Johnson was signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad Monday.
Analysis: Johnson will return to Tampa Bay's organization after he played in 17 games with the team in 2021, reeling in 36 catches for 360 yards over those contests. With Russell Gage (hamstring) still banged up, it's possible that Johnson could be elevated to the active roster if Gage remains out. The wide receiver has appeared in two games this year with the Texans, failing to garner a target over 28 offensive snaps.
Oct 31, 2022 7:54 AM EST
Houston waived Johnson on Tuesday, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Johnson appeared in Week 4 and 5 but didn't record a target across 28 offensive snaps. Following Houston's Week 7 bye, the wideout found himself as a healthy scratch once again and will now have to look for a new opportunity in 2022. The 2020 fifth-round pick caught 48 of 72 targets for 529 yards and two scores during his first two campaigns in Tampa Bay, but it's unclear what type of attention he'll draw as a free agent.
Oct 25, 2022 1:23 PM EST
Johnson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest versus the Raiders, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Analysis: After Johnson took the field for 43 percent of Houston's offensive snaps Week 5 against Jacksonville, the Texans have elected to sit him Sunday following their Week 6 bye. Johnson has yet to see a target in two appearances this season.
Oct 23, 2022 11:54 AM EST
Johnson was not targeted over 24 snaps in Week 5's 13-6 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Johnson was active for the second consecutive week and was handed the third-highest snaps among wideouts, moving ahead of Phillip Dorsett on the depth chart. He took the role that would normally go to Chris Moore, who was unavailable due to a hip injury. If the Texans don't have to pass, they won't, so targets among the position group are scarce and usually go to Brandin Cooks or Nico Collins.
Oct 12, 2022 5:21 AM EST
Johnson is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Analysis: Johnson has not suited up for a game this season, but he will have a chance to see action Sunday for the first time since being claimed off waivers from the Buccaneers in late August. Johnson will be one of five active Texans receivers, it's unlikely he will fill a key role.
Oct 2, 2022 9:13 AM EST
Johnson (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Colts.
Analysis: Johnson joined the Texans on Aug. 31 after being claimed off waivers from the Buccaneers. The 24-year-old will continue to work to crack the roster on gameday, as he gets more familiar with Houston's playbook.
Sep 11, 2022 9:10 AM EST
The Texans have claimed Johnson off waivers from the Buccaneers, Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Johnson, who caught 36 of his 55 targets for 360 yards in 17 games with the Buccaneers last season, lands in a spot where could could carve out a key role in his new team's offense once he's up to speed with the Texans' playbook. Brandin Cooks and Nico Collins profile as Houston's top two wideouts, but beyond them there are targets up for grabs.
Aug 31, 2022 9:50 AM EST
The Buccaneers waived Johnson on Tuesday, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Johnson, a 2020 fifth-round pick, finds himself on the outside of Tampa Bay's deep wide receiver corps despite putting together a solid preseason, which he capped off by catching three of four targets for 36 yards during Saturday's finale vs. the Colts. He appeared in all 17 regular-season games last year, securing 36 of 55 targets for 360 receiving yards. It's something of a surprise to see the Buccaneers part ways with Johnson, and he's a candidate to be claimed on waivers.
Aug 30, 2022 7:52 AM EST
Johnson brought in three of four targets for 36 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-10 preseason loss to the Colts on Saturday night.
Analysis: Johnson already seemingly has the No. 5 wideout spot sealed up, but he co-led the team in receptions in the preseason finale for good measure. The third-year receiver put together a very strong body of work in both training camp and exhibition games this summer, and given he already has a solid degree of rapport with Tom Brady, he could carve out his fair share of opportunities over the course of the regular season despite the wealth of talent ahead of him.
Aug 28, 2022 1:46 PM EST
Johnson brought in both targets for 24 yards in the Buccaneers' 13-3 preseason loss to the Titans on Saturday night.
Analysis: Johnson co-led the Bucs in receptions on the night despite his modest total, the second time in as many exhibitions he's been at the top of the leaderboard in that department. Johnson's roster spot is secure, but it's still encouraging to see him still generate serviceable production relative to playing time and inconsistent quarterback play.
Aug 21, 2022 7:23 PM EST
Johnson brought in six of seven targets for 73 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason loss to the Dolphins on Saturday night.
Analysis: Johnson led the Buccaneers in receptions, receiving yards and targets on a night when none of Mike Evans (hamstring), Chris Godwin (knee), Julio Jones (coach's decision) and Russell Gage (leg) saw the field. The third-year wideout made a notable statement in his bid to lock down a spot in the latter half of the Buccaneers' wide receiver depth chart and should continue to log plenty of snaps again in next Saturday night's road exhibition matchup versus the Titans.
Aug 13, 2022 8:20 PM EST
Johnson, who's been a full participant in training camp after finishing last season's postseason run with a rib injury, has made a strong impression in his bid for the No. 5 receiver job, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. "Tyler came in in great shape," head coach Todd Bowles said. "I think he's learned the offense a little more, so he's playing a lot freer than he was the last two years. This is a great camp for him. He'll get a lot of playing time, and we'll get to see what he's really doing."
Analysis: Auman notes Johnson has particularly impressed with catches over the middle in 7-on-7 and full-squad drills. The third-year pro has acquitted himself relatively well in limited opportunity over his first two seasons, taking advantage of injuries on the Buccaneers' receiving corps at times on his way to generating a 48-529-2 line on 72 targets across 31 games. With Tampa Bay's top four wideouts set, Johnson is battling several candidates, including capable holdovers Breshad Perriman and Scotty Miller, for a spot on the back end of the positional depth chart this summer.
Jul 30, 2022 11:34 PM EST
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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