Stevie Johnson was allowed to walk by the San Francisco 49ers earlier this offseason, and ended up signing with the San Diego Chargers. There is no denying the potential that he has, and it is already showing at Chargers camp. Philip Rivers has taken notice of the talented receiver, and has made it clear that he is excited to play alongside of him.
Rivers on Stevie Johnson: “He’s off to a heck of a start. If you asked me one guy who I was most excited about, I’d probably single out him”
— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) August 6, 2015
Back during his tenure with the Buffalo Bills, Johnson appeared to be one of the NFL’s best up-and-coming wide receivers. He had three straight seasons of 1,000-yard plus seasons, and was on an upward trajectory. Since then he has yet to see the type of success that he has had with the Bills, but perhaps the Chargers can help him get back to that type of production.
During the 2014 season with the 49ers, Johnson ended up catching 35 passes for 435 yards and three touchdowns.
At 28 years old, Johnson is without question still in the prime of his career and is ready for a big season. Rivers also came through with a big year for the Chargers last season, and is one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the game.
Bringing in talent for Rivers to work with is exactly what the Chargers were trying to do this offseason. They strongly believe that they can be a legitimate contender in the AFC this season, and Johnson will be asked to be a big part of that. He is more than ready to face that challenge, and if early reports say anything about how he will fit then the Chargers will be getting a big season from Johnson.