Johnson didn't see a single target Week 17 and ended the 2020 campaign catching 14 of 19 targets for 189 yards across 16 games.
In his second season with the Vikings, Johnson played a much quieter role and didn't see even half the targets (44) as last year. With Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson as the primary receivers and Chad Beebe passing him on the depth chart, the 2019 seventh-round pick wasn't able to have the same number of opportunities. Depending how Minnesota proceeds in the offseason -- especially as it pertains to Beebe, a restricted free agent -- Johnson may have even more competition for the No. 3 wide receiver role in 2021.
Johnson hauled in his only target for 13 yards during Friday's 52-33 loss to the Saints.
It may not have been an especially eventful Christmas Day outing from the 2019 seventh-round pick, but at least Johnson proved capable of snapping his three-game catch drought over his workload of 11 offensive snaps. Johnson possesses two notable fantasy outings on the year, producing a combined 10 catches for 130 yards between his season-best Week 1 and 12 performances. In 13 other 2020 outings, however, Johnson has totaled only four receptions for 59 yards.
Johnson was not targeted over nine offensive snaps during Sunday's 33-27 loss to the Bears.
Johnson enjoyed a seven-catch, 74-yard performance Week 12 against Carolina while Adam Thielen remained on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he's since reverted to an obsolete offensive role with the receiving corps returned to full strength. Justin Jefferson's emergence has largely pushed Johnson out of the picture in the passing game, exemplified again Week 15 as the rookie's 11 targets combined with Thielen's three to constitute 87.5 percent of the Vikings' total WR targets.
Johnson went without a target over 19 offensive snaps during Sunday's 26-14 loss to Tampa Bay.
Ten different Vikings were targeted in the Week 14 defeat, but Johnson went without an offensive look for a second consecutive contest. He produced an eye-catching seven receptions for 74 yards Week 12 against the Panthers while Adam Thielen resided on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Otherwise, he has no outings exceeding 25 yards since posting three catches and 56 yards Week 1 against Green Bay.
Johnson didn't receive a target in the 27-24 overtime win against the Jaguars.
Johnson played a season-high 58 snaps on offense in last week's win over the Panthers, when Adam Thielen was on the COVID-19 list. Thielen returned this week, however, and Johnson reverted to the No. 4 wideout role, playing just eight snaps and failing to receive a target for the fifth time this year. Chad Beebe appears to be the clear No. 3 behind Thielen and Justin Jefferson.
Johnson secured all seven targets for 74 yards and caught a two-point conversion pass in the Vikings' 28-27 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
With Adam Thielen hitting the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week, Johnson stepped seamlessly into the No. 2 role and ended up pacing the Vikings in receiving yardage. The second-year wideout also tied multiple teammates for the team lead in receptions, and his two-point conversion grab in the fourth quarter was critical in that it brought Minnesota to within a field goal. Johnson had been virtually invisible this season while seeing Thielen and Justin Jefferson log the overwhelming majority of the passing game work, and despite his strong showing Sunday, he appears destined to revert to anonymity if Thielen is back for a Week 13 matchup against the Jaguars.
Johnson will start as the No. 2 wide receiver Sunday against Carolina with Chad Beebe working as the No. 3 slot receiver while Adam Thielen remains on the COVID-19 list, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Johnson has just five receptions this season and has been outplayed by Beebe, who moved ahead of him for the No. 3 role when Thielen was healthy. However, it looks like Johnson will get increased playing time and opportunities against Carolina.
Johnson had one reception for nine yards in Sunday's loss to Dallas.
It was his first reception since Week 5 and he played just four snaps on offense. Meanwhile, Chad Beebe played 17 snaps on offense despite not getting a target. Despite the catch, there isn't any change in Johnson's role as a deep reserve and fourth receiver. However, he could have a larger role this week if Adam Thielen misses time after landing on the COVID-19 list.
Johnson did not haul in his lone target during Monday night's 19-13 win against the Bears.
Johnson has not recorded a reception since Week 5, though he did at least break his skid of three consecutive outings without a target Monday night. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen continue to dominate the wide receiver workload, combining for 12 receptions, 178 yards and two touchdowns against Chicago, while Chad Beebe got involved with two catches and 16 yards of his own. Heading into a Week 11 matchup against the Cowboys, Johnson remains a depth option among perhaps the most top-heavy receiving corps in the NFL.
Johnson was not targeted on any of his eight offensive snaps during Sunday's 34-20 win against the Lions.
Johnson has been sparsely involved as Justin Jefferson continues to emerge as a Rookie of the Year candidate, collecting just one reception for 13 yards since Week 3. The 23-year-old receiver started Minnesota's first two games of the season while fielding a combined 75 offensive snaps, but he has compiled just 45 total snaps on that side of the ball over his past six appearances.
Johnson wasn't targeted in Sunday's 28-22 win over Green Bay.
Kirk Cousins threw only 14 passes compared to 34 rushing plays, and none of those attempts went Johnson's way. Johnson caught three passes for 56 yards in the season opener but hasn't posted a multi-catch performance since.
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.
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