Johnson is just the nominal starter at wide receiver at this point, as he's seeing far less playing time than Adam Thielen (68 snaps), Cordarrelle Paterson (45 snaps) and even Jarius Wright (44) with Stefon Diggs out with a hamstring injury. Thielen has emerged as the No. 2 receiver and Johnson looks to have a minimal role in the offense.
Johnson had two receptions for 70 yards on four targets in Monday's win over the Giants.
It was Johnson's first notable game on offense this season after just three receptions for 20 yards in the first three games. However, the news wasn't all good as Johnson had fewer snaps (22) on offense than Adam Thielen (39) and Cordarrelle Patterson (36). It looks like Thielen has become the No. 2 receiver on the team even if Johnson is still starting opposite Stefon Diggs. Perhaps Johnson's decent game will earn him more targets, but the early trend is not in his favor.
Johnson continues to be a non-factor in the passing offense through three games, as he has just 10 targets and three receptions. It may not be long until he loses his No. 2 wide receiver role.
Johnson may be the No. 2 receiver on the depth chart, but he hasn't produced much through two weeks (just three receptions). He also had fewer targets than third receiver Adam Thielen (five targets). A change in quarterback to Sam Bradford didn't improve his stock after Week 1 either. Unless the
Johnson had just one reception for six yards on six targets in Sunday's win at Tennessee.
Johnson was on the field for 49 of 63 plays on offense as the clear No. 2 receiver. However, he didn't have a good game as he failed to pull in several targets that could have been caught. While Johnson is the clear No. 2 receiver, he may not get many targets with the Vikings playing a conservative offense.
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