Posts Tagged ‘Steve Johnson’

Stevie Johnson: Underappreciated and Overcriticized

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Stevie Johnson’s time in Buffalo didn’t always receive favorable reviews, but he was better than he got credit for. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Stevie Johnson era is over in Buffalo. The Bills traded Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers on Friday for a 2015 fourth-round pick that can be bumped up to a 3rd.

This article isn’t about the trade or how Buffalo’s offense will look without him in 2014. No, this is about one of the most underappreciated and overcriticized players in recent memory. The majority of fans were positive about Johnson, but there was a small yet vocal group of people who bashed Johnson whenever they could.


Should the Buffalo Bills Move On from Stevie Johnson?

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills have publicly backed wide receiver Stevie Johnson, but should they keep him and his $8.5 million contract around for 2014? (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Glaze

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Stevie Johnson has been the Buffalo Bills’ leading wide receiver for each of the past four seasons, and is under contract with the Bills for three more seasons, but a disappointing 2013 season has led some Bills supporters to sour on Johnson heading into the 2014 season.

Some even believe the Bills should move on from Johnson through a trade or release.

Despite his past production, Johnson has consistently been somewhat of an enigma, a player known as well for his antics and costly drops as he has been for his key role in Buffalo’s passing offense. By catching just 52 passes for 597 yards and three touchdowns last season, Johnson no longer had the production to overshadow his perceived flaws.

Additionally, the Bills could consider Johnson a potential cap casualty, a decision that would likely be made by March because as ESPN’s Mike Rodak explained, he is set to receive a $1.75 million roster bonus in March.

Should this offseason be the time for the Bills move on from Johnson and escalating contract? Ryan Glaze thinks it is. Dan Hope, however, thinks the Bills should remain fully committed to Johnson for at least the 2014 season.


First Downs and Flags: Mistakes Derail Buffalo Bills in Season Opener

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Doug Marrone did not have a great coaching debut in terms of decision-making and discipline versus the New England Patriots. (Photo: Brad Mills — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Glenn Gifford

In one of his first acts as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, Doug Marrone emblazoned the words “Don’t confuse effort with results” on banners in the Buffalo Bills practice facility field house (per Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News). Many in the media took it as a sign that positive winds of change were about to blow through Buffalo.

In his regular season coaching debut with the Bills on Sunday, Marrone’s team seemed to give a good effort, but the all-important result Marrone emphasized ended in a heartbreaking 23-21 loss to the New England Patriots.

While there are some positives to take from Sunday’s effort, I find myself still quite disappointed with some of the in-game decisions and the consistent lack of discipline demonstrated by the Bills. In my season-opening edition of “First Downs and Flags,” I highlight the positives and negatives of Buffalo’s week one loss versus the Patriots.


Steve Johnson Signs New Contract

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Steve Johnson remains with the Bills after inking his new 5 year deal

It’s done Bills fans, the long wait and nerves are over and all of us can now work the knots out of stomachs. Today it was announced that the Buffalo Bills have signed Steve Johnson to a 5 year deal that will keep him in Buffalo for many more seasons and touchdown celebrations. (more…)

Should We Show Stevie ‘The Money’?

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Quickly think of the top ten WR’s you would name in the NFL in no particular order. That’s exactly what we did here over the past day in an effort to gauge where people would rank the best of the best and figure out where our own emerging star at WR sat. (more…)

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