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Charles Johnson | Wide Receiver

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/27/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 217
College: Grand Valley State
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After attending the start of Vikings camp, ESPN's Adam Caplan came away convinced Charles Johnson is "the real deal."
Coming off a year where he earned the title of "far and away our best receiver" via OC Norv Turner, Johnson put in serious offseason time, bulking up to a Michael Irvinian 6-foot-2, 225 while training with "Footwork King" Rischad Whitfield, who also mentors known route technicians Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins. Johnson remains an upside WR3 target at his eighth-round ADP. Jul 29 - 10:47 PM

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Charles Johnson trained with Rischad Whitfield, the "Footwork King," this offseason.

We know Johnson has ideal size (6'2/225) and speed (4.4) for an NFL wideout. Refining his route-running ability under Whitfield, who has Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins as clients, will only help him take the next step. Johnson operated as the every-down X throughout the entire offseason program. "He's got everything you need to be a productive player in this league," said OC Norv Turner.
Jun 30 - 10:41 AM

OC Norv Turner said Charles Johnson "picked up where he left off in December" and had "a good spring."

Johnson posted 14 catches for 235 yards and one touchdown in four December games last season. Now he's getting a full offseason under his belt as the every-down X in an ascending offense. Johnson, now up to 225 pounds at 6-foot-2 with 4.4 speed, remains one of our favorite mid-round breakout candidates.
Jun 25 - 10:17 AM

Charles Johnson bulked up to 225 pounds during the offseason.

The Vikings listed him at 215 last season. Johnson is preparing for a full complement of snaps in 2015 as the Vikings' starting X receiver. OC Norv Turner has already praised his 26-year-old, saying Johnson is "far and away our best receiver." That was before the Mike Wallace acquisition, but we're still highest on height-weight-speed freak Johnson. He has serious WR2 upside.
Jun 16 - 3:41 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner said Charles Johnson is "far and away our best receiver."

Turner said he has high hopes for Johnson. The hype train keeps on picking up steam. Johnson is the clear favorite to be Teddy Bridgewater's starting X receiver in Turner's downfield passing attack. The Vikings averaged 24.0 points per game in six games with Johnson in the starting lineup down the stretch last season. If he and Bridgewater take another step forward, and the Vikings can get something out of Cordarrelle Patterson in addition to the return of Adrian Peterson, Minnesota could be dangerous in 2015. Johnson has WR2 upside as a 26-year-old.
Feb 18 - 12:39 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports ex-Browns OC Kyle Shanahan was "dismayed" when the team waived WR Charles Johnson in August.

Johnson's release was apparently part of the disconnect between Shanahan and the Browns' front office. Johnson was signed by the Vikings in September, eventually emerging as a starter and impact player. Vikings OC Norv Turner recently said Johnson was one of the reasons the team's offense was so much more potent down the stretch. Johnson has WR2 upside for 2015.
Jan 8 - 6:31 PM

OC Norv Turner credited Charles Johnson with the Vikings' late-season offensive improvement.

Johnson replaced Cordarrelle Patterson as the primary "X" in Week 12. In the six games from that point forward, the Vikings averaged 24.0 points per game with Johnson going 19-328-2. "It created some differences in how people defended us. I think we became a much more efficient offensive football team and put ourselves in position to win games," Turner said. Johnson will have a major up arrow next to his name in 2015 as he'll be in his second year with Norv, another year removed from his ACL tear and another year into Teddy Bridgewater's progression. Patterson will have to beat Johnson out for snaps, not the other way around.
Jan 6 - 12:29 PM

Charles Johnson will train with Brandon Marshall in Florida this offseason.

Following the Vikings-Bears game in November, Marshall came up to Johnson and called him "a baller." Marshall and Teddy Bridgewater worked out together in Florida last offseason, and Marshall told Bridgewater to invite Johnson this time around. Learning from one of the game's best in Marshall can do nothing but help Johnson. He'll be a popular "sleeper" pick next summer.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 11:18:00 AM

Charles Johnson secured 2-of-4 targets for 22 yards in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears.

He also lost 11 yards on a rushing attempt. It was a quiet end to an otherwise impressive season from the breakout second-year wideout. Johnson emerged as the Vikings' No. 1 receiver, tallying a 31-475-2 line despite starting only six games. Turning 26 in February, Johnson is a building block for Minnesota. He is sure to be the subject of plenty of offseason hype as a full-on 2015 fantasy breakout pick. Johnson's Dynasty owners should be smiling widely.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:53:00 PM

Vikings WR Charles Johnson secured 3-of-6 targets for 38 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Dolphins.

Johnson suffered a second-quarter hamstring injury and made only one catch thereafter. Johnson has shown a lot more this season than fellow sophomore Cordarrelle Patterson, ultimately passing Patterson on the depth chart. Johnson will close out his season as an intriguing DFS play in Week 17 against Chicago.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 05:01:00 PM

Charles Johnson secured 5-of-7 targets for 72 yards in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Lions.

His highlight play was a first-half catch-and-run for 40 yards. Johnson has more than asserted himself as the Vikings' top passing-game weapon and is playing every snap in Minnesota's offense. Butt-pat if you own Johnson in a Dynasty league. He's already an every-week WR3 with plenty of room for more. The Vikings play the Dolphins in fantasy championship week.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 07:28:00 PM

Charles Johnson caught four passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Jets.

Johnson continued to start over Cordarrelle Patterson at "X" and was the clear No. 1 option, finishing with a team-high eight targets. He burned Jets CB Darrin Walls for a 56-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Johnson fumbled at the goal-line or he would have had a second score. He's the only Vikings receiver worth fantasy consideration, but won't be more than a WR3 for a tough matchup against Detroit in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 05:14:00 PM

OC Norv Turner confirmed that Charles Johnson is his starting "X" receiver.

Sharp owners that have been following snap counts already knew this. Over the last two weeks, Johnson has played on 97.4 percent of the snaps while demoted Cordarrelle Patterson has been in for 30.2 percent. Johnson, a size/speed talent whose Week 13 box score was limited by poor game flow, is a sneaky WR3 option Sunday against the Jets' atrocious secondary. Rex Ryan's bunch, on a short week off a rugged MNF loss with a lame duck coach, figures to mail it in.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 12:29:00 PM

Charles Johnson played on 49-of-50 snaps in Sunday's win over the Panthers.

Firmly establishing himself as the Vikings' No. 1 wideout, Johnson has played on 97.4 percent of the snaps the last two weeks and led the Vikings in targets the last three weeks with 22 total. His box score Sunday was limited by the Vikes jumping out to a 21-3 lead on the back of two special teams scores, but the upside is still here. Johnson will be a recommended WR3 against the Jets in Week 14 as Cordarrelle Patterson (three snaps) tumbles down the depth chart.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 10:01:00 AM

Charles Johnson caught two passes for 41 yards in the Vikings' Week 13 win over the Panthers.

Johnson was targeted four times on the afternoon, with his 24-yard catch-and-run setting up Kyle Rudolph's four-yard touchdown two plays later in the first quarter. The Vikings took the air out of the ball in the second half with them up by three scores. Johnson is a high-upside WR3 who gets the Jets' burnable secondary in Week 14. He's emerged as the Vikings' clear No. 1 receiver.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:36:00 PM