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
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
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
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
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
Johnson secured one of two targets for five yards across 17 snaps from scrimmage during the Buccaneers' 48-25 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: Through two games, Johnson has logged three targets overall, and he could be set for a nice bump in opportunity in a Week 3 showdown against the Rams. With Antonio Brown being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, there's a strong chance the veteran wideout misses at least the game versus Los Angeles, a development that would elevate Johnson to No. 4 receiver status, at minimum. It's also likely Johnson could essentially share No. 3 duties with Scotty Miller in such a scenario, considering he outpaced the latter, who's yet to see a target over the first pair of contests, by five snaps Sunday.
Sep 22, 2021 10:40 PM EST
Johnson secured both of his targets for 16 yards in the Buccaneers' 23-16 preseason win over the Texans on Saturday night.
Analysis: The second-year wideout posted his second straight two-reception tally of the preseason and finished with five catches overall across three exhibition games. Johnson appears to be on solid footing to start making some inroads into some No. 4 receiver snaps as the coming season unfolds, reps he'd presumably be sharing with Scotty Miller, and perhaps to a lesser extent, rookie Jaelon Darden. Johnson's first chance to start carving out a bigger role comes in the Week 1 battle against the Cowboys on Thursday, Sept. 9.
Aug 30, 2021 5:52 AM EST
Johnson secured two of three targets for 21 yards in the Buccaneers' 34-3 preseason loss to the Titans on Saturday night.
Analysis: The second-year wideout is fighting to carve out a bigger role in 2021 after seeing action in 14 games last season, and he's currently in position to potentially eat into some of Scotty Miller's No. 4 receiver snaps as the season unfolds. Johnson also brought in one of two targets for 11 yards in the exhibition opener against the Bengals and has done more with his three catches than Miller has with his trio of grabs over the first two preseason games. Johnson may have an extended opportunity to showcase his skills in Saturday's preseason finale against the Texans.
Aug 22, 2021 8:07 PM EST
Johnson returned to practice Tuesday after a false positive COVID-19 test result, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The second-year wideout and safety Antoine Winfield both produced what now appear to have been false positives on Sunday, leading to each missing Monday's session. Johnson was active Tuesday, however, with Vitali noting the University of Minnesota product got "quite a bit of work" in and made a particularly impressive catch from Tom Brady in one of the day's 11-on-11 periods. It's also worth noting Johnson could have a slightly clearer path to more snaps this season with fellow wideout Justin Watson (knee) out until at least late November.
Jul 28, 2021 6:12 AM EST
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.
Feb 8, 2021 9:45 AM EST
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.
Jan 25, 2021 10:06 AM EST
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.
Jan 23, 2021 11:54 AM EST
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.
Jan 18, 2021 11:35 AM EST
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.
Jan 4, 2021 9:42 AM EST
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.
Dec 27, 2020 6:12 PM EST
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.
Dec 20, 2020 6:39 PM EST
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.
Nov 30, 2020 8:50 AM EST
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.
Nov 24, 2020 12:51 PM EST
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.
Nov 16, 2020 12:56 PM EST
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.
Nov 9, 2020 9:30 AM EST
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