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The Jaguars claimed Johnson off waivers Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Johnson was one of the big surprises on cutdown Tuesday, failing to make the Chargers roster despite posting a 20-398-3 receiving line on 26 targets last season. He is already 25 years old, but even if his development stalls, Johnson could perhaps be useful as a deep threat off the bench. He has a shot to be the No. 4 receiver in Jacksonville, where return specialists Jamal Agnew and Tavon Austin are the other WR options behind DJ Chark, Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault.
Sep 1, 2021 9:17 AM EST
The Chargers have waived Johnson, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: With Johnson and Joe Reed among those let go by the team Tuesday, the wideouts who made the cut for the Chargers' initial 53-man roster are Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Josh Palmer, Jalen Guyton and K.J. Hill.
Aug 31, 2021 1:43 PM EST
Johnson secured four of nine targets for 41 yards in the Chargers' 27-0 preseason loss to the Seahawks on Saturday night.
Analysis: Johnson led the Chargers in receptions, receiving yards and targets for the night, even as he was somewhat inefficient by bringing in less than 50.0 percent of the passes thrown his way. Johnson has been competing with rookie third-round pick Josh Palmer for the No. 3 receiver job, and with eight receptions over his two preseason games and 12 games of NFL experience under his belt, the former may have done enough Saturday to win the battle.
Aug 28, 2021 10:32 PM EST
Johnson (foot/ankle) caught four of his six targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 15-10 preseason loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: The appalling yards-per-catch figure has more to do with the dreadful combo of Easton Stick and Chase Daniel who combined to complete 24 passes for a measly 109 yards throughout Sunday's contest. Johnson is locked in a heated battle with Josh Palmer for the No. 3 WR gig and while the latter has looked impressive at times in the team's two preseason games, Johnson has seemingly flashed more as a consistent target at practice. The undrafted free agent also has a level of speed that nominal starters Keenan Allen and Mike Williams simply do not possess, providing a different dimension to the pass-catching corps that would be otherwise absent with the slower Palmer. Whoever does end up winning this battle will be in prime position to receive a healthy amount of leftover targets behind the aforementioned starting duo and pass-catching back Austin Ekeler.
Aug 22, 2021 8:59 PM EST
Johnson (foot/ankle) didn't practice Tuesday, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Johnson reportedly looked good early in training camp but then suffered a minor foot/ankle injury over the weekend. He's competing for the No. 3 receiver role with Jalen Guyton and rookie Josh Palmer.
Aug 3, 2021 11:32 AM EST
Johnson is tending to a foot/ankle injury in the early stages of training camp, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Johnson sustained the issue while coming down after a catch, per Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register. While the first two spots on the Chargers' wide receiver depth chart are set in stone with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, Johnson is vying with Jalen Guyton and potentially rookie third-rounder Josh Palmer for the No. 3 role. Johnson fared well as an undrafted first-year player last season, averaging 19.9 YPC and 15.3 YPT on his 26 targets.
Aug 2, 2021 11:34 AM EST
Johnson was listed as one of the Chargers' surprising training-camp names to monitor, ESPN's Shelley Smith reports.
Analysis: The Chargers haven't released an official depth chart heading into this season's training camp, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the undrafted wide receiver open as the No. 3 wide receiver instead of Jalen Guyton, whose speed-decoy role may be obsolete in new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's system. Johnson was easily the the team's most explosive pass catcher last season totaling seven receptions of 20-plus yards and four grabs of 40 yards or more yards despite seeing fewer than 40 snaps in all but three games in 2020. Expect the 25-year-old to compete with Guyton and 2021 third-round pick Josh Palmer for the aforementioned job throughout the preseason.
Jun 22, 2021 7:10 AM EST
Johnson caught both of his targets for 35 yards in the Week 17 win over the Chiefs. He finished the season with 20 receptions (on 26 targets) for 398 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Analysis: Johnson became a key piece in the Chargers offense towards the latter half of the season with Keenan Allen (hamstring/COVID-19) and Mike Williams (back) missing time. While the 24-year-old was often schemed open on deep passes resulting in a shockingly high average depth of target (20.2 yards), he saw two or fewer targets in all but four games this season and never played in more than 80 percent of the team's offensive snaps in any given game. It's possible a change in offensive philosophy with head coach Anthony Lynn now gone could allow for the undrafted free agent rookie to push Jalen Guyton out of the way for snaps as the No. 3 wide receiver, but it's not a formality given how the team has prioritized playing a field-stretching wide receiver despite rarely throwing to him.
Jan 7, 2021 9:50 AM EST
Johnson caught all three of his targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 19-16 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Despite the absence of Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Hunter Henry (reserve/COVID-19 list), Johnson put together easily his worst game in December, seeing just three targets despite a 77 percent offensive snap share. With a host of Chiefs players unlikely to play in a meaningless Week 17 contest and the possible return of the aforementioned injured pass catchers, Johnson's fantasy spotlight might wane to end the 2020 campaign.
Dec 29, 2020 2:22 PM EST
Johnson caught three of his five targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 30-27 win over the Raiders.
Analysis: Jalen Guyton's 53-yard reception late in overtime allowed the speedy wide receiver to overtake Johnson in the terms of box-score bragging rights, but the 24-year-old was arguably the Chargers' main catalyst on a night which saw Mike Williams (back) and Keenan Allen (hamstring) play limited snaps. It's clear Justin Herbert and Johnson have developed a bit of chemistry this season, but expect the second-year wideout's fantasy value to fall back down considerably if the two aforementioned names are able to shake off their respective injuries before a Week 16 matchup against the Broncos.
Dec 18, 2020 8:10 AM EST
Johnson's teammates, Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (back), are both listed as active for Thursday night's game against the Raiders.
Analysis: Meanwhile, Adam Schefter of ESPN notes that Allen and Williams could be on "a rep count," which suggests that Johnson could still see some extra snaps Thursday. That said, with the team's high-profile wideouts both in uniform, Johnson's appeal as Week 15 fantasy sleeper takes a hit.
Dec 17, 2020 4:13 PM EST
With Mike Williams (back) not expected to play Thursday night against the Raiders and the status of Keenan Allen (hamstring) also in question, per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Johnson could see an expanded role in the Chargers' Week 15 offense.
Analysis: It's a context that could also result in added opportunities for Jalen Guyton, but it's worth noting that when Williams managed only two snaps in the team's Week 14 win over the Falcons, it was Johnson (54 snaps) rather than Guyton (61 snaps) who saw the biggest uptick in looks, as he caught six of his seven targets for 55 yards and a TD. For his part, Guyton caught one of his three targets for eight yards in the contest.
Dec 17, 2020 8:58 AM EST
Johnson caught six of his seven targets for 55 yards and a touchdown in the 20-17 win Sunday over the Falcons.
Analysis: Johnson, not Jalen Guyton, was the primary beneficiary following the injury to Mike Williams (back). Not only did the second-year wideout record his second career touchdown reception, he also got himself open for a critical 25-yard reception on the second-to-last play of the game to set up the game-winning 43-yard field goal. Against a vulnerable Raiders defense next week, Johnson could be excellent late-season pick up across fantasy leagues depending on the health status of Williams.
Dec 13, 2020 5:35 PM EST
Johnson caught his one target for one yard in Sunday's 45-0 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: The Chargers' offensive opportunities were truly lost in this matchup as they struggled to compete against the Patriots. With four receptions of 50-or-more yards this season, Johnson is truly feast or famine when it comes to yardage, but a paltry nine targets through all of 2020 suggest he's hardly much of a fantasy option.
Dec 8, 2020 8:50 AM EST
Johnson caught two of his four targets for 63 yards in Sunday's 27-17 loss against the Bills.
Analysis: With the Chargers trailing early, Johnson was forced into a more prominent role. Not only did Johnson see a career-high in receptions (two), the receiver had a season-high in targets (four), offensive snaps (18) and number of yards (63). Of course, most of that production came on a near game-ending Hail Mary reception, something that is hardly replicable week to week. A Week 13 bout against the Patriots also figures to be a difficult matchup for the No. 4 wide receiver.
Dec 1, 2020 8:35 AM EST
Johnson caught his lone target for 54 yards in Sunday's 34-28 win against the Jets.
Analysis: Johnson's longest reception of the season also doubled as the longest catch by any Charger on Sunday. Quarterback Justin Herbert may not look to Johnson that frequently, but he has only missed one target this season. The depth wideout just is not utilized that much in the offense, and as such, isn't seen as a relevant option in fantasy leagues.
Nov 24, 2020 8:44 AM EST
Johnson did not see a single target in Sunday's 29-21 loss to Miami.
Analysis: It's ironic that Sunday marked Johnson's highest number of offensive snaps (13) for the season, but yet he still did not see a single target. Unless a play is specifically schemed for Johnson, it's pretty evident the depth wideout has very little utility in the offense. With a low total of just three targets this season, fantasy managers should keep in mind that it will take multiple injuries until Johnson can really become a fantasy factor.
Nov 17, 2020 8:42 AM EST
Johnson caught his lone target for 50 yards during Sunday's 31-26 loss to the Raiders.
Analysis: After being a healthy inactive last week, Johnson returned and put on one of his best performances, catching his second 50-yard reception of the season. Johnson is rarely used as a consistent target, but it's clear the team values his big-play ability, particularly with pre-game schemed opportunities. Until he starts to see more consistent snaps, however, he's simply not a relevant option in fantasy leagues.
Nov 10, 2020 9:32 AM EST
Johnson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Johnson was active for the past three games and had three rushes for 17 yards and a 53-yard touchdown reception, but he won't be suiting up Sunday. Joe Reed and Jason Moore will operate as the Chargers' depth wideouts.
Nov 1, 2020 11:52 AM EST
Johnson carried the ball two times for 10 yards and saw one unsuccessful target in Sunday's 39-29 win against the Jaguars.
Analysis: Justin Herbert looked to Johnson once this week, but could not complete the catch. Last week Johnson was successful in his one target and turned it into a 53-yard touchdown. There are just not many opportunities available for Johnson at the moment and it will take a few injuries before he can really become a fantasy factor.
Oct 27, 2020 9:02 AM EST
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