Nov 3, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson (13) runs after a catch as Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) pursues during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Chiefs beat the Bills 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills blame Stevie Johnson’s poor production on E.J. Manuel

For the first time since 2009, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson is averaging less than 62.8 yards per game. In fact, he’s only putting up 53.9 yards a game this season – the lowest of his career since becoming a starter.

Why the issues? Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone seems to have an answer – quarterback, EJ Manuel.

Marrone suggested that Manuel’s inconsistency has resulted in the poor statistical season from Johnson:

Coach Doug Marrone said it’s difficult to judge Steve Johnson‘s production given Manuel’s inconsistencies.

“We have a young quarterback and we’ve got to keep that coming,” Marrone said. “Consistency, that’s what we need from everyone.”

It’s an understandable stance and likely a correct one, though, I’m not exactly sure that’s the way you want to build confidence in your young quarterback either – all but suggesting he is the reason your ‘star’ is suffering.

The former seventh round pick is currently hauling in 4.6 catches a game, good for the aforementioned 53.9 yards.

Barring a last minute flurry, Johnson will also have a career low in touchdown receptions as a starter.

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  • Latisa

    Oh, let’s not include Stevie’s injuries, dropped balls or low YAC. I don’t think it’s fair to put all of Stevie’s production problems on Manual. It doesn’t seem to be hurting Chandler’s numbers.

    • NWBill

      or anybody else’s numbers on the team. Anybody study Robert Woods’ production before he got injured? Didn’t seem to be having a problem with EJ himself.

      My guess? This is an attempt to stroke Stevie’s somewhat fragile ego …. which has always been a few dress sizes’ bigger than his talent or production. Someone, I’m guessing, went to EJ and said, “look, we’ve got to keep this guy happy until we draft his replacement in the spring, and so he doesn’t turn into a distraction; you mind taking a hit for us?” And, being the stand-up young man that he is (and recognizing that he’s a rookie, and DOES need to develop more), he said, “Sure.”

      This way, Stevie’s rationale for not making the Pro Bowl or getting “his” numbers is taken care of, and the team sees once again that EJ will take a hit for them, when needed.

      Book on it: Stevie Johnson, one way or another, will NOT be on this team at the beginning of next season!