Johnson had one reception for 13 yards on his only target in Sunday's loss at Seattle.
Johnson played just eight snaps on offense, as he's been reduced to a minor role as the fourth receiver with the emergence of Justin Jefferson.
Johnson recorded no receptions on one target during Sunday's 31-23 win against the Texans.
Johnson collected four receptions for 80 yards Weeks 1 and 2, but as rookie Justin Jefferson has come to the forefront with 278 yards and a touchdown the past two games, the Colorado State product has seen his offensive role shrink. Johnson was on the field for a combined 75 offensive snaps Weeks 1 and 2, but he has been granted just a total of 16 the past two weeks. Operating within an offense that fed Jefferson and Adam Thielen a combined 15 of 22 team targets during its first win of the 2020 season, Johnson appears destined for a bit role barring some sort of injury ahead of him on the depth chart.
Johnson didn't have a pass thrown his way and played just five snaps on offense in Sunday's 31-30 loss to Tennessee.
Justin Jefferson started at wide receiver opposite Adam Thielen and had a breakout game with 175 yards receiving. Johnson began the season as the starter opposite Thielen, but he has moved to a reserve role and may not get many targets if the top two wideouts stay healthy. Johnson has even fallen to the No. 4 WR role as Chad Beebe had 22 snaps on offense and was used as the slot receiver Sunday.
Johnson had one reception for 24 yards on three targets in Sunday's loss at Indianapolis.
Johnson played 42 snaps on offense compared to Justin Jefferson's 29 snaps, but Jefferson had three receptions on a similar three targets. Minnesota's passing game couldn't get on track as Kirk Cousins struggled with a 15.9 NFL passer rating, so it's hard to read too much into Johnson's performance. Johnson still is ahead of Jefferson on the depth chart, but it seems only a matter of time before the 2020 first-round draft pick passes him for a more prominent role.
Johnson hauled in three of four targets for 56 yards in the Vikings' 43-34 loss to the Packers on Sunday.
Johnson trailed both fellow wideout Adam Thielen and running back Alexander Mattison in receptions, but he made good use of his relatively few opportunities. The second-year wideout notably clawed his way to some relevance last season in an offense that often features a narrow distribution of targets, and with Stefon Diggs now in Buffalo, Johnson could improve on 2019's 31-294-3 line if he can continue hanging on to the second receiver job over rookie Justin Jefferson. Johnson will look to build on Sunday's solid effort in a Week 2 interconference road battle against the Colts next Sunday.
Johnson is listed as the No. 2 wide receiver on Minnesota's initial unofficial depth chart, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Rookie Justin Jefferson primarily worked with the first-team offense during scrimmages in the slot with Johnson as the No. 2 receiver opposite Adam Thielen, so this listing isn't a surprise. Still, Jefferson could overtake Johnson quickly in the offense to become the No. 2 receiver. A larger issue may be how often the Vikings use a third receiver, as the team had limited use of three-receiver sets last season. However, that could change slightly under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak.
Johnson worked as the No. 2 receiver on the outside with the first-team offense in Friday's dress rehearsal scrimmage at U.S. Bank Stadium, Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Johnson had three targets for 17 yards in the two quarters played in the scrimmage, according to Arif Hasani of The Athletic. Justin Jefferson worked with the first-team offense in the slot, and it's still a question of whether Johnson or Jefferson will start opposite Adam Thielen in two-receiver sets. The Vikings had limited use of three-receiver sets last season, though that could change slightly under offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. While Jefferson, as the 2020 first-round draft pick, may emerge as the No. 2 receiver, Johnson could begin the season with the most snaps opposite Thielen.
Johnson has been working with the starting offense as the No. 2 receiver at training camp, Chad Graff of The Athletic reports.
The difference between being the No. 2 or No. 3 receiver is particularly important in Minnesota, where TE Kyle Rudolph, TE Irv Smith and FB C.J. Ham combined for 1,759 offensive snaps last year. Development from Johnson and rookie first-round pick Justin Jefferson could inspire OC Gary Kubiak to use 11 personnel (three-wide) a bit more often this year, but the Vikings would likely still rank near the top of the league in usage of both 12 (two TEs) and 21 (two backs). Despite his modest 31-294-3 receiving line as a rookie last year, Johnson has managed to stay ahead of Jefferson in the early days of training camp, relegating the rookie to No. 3 status for the time being.
Johnson caught 31 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns and rushed once for six yards in 16 games this season.
The rookie seventh-round pick ended up making six starts -- five while Adam Thielen was sidelined from Weeks 10 to 15 -- but he had only 11 catches for 89 yards and one touchdown in that stretch. Johnson currently sits No. 3 on the depth chart at wide receiver and overall it was a solid debut campaign given his draft position, but it seems likely the Vikings look for an upgrade this offseason behind Thielen and Stefon Diggs.
Johnson caught one of his two targets for a six-yard gain during Monday's 23-10 loss to Green Bay.
Johnson hasn't caught multiple passes in a game since Week 11. The rookie continues to function as the No. 3 WR, with his 24 snaps Monday being 18 more than fellow receiver Alexander Hollins. The Vikings' frequent use of a second tight end over a third receiver, however, limits Johnson's production. The regular season ends Sunday against a Bears team against whom Johnson caught four passes for 35 yards in Week 4.
Johnson (quadriceps) is listed as active Sunday against the Chargers at L.A.
Listed as limited on the Vikings' final two Week 15 practice reports due to a quad injury, Johnson's availability was in question for this contest. While he's available to the offense, the return of Adam Thielen (hamstring) from a four-game absence likely won't afford Johnson many targets, especially with his health compromised.
Johnson (quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Johnson was added to Minnesota's injury report Thursday after the quad issue limited his participation in practice that day. The Vikings apparently weren't convinced he was fully healthy after evaluating him in Friday's session, so his Week 15 status will be shrouded in some uncertainty for now. Even if Johnson moves past the injury and is cleared to play Sunday, he may be headed for a downturn in targets with fellow wideout Adam Thielen (hamstring) slated to return from a five-game absence.
Johnson was added to the injury report Thursday as a limited participant due to a quadriceps injury.
The mid-week addition likely means he hurt his quad during practice, so we may need to wait until Friday to figure out if Johnson is in any real danger of missing Sunday's game against the Chargers. The Vikings hope it won't make much difference in terms of their Week 15 gameplan, as Johnson likely will see his snap count drastically reduced if Adam Thielen (hamstring) is finally ready to play.
Johnson had one reception for a nine-yard touchdown on his lone target in Sunday's win over Detroit.
Johnson started opposite Stefon Diggs with Adam Thielen (hamstring) sidelined again. He didn't get many balls thrown his way for a second consecutive week, but did help fantasy players with the touchdown. Despite increased playing time with Thielen out, Johnson has just four targets the past two games. His lack of receptions is troubling considering he's starting in Thielen's absence and had nine targets Week 11.
Johnson is expected to retain a significant workload with Adam Thielen (hamstring) doubtful to play Sunday against the Lions, Kyle Ratke of USA Today reports.
Since Thielen injured his hamstring Week 7 in Detroit, Johnson regularly has been the Vikings' No. 2 wide receiver behind Stefon Diggs. Earning between 56 and 83 percent of the offensive snaps over the last six games, Johnson hasn't done much with the increased snaps, reeling in 16 of 28 targets for 132 yards and two touchdowns. He'll look to make a splash Sunday versus a Detroit defense that has surrendered the fifth-most catches (165) to wide receivers this season.
Johnson had one reception for one yard across three targets in Monday's 37-30 loss to Seattle.
A week after leading the Vikings in targets while Adam Thielen (hamstring) was out, Johnson wasn't as big a factor in the passing game, despite starting opposite Stefon Diggs. The rookie could have a larger role Week 14 against Detroit if Thielen's injury keeps him sidelined for a fourth straight game.
Johnson reeled in five of nine targets for 35 yards during Sunday's 27-23 win over Denver.
With Denver sliding coverage over to Stefon Diggs -- arguably not often enough -- Johnson was given plenty of one-on-one opportunities short during Sunday's game, though he was unable to get loose up the field like some of his teammates. The rookie seventh-round pick has outplayed his draft position, but he hasn't been much of a threat downfield and hasn't put together any big performances in place of Adam Thielen (hamstring). Thielen's status coming out of the bye week will be important to monitor, as the veteran target figures to eat into what production Johnson and tight end Kyle Rudolph have enjoyed in his absence.
Johnson is starting for Adam Thielen (hamstring) on Sunday against the Broncos.
Although Johnson has received at least 71 percent of the offensive snaps in four consecutive games, he's managed to haul in just nine of 16 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns during that stretch. Expect a similar workload for Johnson in Week 11, but he may find it difficult to produce against a Denver defense that has conceded the fifth-fewest TDs (five) and seventh-fewest YPT (7.4) to wideouts this season.
Johnson started opposite Stefon Diggs at receiver and had two receptions for 25 yards on four targets in Sunday's win at Dallas.
Minnesota's run-heavy approach limited the passes to wide receivers as just 11 of 30 targets went to wideouts. Johnson could remain the No. 2 receiver if Adam Thielen (hamstring) remains out next week against Denver.
Johnson's teammate Adam Thielen (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Dallas.
With Thielen either inactive or suffering an in-game injury the past three weeks, Johnson has played 71, 74 and 83 percent of snaps, catching seven of 12 targets for 71 yards and two touchdowns. The target volume hasn't been encouraging, but he at least figures to see a lot of playing time Sunday night in Dallas.
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