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
Johnson carried once for seven yards and didn't draw any targets Monday in the Chargers' 30-27 overtime loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Johnson turned his lone target in the Chargers' Week 4 loss to the Buccaneers into a 53-yard touchdown, but he didn't garner any looks from quarterback Justin Herbert across his five offensive snaps. The Chargers did, however, call his number on a run play on the team's first offensive snap of the night, with Johnson nearly turning it into a first down. Los Angeles should continue to make occasional use of Johnson's high-end speed on deep shots and gadget plays, but he probably won't see enough volume week to week to make for a reliable fantasy option.
Oct 13, 2020 12:09 PM EST
Johnson was promoted to the Chargers' active roster from the practice squad Friday.
Analysis: The 23-year-old was elevated to the active roster as an extra player for Week 4 and caught a 53-yard touchdown while playing eight offensive snaps, and he'll now rejoin the roster on a longer-term basis with Austin Ekeler (hamstring) heading to injured reserve. The Chargers already have six other wideouts on the roster and only Mike Williams (hamstring) is dealing with an injury, so Johnson seems unlikely to receive any consistent opportunities.
Oct 9, 2020 1:21 PM EST
Johnson was reverted back to the Chargers' practice squad Monday, according to the NFL transactions page.
Analysis: Johnson delivered a 53-yard receiving score on Sunday in the team's Week 4 loss to the Buccaneers. He received an opportunity given the injury to Mike Williams (hamstring), but will now head back to the practice squad. Johnson could receive another chance if Williams cannot give it a go in Week 5, or if any other injuries occur to thin the Chargers' receiving corps.
Oct 5, 2020 7:03 PM EST
Johnson brought in his only target for a 53-yard touchdown reception in the Chargers' 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Analysis: Johnson opened the scoring on the day with his long touchdown reception, one of two of over 50 yards for the Chargers on the afternoon. The OSU product was making his NFL debut in the contest with Mike Williams (hamstring) sidelined, and it remains to be seen if he'll head back to the practice squad ahead of a Week 5 Monday night road battle against the Saints .
Oct 4, 2020 6:03 PM EST
The Chargers promoted Johnson to the active roster Saturday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Analysis: With Mike Williams (hamstring) ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Johnson will add depth at wide receiver. Johnson entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2019 but didn't play a game, so this will be his NFL debut if he's active.
Oct 3, 2020 5:52 PM EST
Johnson was waived Saturday by the Chargers.
Analysis: The final wide receiver spot on the depth chart was ultimately awarded to Jason Moore, although Johnson theoretically played well enough to earn a practice squad invitation should he pass through waivers unclaimed.
Sep 5, 2020 1:24 PM EST
Johnson signed a reserve/future contract with the Chargers on Monday.
Analysis: Johnson joined the Chargers' practice squad at the beginning of December after spending time with the Texans earlier in the season. He'll now look to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster in 2020.
Dec 30, 2019 8:54 PM EST
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