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Bryant Johnson | Wide Receiver

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (34) / 3/7/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 214
College: Penn State
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Texans released WR Bryant Johnson, G Kasey Studdard, OLs Nick Mondek and Thomas Austin, LB Omar Gaither, P Brett Hartmann, and RB Davin Meggett.
Johnson is nearing the end of the line at age 31. He hasn't caught more than 35 balls in a season since a one-season cameo with the 49ers back in 2008. Meggett, the son of former Giants star Dave Meggett, couldn't secure the kick returner role. Sun, Aug 26, 2012 06:41:00 PM

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Texans re-signed WR Bryant Johnson.

Although Houston carried Johnson on the roster for all 16 games last year, he managed just six catches for 90 yards while playing 17 percent of the snaps. It speaks volumes about the state of Roy Williams' career that Johnson was the preferred option after Thursday's workout. Johnson will only stay on the roster if Lestar Jean and/or DeVier Posey fail to emerge in August. Jean remains the favorite for the third receiver job.
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 06:01:00 PM

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain believes free agent Bryant Johnson has a better chance to sign with the Texans than free agent Roy Williams.

Neither is a good player, but Johnson has a better grasp of Gary Kubiak's offense after spending 16 games on the roster last year. The Texans' persistent interest in washed-up wideouts suggests they're not counting on much from third-round pick DeVier Posey in 2012. Posey by all accounts struggled in OTAs.
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 11:40:00 PM

Bryant Johnson will become the Texans' No. 3 wideout while Andre Johnson (hamstring) is sidelined.

Johnson is a former first-round pick that was dumped by the Lions due to a lack of production. He struggles to get open and will be the fourth option on a team that plans on going run heavy. Even deep leaguers can move along.
Tue, Oct 4, 2011 08:17:00 AM

Coach Gary Kubiak hinted that WR Bryant Johnson is going to stick on the Texans' final roster.

Johnson, who just signed on Monday, had three catches for 64 yards in last night's preseason finale. "We'll go back to see how he played but I think he should be able to help us," Kubiak said. The Texans are desperate for a No. 4 receiver behind Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones. The declining Johnson would need multiple injuries ahead of him to get on the fantasy radar.
Fri, Sep 2, 2011 10:19:00 AM

Texans agreed to terms with WR Bryant Johnson, formerly of the Lions.

The Texans want more reliability from their fourth receiver position, but Johnson isn't the answer. One of the worst wideouts in football, the 30-year-old's production and overall skill set have declined rapidly over the past 3-4 seasons. Still, the move should put Dorin Dickerson and Lestar Jean on notice.
Mon, Aug 29, 2011 07:46:00 PM

Lions informed WR Bryant Johnson of his release.

Johnson was set to earn $3.2 million this year after recording just 18 catches as the No. 3 receiver in 2010. Johnson never lived up to his three-year, $9 million deal, managing just 53 catches, 627 yards, and three TDs in two seasons. Second-rounder Titus Young will take over as Detroit's third receiver.
Tue, Jul 26, 2011 06:42:00 PM

WR Bryant Johnson says the Lions did not approach him about taking a pay cut before the start of the lockout.

They will. Due $3.2 million in the final season of a three-year pact, the quickest way for Johnson to ensure he's cut instead of Derrick Williams would be refusing to renegotiate his deal. Even if he's amenable to a large pay cut, however, he'd seem to make more sense as a candidate for release than Williams, who is still just two years removed from being a third-round pick.
Sat, Jun 11, 2011 12:17:00 PM

Bryant Johnson and Derrick Williams are on the roster bubble following the addition of second-rounder Titus Young.

Due $3.2 million, Johnson is far too expensive to keep on as the fourth receiver. Williams, the No. 82 pick in the 2009 draft, is the one complete bust of the Martin Mayhew / Jim Schwartz era. He's no longer on scholarship after catching just nine passes in two years and losing return duties to Stefan Logan.
Sun, May 8, 2011 01:24:00 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew was not happy with Bryant Johnson and Derrick Williams' production as rotating third receivers last season.

"You know, it's hard to surprise me. I expected that those guys would do better," said Mayhew. "Bryant's not so young so he needs to work harder to improve his game to be part of this offense next year." Our guess is that Johnson won't be on the 2011 roster, let alone "part of the offense." The drop-prone 30-year-old is due a $3.2 million base salary.
Fri, Feb 25, 2011 03:53:00 PM

Bryant Johnson caught three passes for 49 yards in Sunday's season-ending win over the Vikings.

Johnson served as the No. 2 wideout today with Calvin Johnson (ankle) sidelined. It's not a role that suits the former first-round pick well. Johnson was a healthy scratch at times this season, finishing with just 18 catches for 210 yards and no touchdowns in 14 games. He's scheduled to earn $3.2 million in 2011, a steep price to pay for a borderline No. 3 receiver who turns 30 in March.
Sun, Jan 2, 2011 04:37:00 PM

Bryant Johnson has blamed his lack of production on a lack of opportunities and says he's been open more often than his numbers would indicate.

"The film doesn't lie," he said. "It's just the ball's going elsewhere, so I guess there's really nothing you can do at that point." Johnson, who was inactive in Week 11 while Derrick Williams served as the No. 3 receiver, says he expects to play Thursday. We're not holding our breath for a turnaround from the former first-rounder.
Wed, Nov 24, 2010 08:28:00 AM

Lions WR Bryant Johnson was a healthy scratch Sunday.

"We needed more production out of that third wide receiver spot and we haven't been getting it," coach Jim Schwartz said bluntly. Derrick Williams served as the No. 3 receiver on Sunday, but saw no targets. Johnson has been a major bust since being picked in the first round of the 2003 draft.
Sun, Nov 21, 2010 08:50:00 PM

Bryant Johnson started in place of Nate Burleson (ankle) Sunday and had zero catches on four targets.

Both Johnson and fellow backup Derrick Williams are well below average as NFL receivers, creating all kinds of problems for Calvin Johnson. It's clear the Lions prefer to use tight ends Tony Scheffler and Brandon Pettigrew as their second and third options in the passing game with Burleson out.
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 07:57:00 AM

Bryant Johnson is "playing at a high level, catching everything in sight and showing some real speed" in camp this year, according to beat writer Tom Kowalski.

It's a rare glowing report on Johnson, who disappointed badly in his first year with the Lions last season. In defense of the former first-round pick, he could barely walk at this time last year after a golf cart accident. Still, with Nate Burleson now in town, Johnson will struggle for snaps as the possible No. 3 receiver. The Lions are expected to go with many two-tight end sets this season.
Fri, Aug 13, 2010 12:42:00 PM

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