WR Steve Johnson - San Diego Chargers
|6-1, 210||Born: 7-22-1986||College: Kentucky||Drafted: Round 7|
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 13 vs DEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
On a day that the Chargers trailed throughout and saw Philip Rivers throw 35 pass attempts (not to mention fellow wideout Dontrelle Inman leaving very early on with a serious injury), Johnson wasn't targeted once in the game because he left with a groin injury. The Chargers are down to the bottom of the barrel at wide receiver.
2015 Week 12 vs JAX (10 / 7 / 92 / 1 rec)
Johnson had a pretty rough start to this game, dropping a wide open slant pattern on third and 8 with nothing in front of him but the first down marker. Later in the first half, he made a nice 19-yard catch and run but lost much of the yardage when he was whistled for an unsportsmanlike penalty after the play was over. In fairness, it appeared his ankle was twisted after the play, but it still negated the gain. He was then targeted in the end zone, but good coverage on the ball knocked it away at the last second. Things improved greatly for Johnson in the second half. He broke loose from his coverage to pick up 25 yards to convert a third and 12 pass play after Jacksonville defenders appeared to get confused about who was covering who. And later in the half, he went up high to snag a touchdown along the back line of the end zone. He was pushed to the ground almost immediately by the defender, but he did a nice job of keeping his feet inbounds and also holding onto the pass after the hit. That score essentially put the game out of reach for the Jaguars. He wasn't true "number one" option where he was looked to in all of the critical situations, but the sheer volume of targets he saw meant his stat line looked very healthy by game's end.
2015 Week 11 vs KC (8 / 7 / 54 / 0 rec)
Johnson was the team's leading receiver in the game, but it was a bit like being the tallest midget. He was never able to gain separation down the field, and his longest catch went for just 13 yards. His first catch came early in the second quarter, and he had semi-regular work from that point forward, but it was all short and intermediate work (mostly in front of the first down markers).
2015 Week 9 vs CHI (10 / 7 / 68 / 0 rec)
Johnson was one of three Chargers to see 10+ targets in the game, as he has sort of absorbed the number one wide receiver role following injuries to Keenan Allen last week and Malcom Floyd in this game. Nearly all of Johnson's targets were short and intermediate routes and a majority of them were over the middle, suggesting he may fill more of Allen's role than that of Floyd. He did come close to scoring on one play late, but was tripped by his shoestring by a defender at the 5-yard line. Upon getting up, he angrily spiked the ball into the turf seemingly out of frustration over not being able to score. The officials whistled him for a delay of game penalty, which pushed San Diego back and eventually out of touchdown range.
2015 Week 8 vs BAL (4 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Johnson was one of many Chargers to get banged up in this game. His first reception came early on when he went up high to make a grab. There was nobody around him, so he took off and turned upfield for a 23-yard gain. But at the end of the play, he was tackled awkwardly and landed hard on his shoulder. Johnson left the game with his shoulder hanging at his side in pain, but he did return to the game late in the first half. Despite Keenan Allen leaving the game with an injury at halftime, Johnson didn't do much with the added opportunity. Instead, it was Malcom Floyd who saw the extra passes heading his way late in the game, and took advantage.
2015 Week 7 vs OAK (8 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
After missing the last several games with a hamstring injury, Johnson returned to the lineup for San Diego. He didn't record his first reception of the game until late in the first half, getting loose down the field near the sideline. The defender was very close to picking it off, so it was a nice job by Johnson to maintain concentration of the pass. In the second half, he was a little bit busier. But despite Philip Rivers hoisting up an astounding 58 passes, only eight of them went in Johnson's direction. A huge volume of passes went to the running backs (17 targets), as San Diego had a tough time moving it down the field before the fourth quarter when Oakland really softened up the defense.
2015 Week 4 vs CLE (8 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
Johnson was busy early on, leading the team in targets for the game. But his afternoon ended a bit prematurely when he came up limping after running a route. He was untouched on the play, and appeared to be grabbing at his hamstring as he left the field with a slight limp. There was no immediate status on Johnson after the game, but backup Dontrelle Inman filled in and didn't miss a beat, hauling in three passes for 88 yards.
2015 Week 3 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
After breaking out with strong performances in the first two games of the season, Johnson took a deep back seat in this one. He was out-targeted by Malcom Floyd, and actually made two very bad plays that he'd like to have back. On his first reception, he caught the ball beyond the first down marker. But while trying to gain more yards after the catch, he ran backwards several yards and was tripped up behind the line to gain which set up a third down (the team converted anyway). Later in the agme, Philip Rivers hit Johnson right in the hands on a crossing route but the ball bounced off his hands and into the waiting arms of a defender where it was returned for a touchdown. Johnson did have a nice 30-yard catch and run on a designed screen pass to salvage something of his day.
2015 Week 2 vs CIN (6 / 5 / 45 / 1 rec)
Johnson showed tremendous skills in the game, and found the end zone once again as he is paying big dividends for fantasy owners who believed in his sleeper status coming into the season. He made a full extension diving grab in the second half, demonstrating excellent body control to pick up a first down in the process. And late in the game, he made a few nifty moves after the catch while reading his blocks en route to the end zone. That score was significant in that it pushed Philip Rivers above Dan Fouts on the team's all-time passing touchdown list.
2015 Week 1 vs DET (6 / 6 / 82 / 1 rec)
As the summer went along, Johnson became a very popular sleeper choice amongst fantasy owners. In his first action with his new team, he rewarded those who took a chance on him. He was the clear number two option to Keenan Allen, and caught every single pass thrown his way. He was looked to in all kinds of critical situations (third down, red zone, etc). Johnson found the end zone on a crossing route out of the slot. He juggled the ball a bit, then lunged into the end zone for the score. Later in the game, Johnson again came very close to finding the end zone. He took a quick look down to the goal line, and Danny Woodhead converted for a touchdown later in the drive.
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