WR Chad Johnson - Free Agent
|6-1, 190||Born: 1-9-1978||College: Oregon State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 0|
2011 Week 1 vs MIA (3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Chad had a hard time creating any space and when he did Vontae Davis was getting away with some jersey grabs. Once the 1st half was over he was almost nonexistent in the 2nd half. He simply does not understand the playbook right now and he's a real danger in line ups. If this guy is your WR3 or higher you might want to make alternate plans for the time being. Maybe next week will be his week, but he was not overly active as the game wore on.
2011 Week 2 vs SD (2 / 2 / 45 / 0 rec)
The crowd was fired up early on when Ochocinco caught two balls for 45 yards in the first quarter. He made a nice grab on the first one, holding on despite being held by the defender. Later, he got wide open over the middle off a play-action fake for 30 yards after finding a hole in the zone. However, those were the last two looks he got all game. One aspect of the New England attack that was very noticeable is that they drew up specific plays that were designed to go to Wes Welker, or Aaron Hernandez, or Rob Gronkowski. Ochocinco has no such designed plays, and there's not really a focus on ensuring he remains in the rhythm of the game. It's more of a "when the ball comes to you, you catch it" type of thing. Which works great for New England, but isn't ideal for a guy who has so far tended to get lost in the offense over his first two games.
2011 Week 3 vs BUF (4 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
This continues to look like a lost season for Ochocinco, who split time with Julian Edelman as the team's 3rd WR this week. He finished the game with 2 catches for 28 yards, but it was his other two targets that will probably get most of the attention. Early in the third quarter, Ochocinco made a soft cut inside while allowed CB Leodis McKelvin to undercut him and pick off the ball for an interception. Then, in the fourth quarter with the team needing a game-tying touchdown, Brady threw deep for Ochocinco in the endzone on a 3rd down play. Although he was wide open and it should have been an easy touchdown pass, the ball bounced off his hands incomplete. Those types of negative plays in key moments are going to make it tough for him to build chemistry with Brady.
2011 Week 4 vs OAK (2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Another quiet day from Chad, who does not seem to be a big part of the game plan, as he is losing more snaps to WR Deion Branch. One would think that since TE Aaron Hernandez went down that Chad may be more involved but that has not happened.
2011 Week 5 vs NYJ (3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco was, as has been the case most of this year, quiet for most of the day. He had a very nice catch along the sideline on a 2nd-and-19 where he got outside of the coverage and made the grab before hopping out of bounds, regaining 16 of the needed 19 yards.
2011 Week 8 vs PIT (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco is an afterthought to the New England offense and now to the opposing defenses as well. His one target came when he was being single-covered by Pittsburgh's #3 cornerback, Keenan Lewis (sign of respect, I think not). And Ochocinco ran a terrible route. On one of his breaks, he ran directly into Lewis - which is the exact opposite of gaining separation. Even though the throw wasn't great, he doesn't even act like he wants the ball when it's in the air. A player with any other name on his jersey would have been cut by now.
2011 Week 9 vs NYG (5 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco actually got open and got some targets in this game, but he and Tom Brady couldn't hook up. Ochocinco still doesn't look like Chad Johnson of old and his days in the league are numbered.
2011 Week 10 vs NYJ (2 / 2 / 65 / 0 rec)
Ocho had two catches on the day, both on blown coverage which left him wide open. On the first catch, he stepped out of bounds despite there being no defenders in the area. Oddly after this play, the camera caught Tom Brady reassuring the receiver, something he didn't do for any other player. One has to think that as bad as the season has been for Ochocinco, he may be a bit fragile right now. That's not encouraging. Ocho's other catch came once again on badly blown coverage which left him wide open. On the play the Patriots set up in a tight, bunched formation which confused some of the Jets--most notably CB Donald Srickland who was so out of position that Revis needed to almost yank him into position. The sum total result was both Strickland and Revis were out of position and Ochocinco was able to get behind the defense. Ocho made a nice catch but you can see he's lost a step as he was easily caught from behind. Other than those two early plays, it was a quiet day for Ochocinco.
2011 Week 13 vs IND (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco made a sliding catch on a short hitch and then dropped what could have been a spectacular catch. He seemingly had the ball down the left sideline, got both feet in bounds, and then had the ball blasted away by a Colts' safety.
2011 Week 14 vs WAS (1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco just doesn't fit in the Patriots' offense. His diminished skills and undisciplined route-running are incompatible with the precise passing attack led by QB Tom Brady. In his 13th game with the team, Ochocinco pulled in his 13th reception, not exactly anything to write home about.
2011 Week 15 vs DEN (3 / 1 / 33 / 1 rec)
Ochocinco had only one catch but it resulted in his long awaited first TD of the season. It was a really good route and Ochocinco made a jab step inside before taking off down the sideline. He beat his man badly and Brady rewarded him with a perfectly thrown ball for the easy score.
2011 Week 16 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
One reception in the early 2nd half where he ran a curl pattern into the middle of the defense and found a soft spot for a first down. The next play he was streaking up the left sideline and actually ran out of bounds making him ineligible to catch the ball although he didn't do that either.
2011 Week 21 vs NYG (0 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco was active after Tiquan Underwood was cut the day before the Super Bowl. He even caught a 21-yard pass to start the Pats second touchdown drive, but it's clear his time on the team is likely over.
2010 Week 1 vs NE (13 / 12 / 159 / 1 rec)
For some reason, many owners expected Chad Ocho Cinco to fade into the night as the "Robin" to TO's "Batman". But Ocho Cinco showed in the 2nd half of this game that he is still the number 1 WR on the Bengals. When Palmer tried to bring the team back from a huge deficit, he began heavily relying on his favorite target, hitting him 12 times. Ocho Cinco is an incredible route runner and showcased his amazing hands in the 2nd half with some very impressive catches. His demise has been greatly exaggerated, and he also no doubt pleased the coaching staff, when after his touchdown, he ran back to the bench. Is the realization that a TD in a blowout was no place for a celebration a sign of a "more mature" Chad? There are a number of weapons on this team, but for owners that secured Ocho Cinco as their number 2 or even number 3 wideout, they are feeling very happy right now, as Ocho Cinco is still a legitimate number 1.
2010 Week 2 vs BAL (9 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
He had one of the worst drops of his career in the 2nd quarter coming across the middle of the field. He would have had a huge gain but did not secure the catch. It surely will not have long term repercussions with Palmer as they have been teammates a very long time but it was not helping and came at a very tough moment in the football game. Most of the time he was very quiet and there really wasn't a defining moment for him on Sunday.
2010 Week 3 vs CAR (12 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Chad Ochocinco looked like neither Batman nor Robin, as he and Palmer routinely were not on the same page. On Palmer's first interception, the pass was intended for Ochocinco, who failed to come out of his break on time. The pass itself was poorly thrown, but this kind of play summed up the Bengals day in the passing game. Ochocinco also dropped an easy pass on a hitch route from Palmer, but quickly made up for his error with a nice catch on the very next play. Plenty of passes to Ochocinco were overthrown and underthrown by Palmer, however, and as a result Ochocinco didn't have a great day on the field.
2010 Week 4 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 59 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco was kept surprisingly quiet in lieu of his buddy TO's monstrous day, but there were only so many balls to go around. It seemed the Browns did their best to lockdown Ochocinco throughout the contest but in doing so, left Terrell Owens and company wide open. Mr. 85 looked just fine on Sunday throughout his three catches, running routes with extreme precision including a 42-yard haul in which he purely outclassed cornerback Eric Wright.
2010 Week 5 vs TB (6 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
You almost wonder if there is some injury here we don't know about. He is getting little separation and in general is a nonfactor in the passing game right now. All of his receptions are very short and while Palmer is part of the reason for that it is also possible that Ocho needs to get the ball down field more and Palmer cannot hit those passes right now.
2010 Week 7 vs ATL (16 / 10 / 108 / 1 rec)
Chad Ochocinco had an inconsistent showing, as he dropped a couple of easy catches that had Palmer quite frustrated. On one play, Ochocinco ran a deep corner route but appeared to slow down and not give his all on the play. Ochocinco also dropped a two point conversion attempt. He had good timing with Palmer for most of the game. His catches were mostly short out routes. His touchdown came with less than two minutes remaining as he did well to keep both feet down in bounds in the back of the endzone.
2010 Week 8 vs MIA (8 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Had 2 receptions on the 1st drive. Then was largely untargeted the rest of the day until the late 4th quarter when Cincinnati was behind. It's strange because Cincinnati had a perfect opening drive that saw many people involved and then the rest of the day they could barely mount anything on Miami's defense which is solid but not spectacular. Ocho does not seem to have any burst left. He can catch short and intermediate routes but his numbers are way down.
2010 Week 9 vs PIT (7 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
He was used mainly as a decoy all night long. On TO's first TD, "Robin" ran a deep vertical pattern on the outside and occupied Troy Polamalu so Owens could catch the TD in the middle with nobody close. Ocho only had one catch for 15 yards, and it came on the very last drive on a post-holding call 2nd-and-20 where the Steelers (as usual) gave too much cushion and seemed determined to not let anyone run behind them. There will be better days for Ocho, but he's clearly the #2 option right now.
2010 Week 10 vs IND (11 / 7 / 86 / 1 rec)
In the wake of a frustrating, uninspiring and unimpressive (not to mention potential playoff-eliminating loss) performance to the Steelers last week, Ochocinco bounced back in textbook form with one of his best games of the season. Benefiting largely from the extra attention fellow receiver Terrell Owens was commanding, Ochocinco was involved in the offense early and often, finishing the day with seven grabs for 86 yards and a score. He even had a beautiful diving 34-yard touchdown grab in the 2nd quarter that was nullified by a holding penalty. Even so, Ochocinco would not be denied and still managed to score a touchdown on the very same drive (a 5-yard in route). Although he left the game in the second-half with what appeared to be a very serious shoulder injury, he returned to finish the game and, by all accounts, it wasn't serious. Still, it's something to keep your eyes and ears open on in the coming days if he's on your team.
2010 Week 11 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)
85 caught an early TD, and then disappeared. Many times you could see him jumping up and down as he felt he was wide open and not being looked at. It has to be frustrating for Chad to be such a non-factor. At this point, it doesn't look like it's going to change. When Palmer didn't throw to Owens, his next read seemed to be Jordan Shipley.
2010 Week 12 vs NYJ (9 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Ocho Cinco was used more frequently than Owens in this matchup, as the Bengals looked to exploit his side of the field. He made a few nice catches, taking short passes and getting about ten yards a catch. He also came within a hair of a TD, as his foot just barely grazed the chalk on a goalline fade. But in the end, Ocho Cinco had a pretty poor day, as the entire Cincy offense couldn't get anything going.
2010 Week 13 vs NO (10 / 5 / 96 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco had a vintage 85 performance, sprawling to make catches and adjusting to poorly thrown balls by Carson Palmer to key the Bengals comeback. He got free deep but Palmer overthrew him or Ochocinco could have had an even bigger day. It appears that his first-half season slump had as much to with injuries than anything else as Ochocinco is looking like he hasn't lost much even though he is in his thirties.
2010 Week 14 vs PIT (9 / 6 / 71 / 0 rec)
After just one catch late in the previous game vs. Pittsburgh, Ochocinco was involved early in this one. He caught a pass on the first play of the day, and was actually the Bengals' best wideout in this game. He did most of his damage in the first half as the Bengals' offense - combine with the Steelers' suffocating defense - was just terrible in the second. While this game may have appeared to be average, it's a definite success compared to his typical output against the Steelers. He's had many more games like his one catch, 15 yard game in the first matchup between these teams than the six-and-71 in this game.
2010 Week 15 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco saw a dip in his targets and receptions because the Bengals want to get their younger receivers more involved in the passing game as the season is pretty much a wash. Chad was on the sidelines for several plays, visibly upset about not being involved. He did catch two deep crossing route passes later in the game for 16 and 20 yards respectively, but in general he was not involved in the passing game as much as the younger guys were. He was also targeted on a fade route in the end zone, but the play was broken up and the Bengals settled for a field goal.
2009 Week 1 vs DEN (7 / 5 / 89 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Ochocinco tweeted before the game that a "storm was coming" and early in this contest it looked like the artist formerly known as Chad Johnson would have a huge day. Known to never back down from a challenge, Chad was lined up against All-Pro Champ Bailey for most of the day. He made Bailey look silly on a sideline route where Chad broke back to the inside and left Champ grasping for air. Palmer's lone interception (outside of the hail Mary to end the game) was a pass intended for Ochocinco, and the Bengals were very creative in trying to get him the football. They even used him on a double reverse that had Palmer out in front blocking for him. Ochocinco was playing with a ton of confidence and bravado, and seemed to be very focused during this contest. His only blemish on the day was an offensive holding penalty, which cost his team 10-yards in the first-quarter. Fantasy owners should feel confident about Ochocinco's play, and his chemistry with QB Carson Palmer.
2009 Week 2 vs GB (7 / 4 / 91 / 1 rec)
Ochocinco was quiet during the first half. He was rarely targeted and not in sync with Palmer on a deep route in which he ran a post while Palmer threw a fade and had another target broken up on a pass thrown slightly behind him after he'd gained a hint of separation on a slant pattern. After a long completion on a flea flicker, Ochocinco and Palmer connected more often and Ochocinco got his chance at a Lambeau Leap after a nice slant catch and run from inside the 20 late in the game. Despite the slow start, Ochocinco was Palmer's most targeted receiver.
2009 Week 3 vs PIT (11 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco was critical in getting the Bengals' offensive moving after two drives with zero net yardage. Carson Palmer missed him on a couple of timing patterns under heavy pressure, but the two were in sync for the most part. Ochocinco had a good chance at a long touchdown catch on a sideline fade route on the deciding fourth quarter drive but the Pittsburgh defender did just enough to break up the pass.
2009 Week 4 vs CLE (11 / 3 / 24 / 2 rec)
Ochocinco was targeted 11 times, but caught only three passes. He and Palmer miscommunicated on multiple read routes and Palmer was again forced to throw a couple of out routes too early, accounting for many of the missed targets. Ochocinco was targeted often in the red zone, with his two touchdown catches coming on a sideline fade inside the five and a play where Ochocinco worked himself open on a fourth down play that broke down late in the game. Ochocinco had another fade route knocked out of his hands in the end zone earlier in the drive in which he caught the second touchdown. He continues to get open easily and hold his focus throughout the game.
2009 Week 5 vs BAL (10 / 7 / 94 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco was again Palmer's favored target this week and was regularly open on intermediate routes over the middle. Ochocinco was effective in traffic and competed hard for yards after the catch. He fumbled on one long gain over the middle when Ed Reed punched the ball out from behind.
2009 Week 6 vs HOU (7 / 5 / 103 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco was targeted seven times and had more deep passes (three) than any other game this season. He narrowly missed connecting with Palmer on a deep sideline route that popped out of his hands on a diving try when he hit the ground and had another deep ball broken up on a slightly underthrown post pattern. Ochocinco did catch one deep ball and would have scored if not for a shoestring tackle inside the ten.
2009 Week 7 vs CHI (11 / 10 / 118 / 2 rec)
Ochocinco took Charles Tillman to school just as he had promised. He was getting open on routes of all types and lengths, and playing pitch and catch with Carson Palmer just like it was the old days when the Bengals had one of the most dangerous pass offenses in the league. He was especially good working the middle of the field and operating almost completely in sync with Palmer.
2009 Week 9 vs BAL (9 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco made tough catches over the middle and showed good hands and body control on multiple catches along the sideline. Ochocinco did fumble the ball twice while looking for extra yardage over the middle, losing one and having another wiped out after a penalty on the Ravens' defense. Ochocinco was targeted on one deep ball down the middle, but the Ravens had kept two defenders deep and the ball was nearly intercepted. Ochocinco wasn't targeted in the red zone against Baltimore and often left the field in short yardage situations, including a number of snaps inside the ten.
2009 Week 10 vs PIT (7 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco was open frequently between the Steelers' zone defenders, but the timing patterns failed because of defensive pressure or Carson Palmer's inaccuracy. Ochocinco did make two tough catches along the sideline, but was generally frustrated on the day.
2009 Week 11 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 67 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco was targeted frequently in the first half, catching three passes for 55 yards on two deep in routes and a red zone slant in the first quarter. He was able to get separation from shutdown corner Nnamdi Asomugha at times in the first quarter. The Bengals featured the run almost exclusively for much of the rest of the game and Ochocinco had only one more catch.
2009 Week 12 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
The Bengals threw the ball rarely and Ochocinco was bracketed with a corner and safety on most routes. Ochocinco did break open across the middle and along the sideline for a couple of third down coversions in the first half, but saw few targets in the second half as the Cincinnati rush attack ground up yardage and time.
2009 Week 13 vs DET (14 / 9 / 137 / 1 rec)
With the Bengals using mostly power running formations throughout the game, Ochocinco was the Bengals' lone receiving option on many plays. Carson Palmer actively looked to get him in the game early. Though Ochocinco did run some of his usual deep out and in routes, the Bengals chose to run more slants and bubble screens for him and were successful. Ochocinco made a nice sliding catch in the end zone between four defenders to finish a post route for a touchdown. He also looked strong after the catch, breaking tackles to extend gains.
2009 Week 14 vs MIN (8 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec)
Ochocinco played hard, but given the fact that Carson Palmer only completed 15 passes for 94 yards, Ochocinco ultimately finished with minimal stats. On the TD pass, Ochocinco made a great fake reverse move, then cut back and broke out into the flat. Carson Palmer laid out a perfect pass and Ochocinco ran it into the end zone for a TD. Ochocinco was targeted only one time in the second half, but the pass was thrown behind him and he took a hard shot and dropped the pass.
2009 Week 15 vs SD (5 / 3 / 79 / 1 rec, 1 / 26 / 0 rush)
Ochocinco, under scrutiny all week as to the will-he-or-won't-he regarding his decision on whether or not to wear fallen teammate Chris Henry's jersey, eventually opted for his traditional #85. He didn't pay any less tribute to Henry, however, when he caught a 49 yard touchdown early in the second quarter. He beat CB Antonio Cromartie on the play and then outran him to the end zone, dropped to his knees and pointed skyward after the long score that also happened to put him over 1,000 yards receiving on the year. He looked to be very focused in this game, showing very nice cutting ability and excellent hands. He made a particularly tough grab along the sideline that showed off those hands and a good footwork combination to tip-toe the feet inbounds. He was also open in the back of the end zone from about seven yards out, but Palmer never saw him on the play. In the second half, he was a bit quieter as were most of the Bengals, but he managed to get the job done in other ways. On a busted lateral that was going nowhere, he cut against the grain all the way to the other side of the field for a 26 yard pickup that really seemed to put a spark in the Cincinnati offense.
2009 Week 16 vs KC (7 / 4 / 31 / 1 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Ochocinco was double covered much of the game. When he was single covered, he separated easily and made strong catches. His red zone target and catch was an impressive two way route that he broke inside for an easy touchdown. He was also used on a reverse, but had no chance of getting back to the line of scrimmage.
2009 Week 17 vs NYJ (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ochocinco left the game early after a pregame knee injury. He was targeted four times in the first half. He dropped two catchable balls and was overthrown on a post pattern that was well covered by Darrelle Revis.
2009 Week 18 vs NYJ (6 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
As expected by everyone except #85, Ochocinco was completely shut down by Darrelle Revis. He did draw a long pass interference penalty on Revis in the second half, but didn't get in the box score until the fourth quarter.
2008 Week 1 vs BAL (4 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Johnson was a non-factor in this game (zero targets in the first half) as his sole production came by virtue of a single crossing pattern in the third quarter. Like his WR colleague on the other side of the field, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Johnson was the subject of double coverage for most of the day and also fell victim to the Bengals' offensive line's inability to give Carson Palmer any time to allow for his WRs to break free of that coverage.
2008 Week 2 vs TEN (6 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Johnson was Palmer's most targeted receiver, but only caught four short passes. Johnson was called for holding and pass interference penalties.
2008 Week 3 vs NYG (7 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Johnson saw seven looks go his way but was only able to bring in three of them for 29 yards through the air. There were times where Chad Johnson and Carson Palmer looked seemingly frustrated as they were unable to get on the same page with their routes.
2008 Week 4 vs CLE (7 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)
Johnson was covered well all day, but did escape for a short touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter. He looked okay but Fitzpatrick was unable to deliver him the ball.
2008 Week 5 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Johnson had two receptions of 15+ yards. Other than that, he had another quiet game, going for long stretches without being targeted. Johnson and Palmer seem to have some issues, and at one point in the third quarter, the QB became visibly upset with Johnson when he apparently ran an incorrect route.
2008 Week 6 vs NYJ (6 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Johnson was targeted a total of six times on the day as he caught five of those targets for 57 total yards. He worked some surprising short routes due to the lack of time that Fitzpatrick had in the pocket and was rewarded with a plethora of quick hitting passes to move the chains in the second half.
2008 Week 7 vs PIT (13 / 8 / 52 / 1 rec)
Johnson was quite involved in the first half, making a few catches on the lone scoring drive in the first half, including one in the end zone on a short pattern which led to a Bengals' only touchdown. He was the main target for the rest of the game, but was unable to get anything major going in the second half. His longest play was nine yards, hardly meeting high expectations of his fantasy owners.
2008 Week 8 vs HOU (9 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)
Johnson was targeted nine times and finished with five receptions for 44 yards. He was targeted three times on third downs, and converted all three into first down plays.
2008 Week 9 vs JAX (8 / 5 / 37 / 2 rec)
Johnson was productive in the short passing game, catching two passes for touchdowns, as a result of excellent route running, and good hands. He showed his route running and speed on a deep pass play where he got open heading towards the end zone, but Fitzpatrick missed him. Johnson punctuated the game by kissing his head coach on the sideline after catching one of his touchdowns.
2008 Week 11 vs PHI (8 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Johnson was clearly the second option in the Bengals' passing game downfield and struggled to make plays all day. Part of this was undoubtedly because QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was regularly under siege in the backfield and thus was constantly looking to dump the ball off to RB Cedric Benson or receivers running shorter routes. In the end, Johnson's mediocre season continued with only four receptions and 34 yards.
2008 Week 13 vs BAL (11 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
He looked a little rusty while having a pair of drops on the game. Early in the game he was involved in some deeper looks but was not able to get on the page as his quarterback Fitzpatrick. It was a quiet day for Johnson.
2008 Week 14 vs IND (5 / 5 / 79 / 0 rec)
Johnson quietly had a respectable game, though he was never a threat to score. He was only targeted five times, but caught all five.
2008 Week 15 vs WAS (8 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Though he was QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's favorite target, Johnson still posted disappointing numbers -- much as he has all season. The Bengals' focus on short passes didn't help, and neither did Fitzpatrick's inability to effectively get the ball deep. On one of the few occasions that Fitzpatrick did throw a catchable ball downfield, Johnson hauled it in for a 23 yard gain. Unfortunately a holding call brought it back. That was the kind of day it was for Johnson.
2007 Week 1 vs BAL (8 / 5 / 95 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Johnson had two receptions of 30+ yards, including the first quarter catch that put the Bengals on the scoreboard. He did not exactly go off, but as with the other Bengal starters, this was due in part to the strong Raven defense. Johnson had one rushing attempt for two yards. He limped off the field at one point, but there are no worries as it was only his standard "limp off the field with a cramp" he does every game.
2007 Week 2 vs CLE (16 / 11 / 209 / 2 rec)
Johnson had his run of the field all day long, catching 11 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. The Browns matched up their number one cornerback, Leigh Bodden, on Johnson to no avail. Johnson beat Bodden one on one on both touchdown catches and proved to be the first guy Carson Palmer would look to on almost every pass play.
2007 Week 3 vs SEA (16 / 9 / 138 / 0 rec)
Johnson, with 138 yards on nine catches, was the less impressive of the two Bengals receivers. His two drops near the end of the first half killed the Bengals drive, and in the second half, Palmer forced his throws to Johnson, resulting in a few nice catches, but only a 50% success rate.
2007 Week 4 vs NE (8 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
Johnson's first catch came on a quick out in which he was able to beat the defender and take it 21 yards and he just missed the end zone. He was knocked out of bounds on the one yard line on the play. It would be his longest play of the game and the closest he would get to the end zone the rest of the game. WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught a one yard touchdown pass on the next play. He made his prettiest catch on an 18 yard pass when the ball was thrown behind him but, he adjusted in the air and made an exceptional catch. He and QB Carson Palmer seemed to have a communication breakdown on an interception late in the first half. He had a heated exchange with his quarterback on the way to the locker at halftime. He was pretty much a non-factor in the second half as he only had one catch for 14 yards in the second half.
2007 Week 6 vs KC (12 / 8 / 83 / 0 rec)
Johnson was targeted early and often, but failed to get into the end zone. He was covered tightly for most of the game, and could not break free for any huge gains. Johnson showed off his synergy with Carson Palmer, still catching eight balls with the tight coverage.
2007 Week 7 vs NYJ (4 / 3 / 102 / 0 rec, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
Johnson saw his targets go significantly down, but he had no problems getting over 100 yards, hitting the century mark on just three catches.
2007 Week 8 vs PIT (9 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
Johnson was frequently double covered. The safeties always were ready to help, and still Palmer threw the ball deep to him and had a couple of opportunities due to Johnson's speed. Johnson was unable to catch any of the deep balls, but he caught several passes on third down which resulted in first downs.
2007 Week 9 vs BUF (8 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Johnson had a chance in the fourth quarter for a huge gain, but he dropped the pass when no Bills defender was within three yards of him, and that killed the drive. It seemed as if he was looking where to run before he caught the ball. He did have some nice receptions during the game, including a sideline pass that looked like an impossible catch, but he managed to get his toes in. He had an ambulance take him off on what looked like a precautionary measure when he was hit hard in the fourth quarter.
2007 Week 10 vs BAL (7 / 4 / 73 / 0 rec)
Managing to shake off last week's scary neck/shoulder injury, Chad Johnson was active early with eight targets in the first half, and posted 73 yards on four receptions for the game. Not quite his explosive self this season, Johnson has maintained his place as Carson Palmer's top target.
2007 Week 11 vs ARI (10 / 8 / 86 / 0 rec)
Johnson caught eight balls for 86 yards, but no touchdowns. At times he found the Cardinals defenders playing off of him which allowed him to go into his routes untouched. He did commit a critical turnover when he fumbled the ball on the Arizona 13 yard line with the Bengals driving for an apparent touchdown.
2007 Week 12 vs TEN (14 / 12 / 103 / 3 rec)
Chad Johnson had his best game of the season, catching a career high 12 passes and getting into the end zone three times. The Titans game him plenty of room to operate and he took advantage of the soft coverage to catch passes and get out of bounds without being hit.
2007 Week 13 vs PIT (15 / 6 / 86 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Johnson led all receivers with 15 targets, but his first touch of the game was a backward pass that went for four yards. He finished the night with 86 yards receiving, but 37 of those yards came on Cincinnati's last drive when the game had already been decided. Johnson had a target in the end zone hit him in the hands with the Bengals operating from the Pittsburgh five yard line. It would have been a tough grab as he had to lay out for the pass, but it's a catch that we've grown accustomed to seeing Johnson make.
2007 Week 14 vs STL (6 / 2 / 60 / 0 rec)
Johnson had a rough day. He had one long catch, but for the rest of the day struggled to find the ball.
2007 Week 15 vs SF (11 / 6 / 78 / 0 rec)
Johnson had a very quiet first half only catching one pass for eight yards and he only had two targets. Nate Clements did a good job of containing him early in the game. Early in the fourth quarter, he caught a pass for 20 yards on a pass over the middle of the field, and came back a few plays later to catch a 25 yard pass on the right sideline to move the ball into the red zone. Johnson had a possible touchdown pass late in the game on a critical fourth down play but, was unable to hold onto the ball. Even though Johnson caught seven balls, he and QB Carson Palmer just didn't seem to be on the same page most of the night. Palmer missed Johnson on a few passes where it appeared he though he would run a different route. Johnson's body language looked pretty negative toward his quarterback when Palmer missed him.
2007 Week 16 vs CLE (9 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)
Johnson, much like Houshmandzadeh had a very quiet day with only 44 receiving yards on four receptions. He was still the primary target of the passing offense, but with the Bengals running game working so well, the need to pass was simply not there.
2007 Week 17 vs MIA (7 / 4 / 131 / 2 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Johnson caught a big two yard pass in the back of the end zone for a touchdown and took a huge hit, knocking his helmet off, and keeping his feet in bounds. It was a great catch and gave Cincinnati a seven nothing lead after the first drive of the game. His next catch was a 70 yard touchdown on slant pattern on the left side of the field. The safety slipped on the play and that was just enough for Johnson to outrun the defenders and take it to the house. It looked like Johnson stepped out of bounds on the five yard line, but Miami did not challenge the call. The two touchdown catches in the first half were his only receptions but, he led the team with 72 yards receiving at halftime. He had another big play in the fourth quarter as he caught a 43 yard pass to put the ball deep into Miami territory. He finished the game with 131 yards receiving.
2006 Week 1 vs KC (7 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
After making a remarkable, body-twisting snag of an errant pass for seven yards early on, Johnson seemed poised to add the Chiefs to his long list of victims. Soon after that catch, Johnson was the target of a Carson Palmer pass in the end zone. Johnson was open on the play and had beaten his defender to the inside, but Palmer badly underthrew the pass and it fell at Johnson's feet. That was the closest Johnson would come to scoring, and actually saw very little action as the game progressed, to the point where he didn't see a single pass come in his direction in the second half.
2006 Week 2 vs CLE (12 / 6 / 78 / 1 rec)
Johnson took a wicked hit from safety Brian Russell and had to have his bloody chin stitched up, though this did not keep him from having a solid game and tying for the team lead in targets despite going up against Leigh Bodden most of the game. Johnson made a nice catch in the corner of the end zone, keeping his feet in bounds, and celebrated with his rendition of the chicken dance.
2006 Week 3 vs PIT (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
The Bengals' best WR played third wheel to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and slot receiver Chris Henry, catching only one pass for 11 yards on the Bengals first scoring drive. It was his lowest yardage output since Week 15 of the 2004 season and least number of receptions since Week 3 of the 2002 season. His two targets also represents an all time low since he became a starting WR.
2006 Week 4 vs NE (14 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)
Johnson looked to have the hot hands in the first half when he was targeted ten times by QB Carson Palmer, catching four balls for 46 yards. Johnson was shaken up just before halftime when he stretched out for a pass near the sideline and landed hard on his right side. He went into the locker room early and returned in the second half, but was targeted only three more times in the game. He finished with six catches for 64 yards.
2006 Week 6 vs TB (12 / 6 / 99 / 0 rec)
Johnson was targeted 12 times in the game, pulling in six passes for 99 yards. Four of Johnson's receptions resulted in first downs for the Bengals. Johnson had one reception of 51 yards, but totaled only 40 yards on his five other receptions.
2006 Week 7 vs CAR (12 / 6 / 73 / 0 rec)
Johnson led the Bengals with 73 yards including a spectacular diving grab for a 32 yard gain on fourth and one early in the fourth quarter. Johnson's facial expressions showed his frustration with the passing game in the first half with just two catches for ten yards. In the second half, Johnson was all smiles as he saw plenty of targets and caught four passes for 63 yards. Johnson has gone four games now without a touchdown.
2006 Week 8 vs ATL (13 / 6 / 78 / 1 rec)
Johnson was his usual outspoken self in the week prior to the game against Atlanta, and while Johnson responded with a solid outing, he failed to reach his guarantee earlier in the week of two receiving scores. Johnson finished with six catches for 78 yards and one touchdown, coming on a 12 yard pass from Carson Palmer. He was matched up against Atlanta DB DeAngelo Hall for most of the game, but beat DB Jason Webster on his scoring play.
2006 Week 9 vs BAL (7 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Johnson was targeted on the first pass from QB Carson Palmer. The pass was overthrown on a third and long deep slant. Johnson got his hands on the pass tipping it up into the air. It ended up getting intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Johnson made a fine leaping grab on the left sideline literally leaping out of a shoe while flashing his athleticism later in the first quarter. He wasn't targeted again until midway through the second quarter when Johnson drew a pass interference flag on a play deep over the middle. He was only able to manage two short receptions after that play. Each was near the line of scrimmage as they tried to get him the ball in open space so he could attempt to beat a defensive back own his own.
2006 Week 10 vs SD (12 / 11 / 260 / 2 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Johnson finally was able to put up huge stats over an entire game. He had already reached his previous season high in receptions (seven) by halftime, and by the end of the fourth quarter he was the new owner of the Cincinnati franchise record for receiving yards in one game. He hauled in an early 51 yard touchdown reception, badly beating Chargers' safety Terrance Kiel on the play. Later in the game, he answered a Brandon Manumaleuna score with a 74 yard touchdown grab on the first play from scrimmage (badly beating rookie CB Antonio Cromartie on the play). Johnson was wide open all over the field all game long, on both deep routes and on underneath passes. The Chargers simply had no answers for him, much like the last time he faced San Diego in 2003, when he put up ten receptions for 107 yards and three touchdowns on that day. Those looking for touchdown celebrations on this day saw him leave a loving note for his mother and grandmother after the first score, and he then mocked Shawne Merriman's sack dance (Merriman is currently serving the second of a four game suspension for steroids) following the second TD.
2006 Week 11 vs NO (10 / 6 / 190 / 3 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Johnson was spectacular for the second game in a row. About the only blemish on his game was a drop of a 30 yard pass late in the first quarter. But the plays he made before and after that one more than made up for it. Through the first eight games of the season, Johnson had 482 yards and two touchdowns. In the last two games, Johnson has 450 yards and five touchdowns. While it's wrong to assume he'll have many more games like these last two, his current stats project out to 1,491 yards and 11 touchdowns, which would both be career-best totals. Johnson's biggest strikes in this game came on the deep ball. He hauled in touchdown passes of 41 and 60 yards, and added a 48 yard reception to the four yard line in the fourth quarter. For those of you worried that his touchdown was stolen by someone else, rest easy knowing that Johnson caught a four yard slant for the score right after that 48 yard bomb. Interestingly, he didn't really dance after any of his touchdowns, and his quotes after the game seemed to suggest a new focused Chad Johnson. His postgame quotes: "I'm trying to be as consistent as possible, trying to make sure I do all I can to make sure we come up out of this hole and make this run," After the second touchdown, Johnson grabbed for his right hamstring and immediately began limping off the field. On the sideline, he was whispering something into the ear of an assistant coach. It appeared the issue was just cramping. On the next offensive series, he beat CB Fred Thomas deep down the seam for the 48 yard reception that led to a four yard score on the next play.
2006 Week 12 vs CLE (11 / 7 / 123 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
With another strong effort, Johnson set the record for most yards gained receiving over three consecutive games with 573 yards. Johnson started off the game quietly, and was not targeted in the first half, but then was heavily targeted throughout the remainder of the game. While Chad was not targeted in the end zone, Palmer's interception was targeted for Johnson inside the Browns' five yard line.
2006 Week 13 vs BAL (10 / 8 / 91 / 0 rec)
Johnson was productive in the first half, catching seven balls for 87 yards before halftime. Johnson was targeted 10 times before the end of the second quarter. He ran short and medium routes, working his way back to the ball to gain roughly ten to 20 yards at a time. Johnson also caught a touchdown pass but it was negated by his offensive pass interference, a penalty for which he took full responsibility. Johnson added one more catch in the third quarter on his final target, which was good enough for four yards and a first down.
2006 Week 14 vs OAK (9 / 5 / 101 / 0 rec)
He was the third Cincinnati player to gain over 100 yards in this game. Johnson, despite creative defensive coverages, caught five passes for 101 yards.
2006 Week 15 vs IND (8 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Johnson's first contribution was to recover a Rudi Johnson fumble. He then appeared to catch a 21 yard pass over the middle, but he was winded on the play and the Bengals called a time out. The Colts used the time to challenge the play and it was ruled incomplete. On the very next play, Palmer fumbled away possession after being sacked. Palmer looked for Johnson twice on the next drive, finding him for gains of 16 yards and 11 yards. Johnson was also given the ball on a reverse, but he ran out of bounds after gaining one yard. In the second half, Johnson had to lead the field after suffering from cramping. He caught a pass on the opening drive of the half for a ten yard gain, but did not make another catch in the game. Johnson did return in the fourth quarter but he dropped a pass on what would have been a gain of around 30 yards.
2006 Week 16 vs DEN (9 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Johnson had an off game, and was shut down by cornerback Champ Bailey. Johnson was affected by Palmer's relative inaccuracy, but also had a few mental lapses throughout the game. He missed a couple of catches he should've had, and also suffered the first fumble of his career. This was one of Johnson's worst performances of the season.
2006 Week 17 vs PIT (6 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)
Three of Johnson's four receptions were on each scoring drive for Cincinnati. He caught a 16 yard out pass to the Steelers 30 yard line to help set up a field goal. He then caught a 14 yard pass over the middle two plays prior to WR Chris Henry's touchdown catch and run. And he pulled in another 14 yarder early in the second touchdown drive. Johnson was also targeted deep in the end zone, but was overthrown just before halftime. Johnson did not score a touchdown in his final six games and averaged just 40.67 yards receiving per game over the Bengals three-game losing streak to end the season. He ended the season with 1,370 yards, his second best output of his career.
2005 Week 1 vs CLE (10 / 9 / 91 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
The Palmer to Johnson connection was in very good form to open the 2005 season, but two key penalties prevented Johnson from having a huge Sunday. Johnson was pulled down from behind on what would have been a sure five yard touchdown catch on a slant over the middle, and had a 43 yard catch called back on an offensive pass interference penalty. Johnson was able to find good separation all day and should be able to build on this performance throughout the season. Johnson scared owners briefly as he left the game with what many thought was a leg injury. It was reported to be just cramps and he returned to the game.
2005 Week 2 vs MIN (13 / 7 / 139 / 1 rec)
Johnson had a very strong seven catch, 139 yard outing. Half of his yards came on the second play of the game when he blew by the Vikings corner and Carson Palmer hit him perfectly in stride for a 70 yard touchdown. His 13 targets were spread evenly throughout the game. He was targeted in the end zone twice in the second quarter, but both balls were probably too high to reel in.
2005 Week 3 vs CHI (5 / 3 / 77 / 2 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
While Johnson wasn't quite as active as in recent weeks, the final stat line says he'll be adding another name to his checklist this week. Johnson caught an 18 yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter, but then disappeared for a long time. The Bengals tried getting him involved on an end around, but he slipped and seemingly hurt his leg. Johnson left for the locker room, and it was unclear if he had turned an ankle or if he was simply cramping again. Luckily, he returned for the second half and was able to make an impact. Coming off the line, Johnson beat CB Jerry Azumah with his first step and was gone for a touchdown. Palmer placed the ball perfectly down the sideline, and Johnson scampered into the end zone for a 40 yard score.
2005 Week 4 vs HOU (8 / 7 / 67 / 0 rec)
Johnson saw heavy coverage throughout the entire game, and as a result, Carson Palmer wisely spread the ball around until late in the game, when Chad Johnson made a number of key catches on the go ahead drive in the fourth quarter.
2005 Week 5 vs JAX (8 / 5 / 52 / 1 rec)
Johnson did not have the type of dominant game he predicted he would have. He had to battle double teams and some high passes that were difficult to bring down. He did show a willingness to run any pattern, as he went deep, over the middle, and along the sidelines, in an effort to help his team. When Cincinnati got in the red zone, Johnson was the immediate target, and he ran an outstanding route that resulted in a touchdown making a great play to get his feet down. Johnson was targeted seven times in the first half, but had only two targets in the second half, as other Bengals took advantage of the double coverage he was facing.
2005 Week 6 vs TEN (9 / 8 / 135 / 1 rec)
Johnson put up some very nice fantasy numbers this week with 135 yards and a touchdown. He had eight catches in the game and seemed to be wide open on most of his receptions beating Rookie CB Pacman Jones often. Johnson had five of his receptions go for 15 yards or more including his touchdown catch. On his touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, with CB Pacman Jones draped all over Johnson, he leaped over the defender to make the catch for the score.
2005 Week 7 vs PIT (8 / 4 / 94 / 0 rec)
Johnson's numbers were good, but he wasn't nearly as big a factor as he would've liked to be. It certainly wasn't for a lack of trying, however. He made a superb grab in the back left corner of the end zone on the Bengals' first drive. But replays showed that his hand grazed the back line before his elbow landed in bounds, and the touchdown was reversed. He also made a fine diving catch for 20 yards, but had just 47 yards in the game before he doubled that total with one catch very late in the game in mop up time.
2005 Week 8 vs GB (13 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Johnson was locked up with CB Al Harris for the majority of the game, and took lots of big hits from a variety of Packers' defenders. Harris made Johnson work hard for his receptions. Johnson was targeted on a deep ball on the Bengals' first possession, but QB Carson Palmer overthrew the pass. During the second quarter Johnson was more involved catching three short passes, and he was also able to draw a flag on another route leading up to the Houshmandzadeh touchdown. Just before that touchdown Johnson nearly made a spectacular diving grab on the side of the end zone reminiscent of a similar play from week seven. Johnson made the catch, but just barely landed out of bounds. Johnson's only other catch in the game was a beautiful over the shoulder deep ball. He was hit early and would have drawn a flag, but made the reception anyway.
2005 Week 9 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 91 / 0 rec)
Johnson had a relatively quiet day by his standards, as the Bengals emphasized the run to the detriment of the pass. Covered by Chris McAlister most of the game, Johnson made a spectacular 48 yard reception on the Bengals' final touchdown drive on a fly route down the right sideline. He went airborne, his body almost parallel with the ground, to catch the deep pass. His other four catches were generally over the middle slants to pick up short yardage and convert. This was the third consecutive game without a touchdown for Johnson, after scoring four weeks out of five between week two and week six.
2005 Week 11 vs IND (13 / 8 / 189 / 1 rec)
Johnson had a huge game catching eight receptions on 13 targets for 189 yards and a score. On that score, Johnson played to the crowd by proposing to a cheerleader, and writing "TO - I got you Baby" on a white board. Outside of that silliness, Johnson was clearly the focal point of the entire offense as Palmer looked for him on almost every play as his first read. Johnson made great catches, and once with the ball, ran past and in some cases over defenders.
2005 Week 12 vs BAL (6 / 5 / 88 / 1 rec)
With Johnson's first reception of seven yards, he passed the 1,000 yard receiving mark for the fourth season in a row. Johnson was targeted in the end zone, but was overthrown by Palmer. Johnson drew a defensive interference penalty call on Samari Rolle in the second quarter. Two plays later Johnson was wide open and made a 54 yard touchdown reception. Johnson left the field in the third quarter holding his right hamstring; the announcing crew speculated that it was because of dehydration. Johnson returned in the middle of the third quarter and though this was his fellow wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh's day to shine, he put in an admirable day with five receptions for 88 yards and his touchdown.
2005 Week 13 vs PIT (11 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
No end zone celebrations, but he made all five of his receptions look impressive. He made consecutive receptions of 19 and 16 yards on Cincinnati's first touchdown drive and finished with 54 yards. Johnson made most of his catches against zone coverage, which is why he was matched up in man-defense with an extra shadow most of the game. He also had a leaping grab called incomplete when officials ruled he did not have control of the ball that would have been good for 30 yards. Johnson limped off the field on the second play of the second half, and while he appeared a bit hampered by his undisclosed leg injury, he finished the game after missing just a few plays.
2005 Week 14 vs CLE (11 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Johnson only caught two passes on the afternoon, and saw physical coverage all day long, but came up with a key defensive pass interference late in the game to put the Bengals in field position to win the game. Johnson left the game early after a hard hit, but quickly returned to the field, with no lingering effects observed.
2005 Week 15 vs DET (13 / 11 / 99 / 1 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Johnson rebounded from last week's sub par performance catching 11 of the 15 balls thrown in his direction for 99 yards and a touchdown. Johnson's touchdown came on a one yard toss from Palmer in the corner of the end zone. With the Lion fans and those Bengals fans that made the trip to Detroit anxious for Johnson's latest celebration, he simply asked a teammate "What do I do", shrugged his shoulders, turned and handed the ball to the linesman who seemed as stunned as everyone else in the building.
2005 Week 16 vs BUF (15 / 9 / 117 / 1 rec)
Johnson had a big game, catching nine of his 15 targets for 117 yards and a 41 yard touchdown. He converted two third downs on the Bengals' third possession which led to their opening touchdown. The first came on third and ten, and he gained 18 yards. The other was on third and one and he turned the catch into a 12 yard gain. He caught a 15 yard pass two drives later and then dropped an easy pass. Palmer went straight back to him on the next play and Johnson turned it into a 41 yard touchdown. He left for the locker room 30 seconds early at the end of the first half with the Bills in possession, but was apparently fine. He had 91 yards by the half and had a quiet second half. Johnson dropped another easy pass that would have given him close to 20 yards on the play.
2005 Week 17 vs KC (6 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Johnson played at a more human level than his fans are accustomed to. He had fair statistics for a normal receiver but was held much below usual expectations for him. A probable disappointment for many fans, and not just Bengals fans, was that Johnson had promised a special celebration after he scored in Kansas City. Johnson is becoming a bit of a fan favorite everywhere with his friendly, entertaining antics following touchdowns. He makes an effort to entertain without insulting fans or opposing players.