers with Chris Godwin (hamstring) already ruled out and Scotty Miller (hip/groin) listed as questionable, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Laine reports coach Bruce Arians noted he expects Johnson to step into a bigger role after being active for the first time in Week 3 but not logging a target. The 2020 fifth-round pick has had a slow start to his pro career after also missing time at the start of training camp with what was described as a soft-tissue injury, but he's since had over a month to get acquainted with the offense.
Johnson logged 21 snaps in Sunday's 28-10 win over the Broncos but did not see a target.
Analysis: Johnson was active for the first time as a pro, but even with Justin Watson (shoulder) sidelined for Sunday's contest, the rookie didn't see a pass come his way. First-time active status was a step in the right direction for the fifth-round pick, but it remains to be seen if he'll have another opportunity to take the field in a Week 4 home matchup against the Chargers.
Johnson is active for the first time in his NFL career for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Broncos, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The rookie is still buried down the depth chart, but he'll get his first chance to don a uniform on gameday with Justin Watson (shoulder) out of action Sunday. Johnson will have an uphill battle for targets with Chris Godwin back on the field after missing Week 2 with a concussion, and the likes of Mike Evans, Scotty Miller and potentially, Jaydon Mickens, also ahead of him in the pecking order at receiver.
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