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Charles Johnson | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/27/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 217
College: Grand Valley State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 7 (216) / GB
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Charles Johnson was held without a catch on two targets in Minnesota's Week 3 win over the Panthers.
One of Johnson's missed connections was a stupefyingly-bad drop. He now has three catches through three games. Even with Adrian Peterson sidelined, it simply isn't happening for the former breakout candidate. Sep 25 - 5:47 PM

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Charles Johnson caught two passes for 15 yards in Week 2.

Johnson has played heavy snaps the last two weeks, but he's a non-factor with only three catches. Laquon Treadwell is a threat to Johnson's starting role.
Sep 19 - 1:00 AM

Charles Johnson (quad) is practicing in full for Week 2.

Johnson struggled to play through his quad injury last week, but it's not going to impact his status. He isn't a fantasy option for Sunday's night game.
Sep 14 - 4:32 PM

Charles Johnson caught 1-of-6 targets for five yards Week 1 against the Titans.

Perhaps struggling with the quad injury which hampered him in practice, Johnson struggled to get separation all game. He will need better performances than this one to hold off first-round rookie Laquon Treadwell.
Sep 11 - 5:24 PM

Vikings declared Charles Johnson (quad) and Jerick McKinnon (foot) active for Week 1 against the Titans.

Both were questionable after spending all week limited in practice, but they will see snaps on Sunday. In what should be an even lower-volume passing attack than usual with Shaun Hill under center, Johnson is not worth using in any formats. McKinnon should take a few touches away from Adrian Peterson, but AD is still an elite option. Minnesota declared WR Jarius Wright, CB Xavier Rhodes, LB Kentrell Brothers, CB Edmond Robinson, C Nick Easton, G/T Jeremiah Sirles, and TE MyCole Pruitt inactive for Week 1.
Sep 11 - 11:37 AM

Charles Johnson (quad) is listed as questionable for Week 1.

His practice participation was limited all week. Johnson's injury appears to be legitimate, but beat writers have not expressed concern over his status.
Sep 9 - 2:31 PM

Charles Johnson (quad) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

His status isn't entirely certain, but he seems on track for Sunday's opener. Regardless of who is under center, Johnson isn't a fantasy option for Week 1.
Sep 8 - 7:00 PM

Charles Johnson (quad) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

It's a new injury for Johnson. His status is worth monitoring, but Johnson is on track to start in Week 1.
Sep 7 - 4:50 PM

Charles Johnson secured 2-of-3 targets for 25 yards in Sunday’s regular season dress rehearsal.

Both grabs came on Minnesota’s final drive of the first half. Johnson didn’t do anything to leap off the page, but he out-snapped every Vikings receiver in the first half except for Stefon Diggs. It’s hard to trust Johnson after what he put fantasy owners through last season, but he is going to be a Week 1 starter.
Aug 28 - 4:15 PM

Charles Johnson started the Vikings' preseason opener Friday night and caught a 49-yard touchdown bomb from Teddy Bridgewater.

Johnson dusted Bengals reserve CB Chykie Brown for the score. A flop as a mid-round fantasy pick last year, Johnson has held off first-rounder Laquon Treadwell to this point and appears poised to open the season book ending Stefon Diggs out wide. Johnson's 2015 season was ruined by multiple broken ribs. Johnson has the talent to become a factor should his health cooperate in 2016.
Aug 12 - 9:27 PM

Charles Johnson said he is not surprised he is performing well this offseason.

"That’s what I do, I catch footballs," Johnson said. "It’s no surprise to me, it shouldn’t be a surprise to others. If it’s a surprise to you, that’s fine." It is a bit of a surprise after Johnson caught just nine passes in 11 games last season despite entering the year as a starter. He was hampered by a rib injury, however, and that likely contributed to the poor showing. Now healthy, he started camp as the starter, but he will need to hold off first-round rookie Laquon Treadwell to keep the job. We do not give him great odds.
Aug 1 - 10:35 AM

Charles Johnson opened Vikings training camp as the starter opposite Stefon Diggs.

Johnson and Diggs are currently the starters on the outside with Jarius Wright locked into slot duties after receiving a contract extension. First-round rookie Laquon Treadwell reportedly struggled a bit this spring and isn't being handed anything. Johnson was reported to have "popped out most" at minicamp/OTAs.
Jul 29 - 11:53 AM

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel, the additions of Laquon Treadwell and Moritz Bohringer pose the "biggest threat" to Charles Johnson's roster spot.

In the same breath, Vensel also noted Johnson stood out at OTAs and minicamp as the starting split end opposite flanker Stefon Diggs. Johnson will have to hold off rookie Treadwell for the gig, but if he doesn't, Johnson offers no special teams value, and the Vikings would have to maybe decide between he and Bohringer. Cordarrelle Patterson and Adam Thielen are special teams mainstays.
Jul 22 - 9:46 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel said Charles Johnson was the receiver who "popped out most during spring workouts."

This is especially noteworthy considering Vensel questioned Johnson's spot on the roster earlier this month. Playing ahead of first-round pick Laquon Treadwell, Johnson reportedly made several plays throughout minicamp. He is not going to hold off Treadwell through training camp, but Johnson likely ensured his place on the roster with a strong spring. He will still need an injury to Treadwell or Stefon Diggs to become a fantasy factor in the Vikings' run-heavy attack.
Jun 18 - 1:03 PM

Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune believes Charles Johnson's roster spot could be in jeopardy.

Johnson was a trendy WR2/3 in fantasy drafts last summer but he fell flat with a dismal 2015 campaign that included just nine catches for 127 yards and no touchdowns. Injuries played a role in his struggles but with first-round pick Laquon Treadwell on board and Cordarrelle Patterson helping the team on kick returns, Johnson will need a strong showing in camp to nail down a roster spot. With noodle-armed Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, the Vikings will continue to funnel their offense through Adrian Peterson.
Jun 9 - 3:52 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Shaun Hill
RB1Adrian Peterson
2Jerick McKinnon
3Matt Asiata
4Ronnie Hillman
GLB1Adrian Peterson
2Matt Asiata
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Adrian Peterson
FB1Zach Line
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Adam Thielen
3Jarius Wright
4Isaac Fruechte
WR21Charles Johnson
2Laquon Treadwell
3Cordarrelle Patterson
WR31Adam Thielen
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2MyCole Pruitt
3Rhett Ellison
4David Morgan
LT1T.J. Clemmings
LG1Alex Boone
2Jeremiah Sirles
C1Joe Berger
2Nick Easton
RG1Brandon Fusco
2Zac Kerin
RT1Andre Smith
K1Blair Walsh