Bills HC Doug Marrone wants Stevie Johnson to feel wanted

Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson had a down season in 2013. He played in just 12 games while fighting through injuries and finished the season with 52 catches for 597 yards and three touchdowns.

There was some idea that the Bills coaching staff did not think they “could effectively get in his head” or get him on board with what the team is doing. At the combine on Thursday, coach Doug Marrone said he spoke with Johnson to let him know that isn’t how he feels.

“I’ve been communicating with Stevie about something to that effect,” Marrone said, via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “We had a great conversation. 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.’”

With better quarterback play and a healthy Johnson, he could return to his 1,000 yard form.


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