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13 Steve Johnson WR
Height/Weight: 6-2/207 | Birthdate: 7/22/1986 | Birthplace: San Francisco, CA, USA | Team: San Francisco | College: Kentucky | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 22/8 | Average Draft Position: 152.85
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Steve Johnson makes his one catch count


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) 49ers receiver Steve Johnson made a spectacular 12-yard touchdown catch in the win over the Eagles, tapping his toes just inside the pylon. It was Johnson's only reception on two targets.

He'll play the Chiefs in Week 5.


Steve Johnson complicates 49ers' receiving corps


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/25/2014) After looking every bit like the third wide receiver for an offense that can't sustain three wide receivers in Weeks 1 and 2, catching a combined four passes for 39 yards, Steve Johnson came out of nowhere with nine catches for 103 yards Week 3 at Arizona, raising a bunch of questions about the 49ers receiving corps.

The offense still isn't built to sustain three wide receivers, but the only way we can count on any of them in Fantasy is if we figure out who's going to play the biggest role.

Michael Crabtree appears the one safe bet right now. He's had back-to-back good games and is obviously the most talented of the three. Anquan Boldin and Johnson, though, have been as predictable. Boldin had eight catches for 99 yards in Week 1, and Johnson obviously did what he did in Week 3. Incidentally, neither had a big game in Week 2, when quarterback Colin Kaepernick did a fine job spreading the ball to tight ends Derek Carrier and Vernon Davis as well.

Maybe the answer is that the 49ers offense isn't built to sustain even two wide receivers. That's kind of the way I'm leaning right now. In deeper leagues, I'd prefer Boldin just because he plays so many of the team's snaps -- more than Crabtree, even -- but I'm not looking for either him or Johnson on the waiver wire right now.


Steve Johnson steps up for 49ers Week 3


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) With tight end Vernon Davis sidelined Sunday, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick needed to find another option in the passing game to make up for Davis' lost production. He found that option in wide receiver Steve Johnson, who had his best game since signing with San Francisco in the offseason.

Johnson totaled a team-high 103 receiving yards on nine catches during a 23-14 loss Week 3 at Arizona. He caught every target thrown his way and his longest reception was 32 yards.

Sunday was the ninth time in Johnson's career he surpassed 100 receiving yards and first time since Week 2 of last season with Buffalo. The 49ers are back in action Week 4 vs. Philadelphia.


49ers get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) The 49ers got contributions from a variety of players in their Week 2 loss to the Bears. Wideout Steve Johnson caught two of four targets for 26 yards, tight end Vance McDonald had a 9-yard reception and fullback Bruce Miller carried once for no gain.

Receiver Bruce Ellington was targeted once without a catch.


Steve Johnson checks in with two catches


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) San Francisco wide receiver Steve Johnson picked up two catches Sunday against the Cowboys.

Johnson wasn't a big part of the team's game plan, but made the most of his opportunities. He gained 33 yards on his two receptions, including a 21-yard catch. Johnson didn't make his first catch until late in the second quarter.

He'll take on the Bears Week 2. 


49ers undecided about No. 3 receiver


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Quinton Patton, not Steve Johnson, served as the 49ers' third receiver Sunday against the Chargers, notes the Sacramento Bee. Coach Jim Harbaugh told the paper that he hasn't decided who will fill that role during the season.

Johnson told the paper he's still working to build chemistry with quarterback Colin Kaepernick.


49ers not ready to award Steve Johnson No. 3 receiver role


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) The 49ers aren't ready to declare Steve Johnson as the team's No. 3 receiver. In fact, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the team won't "put numbers" on their receivers. Johnson is fight Brandon Lloyd, Quinton Patton, and rookie Bruce Ellington for snaps this preseason.

When asked if Johnson is the third wideout, offensive coordinator Greg Roman said: "It depends. It depends. I think we'll have some flexibility there."

Kaepernick already fond of Steve Johnson


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/25/2014) 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick already likes what he sees from new receiver Steve Johnson, reports ESPN.

"He's another guy that's easy to throw to because he creates so much separation," Kaepernick said. "Very quick, very deceptive, and I'm happy he's on our side of the ball." 

Thursday, in the 49ers' first training camp practice, we could see why Kaepernick was so pleased that the 49ers' traded a mid-round pick next year to Buffalo for Johnson. He was all over the field and he was one of the bright lights of Day 1 of the 49ers' training camp.

The report says Johnson could be a huge key for the 49ers as Kaepernick tries to take their offense to the next level in 2014. Johnson is set to be the No. 3 receiver behind Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree. 


Steve Johnson will have to 'clearly win the job'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) 49ers receiver Steve Johnson, who turned 28 on Tuesday, is the frontrunner for the No. 3 job, "but he will have to clearly win the job due to his scheduled $3.925 million pay for this season," reports CSNBayArea.com. Johnson posted three straight 1,000-yard seasons before producing just 597 receiving yards in 12 games last year.

Brandon Lloyd on the tip of OC's tongue


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) When speaking about the new additions to the 49ers offense, coordinator Greg Roman mentioned Brandon Lloyd before anyone else. 

"Brandon Lloyd has been out there every day, has done a great job of taking advantage of his opportunities," Roman said before adding, "Stevie Johnson is another guy."

Johnson is among several 49ers receivers not practicing during minicamp. That's helped Lloyd land first-team reps opposite Anquan Boldin. Lloyd has impressed and should have a good chance to make the roster and perhaps serve as a third receiver. 


Stevie Johnson says it's 'pick your poison' with 49ers receivers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) The 49ers have 11 receivers on the roster, led by Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, new acquisition Steve Johnson and second-year pro Quinton Patton. Johnson said it's going to be a nightmare for opposing defenses.

"Right now, we’re all ones," Johnson told the team's website. "The defense has gotta pick their poison, whether they’re going to double-team Anquan, whether they’re going to double-team Crab, Vernon (Davis), me, Q.P. is coming in – you gotta pick your poison."

Johnson figures to open the season as the No. 4 option behind Crabtree, Boldin and Davis.


Stevie Johnson's Fantasy value at the end of the line?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) When you're the top receiver in Buffalo, you have a shot at 1,000 yards and lots of catches. But when you get traded from that spot to one where you're just another fish in a pond, your chances of being a stellar contributor decline. That's what's going on with Steve Johnson, who was traded from the Bills to the 49ers. 

Johnson joins a Niners team ripe with receiving talent. Michael Crabtree is a stud outside threat, Anquan Boldin has made his living in the slot but can also work outside. Quinton Patton is a young receiver with some wheels. And Vernon Davis is also in the mix. How, exactly, is Johnson supposed to come up with 1,000-plus yards and lots of touchdowns with that crew to work with? 

Answer: He's not. We've already seen his numbers tumble since his breakout 2010 season and last year his body didn't do him any favors after reportedly not working out during the offseason. We expect Johnson to play a complementary role with the Niners, more than likely in the slot. He's hard to get excited about. Johnson might be worth a late-round pick in drafts this summer. 


49ers acquire Stevie Johnson from Bills


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) The Niners have traded a conditional pick in the 2015 draft to the Bills for receiver Stevie Johnson, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. The trade comes in the wake of Buffalo moving up in the draft to take Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins. 

Per Schefter, the pick is a fourth-rounder that could become a third-rounder based on incentives. 

Johnson played in just 12 games last season, catching 52 passes for 597 yards (and a four-year low 11.5 yards per catch) with three touchdowns. Word out of Buffalo was that the coaching staff grew tired of his injuries and lack of conditioning -- he reportedly didn't work out much last offseason. 


Steve Johnson on the trading block?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) After the Bills traded up to get receiver Sammy Watkins in the draft, a report suggests the team will try and trade receiver Steve Johnson. WGR-AM in Buffalo notes that of the five receivers who deserve playing time on the roster, four were drafted by the current regime. The odd man out is Johnson, who frustrated coaches with his health last year. 

Bills trade up for Sammy Watkins


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) The Bills traded up in the first round to select Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins at No. 4 overall. The Bills traded the No. 9 overall pick as well as first- and fourth-round picks in 2015 to the Browns to move up for Watkinns.

Watkins, 6-foot-1, has 4.4 quicks with the ability to turn on the jets quickly, making him such a desirable target for any passing game. Over 35 games with the Tigers, Watkins caught 224 passes for 3,164 yards and 25 touchdowns including two seasons with over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Watkins could become the No. 1 receiver for the Bills since Buffalo is rumored to potentially trade Steve Johnson. But even if Johnson remains with the Bills then Watkins will become an immediate starter, and he should help quarterback EJ Manuel improve in his second year.


Bills could still trade Steve Johnson


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) The Bills pick at No. 9 overall in the NFL Draft, but they are prepared to move up with the hope of landing a top receiver like Clemson's Sammy Watkins. If not, they could draft LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. at No. 9.

If the Bills do draft a receiver then the team will likely look to immediately see what they can get for wide receiver Steve Johnson in terms of draft picks, according to the radio station WGR in Buffalo.

The report says with his increasing cap number, it isn't likely that Johnson stays on with the Bills past this season. 


Report: Stevie Johnson didn't work out last offseason


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Bills receiver Steve Johnson admitted in an interview with the Buffalo News that he didn't work out last offseason. Johnson proceeded to deal with back, groin and hamstring injuries and finished with 52 catches for 597 yards and three touchdowns, his worst numbers since 2009.

According to the report, Johnson "sounded like he was making a stronger commitment to conditioning this year, but only he really knows."


Bills likely to keep Stevie Johnson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Despite the acquisition of Mike Williams from Tampa Bay, the Bills are expected to retain receiver Steve Johnson, who carries an $8.5 million cap hit, reports ESPN.com. Johnson, Williams and Robert Woods, a second-round pick last year, would be Buffalo's top three wideouts.


Marrone: Bills still committed to Steve Johnson


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) Bills coach Doug Marrone said the team remains committed to receiver Steve Johnson, reports the Buffalo News.

"I've been communicating with Stevie about something to that effect," 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 ... and whatever else you're hearing, it's not coming from me.'"

Johnson led the Bills with 52 receptions, but failed to gain 1,000 yards for the first time in four seasons. He was bothered by back, hamstring and hip injuries and missed a game because of them.


Pass-catching combo heads Bills inactive report


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Quarterback EJ Manuel (knee) and wide receiver Steve Johnson (personal) headline the inactives released Sunday by the Bills.

The others listed are offensive lineman Mark Asper and Antoine McClain, wideout Cordell Roberson defensive back Brandon Smith and running back Ronnie Wingo


Steve Johnson, Aaron Willaims out against Patriots


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) What was expected is official. Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson (personal) and safety Aaron Williams (ribs) have both been ruled out for Sunday at New England.

Thus ends by far the worst season for Johnson since 2009. He finishes with 52 catches for 597 yards and three scores after three consecutive 1,000-yard performances in which he snagged at least six touchdowns.


Bills pair still sidelined Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson remained out Friday to mourn the death of his mother while safety Aaron Williams (ribs) was also absent from practice. Neither is expected to be active for the season finale Sunday against New England.

Steve Johnson still grieving and out


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson, who is still dealing with the death of his mother, has yet to return to practice. He did not participate in the Thursday session.

Steve Johnson unable to practice Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2013) Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson was unable to practice Wednesday.

The team didn't actually practice, but did put out a projected report. Johnson was listed as "not injury related."


Bills inactive list heavy with injuries


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The Bills inactive list for Week 16 against the Dolphins featured four players who were also listed on the injury report. Among those inactive for Sunday's game are quarterback EJ Manuel (knee, wide receiver Steve Johnson (not injury related) and defensive backs Brandon Smith (ankle) and Aaron Williams (ribs).

Additionally offensive linemen Antoine McClain and Mark Asper are joined on the inactive list by fullback Ronnie Wingo