Posts Tagged ‘Stevie 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.

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Buffalo Bills Unsurprisingly Trade Stevie Johnson to 49ers for 2015 Draft Pick

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Stevie Johnson’s time in Buffalo has come to an end, as the veteran wide receiver was traded to the San Francisco 49ers on Friday for a 2015 draft pick. (Photo: Jason Bridge — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

As soon as the Buffalo Bills traded up for Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins in Thursday night’s first round of the NFL draft, the rumblings began that Stevie Johnson’s departure from Buffalo could only be a matter of time. As it turned out, it wasn’t even a matter of 24 hours, as the Bills traded Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers on Friday afternoon in exchange for a 2015 conditional fourth-round pick.

The pick netted in the trade, first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, could become a third-round pick in the 2015 draft dependent upon Johnson’s production in 2014.

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Why the Buffalo Bills’ Big Move for Sammy Watkins is Worth It

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Buffalo went big for Sammy Watkins and expect the move to pay immediate dividends. (Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

On Thursday night, the Buffalo Bills did something out of the norm. They traded up.

In the team’s history, the Bills have only traded up two times from their first-round slot to get a player of their choosing. Both times, the move was for a Clemson wide receiver getting drafted. In 1982, Buffalo traded up for WR Perry Tuttle; in 2014, Sammy Watkins got the call.

Trading up is a dangerous gamble in the NFL, but this trade made sense on multiple levels.

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Bills Acquire Mike Williams: How Trade Could Impact Offense, Affect Draft Plans

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The Buffalo Bills added much-needed size at wide receiver by acquiring Mike Williams from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills finally landed the veteran wide receiver help they were looking for when they traded a sixth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for Mike Williams on Friday.

The trade seems like a win-win move for both teams. The Buccaneers were ready to move on from Williams, who comes in with a history of off-field trouble and was recently stabbed in the thigh, and likely would have released him if unable to secure a trade partner. If he can keep himself on the right path, however, the Bills acquired a starting-caliber wideout at a low cost.

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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.

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