According to reports, the New York Jets could be a potential Stevie Johnson landing spot
The San Francisco 49ers let go of Stevie Johnson this offseason, and since his release there has been small but growing interest in acquiring him. It’s not a long list, but Johnson had flashes with the Buffalo Bills a few years ago and may have something left in the tank.
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The last two seasons, Johnson has trailed off having only 597 receiving yards in 2013 and 435 in his only year in San Francisco. Johnson also missed some time each of the last two seasons whereas he played all 16 games in each of his 1,000 yard seasons.
But the New York Jets aren’t concerned with his failures in San Francisco and want to see if he has anything left in the tank. According to Ian Rapoport, despite interest from the Patriots there is a chance that the New York Jets could get in on Johnson.
Johnson had his most productive seasons in Buffalo while Chan Gailey was the head coach of the team. Gailey is now the offensive coordinator under new Jets head coach Todd Bowles.
Another piece that is familiar to Johnson in New York is quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick was the quarterback of the Bills when Johnson had his breakout years with the team.
While Johnson’s last couple of years have seen a sharp decline in production, pairing him with the two guys that he has had the greatest success with could be a coup for New York as Johnson could probably be had at a decent price.
The Jets have had a big off-season thus far signing Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. The team also traded for receiver Brandon Marshall. Adding Johnson to a receiving core of Marshall and Erick Decker would give the quarterback duo of Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick three weapons to throw to.
If Johnson is to get his production back on track, what better place than New York?
[H/T: Ian Rapoport]
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