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Stevie Johnson | Wide Receiver

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 207
College: Kentucky
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The Union-Tribune singled out Stevie Johnson as a player building rapport with Philip Rivers early in camp.
Johnson's herky-jerky route running can be an issue for some quarterbacks, but shouldn't be a problem for the savvy Rivers. With Eddie Royal gone, Antonio Gates suspended and Malcom Floyd on the verge of retirement, there's plenty of opportunity here. Johnson's current ADP is around the 12th round. Aug 3 - 7:52 AM

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The Chargers' official website confirms Stevie Johnson will play both in the slot and outside.

The stars are aligning for Johnson, who was a misfit in San Francisco but is set for a major role in San Diego. He'll fill the inside Eddie Royal role while also threatening to take outside snaps from a guy on the brink of retirement (Malcom Floyd). The four-game Antonio Gates suspension only opens up more opportunity for Johnson, one of our favorite late-round wideout targets.
Jul 20 - 7:15 AM

Antonio Gates' suspension could open up snaps for Stevie Johnson in the slot.

The Chargers' two biggest slot threats last season were Eddie Royal and Gates. Royal signed with the Bears this offseason and Gates is serving a four-game PED suspension. Johnson had a tough time carving a role for himself behind Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis in San Francisco, but volume shouldn't be an issue in San Diego. Danny Woodhead and Ladarius Green will also see work in the slot. Raymond Summerlin covered this subject in greater detail in his article, Fantasy Fallout: Gates Banned, which you can find on the Rotoworld NFL page.
Jul 5 - 9:25 AM

ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams singled out Stevie Johnson as a player who "developed a good rapport" with Philip Rivers during offseason work.

Johnson is quietly set up nicely in San Diego. He'll be an upgrade in the old Eddie Royal slot role and will also back up 34-year-old (in September) Malcom Floyd. Royal was able to catch 109 passes for 1,409 yards with 15 touchdowns over the last two seasons. Williams calls Johnson the "X-factor" in the Chargers' wideout group.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 29 - 8:18 AM

Chargers signed WR Stevie Johnson, formerly of the 49ers, to a three-year, $10.5 million contract.

He chose the Bolts over the Patriots, likely because New England offered less money. (NBC4's Dianna Marie Russini says Johnson's decision came down to family.) Not yet 29 years old, Johnson's 2014 stats aren't a reliable indication of what he has left. He was a sub-package receiver in an extremely run-heavy offense with an inaccurate quarterback. As the No. 2/3 in San Diego, Johnson should be an upgrade on Eddie Royal at slot receiver and can also win on the perimeter with silky smooth route running. As Johnson and Keenan Allen win in similar areas of the field, the addition of Johnson may not be great news for Allen's 2015 fantasy outlook.
Mar 17 - 10:44 AM

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reports the Jets have expressed interest in free agent Stevie Johnson, but he's "narrowed his choices" to the Patriots or Chargers.

Johnson has a successful history with new Jets OC Chan Gailey from their Buffalo days, but there aren't a lot of balls to go around in New York with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker locked in as the Nos. 1 and 2 wideouts. San Diego would be Johnson's clearest path to statistics as the No. 2 to Keenan Allen.
Mar 16 - 9:17 PM

Free agent Stevie Johnson left the Patriots' facility without a contract.

Johnson is also drawing interest from the Chargers and may want to shop his wares. The 49ers are believed to have moved on from Johnson after cutting him.
Mar 16 - 3:42 PM

NBC Washington reports free agent Stevie Johnson is "very likely" to sign with the Patriots.

Johnson is visiting New England on Monday, and Dianna Marie Russini reports a deal could be done before the end of the day. Johnson's skill-set is a bit redundant to Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola's, but would provide depth the Pats were lacking in 2014. Thanks to angular route running, Johnson has always been quite proficient at getting open between the seams.
Mar 16 - 1:53 PM

Free agent WR Stevie Johnson will visit the Patriots on Monday.

Johnson met with the Chargers on Friday, but left without a contract. He wouldn't project as more than a sub-package receiver in New England. Johnson had a 35/435/3 line with the 49ers last season.
Mar 14 - 7:29 PM

Free agent WR Stevie Johnson visited the Chargers on Friday.

Johnson left the facility without a deal, but the visit was considered "positive." Also linked with the Patriots on Friday, Johnson is expected to make his decision no later than Monday. Johnson posted a 35/435/3 line in 13 appearances with the 49ers last season.
Mar 13 - 10:36 PM

NBC Washington reports the Patriots are targeting free agent WR Stevie Johnson.

New England is the first team that's been linked to Johnson since his release from the 49ers. He doesn't project for a starting role with the Patriots, but would contribute in three- and four-wide sets. Coming off a 35/435/3 line, Johnson won't require much guaranteed money.
Mar 13 - 6:11 PM

Profootballtalk reports "the door hasn't been closed" on free agent Stevie Johnson returning to the 49ers on a reduced contract.

The 49ers seemed to have an extraordinarily difficult time officially releasing Johnson, so it makes sense. CBS' Jason La Canfora reports Johnson could draw interest from the Browns.
Mar 12 - 6:58 PM

49ers will release WR Stevie Johnson.

Finally. This is our third separate post on Johnson's release, which was reported last month by NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini. The 49ers were apparently waiting for Torrey Smith to sign on the dotted line before making the Johnson move official. Russini has been on top of the Johnson front for several weeks now, and expects him to sign "quickly" with another team.
Mar 11 - 8:24 AM

Updating a previous item, Stevie Johnson officially remains on the 49ers' roster.

Earlier reports had Johnson refusing to accept a pay cut and therefore getting released. Perhaps the Niners have changed their mind, in part because they are comfortably under the cap now that Patrick Willis has retired. Or maybe it's just a procedural situation in San Fran's books as they sign Torrey Smith. We should have more clarity on Stevie's status soon.
Mar 10 - 7:35 PM

49ers released WR Stevie Johnson.

Johnson refused to accept a pay cut, ending his stint in San Francisco after one season. The fast-downward-trending 49ers gave up a fourth-round pick for him last offseason. Per NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini, Johnson is expected to sign with a new team "quickly." We'd guess Chan Gailey's Jets would be interested had they not recently traded for Brandon Marshall.
Mar 9 - 6:11 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
3Brad Sorensen
4Chase Rettig
RB1Melvin Gordon
2Danny Woodhead
3Branden Oliver
4Donald Brown
5Jahwan Edwards
GLB1Melvin Gordon
2Branden Oliver
3RB1Danny Woodhead
2Melvin Gordon
FB1David Johnson
WR11Keenan Allen
2Stevie Johnson
3Dontrelle Inman
4Torrence Allen
5Titus Davis
WR21Malcom Floyd
2Jacoby Jones
3Austin Pettis
4Javontee Herndon
5Demetrius Wilson
WR31Stevie Johnson
TE1Antonio Gates
2Ladarius Green
3John Phillips
4David Paulson
5Kyle Miller
K1Nick Novak
2Josh Lambo