WR Damaris Johnson - Free Agent
|5-8, 170||Born: 11-22-1989||College: Tulsa||Drafted: ---|
2014 Week 1 vs WAS (3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Many eyebrows were raised when newly acquired slot receiver Damaris Johnson was active on Sunday over a healthy Devier Posey. Johnson, who was claimed off waivers after being a victim of the last cuts in Philadelphia, was not only the primary punt returner but also played frequently in the slot. Johnson was the only receiver targeted besides Johnson and Hopkins, and the coaching staff seemed to design a play or two specifically for him. Johnson is nowhere near fantasy relevant yet, but he might merit watching in deeper PPR leagues, especially those that award points for special teams returns. Johnson showed impressive open field ability on the punt returns he had on Sunday, although unfortunately many were called back due to penalty. Given O'Brien's history with the Patriots, an offense known for valuing slot receivers, it will be interesting to see what develops once Johnson is given time to learn the scheme.
2014 Week 3 vs NYG (2 / 2 / 56 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Johnson has seen his role increase subtly every week this season, and was targeted on a 44 yard touchdown strike today from the slot. The Giants rolled the lone safety to the other side of the field, and Damaris simply burned right past the slot defender for the touchdown. There isn't nearly enough sustained offense to warrant Johnson being rostered in all but very deep leagues, but he is an interesting player to keep an eye on as bye weeks approach because of O'Brien's history with slot receivers such as Wes Welker and Julian Edleman. Johnson is not nearly to that level of proficiency and therefore role in the offense yet, but he is certainly on pace for a much bigger part given he only joined the team after being cut by the Eagles immediately before the season.
2014 Week 6 vs IND (3 / 3 / 62 / 0 rec)
Every week Johnson shows up just a little bit more and his share of this offense is growing. This week Johnson was targeted three times and made good on all three of those passes. Johnson had a brilliant catch in double coverage down the seam where he adjusted to the ball in mid-air. Johnson does not have the workload yet to justify ownership, but with 16.6 yards per catch over the season and 20.7 on Thursday, Johnson is too explosive for O'Brien and the Texans to ignore. Johnson is certainly worth a stash in deeper dynasty leagues.
2013 Week 6 vs TB (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Had one catch on his one target but did so in the middle of the field and showed that he wasn't afraid of contact doing so.
2013 Week 8 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Johnson primarily handles all the Eagles punt and kick return duties but he did see one target on offense and made the catch for a 6 yard gain.
2012 Week 2 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Johnson was used in the backfield on the Eagles' opening drive when he escaped to the edge for a five yard gain. He gained what his blockers gave him before running out of bounds. Johnson also made a nice reception for 13 yards. He ran an out route on Jimmy Smith that forced Smith to turn around. Because he had to wait on the throw from Michael Vick, Johnson was at the sideline by the time the ball arrived and he made an acrobatic reception while falling out of bounds.
2012 Week 3 vs ARI (11 / 5 / 84 / 0 rec)
Starting in place of an injured Jeremy Maclin, Damaris Johnson performed admirably. Vick showed confidence in the rookie from Tulsa early in the matchup. Johnson converted two 3rd downs during the 1st half of the game with receptions of 20 and 26 yards. On the 26 yarder, Johnson did most of the work, gaining 20 yards after the catch on the play. Later on the same drive, Vick targeted Johnson in the end zone on a deep pass attempt that was overthrown. During the Eagles drive for their second field goal of the 2nd half, Johnson was once again the go-to receiver, receiving two third down targets and converting one, a 15 yard reception on 3rd and 13. Johnson also added a 16 yard reception in garbage time. A nice statistical day for Johnson was marred by a lost fumble at the end of a gritty 15 yard punt return in the 1st half.
2012 Week 4 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Damaris Johnson had only one catch on Sunday night and has yet to produce anything of note in the 2012 regular season. Johnson was able to get inside against soft zone defense and haul in a slant pattern for a first down but was largely invisible for most of this game. Johnson has similar skills to star WR Jackson but is a lot less developed and polished as a WR. Johnson will continue to be low on the progression read for QB Vick until he works his way up the depth chart in Philadelphia.
2012 Week 12 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
In the absence of DeSean Jackson, rookie Damaris Johnson became the 'X' receiver and did a decent job. Johnson did most of his damage on punt returns, but his skill as a route runner is something to keep a close eye on. He only caught a pair of passes, but his speed and quickness are obvious on his returns, and he could have a part to play if Jackson's injury lingers.
2012 Week 14 vs TB (2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
After two solid receptions in the passing game against Tampa Bay, Johnson made a game-changing mistake on special teams. The Buccaneers were struggling to put a drive together on offense and Johnson muffed a punt inside the Philadelphia 15-yard line, resulting in a turnover. Johnson did not see any targets on offense after that play.
2012 Week 17 vs NYG (4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Damaris Johnson was rarely involved in this offense on Sunday and clearly a lot of work needs to be done if he is to climb the depth chart. Johnson got his hands on an end around rush attempt early in the game but there was no room to work with. Later in the game, Johnson managed to break free in the endzone for the wide open touchdown but QB Vick threw slightly too far in front and the pass fell incomplete. Johnson also got his hands on a nice in breaking pattern over the middle using his speed to get good separation but a penalty negated the play. The young WR has electric speed and quickness, comparable to Desean Jackson but needs to grow and mature in a new offense if he is to become more successful.