Johnson recorded 21 catches (on 42 targets) for 187 yards and one touchdown in 10 appearances during the 2019 campaign.
A regular in the Cardinals offense through Week 11, Johnson was a healthy scratch for the last six games of the season. The weekly decision was a curious one, considering the team was unable to get consistent production out of its outside receivers. Perhaps a full offseason to get acquainted with Kyler Murray and within coach Kliff Kingsbury's system will help Johnson regain a hold in the WR rotation, but he also will have competition for reps in the form of Trent Sherfield and fellow 2019 draftees Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler.
Johnson (coach's decision) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Johnson will be a healthy scratch for the fourth consecutive time Sunday, as he has 21 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown this season. With the rookie sidelined again, Andy Isabella and Trent Sherfield are in line to handle the depth receiver snaps for the game.
Johnson (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Browns, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Johnson has yet to suit up since the team's Week 12 bye, marking his third consecutive absence and fourth overall this season. If he continues to be a healthy scratch the rest of the way, he'll finish his rookie campaign with a 21-187-1 line on 42 targets.
Johnson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Johnson missed just one contest prior to the Cardinals' Week 12 bye, only to emerge from the break with back-to-back healthy scratches. While the rookie sticks to the sideline, the offense will rely on Andy Isabella, Damiere Byrd and Trent Sherfield as its outside receivers.
Johnson (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Prior to the Cardinals' Week 12 bye, Johnson was a healthy scratch just once in 11 games, so his inclusion among the inactives this weekend is somewhat surprising. In his absence, Andy Isabella, Trent Sherfield and Damiere Byrd will serve as the team's outside receivers in some order.
Johnson recorded two catches on two targets for 14 yards during Sunday's 36-26 loss in San Francisco.
Johnson led all Cardinals outside receivers with a 33 percent share of the offensive plays, but once again he failed to impact the box score much, failing short of 20 receiving yards for the sixth time in 10 appearances this season. Because he has just 8.9 yards per catch, 4.5 yards per target and a 50 percent catch rate, it's difficult to rely on Johnson from week to week.
Johnson played 53 percent of the offensive snaps during Sunday's 30-27 defeat in Tampa Bay.
Despite leading all Cardinals outside receivers in the category, Johnson was blanked in the box score, failing to haul in any of his four targets. He's has the steadiest role at his particular position this season, seeing at least 40 percent of plays on offense in seven of nine appearances. Still, fellow rookie wide receiver Andy Isabella has come on of late with a 4-166-1 line on four targets over the last two games. At the moment, it appears coach Kliff Kingsbury is comfortable with the duo operating on the outside with 2019 first overall pick Kyler Murray under center.
Johnson secured two of three targets for 22 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' 28-25 loss to the 49ers on Thursday.
A healthy inactive just four days prior in Week 8, Johnson made an impact Thursday with a nine-yard touchdown grab early in the third quarter. The rookie hasn't come close to matching his 5-46 line from Week 1 against the Lions, and despite logging his first career touchdown Thursday, his production will remain hard to trust in Week 10 against the Buccaneers.
Johnson (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Since hauling in five of 10 targets in the season-opening tie with Detroit in his NFL debut, Johnson has seen his role in the Cardinals' passing attack diminish. He's notched only 12 receptions over the past six games and played a season-low five snaps in the Week 7 win over the Giants while the coaching staff handed more opportunities to Pharoh Cooper and Andy Isabella. With Johnson inactive, Damiere Byrd and Trent Sherfield will represent the Cardinals' main downfield threats in Week 8.
Johnson tallied one reception (on two targets) for six yards during Sunday's 27-21 road win versus the Giants.
Johnson's share of the offensive snaps has swung wildly from week to week, ranging from 32 percent Week 2 to a season-high 95 percent Week 5. Consequently, the sudden drop Sunday to eight percent of those plays was unprecedented, as no injury was reported for the 2019 second-round pick, and the receiving corps still was without Christian Kirk (ankle). Johnson was a distant third to fellow outside options Trent Sherfield (82 percent) and Damiere Byrd (80 percent) in terms of usage, so it'll be interesting to see if that remains the reality Week 8 versus the Saints and beyond.
Johnson recorded two catches (on five targets) for 14 yards during Sunday's 34-33 win versus the Falcons.
While the Cardinals had outside wide receiver Damiere Byrd back in the lineup for the first time since Week 3, Johnson retained an 81 percent share of the offensive snaps Sunday, good for most among the team's receiving corps. Johnson likely will move back to a middling workload when Byrd is 100 percent healthy, but no matter his number of reps he'll have a regular role weekly in an offense that's finding its footing under rookie signal-caller Kyler Murray.
Johnson caught three of seven targets for 22 yards and added one carry for three yards in Sunday's 26-23 win over the Bengals.
Getting the start with Christian Kirk (ankle) and Damiere Byrd (hamstring) both inactive, Johnson was second only to Larry Fitzgerald in targets for the Cardinals on the day but wasn't able to do much damage with them. His longest catch went for only nine yards. The rookie sixth-round pick will continue to feature in coach Kliff Kingsbury's WR-heavy game plan even after his competition gets healthy, but as yet Johnson hasn't shown he'll be able to contribute much fantasy value even when he lands in an expanded role.
Johnson is the top candidate to receive his first career start Sunday in Cincinnati with Christian Kirk (ankle) and Damiere Byrd (hamstring) unlikely to suit up, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
If both Kirk and Byrd are among the Cardinals' Week 5 inactives, the remaining outside receivers will be Trent Sherfield, Johnson and Andy Isabella, with Larry Fitzgerald and Pharoh Cooper manning the two slot positions. On the season, Johnson has consistently been the fourth wide receiver in the pecking order, earning 55.4 percent of the offensive snaps. With Kirk (93 percent) and Byrd (71.8) sidelined, Johnson could become the second-most-utilized WR behind Fitzgerald.
Johnson notched two catches (on three targets) for 19 yards during Sunday's 27-10 defeat to the Seahawks.
Johnson has settled in as the fourth-most utilized wide receiver for the Cardinals. The status quo was maintained Week 4, even with Damiere Byrd (hamstring) out of the lineup. Byrd's absence thrust Trent Sherfield into an increased role, with Sherfield matching Larry Fitzgerald's workload (53 of 63 snaps on offense) behind Christian Kirk (59) and ahead of Johnson (36). Having said that, Kirk suffered a wicked lower leg injury near the end of this contest, so Johnson's standing as his direct backup could result in a corresponding boost in work.
Johnson logged 36 of 75 offensive snaps during Sunday's 38-20 loss to the Panthers.
Johnson again ranked fourth among Cardinals wide receivers in offensive snap share, seeing 48 percent behind Damiere Byrd (96 percent), Larry Fitzgerald (92) and Christian Kirk (92). On this occasion, Johnson was utilized far more than Michael Crabtree, who matched the former's 32 percent in Week 2 but fell off to just 17 percent Sunday. Arizona opted to release Crabtree on Monday, so Johnson seems to be locked in as the team's No. 4 WR, which translated to three receptions on four targets for 13 yards in Week 3.
Johnson made one reception (on two targets) for 31 yards and caught a two-point conversion during Sunday's 23-17 defeat in Baltimore.
Johnson was the wide receiver to lose snaps with Michael Crabtree making his Cardinals debut, falling from 76 percent of the offensive plays in the season opener to just 32 percent Week 2. Crabtree got exactly the same share, which was well behind the top trio of Larry Fitzgerald (95), Christian Kirk (93) and Damiere Byrd (93). There's no telling if Crabtree will eventually crack that group, but Johnson's precipitous drop in workload seems to be the biggest initial takeaway from the veteran's presence.
Johnson hauled in five of his 10 targets for 46 yards during Sunday's 27-27 tie with the Lions.
Johnson was the third wide receiver selected by the Cardinals in the 2019 draft, going in the sixth round after second-rounder Andy Isabella and fourth-round pick Hakeem Butler. Granted, Butler is on IR with an avulsion fracture in his hand, but Isabella didn't even log one snap on offense Week 1. Meanwhile, Johnson was heavily utilized, ranking fourth in offensive snaps behind Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and Damiere Byrd. This game went to overtime, so Johnson may not be targeted double-digit times too often this season, especially with the imminent Arizona debut of Michael Crabtree, who was a healthy scratch Sunday but is expected to be active Week 2 in Baltimore.
Johnson brought in all four of his targets for 19 yards in the Cardinals' 20-7 preseason loss to the Broncos on Thursday.
Johnson put a solid stamp on his strong preseason with Thursday's performance, seemingly cementing his case for the No. 4 receiver job to open the coming campaign. The Fresno State product has outperformed his sixth-round pedigree thus far, and it now remains to be seen if he'll be able to carry that over into the regular season with what figure to be fewer opportunities overall.
Johnson hauled in all seven of his targets for 85 yards in the team's third preseason game against Minnesota on Saturday.
Johnson didn't make his first catch until late in the opening quarter, but still made a number of long catches. Specifically, he was on the receiving end of 19- and 29-yard passes from Kyler Murray, accounting for over half of his total yardage. There's been recent buzz that Johnson could emerge as the team's number three receiver, and this performance will only add to that speculation.
Johnson is making a case for the No. 3 receiver job in Arizona, ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss reports.
Weinfuss believes the sixth-round pick has stepped ahead of second-round selection Andy Isabella, while Scott Bordow of The Athletic simply notes that both rookies should have spots in four-receiver sets. It seems a bit early to make assumptions, with Trent Sherfield, Damiere Byrd and Kevin White (hamstring) also in the mix to earn snaps. Johnson hasn't exactly torn it up through two preseason games, catching five of 10 targets for 52 yards. Sherfield has brought in five of six passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns, and Isabella has one catch for a 59-yard score on four targets. The third week of the preseason should provide some insight.
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