Tyler Johnson

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Outlook muddled by signings

Johnson (ribs) will have to compete with free-agent signee Russell Gage and the returning Breshad Perriman (abdomen) for snaps behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin (knee) in 2022, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Johnson posted seven tallies of at least three receptions during the 2021 season and added another five grabs during the Buccaneers' two-game playoff run. The second-year wideout undoubtedly made strides while logging 38 more targets and 328 more snaps than in his rookie 2020 campaign, but the signing of Gage gives him some accomplished and more experienced competition. The former Falcons wideout produced a 138-1,556-8 line across the last two seasons alone, and in addition to Gage, Johnson will also have to deal with the presence of Perriman, who has experience in the offense and brings some coveted deep speed. Godwin's likely absence early in the season will give Johnson a clearer path to meaningful snaps no matter where he ends up in the pecking order, but he'll have to make a notable impact to ensure that remains the norm once his teammate is healthy.

Apr 3, 2022 9:07 PM EST


Picks up rib injury

Johnson sustained a rib injury during Sunday's divisional-round game against the Rams, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Before he exited in the second half, Johnson gathered in three of six targets for 15 yards. With the second-year wide receiver sidelined, Cyril Grayson (hamstring) and Breshad Perriman (hip) inactive and Chris Godwin (knee) on injured reserve, the Buccaneers are down to Mike Evans, Scotty Miller and John Brown at the position.

Jan 23, 2022 3:07 PM EST



Two catches in playoff opener

Johnson corralled two of three targets for 30 yards Sunday in the Buccaneers' 31-15 win over the Eagles in the wild-card round.

Analysis: Johnson should be locked into a regular role in three-receiver sets for the rest of the postseason, but the second-year wideout is a clear tertiary option in the passing game behind Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski at this stage. If Cyril Grayson (hamstring) is able to make it back for the divisional round, Johnson's path to consistent targets could become more blocked.

Jan 17, 2022 10:11 AM EST


Modest receiving yardage in finale

Johnson secured five of seven targets for 22 yards in the Buccaneers' 41-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: The second-year wideout was certainly busy, tying with Mike Evans for second on the team in targets behind Rob Gronkowski. However, Johnson averaged just 4.4 yards per catch, leading to a decidedly underwhelming fantasy day. Despite the modest output, it's worth noting Johnson logged one more target and as many catches veteran Breshad Perriman, so he should be expected to enjoy a solid role in the air attack once again versus the Eagles in Sunday's wild-card matchup.

Jan 10, 2022 5:24 PM EST


Four grabs in win

Johnson brought in four of six targets for 50 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-24 win over the Jets on Sunday.

Analysis: Johnson logged 49 snaps (66%) from scrimmage and put together a solid line overall after not seeing any passes come his way across 36 snaps in the Week 16 win over the Panthers a week earlier. The second-year wideout is set to serve as no less than the No. 3 receiver for Week 18 and the postseason, as Antonio Brown's forthcoming release from the team removes another obstacle for playing time.

Jan 3, 2022 9:23 PM EST



Disappointing blanking in Week 16

Johnson logged 36 snaps from scrimmage and did not log a target during the Buccaneers' 32-6 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Difficult as it may be to fathom, Johnson didn't see a single one of Tom Brady's 30 throws come his way despite the absence of multiple pass-catching options. Johnson has actually drawn more attention from his future Hall of Fame quarterback in games where the receiver corps has been better stocked, so it's difficult to gauge what his prospects might be in Week 17 against the Jets, a contest that Mike Evans may have to sit out due to his placement in COVID-19 protocols Monday.

Dec 27, 2021 9:22 PM EST


Set to fill in for Godwin

Johnson is expected to serve as the primary replacement for Chris Godwin (knee) in Sunday's game against the Panthers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Tampa Bay will get Antonio Brown back from a lengthy absence due to an ankle sprain and a suspension, but the losses of Godwin for the season and Mike Evans (hamstring) for at least Week 16 should open up more snaps at receiver for the likes of Johnson, Scotty Miller and Justin Watson. Considering Johnson had already been playing 60-plus percent of the Bucs' offensive snaps in all but one of the team's last eight games, he's likely a better bet than Miller and Watson to absorb the larger portion of Godwin's and Evans' vacated targets. Johnson had already stepped up when the two starting wideouts exited early in last week's 9-0 loss to the Saints, finishing with four receptions for 41 yards on seven targets.

Dec 26, 2021 6:33 AM EST


Steps up for injured starters

Johnson had four receptions (seven targets) for 41 yards in Sunday's 9-0 loss to New Orleans.

Analysis: The Buccaneers lost wideouts Mike Evans (hamstring) and Chris Godwin (knee) early in this contest, opening the door for Johnson to see an expanded role in the passing game. The 2020 fifth-round draft pick was already seeing 60 percent or more of the offensive snaps in six of the Bucs' last seven contests, but he averaged just 2.3 receptions and 19.6 yards per game over that stretch of games. Johnson and fellow wideout Scotty Miller (2-18-0) may see increased usage against the Panthers next Sunday if Evans and/or Godwin are unable to suit up.

Dec 19, 2021 10:32 PM EST


Three grabs over 49 snaps

Johnson secured all three targets for 17 yards in the Buccaneers' 33-27 overtime win over the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: A week after logging just nine snaps in a win over the Falcons, Johnson bumped all the way up to 49 plays from scrimmage, easily the highest total among the wideouts behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Johnson parlayed the opportunity into his best catch total since Week 10, but his modest yardage total still made it a forgettable fantasy day overall. With Scotty Miller a healthy scratch Sunday, Johnson appears to be firmly ahead of the Bowling Green product on the depth chart and could continue as the No. 3 wideout for a Week 15 divisional clash against the Saints, although there's always the possibility Breshad Perriman eats into his opportunities.

Dec 13, 2021 8:46 PM EST


One grab in Week 13 win

Johnson brought in his only target for five yards in the Buccaneers' 30-17 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: Johnson logged only nine snaps from scrimmage, but that was actually tops among the Bucs wide receivers behind Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. The fact he outpaced Scotty Miller by five plays would seem to indicate Johnson is still ahead of him on the depth chart as the de facto No. 4 receiver while Antonio Brown (suspension/ankle) is out, although with Breshad Perriman recording just one reception across 59 snaps himself Sunday in the No. 3 role, it's possible Johnson ascends back into that spot.

Dec 6, 2021 6:44 PM EST


Another one-catch tally

Johnson secured his only target for nine yards in the Buccaneers' 38-31 win over the Colts on Sunday.

Analysis: Johnson logged a robust 48 snaps despite Scotty Miller's return from injured reserve, but he once again came up nearly empty while filling the No. 3 receiver role in place of Antonio Brown (ankle). The second-year wideout appears destined to take a hit to his playing time as soon as the Week 13 road battle against the Falcons, either because of Miller eating into some of his snaps and/or Brown returning to action.

Nov 29, 2021 9:34 PM EST


Held to one catch in win

Johnson brought in one of three targets for eight yards in the Buccaneers' 30-10 win over the Giants on Monday night.

Analysis: Johnson was especially quiet despite the continued absence of Antonio Brown (ankle), and his sparse amount of targets was especially discouraging when considering he logged a healthy 73% snap share (57 snaps). The second-year wideout has enjoyed occasional spikes in production, but he'll head into a Week 12 matchup against the Colts with just a 4-25 line over the last pair of contests.

Nov 23, 2021 9:31 PM EST


Three catches in defeat

Johnson secured three of five targets for 17 yards in the Buccaneers' 29-19 loss to Washington on Sunday.

Analysis: The second-year wideout once again filled the No. 3 receiver role with Antonio Brown (ankle) out of action and logged 33 snaps (69%) from scrimmage. Johnson was able to parlay that opportunity into his third straight multi-reception game, but he's been under 20 yards in two of those contests. If Brown remains out for the Week 11 Monday night contest against the Giants, Johnson should see a similar degree of opportunity.

Nov 15, 2021 9:38 PM EST


Solid effort in divisional loss

Johnson secured five of six targets for 65 yards in the Buccaneers' 36-27 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

Analysis: The second-year wideout drew his second straight assignment as the No. 3 receiver with Antonio Brown (ankle) sidelined, and Johnson was notably busier than while filling the same role in a Week 7 blowout win over the Bears. Johnson checked in second in receptions, receiving yards and targets on the afternoon behind Chris Godwin while extending a recent trend of snagging almost every ball thrown his way. Factoring in Sunday's performance, Johnson has now hauled in 10 of the 11 targets he's garnered over the last four contests, and he's arguably made a claim to at least hold off Scotty Miller (IR-toe) for No. 4 receiver snaps whenever the latter and Brown both likely return following the team's Week 9 bye.

Nov 1, 2021 5:19 AM EST


Set for No. 3 receiver duties again

Johnson is set to serve as the Buccaneers' No. 3 receiver Sunday against the Saints with Antonio Brown (ankle) once again inactive.

Analysis: While spelling Brown in Week 7 against the Bears, Johnson logged a season-high 47 snaps but was targeted just twice, parlaying both looks into catches totaling 16 yards. The second-year wideout will have a second straight opportunity to run directly behind starters Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and given how frequently vexing the matchup against Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore has often been for Evans in particular, Johnson could be set to draw more of Tom Brady's attention than he did versus Chicago.

Oct 31, 2021 12:29 PM EST


Makes use of two opportunities

Johnson brought in both targets for 16 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-3 win over the Bears on Sunday.

Analysis: The second-year wideout logged a hefty 49 snaps overall, good for a 67 percent share. However, Johnson saw the bulk of Tom Brady's attention diverted to Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, who accounted for 14 of the quarterback's 20 completions, 187 of his 211 yards and all four of his touchdown passes. With Antonio Brown (ankle) potentially back for a Week 8 road battle against the Saints, Johnson figures to see his time on the field dwindle from Sunday's level before long.

Oct 25, 2021 7:54 PM EST


Should help replace Antonio Brown

Johnson is expected to serve as the Buccaneers' No. 3 receiver in Sunday's game against the Bears, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Johnson went without a target while logging his second-lowest snap share (16 percent) in the Week 6 win over Philadelphia, but a larger role should be on the horizon after Antonio Brown (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's contest. Beyond starters Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, the only other healthy receiver on the roster is Jaelon Darden, who appears more likely to contribute as a return man rather than on offense. That leaves Johnson as the most obvious candidate to join Evans and Godwin in three-receiver sets, and while the latter two players will likely command most of Tom Brady's attention, Johnson could still carve out a role as a secondary target. Along with Brown, the Bucs will be without top tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs) for a fourth straight game, while No. 2 TE O.J. Howard (ankle) is banged up after drawing a season-high seven targets last week against the Eagles.

Oct 22, 2021 10:29 AM EST


No targets in Week 6 win

Johnson did not log a target over 12 snaps in the Buccaneers' 28-22 win over the Eagles on Thursday night.

Analysis: The reserve second-year wideout couldn't crack the stat sheet after posting a solid 3-42 line in Week 6 against the Dolphins. Given the healthy talent at receiver in front of him, Johnson's production will likely remain volatile on a week-to-week basis unless multiple injuries strike the position.

Oct 17, 2021 7:31 PM EST


Bounces back with three grabs

Johnson brought in all three targets for 42 yards in the Buccaneers' 45-17 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Johnson had followed up an encouraging 3-63 line in Week 3 against the Rams -- a game for which Antonio Brown was on the reserve-COVID-19 list -- with a blanking in Week 4. Therefore, it was encouraging to see the second-year wideout reemerge to an extent Sunday against Miami. Johnson already has seven receptions for 110 yards through five games this season after logging 12 receptions across 14 contests as a rookie, and he should continue seeing sporadic complementary opportunities as a No. 4 option while Scotty Miller (IR-toe) remains sidelined.

Oct 11, 2021 9:54 PM EST


Solid showing in loss

Johnson secured three of six targets for 63 yards in the Buccaneers' 34-24 loss to the Rams on Sunday.

Analysis: The second-year wideout was afforded an expanded opportunity with Antonio Brown (reserve/COVID-19) sidelined, and he came through in impressive fashion with a career-best receiving yardage total. Johnson's tally in that category was also good for third on the Buccaneers behind only Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, making it an all-around encouraging performance in a disappointing afternoon from a team perspective. Johnson even outpaced the more experienced Scotty Miller in snaps by a narrow 34-32 margin, another tangible indicator he could eventually surpass the latter on the depth chart and slot in behind the top trio of Evans, Godwin and Brown.

Sep 27, 2021 9:01 AM EST


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