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Stevie Johnson, WR - Bills (1 Viewer)


Is this guy for real? Must have missed the rookie class on how not to run your mouth before a divisional game with a rookie QB throwing you the ball. They don't got nobody, Stevie. They do have somebody though. Probably skipped the class when he was watching film of his good friend, Chung (who is on the Eagles not Patriots).

The New England Patriots' secondary has a significant game-plan obstacle to contend with as it prepares to face the Bills on Sunday. At least, according to Buffalo wide receiver Stevie Johnson.

"I don't think they got nobody that can stop me," Johnson said Monday, according to The Buffalo News. "For real."

Johnson -- the Bills' top receiver the past two seasons -- has 29 receptions for 382 yards and four touchdowns in seven career games against New England.

"They're athletic," Johnson said. "I give a lot of credit to the New England Patriots. I haven't played against Aqib Talib yet. I've checked him out on tape, long, athletic, try to play with vision. They play as one unit."

"I got a lot of respect for Chung," Johnson added. "I know him personally."

Patrick Chung is a former Patriots safety who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in March. Feel free to read into this as an indictment of Johnson's tape study, but we don't doubt his ability to make plays against top cornerbacks.

Just ask Darrelle Revis.

Coach Doug Marrone said he wouldn't hesitate to hold Stevie Johnson (personal) out of Week 16 if he thought it was the right move.

Johnson's mother passed away unexpectedly on Saturday. After posting one catch for four yards against the Jags Sunday, he flew to California to mourn with his family. Johnson could end up missing the entire week of practice ahead of Sunday's game against the Patriots. "God or my faith is No. 1, and my family is No. 2," Marrone said. "Football is No. 3. If you say that and you believe in that, you've got to practice what you preach. A lot of times when you make decisions, that's how I think about things."

Source: Buffalo News

ills coach Doug Marrone said he doesn't expect Stevie Johnson (personal) to play in Week 16.

Johnson's mother passed away in northern California on Saturday. He'll be on bereavement leave this week and is unlikely to be available for Sunday's game against Miami.

Source: Joe Buscaglia on Twitter
It'd probably be a stronger statement if the Bills were playing for anything more than draft position, but good on Marrone.


WGR 550 considers Stevie Johnson a potential cap casualty.

In theory, it's a good thought because Johnson carries an $8.5 million cap hit and his consistently mediocre production could be replaced by Robert Woods. But since Johnson just signed his five-year, $36.25 million deal in March of 2012, the Bengals would still carry $8.475 million of dead money onto the 2014 cap if they dumped Johnson. The real opportunity for the Bills to move on will be in 2015, when releasing him would result in cap savings of $8.85 million.

Source: WGR 550 Buffalo
This guy is just about done. Unfortunately this would free up Buffalo to ruin some of the 2014 rookie WRs.

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WGR 550 considers Stevie Johnson a potential cap casualty.

In theory, it's a good thought because Johnson carries an $8.5 million cap hit and his consistently mediocre production could be replaced by Robert Woods. But since Johnson just signed his five-year, $36.25 million deal in March of 2012, the Bengals would still carry $8.475 million of dead money onto the 2014 cap if they dumped Johnson. The real opportunity for the Bills to move on will be in 2015, when releasing him would result in cap savings of $8.85 million.

Source: WGR 550 Buffalo
Bills might as well keep him for next year, especially if the Bengals are taking the cap hit


Bills coach Doug Marrone insists Stevie Johnson remains in the team's 2014 plans.
Marrone said he recently "cleared the air" with his supposed No. 1 receiver. "We had a great conversation," Marrone said. "I told Stevie, 'Hey, listen. I'm excited about getting started with you. I'm excited about you coming in and getting healthy and get this team going." Speculation — including from the Bills' own website — has been rampant that the team could decide to move on from Johnson, but doing so would free up just $25,000 in cap space. Johnson will be back in 2014, but with no room for error as he looks toward 2015.

Source: Buffalo News

NFL Network's Albert Breer suggests Stevie Johnson "could be moved" if the Bills draft Texas A&M WR Mike Evans at No. 9 overall.
The same thought has speculatively crossed our mind; Breer on Tuesday tweeted a few nuggets he'd gleaned around the league. Breer recently did a mock draft with Michigan OT Taylor Lewan at No. 9 to Buffalo. Breer was "told" Evans belongs in the top-ten picks. Evans' huge catch radius would be of great assistance to erratic passer E.J. Manuel. Johnson would very likely be released.

Source: Albert Breer on Twitter

ESPN.com's Mike Rodak believes Stevie Johnson's roster spot is in jeopardy.
Coming off an injury-riddled 2013, Johnson is set to count $8.5 million against the cap. He's a candidate to be released following Buffalo's trade for Mike Williams, with second-year receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin both capable of taking on expanded roles. Because releasing Johnson carries $8.475 million in dead money, he could be asked to take a pay cut. If the Bills ultimately decide to move on from Johnson, they would free up just $25,000 in cap space.

Source: ESPN.com
Stevie had a $1.75M roster bonus due March 15, and the Bills chose to pay it. Which suggests that they plan on keeping him this year (or at least they were planning to, a couple weeks ago).

Stevie's career with Bills at a crossroads

By Bucky Gleason

Stevie Johnson can be confounding at times, but he's certainly not blind and definitely not stupid. He has been around the NFL long enough to know how things work, how a player can be considered a fixture in an organization one season and packing his bags the next.

Johnson doesn't appear to be going anywhere just yet. He'll celebrate his 28th birthday in July. He's approaching the tail end of the prime of his career, whatever that's defined. He's already been given the big payday. He wasn't productive by his standards last season for numerous reasons, including injuries.

So what's next for Stevie?

To his credit, he said all the right things this week during voluntary team activities on One Bills Drive. He praised EJ Manuel after seeing him assume more command during workouts in Florida. He supported the addition of Mike Williams and talked about team aspirations when asked about individual objectives.

“Playoffs,” Johnson said. “Playoffs and that's it. All those personal goals, they don't really mean nothing. Last year was kind of frustrating, but when I look back on it, it was a good thing. The whole individual stats and stuff is out the window. It's just playoffs now. It's winning.”

The Bills would be in much better shape if Johnson maintained that attitude through the season, but you never know with him. He's an emotional guy, which is one reason he's effective. He's competitive and physical and tough. He's also been selfish and immature over the years.

Earlier in his career, Stevie was more about himself than winning. Sure he wanted to win. Nobody is disputing that. Still, it seemed he wanted to win only if it meant him playing well, if it meant him getting the ball, if it meant becoming a star and turning each week into another episode of the Stevie Show.

But when a man loses a parent, he often gains perspective. In December, Johnson's mother passed away much too young at age 48. That would get anyone's attention. He missed the final two games with injuries. He's had four months to assess his priorities and become more appreciative of the opportunities and riches that came with the NFL.

If it made him a stronger man, it's bound to make him a better, more determined leader. That much was not lost on him earlier this week. He sounded like he was ready to embrace the role of a mature, responsible veteran who could pass along his experiences to a younger generation of teammates.

“It was very emotional,” Johnson said. “It was a difficult time at the end of the year, but at the end of the day I think it helped me with my mental toughness. I think that is going to help for this season. Maybe I can be an example for other players on this team, or maybe around the league.”

But you never know with Stevie, his alter ego. Too many times, he was Stevie being Stevie with his antics on the field. Even last season, a quiet year by his standards, you questioned whether he would ever grow up and become a reliable leader. For his sake, if not the Bills' sanity, it needed to change.

Johnson didn't say as much this week, but he must be wondering how long he'll remain in Buffalo. The Bills built up their receiving corps in the draft last year when they selected Robert Woods in the second round and Marquise Goodwin in the third. Johnson was moved to the slot, where he could better utilize his physical assets, but he was mostly a nonfactor.

The Bills were so desperate to get Manuel more help that they signed Williams, a talented player who was drawn to trouble in Tampa Bay. Williams was considered a high-risk acquisition with his big contract and off-field issues. The Bucs concluded he wasn't worth the aggravation.

If the Bills were willing to add a potential problem child in Williams, what did that say about Stevie? Maybe it was a coincidence, but it seemed strange that Bills coach Doug Marrone was not asked, and did not offer, anything about Johnson when meeting with the media Tuesday.

Pre-draft speculation isn't worth much, but there's been talk the Bills have their eye on Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans. He caught 69 passes for 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns last season as Johnny Manziel's favorite target. He's 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, a big, strong receiver who has been compared to Brandon Marshall. It just so happened that he visited the Bills on Tuesday.

Regardless, if Manuel is going to become the franchise quarterback, he'll need to find chemistry with his receivers. He seemed to make a connection with Woods and, to a lesser degree Goodwin, last season. Johnson, who had three straight 1,000-yard seasons, had 52 catches for only 597 yards and three touchdowns.

Johnson was slowed by back, groin and hamstring injuries last season after admitting he didn't work out in the previous offseason. He said Tuesday that he recovered from the injuries and felt good. He sounded like he was making a stronger commitment to conditioning this year, but only he really knows.

Perhaps he has taken a look around and realized he's being pushed. Or perhaps he's smart enough to know that he could be pushed out the door.

“It's a part of being a professional, especially when you're getting up there in years,” Johnson said. “Things start to break down. You have to use all the things that you can. That's the training room, the weight room and all that. I'm looking forward to getting after it.”

Sources tell WGR 550 Buffalo that the Bills will likely put Stevie Johnson on the trade block if they draft a wide receiver early.
It's no secret the Bills' new coaching staff in 2013 had a rocky relationship with Johnson. Buffalo already paid Johnson a $1.75 million March roster bonus, but could get out of his $3.65 million salary by moving on. Johnson could probably attract a fifth- or sixth-round draft pick. The Bills have been heavily connected to Sammy Watkins, Odell Beckham, and North Carolina TE Eric Ebron.

Source: WGR 550 Buffalo

WGR 550 Buffalo expects the Bills to "do what they can" to try and trade Stevie Johnson.
Following the pick of Sammy Watkins at No. 4 overall last night, the Bills now have a glut of receivers. Johnson is due a $3.65 million salary and had a bit of a rocky relationship with the new coaching staff last season. With Watkins in the fold, we'd expect he and Mike Williams to handle outside duties with Robert Woods working mostly in the slot. Marquise Goodwin will be the situational deep threat. The Bills are likely looking for a mid- to late-round pick for Johnson.

Source: WGR 550 Buffalo
Stevie Johnson traded to San Francisco 49ersBy Kevin Patra

Around the League writer

The Buffalo Bills moved quickly Friday to thin their crowded wide receiving corps.

The San Francisco 49ers acquired Bills receiver Stevie Johnson for a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick that could become a third-rounder, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

ESPN first reported the news of the trade, and the Bills later confirmed the deal along with the Niners.

Johnson is a good fit in San Francisco, which was searching for a third receiver to complement Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. While Johnson doesn't have the blazing speed general manager Trent Baalke was looking for, his ability to run option routes should be a boon for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The Bills had been shopping Johnson leading up to the draft. NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Friday that the Bills tried to deal him to Tampa Bay as part of the trade that brought Mike Williams to Buffalo.

The Bills replaced their former No. 1 receiver's on-field production Thursday by trading a future first-round pick to draft Sammy Watkins. They've now moved Johnson out of the locker room as well.

"Stevie was a great contributor during his career with our organization," Bills GM Doug Whaley said in a release. "Today's decision was not an easy one to make, especially involving a player like Stevie who leaves everything he has on the field and is an emotional leader in our locker room."

The Bills clearly wanted Johnson out of the building. They paid him a $1.75 million roster bonus in March, and he will count $10.225 million against their salary cap this year, per Brian McIntyre.

The price was good for the 49ers, who gave up at most a third-round pick for a receiver with three 1,000-yard seasons from 2010 to 2012. Johnson does have some injury concerns, but at 27-years-old and on a decent contract, he was worth the gamble for the 49ers.

Johnson plays similarly to Crabtree and Boldin as a physical possession receiver who isn't a great vertical threat. However, he is an elusive route runner who gives cornerbacks fits, especially on option routes.

Much of his reduction in stats last season could be attributed to the Bills' struggles at quarterback.

If he can find a rapport with Kaepernick, Johnson could be a solid No. 2 receiver for the 49ers -- something any team would love to get out of a third-round pick.

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Stevie Johnson - WR - 49ers

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco is taking the "under" on 60 receptions for Stevie Johnson this year.

Johnson's days of fantasy impact are likely over, as he enters a run-first 49ers offense that also feeds Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, and Anquan Boldin. Expect Johnson to be a better real-life than fantasy football player in 2014.

Source: CSN Bay Area

Jun 25 - 8:34 PM

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