The Panthers signed Johnson to a contract Friday, Max Henson of the team's official site reports. Drafted in the seventh round by the Packers in 2013, Johnson has made all his hay as a professional with the Vikings, tallying 60 receptions (on 109 targets) for 843 yards and two touchdowns over the last three seasons. With the transaction, the Panthers have effectively replaced Ted Ginn and Philly Brown with Johnson and Russell Shepard. Nonetheless, Johnson will likely have to scrounge for scraps behind Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen, which isn't exactly conducive to significant output.
Johnson is an unrestricted free agent after not being tendered by the Vikings, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Johnson finished the 2016 season, his third with Minnesota, with 20 receptions for 232 yards. The 28 year old wideout has little value beyond a depth receiver role and a special teams player.
Johnson had one reception for 11 yards on one target in Sunday's win over Chicago. After a breakout campaign in 2014, Johnson was hurt and languished on the bench in 2015. He finally got back on the field at times this season, but finished with just 20 receptions for 232 yards. He'll be a restricted free agent this offseason and the Vikings may decide to look elsewhere since he's had such a small role the past two years.
Johnson (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bears, Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune reports. Johnson will be a top-three option at receiver for the Vikings in Week 17 with Stefon Diggs (hip) ruled out, so he could see additional targets in the team's season finale.
Johnson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears. Johnson was unable to practice Friday, which followed limited sessions earlier this week due to a knee problem. With both starter Stefon Diggs (hip) and rookie Laquon Treadwell (ankle) listed as doubtful, the Vikings could be down to just Adam Thielen, Cordarrelle Patterson and Jarius Wright at wide receiver if Johnson is unavailable Sunday.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/10||@San Francisco 49ers||27||24.25|
|3||09/24||New Orleans Saints||29||24.75|
|4||10/01||@New England Patriots||7||19.74|
|8||10/29||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||20||22.88|
|12||11/26||@New York Jets||19||22.75|
|13||12/03||@New Orleans Saints||29||24.75|
|15||12/17||Green Bay Packers||33||29.11|
|16||12/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||20||22.88|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||36||20||278||1||12||13.90||33|