Johnson is in line to serve as the Cardinals' No. 2 wide receiver for Sunday's road game against the Rams with Larry Fitzgerald (groin) and Christian Kirk (undisclosed, reserve/COVID-19 list) sidelined, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. After making just two appearances through Arizona's first 10 contests of the season, Johnson has received a varied snap count in five consecutive games, leading to a 10-131-0 line on 13 targets. Behind DeAndre Hopkins, Chase Edmonds and tight end Dan Arnold, reps and passes from Kyler Murray still will be available for Johnson, Andy Isabella and Trent Sherfield. Considering his recent workload, Johnson should lead that trio, but his career mark of 5.5 yards per target doesn't project significant production.
Johnson is slated for a larger role in the Cardinals offense Sunday against the Rams after Christian Kirk (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. While he was inactive for eight of the first 10 games of the campaign, Johnson has had a modest role in the offense over the last five contests, hauling in 10 of 13 targets for 131 yards during that span. With Kirk out of the picture Week 17 and Larry Fitzgerald (groin) seemingly poised to join him on Arizona's list of inactives, Johnson could bump all the way up to the No. 2 receiver alongside DeAndre Hopkins. Still, in Johnson's 17 career appearances, he's averaged just 5.5 yards per target, so he may be hard-pressed for a notable performance Week 17, even if he experiences a decent increase in volume.
Johnson caught two of three passes for 50 yards during Saturday's 20-12 defeat to the 49ers. Johnson did most of his damage on a 45-yard bomb late in the third quarter, which was the Cardinals' longest play of the game. He otherwise was quiet on his 20 snaps on offense behind DeAndre Hopkins (75 of 82), Larry Fitzgerald (71) and Christian Kirk (68). Having said that, Hopkins suffered an upper-body injury during the game and Fitzgerald's recent practice reps were capped due to a groin issue, so the state of Arizona's receiving corps is in some flux.
Johnson totaled two receptions (on three targets) for 38 yards during Sunday's 33-26 victory against the Eagles. The Cardinals made Andy Isabella a healthy scratch for a second straight game, going instead with Johnson as the fourth wide receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald. Johnson's 32-yard catch at the end of the first half was Arizona's fourth-longest play of the contest, but he otherwise was quiet on 20 other offensive plays. Assuming he's available on game days, his lack of snaps and targets don't give much hope for production on a weekly basis.
Johnson reeled in one of two passes for nine yards during Sunday's 26-7 road win versus the Giants. With Larry Fitzgerald back from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Cardinals opted to make Andy Isabella a healthy scratch, which allowed Johnson to work as the No. 4 wide receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk and Fitzgerald. The top trio earned between 72 and 84 percent of the plays on offense, while Johnson was limited to 24 percent and Trent Sherfield to six percent. Only Johnson got into the act among those two, but a nine-yard catch on such a small snap share is nothing to write home about.
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