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Stevie Johnson | Wide Receiver

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 207
College: Kentucky
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Coach Jim Harbaugh said Stevie Johnson has done an "outstanding job" and "feel[s] good about him being on the 53-man roster."
Johnson hasn't done much this preseason -- 2-11-0 on four targets -- but the entire 49ers' first-team offense has struggled. Johnson and Brandon Lloyd are competing for the No. 3 receiver spot and possibly even the same roster spot, considering neither plays special teams. Whichever receiver wins the job, they're not going to have much fantasy value as the No. 4 pass-game option. Aug 25 - 6:08 PM

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Stevie Johnson caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's third preseason game versus San Diego.

Johnson has consistently been running as the 49ers' No. 3 receiver behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, but has been facing steady heat from Brandon Lloyd. He'd be no higher than the No. 4 option in the passing game in San Francisco. Johnson's a better real-life than fantasy player.
Aug 24 - 6:42 PM

CSN Bay Area doesn't consider Stevie Johnson a lock to win the 49ers' No. 3 receiver job.

Johnson is facing tougher than expected competition from Brandon Lloyd. Per reporter Matt Maiocco, Johnson has yet to develop chemistry with Colin Kaepernick. Maiocco believes Johnson would have to take a pay-cut from his $3.925 million salary if he can't nail down No. 3 duties. In that scenario, Johnson could be best off calling the 49ers' bluff and hitting the open market.
Aug 21 - 5:32 PM

CSN Bay Area suggests Stevie Johnson will have to "clearly" win the No. 3 receiver job due to his scheduled $3.925 million salary.

Johnson is competing for No. 3 duties behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. Rookie Bruce Ellington, sophomore Quinton Patton, and veteran Brandon Lloyd are also in the mix, and all make considerably less money than Johnson. Whoever wins the No. 3 job is highly unlikely to be fantasy relevant as the No. 4 option in the passing game. Johnson is no lock for the 53-man roster.
Jul 22 - 10:17 AM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco is taking the "under" on 60 receptions for Stevie Johnson this year.

Johnson's days of fantasy impact are likely over, as he enters a run-first 49ers offense that also feeds Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, and Anquan Boldin. Expect Johnson to be a better real-life than fantasy football player in 2014.
Jun 25 - 8:34 PM

49ers acquired WR Stevie Johnson from the Bills in exchange for a 2015 fourth-round pick.

Adam Schefter reports the pick can improve to a third-rounder, likely based on Johnson's 2014 performance. Buffalo did well to acquire a fairly valuable future pick for a receiver entering year three of a five-year, $36 million contract. Johnson, 28 in July, finished 2013 with 52 catches for 597 yards and three touchdowns, playing in 12 games. He's a short to intermediate slot-receiver type, with a somewhat similar skill set to Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. San Francisco still needs a true vertical stretcher in the wideout corps, and we suspect they'll draft one tonight or tomorrow. Johnson's fantasy value won't be resuscitated as a role player with the Niners, but it's a fine move for their offense.
May 9 - 2:57 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo expects the Bills to "do what they can" to try and trade Stevie Johnson.

Following the pick of Sammy Watkins at No. 4 overall last night, the Bills now have a glut of receivers. Johnson is due a $3.65 million salary and had a bit of a rocky relationship with the new coaching staff last season. With Watkins in the fold, we'd expect he and Mike Williams to handle outside duties with Robert Woods working mostly in the slot. Marquise Goodwin will be the situational deep threat. The Bills are likely looking for a mid- to late-round pick for Johnson.
May 9 - 12:18 PM

Sources tell WGR 550 Buffalo that the Bills will likely put Stevie Johnson on the trade block if they draft a wide receiver early.

It's no secret the Bills' new coaching staff in 2013 had a rocky relationship with Johnson. Buffalo already paid Johnson a $1.75 million March roster bonus, but could get out of his $3.65 million salary by moving on. Johnson could probably attract a fifth- or sixth-round draft pick. The Bills have been heavily connected to Sammy Watkins, Odell Beckham, and North Carolina TE Eric Ebron.
May 8 - 12:09 PM

Stevie Johnson admitted to not working out last offseason.

Johnson paid the price for not having his body in shape as he battled back, groin and hamstring injuries while posting a 52-597-3 line in 12 games. All the talk about his roster spot being in jeopardy appears to have him motivated this offseason. We'd expect Johnson to perform better as the Bills' slot receiver this year, but his statistical production will be sharply tied to the progress of E.J. Manuel. It's not a high-upside situation.
Apr 24 - 10:09 AM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak expects the team to keep Stevie Johnson for 2014.

Specifically, Rodak considers Johnson a "long shot" to move on this offseason. Johnson may be entering his final season with Buffalo, but he's due back as the club's primary slot receiver, with Mike Williams likely playing "X" and Robert Woods "Z" in three-wide packages. From a fantasy perspective, Johnson would need E.J. Manuel to take a huge leap forward for a bounce-back season.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 6 - 3:33 PM

ESPN.com's Mike Rodak considers Stevie Johnson's roster spot in jeopardy.

Coming off an injury-riddled 2013, Johnson is set to count $8.5 million against the cap. He's a candidate to be released following Buffalo's trade for Mike Williams, with second-year receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin both capable of taking on expanded roles. Because releasing Johnson carries $8.475 million in dead money, he could be asked to restructure. If the Bills ultimately decide to move on from Johnson, they would free up just $25,000 in cap space.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 4 - 6:19 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer suggests Stevie Johnson "could be moved" if the Bills draft Texas A&M WR Mike Evans at No. 9 overall.

The same thought has speculatively crossed our mind; Breer on Tuesday tweeted a few nuggets he'd gleaned around the league. Breer recently did a mock draft with Michigan OT Taylor Lewan at No. 9 to Buffalo. Breer was "told" Evans belongs in the top-ten picks. Evans' huge catch radius would be of great assistance to erratic passer E.J. Manuel. Johnson would very likely be released.
Apr 1 - 7:45 PM

Bills coach Doug Marrone insists Stevie Johnson remains in the team's 2014 plans.

Marrone said he recently "cleared the air" with his supposed No. 1 receiver. "We had a great conversation," Marrone said. "I told Stevie, 'Hey, listen. I'm excited about getting started with you. I'm excited about you coming in and getting healthy and get this team going." Speculation — including from the Bills' own website — has been rampant that the team could decide to move on from Johnson, but doing so would free up just $25,000 in cap space. Johnson will be back in 2014, but with no room for error as he looks toward 2015.
Feb 20 - 7:11 PM

Stevie Johnson is owed a $1.75 million roster bonus in March.

Joining WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia, ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak is the second beat writer to suggest the team may cut ties with Johnson. Johnson clashed with first-year coach Doug Marrone in 2013 and set four-year lows in catches (52), yards (597), and touchdowns (3). Unfortunately, cutting Johnson would save Buffalo just $25,000 in cap room. We don't expect it before 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 4:28 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo considers Stevie Johnson a potential cap casualty.

In theory, it's a good thought because Johnson carries an $8.5 million cap hit and his consistently mediocre production could be replaced by Robert Woods. But since Johnson just signed his five-year, $36.25 million deal in March of 2012, the Bills would still carry $8.475 million of dead money onto the 2014 cap if they dumped Johnson. The real opportunity for Buffalo to move on will be in 2015, when releasing him would result in cap savings of $8.85 million.
Jan 6 - 12:15 PM

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Colin Kaepernick
2Blaine Gabbert
3Josh Johnson
RB1Frank Gore
2Carlos Hyde
3LaMichael James
4Marcus Lattimore
GLB1Frank Gore
2Carlos Hyde
3RB1Frank Gore
2Carlos Hyde
FB1Bruce Miller
2Will Tukuafu
3Trey Millard
WR11Michael Crabtree
2Stevie Johnson
3Brandon Lloyd
4Kassim Osgood
WR21Anquan Boldin
2Quinton Patton
3Bruce Ellington
4L'Damian Washington
WR31Stevie Johnson
TE1Vernon Davis
2Vance McDonald
3Garrett Celek
4Derek Carrier
5Kyle Nelson
K1Phil Dawson