Johnson caught one of three targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 26-7 loss to Carolina. After seeing 19 percent of the offensive snaps Week 1, Johnson jumped to 41 percent Sunday while Adam Trautman fell from 82 to 52. While it's possible that game script played a large role in those disparities considering the Saints attempted nearly half as many rushing attempts compared to the season opener, Johnson saw three looks in both games, and it looks like he could have some sort of role in the passing game regardless of the situation. Next up is a Week 3 trip to New England.
Johnson hauled in all three of his targets for 21 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 38-3 win over the Packers. Johnson served as a wide receiver during his rookie year in 2020, but he transitioned to tight end during the offseason and became more involved in the offense during camp. The 25-year-old played just 12 offensive snaps Sunday, but he saw some work in the red zone during the blowout win. Although fellow tight end Adam Trautman led the team with six targets against Green Bay, Johnson made an immediate impact at his new position.
Johnson has made the regular-season roster at tight end, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports. Johnson figures to have some sort of role as a pass-catching tight end throughout the year. However, with top receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) set to miss the first six weeks of the season and both Adam Trautman (ankle) and Nick Vannett (knee) bouncing back from minor injuries, Johnson could have a chance to show what he can do in an expanded role as soon as Week 1.
Johnson is more involved in the offense since transitioning to tight end, Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Johnson mainly was used to block from a receiver position during his rookie year, but he has since been moved to tight end in Year 2, and it appears to be a more natural fit for the 6-foot-4, 231-pound Oregon product. Not only can Johnson still be used to block, he is more of a receiving mismatch against linebackers than he is against cornerbacks, as evidenced by his two-catch, 71-yard performance during last weekend's preseason game against Baltimore. Add in the fact that none of New Orleans' other depth options at tight end seem to have stood out this summer, and Johnson seems to have a great chance at securing a roster spot yet again.
Johnson spent time working at tight end this offseason, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports. Johnson was mostly asked to block when active on game days during his rookie year. The Saints have since talked about moving him from receiver to tight end, and Johnson practicing at that position during spring workouts all but confirms that notion. At 6-foot-4 and 231 pounds, Johnson will probably need to put on a little weight in order to excel as an in-line blocker, but the second-year Oregon product could potentially carve out a significant role as a pass catcher considering the Saints have little receiving talent at tight end behind Adam Trautman.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/26||@New England Patriots||7||18.00|
|4||10/03||New York Giants||15||23.00|
|5||10/10||@Washington Football Team||24||29.00|
|8||10/31||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||42.00|
|14||12/12||@New York Jets||4||15.00|
|15||12/19||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||42.00|
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|3 Year Avg||10||4||39||0||3||9.75||3|