Photo: Luke Schulze
Photo: Luke Schulze

Stevie Johnson signed deal with the San Diego Chargers in the offseason and it came with little fan-fare. The seven-year veteran had a sub par season in San Francisco last year, managing to catch 35 passes for 435 yards and three touchdowns. A lot of that had to do with the inconsistent passing game of the 49ers, or the lack of playing time but Johnson himself has admitted to losing focus on the game of football. “Besides in Buffalo, where it took me a couple of years to play,” said Johnson, “I kind of got that back. Going home to San Francisco and them not playing me how I know I should have and they know, the people around me, the players know I should have been playing … yeah, I definitely feel that fire inside.”

Johnson looks to revive his career in San Diego with quarterback Philip Rivers, easily the best signal-caller he has played with. In Buffalo, Johnson was able to put up solid numbers with shaky QB play, compiling almost 300 receptions with 3,500+ receiving yards and 26 TD’s from 2010-13.

In an offense that will miss tight end Antonio Gates for four-games due to a suspension, most experts predict Ladarius Green will be the primary beneficiary, and he will be but others in the Chargers offense will also see an increased role. So far in minicamps, Stevie Johnson has been the primary slot receiver in the Bolts’ offense, a position locked down by Eddie Royal in year’s past. Royal, who signed a deal with the Bears in the offseason, caught 109 passes for 1,409 yards with 15 TDs the past two years for San Diego, productivity Johnson looks to repeat. With other wide receivers Keenan Allen and Malcolm Floyd drawing the top cornerback’s against the competition, Stevie Johnson will be able to be line up against linebacker’s and safeties in the slot position, drawing favorable matchups.

Johnson will fly under the radar in most fantasy football drafts, but should be drafted in the later rounds in most deeper leagues (10+ players). His value will not be higher than what it is in the first four weeks of the season due to the Gates suspension, drafting him will prevent the waiver-wire process to take shape.

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