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Week 1 vs. DET
Receiving: 3 / 52 / 0 on 7 targets
Knox was the home-run threat for Chicago in this game, and he was frequently targeted on deep passes down the sideline, over the middle and on deep corner routes. On Cutler's interception, he was trying to force the ball into Knox who was triple covered about 20 yards down the middle of the field. Early in the 4th quarter, Knox was the target of a deep corner pass, but he broke off the route too early and the ball sailed over his head, incomplete. Look for Knox to be a big part of this passing game, especially when Cutler is looking to push the ball down the field. Knox is not afraid to go over the middle and he can find the open spot when Cutler is in trouble. Although he didn't score in this game, you can expect he'll have several big-play TD receptions throughout the year.
Week 2 vs. DAL
Receiving: 4 / 86 / 0 on 4 targets
Knox has established himself as a Bears starter alongside Devin Hester. Against Dallas, Knox was called upon to stretch the field on go routes and deep slants. The Cowboys spent a lot of time double-covering Knox once he was more then five yards downfield which allowed Devin Hester and Earl Bennett to enjoy single coverage on short routes. In fact, on Greg Olsen's touchdown pass Knox served as a decoy that took two Cowboys out of the play as they shadowed his route and didn't notice Olsen running behind them towards the end zone. Knox's best catch came on a deep pass from Jay Cutler to the middle of the field that resutled in a 59 yard gain. On the play, Knox made a quick move to the outside at the line of scrimmage before splitting the defense up the middle of the field, calmly looking the ball in to his grasp 55 yards downfield. Knox speed was apparent as the Cowboys rotated different cornerbacks on to him in an effort to remain fresh for his downfield sprints.
Week 3 vs. GB
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 94 / 0 on 6 targets
Knox was making plays all night. No doubt his highlight was the 35 yard catch on the opening drive of the 2nd half where he catches the ball going to the sidelines and managed to get both feet down by dragging the left foot almost toe tapping it before he went out of bounds. That was a big play for Chicago. It should be noted that Knox returns kick offs as well. Returning kicks is not something you see most #1 WRs do on their teams but Chicago is shuffling guys around a lot now. Knox still needs to get more separation consistently on his routes but he is a much more reliable go to receiver than Hester and Bennett right now.
Week 4 vs. NYG
Receiving: 1 / 26 / 0 on 2 targets
Knox started on the outside along with Hester and played the whole game but never got going. His only catch came on a pass from Caleb Hanie at the end of the game.
Week 5 vs. CAR
Receiving: 1 / 14 / 0 on 4 targets
It was only when Caleb Hanie came into the game that Johnny Knox made his first catch of the game, which came on a nice jerk route outside the numbers. The cornerback gave Knox room, respecting his speed. Knox took advantage by sinking his hips and juking his way into position to make the catch. Collins did target Knox down the seam on one play, but that resulted in an interception as S Charles Godfrey read the eyes of the QB.
Week 6 vs. SEA
Receiving: 5 / 120 / 0 on 11 targets
Knox was the only consistent receiver in this offense and was
able to get separation even in obvious passing situations. He has
unbelievable quickness in his routes, and defenders often lose track
of him in the open field. He had a huge catch and run on the sideline
early in the game, showing great concentration to stay in bounds in a
very careful run. He displayed consistent hands and caught every pass
Cutler was able to him but could never quite get into the endzone or
over the top of the defense. Cutler looked to Knox often when the play
broke down and knows Knox can get open. Despite this, there was a lot
of passes that ended up on the grass due to massive amount of pressure
Cutler was under. He had to work back to Cutler on many throws and did
so well a number of times, but this eliminated his strength as a deep
Week 7 vs. WAS
Receiving: 6 / 86 / 1 on 12 targets
Johnny Knox had a nice game as the Bears lead receiver on Sunday, but his efforts were not enough to help Chicago find a desperately needed win. He managed to haul in one deep pass and caught a 9 yard touchdown pass for the Bears only offensive touchdown of the day. On the series, Knox caught the ball on three of four successive snaps, culminating in a touchdown to the back left corner of the endzone on a great pass by Jay Cutler. However, Knox also had the unfortunate distinction of being the target on three passes that were picked off by Redskins defensive back Deangelo Hall. Knox is clearly the Bears number one receiver, and even with quarterback Jay Cutler's struggles he is still able to be productive.
Week 9 vs. BUF
Receiving: 3 / 49 / 0 on 5 targets
Knox was tied for second-most targets on the day along with Matt Forte and Earl Bennett with five, converting three of them for 49 yards. None of Knox's targets were on deep balls despite Cutler's arm strength and Knox's role as a deep threat, although to be fair, the Bills passing defense has only given up one pass for 40+ yards on the year.
Week 10 vs. MIN
Receiving: 5 / 90 / 0 on 7 targets
Knox had a terrific day catching the ball and proving a really reliable target for Cutler if plays break down. Cutler would turn his attention to Knox every time he was flushed out of the pocket and was allowed to buy time for his receiver to uncover. Knox is too quick and fast to stay covered for long by a defense and Cutler knows this, finding him for big gains often over the middle after scrambling from the pocket and desperately looking for a receiver. Knox was too much to handle when plays broke down and really made the Vikings pay for not getting to Cutler enough and bringing him down.
Week 11 vs. MIA
Receiving: 5 / 55 / 0 on 8 targets
He clearly looked like the Bears #1 WR but I want to stress that Knox is not a WR1 in the NFL. What that means is he would be best suited as a WR2 or slot guy but because the Bears do not have a lot of weapons at WR he is forced to play this role. I don't think he is much better than Brian Hartline of the Miami Dolphins but he gets targeted a good deal and manages to come up with key receptions. 3 of Knox's receptions were on 3rd and long and resulted in 1st downs. Those are big time receptions and should not be overlooked. In total he picked up 4 1st downs on his receptions in the game.
Week 12 vs. PHI
Receiving: 3 / 68 / 1 on 4 targets
Johnny Knox caught three balls for a combined 68 yards and a score against Philadelphia in Week 12, led by a 20-yard score in the first quarter where CB Joselio Hanson fell down due to poor footing at Soldier Field, leaving Knox wide open for the touchdown. Knox later added a 34-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter. Knox was limited to just a handful of targets, which is typical of late, making him risky as a weekly starter.
Week 13 vs. DET
Receiving: 3 / 34 / 0 on 3 targets
Knox didn't get the ball a lot versus the Lions, but still made a couple very nice plays. On one play, he drew a PI in the endzone that ultimately led to a 1 yard Taylor TD. Then he caught a quick slant and took off for a 20 yard gain. His speed on that play was remarkable, and he seemed very close to breaking it for a much longer gain. Knox drew a lot of attention from the Lions, but the pass rush didn't allow any longer routes to develop, which are the kinds of routes that Knox generally does most of his damage on. The emergence of Bennett can only help Knox in the future as well.
Week 14 vs. NE
Receiving: 2 / 16 / 0 on 3 targets
Knox had a crucial fumble that was returned by Guyton for a TD. He also dropped a long pass on 3rd down that would have given the Bears a manageable 4th down situation. All in all, a tough day at the office for the young wide receiver, who wasn't able to showcase his speed on the slick surface at Soldier Field.
Week 15 vs. MIN
Receiving: 2 / 78 / 1 on 7 targets
Sensational grab he made on a shoelace type catch that he caught in stride and took it to the house. It really established Chicago last night and they never looked back once they scored that touchdown en route to a 40-14 drubbing of the Vikings. Knox didn't make a lot of receptions but he made them count. I don't think he is a true WR1 but he does fill that role in this offense and was rarely off the field.
Week 16 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 4 / 92 / 2 on 6 targets
Knox was instrumental in a huge third quarter for the Bears as they caught and then past the Jets after trailing at the half. Knox's first touchdown was a hail mary pass thrown way up, where the Jets defender falle while trying to find the ball and Knox just hauled it in for an easy touchdown.
His second touchdown was much more impressive. Knox was well covered by Jets CB Antonio Cromartie and the safety was coming over to assist. Cutler threw a perfect pass, over Cromartie and Knox made a fantasy leaping catch in the end zone for the touchdown.
Knox didn't have a ton of targets - none of the Bears did - but he continues to show his big play ability makes him a dangerous player the defense cannot take for granted.
Week 17 vs. GB
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 8 targets
Johnny Knox did not register a catch in this game as the Bears kept the game plan very conservative and rarely went downfield. Knox had a couple of near catches, but they fell incomplete.
Week 19 vs. SEA
Receiving: 4 / 48 / 0 on 7 targets
Johnny Knox was able to consistently find the holes in the zone defense of the Seahawks on hitch and dig routes to keep the chains moving for the Bears. Knox's deep speed forced the corners to play off and Knox took advantage by forcing the defensive back to open their hips, allowing Knox to turn quickly and cleanly catch the football.
Week 20 vs. GB
Receiving: 2 / 56 / 0 on 6 targets
Knox had the long catch to set up the Bears first TD, and he also was on the receiving end of Jay Cutler's longest pass play of the day. He was the target on two of the Bears interceptions, and while neither ball was well-thrown, Knox's small frame made him unable to play defensive back and thwart the INT. Frankly, he didn't try very hard to play that role anyway.