WR Johnny Knox - Chicago Bears
|6-1, 185||Born: 11-3-1986||College: Abilene Christian||Drafted: Round 5, pick|
2011 Week 1 vs ATL (4 / 3 / 60 / 0 rec)
Johnny Knox had a relatively quiet day as he could not get deep for one of his signature explosive bomb plays but still showed he is as big of a threat as ever. Knox used his quickness to get open and provide huge separation from his defender and a big window for Cutler to throw the ball into. Knox hauled in several intermediate passes over the middle and to the sideline from Cutler where he was wide open and showed excellent hands as he simply absorbed absolute bullets from Cutler. Knox also drew a useful pass intereference penalty to keep a drive alive and more than did his part in keeping drives alive.
2011 Week 2 vs NO (6 / 2 / 45 / 0 rec)
Had one of the few down filed throws early in the 2nd half as Chicago did a nice job to clear an area out and Knox slipped in behind that for a big 30 yard gain. Later on he was the victim of a poorly thrown ball by Butler that likely should have been intercepted. Next play after that he was wide open and made a nice catch but just sat right down with the ball so his yards after the catch appear limited right now.
2011 Week 3 vs GB (9 / 4 / 84 / 0 rec)
Knox started the game strong for Chicago, racking up more than 70 yards on his first three catches of the game. The first was a quick come-back route on the Chicago opening drive, good for 13 yards. The next was a deep comeback route down the right sideline where Cutler and Knox both took hard shots, but the play went for 20 yards and set up a first and goal for Chicago. In the second quarter, Cutler dropped back, but had to scramble due to the pressure from the Green Bay DL. Knox came open on a deep corner down the left side of the field and Cutler hit him on a perfect play for a huge 40 yard gain. However, near the end of the third quarter, Knox was open on a crossing route. Cutler hit him perfectly and he just couldn't come up with the reception. It would have been a 20 or 30 yard gain as Knox was wide open. Late in the 4th quarter, with the Bears trying to get back in the game, Knox gained separation on a deep crossing route, but slowed down and the ball bounced off of his hands, incomplete. He did have a great 89 yard punt return with under 2 minutes to play that would have brought the Bears to within a field goal, but it was called back due to a holding penalty and the game ended a couple plays later. Devin Hester and the entire team faked a return to the other side of the field while Knox was left alone to return the kick on the right sideline and went untouched for the TD. Unfortunately it was called back, ending Chicago's hopes of a comeback.
2011 Week 4 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
The Bears receivers had very little to do in the first half with the running attack operating so smoothly and Devin Hester supplying points via special teams. Johnny Knox came to life as the game progressed, catching a nice pass from Cutler on a shallow crossing route. Knox continued to drive his legs like pistons and shook off a lacklustre tackle attempt to gain some bonus yardage. Knox has an excellent feel for where his quarterback needs and expects him to be on any given play. He ran a precise route which resulted in a 16 yard completion between the hash marks, settling down in the intermediate zone between the LB and S level. Knox showed his toughness later when, as he absorbed a thundering hit from a Panthers defensive back, he caught a pass and held on impressively for a first down.
2011 Week 5 vs DET (2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Got active late and caught a ball in a 5 wide set for a very short gain. Knox was lined up far left side and simply trailed it back inside moving along the LOS as a safety valve for Cutler. Later he lined up wide left on a 4 WR set and ran a simple 10 yard hook pattern on the sideline, caught it and got out of bounds. Knox should be more involved in the offense but clearly he is now back to being 4th on the depth charts for Wide Receivers and if Earl Bennett ever comes back he might slide to 5th.
2011 Week 6 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)
Knox had a quiet game for the Bears given the fireworks that Devin Hester was putting up on offense and in the return game. He finished the game with a nice YPC average of 20, but only because he had just two receptions. The first was a 19 yard deep curl where Knox caught the ball and went out of bounds at the start of the second quarter. The other was a deep crossing route just before half time where Cutler was under pressure, scrambled and hit Knox on a deep crossing route for a big 22 yard gain. It was his final catch of the game and he disappeared in the second half.
2011 Week 7 vs TB (6 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
Knox was very impressive in a limited role. He showed sticky hands and good sideline awareness on a downfield catch. Knox got open easily over the middle and looked very speedy after the catch, although you can tell he doesn't love contact. He could have had another nice gainer, but Cutler missed him when he was wide open. Knox has latent value if he can overtake Roy Williams, but the Bears coaches seem loyal to big veteran.
2011 Week 9 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Knox was not involved in the game much at all but did a nice job of coming back to Cutler when he was under pressure to make his only catch of the game.
2011 Week 10 vs DET (2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
It's hard to believe that Knox was considered by many to be Chicago's best receiver last season. He's fallen to #4 on the depth chart, and even with Devin Hester on the sidelines, Knox is still not seeing any significant passing opportunities coming his way. His one reception came late in the first quarter, on a deep crossing route where Cutler found him open down the middle of the field. It was identical to the previous play where Earl Bennett burned the Lions for 17 yards.
2011 Week 11 vs SD (5 / 3 / 97 / 1 rec)
Knox hasn't enjoyed anywhere near as significant a role in the offense this year as he enjoyed a year ago, but in this game he made his presence felt. His double move early on got him wide open across the seam for a 31-yard gain. He was also targeted on a deep ball downfield that fell incomplete as he shouted for a flag. And Knox then added a long kick return that would have gone for a touchdown if he hadn't been forced out by the kicker. In the second half, Knox really left his mark on the game. Cutler hoisted up a deep ball to Knox near the goal line with several Charger defenders in the vicinity. Despite that, Knox adjusted better than any of them to get in position to make the catch, then held on and nearly got into the end zone but he was tripped up right at the goal line. On a later possession, Knox again made a terrific adjustment to contort his body and get into position to haul in a floater along the back line of the end zone for a long touchdown and a two touchdown lead. His day ended up a gaffe, as he slipped out of his break and fell down on a quick slant, leading to a San Diego interception. Still, with the big knock on Knox coming into the season being his ability to go up and get the ball in traffic, he did well to put a lot of those claims to rest with his performance in this game.
2011 Week 12 vs OAK (10 / 4 / 145 / 1 rec)
Knox followed up his breakout performance last week with an even better game this week. But it started off slow as he had a couple drops in the first quarter. Then in the second quarter Knox took a quick slant for a 29 yard TD catch showcasing his track speed. Knox also had two very nice kickoff returns to help this offense with better field position. The play of the day was the 81 yard bomb Knox caught from Hanie with less than 3 minutes in the game. Hanie just threw it up, and Knox used his speed to break away from the two defenders covering him for the long reception. Hanie & Knox seemed to make a connection, and it will be interesting to see them build on it for the rest of the regular season.
2011 Week 13 vs KC (8 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
Knox finished the game as the Chicago receiver with the most receptions, but the reality is that his bigger receptions came with the Bears in catch-up mode, and he really only had one good series for the day. Knox had two catches in the first quarter, both of them on the opening drive. Both plays were short crossing routes where Hanie dumped him the ball and he was tackled immediately. He finished the first half with two catches for five yards. After the KC field goal in the third quarter, Hanie looked to Knox working deep down the left side of the field on the first play. The ball was underthrown and hung in the air for a long time. Knox made a half-hearted attempt to get the ball and the defender was able to out-battle him for the easy interception. It was a classic example of why Knox is the #3 receiver on the team. Knox had three solid catches on Chicago's two final drives, all for 15 or more yards each. Had he done anything else before that point, he might have had a solid fantasy day. Instead, he finished with five receptions for just 53 yards.
2011 Week 14 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
With Caleb Hanie under center and the offensive line struggling, the Bears went to a more conservative approach on offense this week. That left very few opportunities for the receivers. Knox wound up with the best numbers of the group but still really only came up with 2 big plays, one a 19-yard gain near the end of the first half and another on an 18-yard gain on the first play of overtime.
2011 Week 15 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Knox made the first catch of the game for the Bears, a nice little slant that beat the zone defense. But then he fumbled, and in the ensuing scramble for the football, suffered a back injury. He was carted off the field and will reportedly be undergoing surgery shortly.
2010 Week 1 vs DET (7 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 2 vs DAL (4 / 4 / 86 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 3 vs GB (6 / 4 / 94 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 4 vs NYG (2 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 5 vs CAR (4 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 6 vs SEA (11 / 5 / 120 / 0 rec)
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 threat.
2010 Week 7 vs WAS (12 / 6 / 86 / 1 rec)
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.
2010 Week 9 vs BUF (5 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 10 vs MIN (7 / 5 / 90 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 11 vs MIA (8 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 12 vs PHI (4 / 3 / 68 / 1 rec)
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.
2010 Week 13 vs DET (3 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 14 vs NE (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 15 vs MIN (7 / 2 / 78 / 1 rec)
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.
2010 Week 16 vs NYJ (6 / 4 / 92 / 2 rec)
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.
2010 Week 17 vs GB (8 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 19 vs SEA (7 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 20 vs GB (6 / 2 / 56 / 0 rec)
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.
2009 Week 1 vs GB (4 / 2 / 82 / 0 rec)
Rookie Johnny Knox had but two catches on the evening in Week 1, but his speed was well on display on a deep route down the right side where he beat the corner by several yards and made the catch without slowing down. Only a shoestring tackle that forced him to step out of bounds kept the young wideout from scoring his first NFL touchdown. Knox played the role of WR3 for the Bears and a speedy deep threat will become a favorite target for Jay Cutler if Knox keeps producing like he did in Week 1.
2009 Week 2 vs PIT (9 / 6 / 70 / 1 rec)
Knox flashed all kinds of surprising skills for a fifth-round pick. He's very quick and fast after the catch, he has sticky hands, and a big catch radius for a small wide receiver. He climbed the ladder to make a third-down conversion, and did it again on a spectacular catch that he couldn't hold when he did the ground. Knox used his body to shield the defender on his quick slant TD like a vet, and his more decisive running style made him fare better on quick targets than Devin Hester did.
2009 Week 3 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 7 / 1 rec)
The speedy rookie wideout made the most of his one catch, grabbing a short pass outside the numbers in the Red Zone and turning upfield, tiptoeing along the sidelines enough to put the ball inside of the pylon for a touchdown. Knox is not going to get a ton of looks but the chemistry is building with Knox and Jay Cuter and he appears to be the solid WR3 for Chicago and first in line to replace someone should Devin Hester or Earl Bennett need some time off.
2009 Week 4 vs DET (8 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
Johnny Knox continued to show his big play capabilities as the rookie burst from the end zone to start the second half, returning the opening kickoff of the third quarter 102 yards for a touchdown. Knox looked to have passed Earl Bennett on the pecking order, but time will tell here as this has been a back and forth situation as to who really is the WR2 in Chicago. The Bears are off in Week 5 so this story may develop during the bye week. Regardless of the lineup, Knox will see the field and Jay Cutler has confidence in his abilities and is giving him plenty of chances as shown by his five grabs against Detroit.
2009 Week 6 vs ATL (7 / 3 / 34 / 1 rec)
The rookie WR continues to flash his game changing speed on out routes, but on this night Jay Cutler was only able to find him a couple of times. The majority of his targets came early in the game and he converted one of them into an excellent out route TD. Later in the game Knox was Cutler's hot read and turned them into some short gains out of the slot. As mentioned before, Knox was beating man coverage all night with his speed but Cutler just didn't connect up with him. He is clearly the deep downfield target on this offense right now.
2009 Week 7 vs CIN (6 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Knox had a handful of downfield catches and looked quick and fast as usual, but like the rest of the Bears passing game, he had no effect on the contest until the game was completely out of hand.
2009 Week 8 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
Knox wasn't a major factor, with Devin Hester and Greg Olsen getting the bulk of the high leverage targets. Knox flashed his all-around skill on a deep sideline route in the second half, however, winning separation after a hand fight with the corner, staying inbounds and snatching a laser from Jay Cutler in-between two defenders.
2009 Week 9 vs ARI (6 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Knox was thrown to only once in the first half, but he had his chances later in the game. He is speedy, but is the 5th option for Cutler so he needs to make the most of his chances. In this game, he failed to do so. He made a bad drop on a deep pass in the fourth quarter, when the Bears were still threatening to come back; the next play was an interception, which spelled the end for the Bears.
2009 Week 10 vs SF (6 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Rookie wideout Johnny Knox took the field on occasion in Week 10 against San Francisco, mostly lining up as a slot wideout in three-WR formations for Chicago. Knox had six targets and QB Jay Cutler was back in the shotgun five of those six chances. Knox grabbed two shorter passes (11 and 9 yards each) and was kept from using his explosive speed as San Francisco was quickly on top of him to prevent any big yardage after the catch. Knox is firmly settled in as the third wide receiver for Chicago, but right now that does not mean much as far as fantasy production.
2009 Week 11 vs PHI (5 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Knox appears to be the blazingly quick option in the Bears passing attack. If QB Jay Cutler plays scared and conservative like he did in week 11, Knox will continue to have his production limited. He got open what could have been a 70-yard TD, but Cutler overthrew him. Knox made a fine catch in the 3rd quarter, climbing the ladder for a nice 3rd down conversion. He was otherwise very quiet in this one.
2009 Week 12 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 24 / 1 rec)
Knox had only two targets all day, and both were in the first half. He converted the one 'highlight' worthy play for the Bears in the second quarter: a nice over the shoulder catch for a 24 yard TD reception. Aside from that, he struggled to get open and Cutler was forced to check down or take a loss.
2009 Week 13 vs STL (4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Knox drew a pass interference in the end zone and had a long kick return called back by penalty, adding to his big play reputation. He is the fourth or fifth option in this passing game, but he could have great value in the future if injuries move him up the depth chart.
2009 Week 14 vs GB (7 / 5 / 83 / 1 rec)
Knox looked like a crafty veteran making a slight pushoff and extending at the last second to catch a TD. He also found a dead spot in the zone downfield to get a big gain when Cutler kept a play alive. Knox did seem to be not on the same page as Cutler on the interception that turned the game when Cutler was rushed on his throw and Knox kept going downfield instead of coming back to where Cutler expected him to be. His speed, quickness, and good hands will keep him prominent in this air attack for a long time.
2009 Week 15 vs BAL (5 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
Knox was not a factor in this game. He only had a handful of short catches, because Cutler never had time to target him deep.
2009 Week 16 vs MIN (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Knox was overthrown on what could have been a long TD when he got open deep late in the first half. He also stopped when he was bumped on a ball that could have been picked, and he suffered a serious ankle injury on a kick return to end his night early.