Steve Johnson is a free agent this offseason, and he will likely be a reserve receiver no matter where he ends up. He missed all of the 2016 season with a knee injury, and he was limited to 10 games in 2015. The Chargers cut him in March, and it will be hard for him to play a prominent role since he turns 31 in July and has struggled since leaving Buffalo in 2013. Keep an eye on where Johnson ends up, but he should not be drafted in the majority of leagues.
The Chargers have released Johnson (knee). Per NFL.com, the move saves the Chargers $3.5 million. Johnson, who turns 31 in July, did not see any regular season action in 2016, following meniscus surgery in August. Assuming he is able to re-prove the soundness of his knee, Johnson should catch on elsewhere, given his level of experience, good size (6-foot-2, 207 pounds), and past production, notably during his stint with the Bills, which ended in 2013.
Johnson (knee) was officially placed on injured reserve Thursday. Johnson underwent successful knee surgery Tuesday, but wasn't placed on injured reserve until Thursday, which has now officially ended his 2016 campaign. The 30-year-old receiver has played in eight NFL seasons and will likely have to prove he's still got enough left in the tank following a tough knee injury. The Chargers signed James Jones to fill in for Johnson at wide receiver to help provide depth behind projected starters Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin.
Johnson (knee) will not play this season after undergoing surgery to repair his meniscus. Johnson suffered the injury in Sunday's practice, and underwent surgery on his knee Tuesday. The procedure was said to have gone well, but unfortunately the veteran learned Wednesday that he will be sidelined for the year. Johnson played 10 games with the Chargers last season tallying up 497 yards and three touchdowns in the process.
Johnson (knee) underwent knee surgery Tuesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. As is normally reported in such cases, the procedure was said to have gone well, though at this point there is still no timetable for the wideout's potential return to action. Even if Johnson's knee repairs Tuesday were minor, time seems to be working against him relative to the possibility of suiting up in Week 1. In his absence, Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin top the Chargers' wideout depth cart, while Tyrell Williams, Dontrelle Inman, James Jones and Javontee Herndon jostle for slotting behind the team's top duo.
Johnson (torn meniscus) will not have a recovery timetable until after he undergoes surgery later this week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Johnson has already been diagnosed with a torn mensicus, but the full extent of the damage won't be known until doctors get a clear look inside his knee. Even a best-case scenario would likely lead to missed time at the beginning of the season, while a worst-case scenario might rule him out for the year. Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams are the favorites to earn the No. 3 wideout role in Johnson's absence, though the Chargers have also been working out some veteran free agents.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||Kansas City Chiefs||18||22.41|
|5||10/08||@New York Giants||13||21.29|
|8||10/29||@New England Patriots||7||19.74|
|15||12/17||@Kansas City Chiefs||18||22.41|
|16||12/24||@New York Jets||19||22.75|
|3 Year Avg||38||27||311||2||18||11.52||43|