Bills wideout Steve Johnson is healthy and raring to go. Will he help make the Bills an excellent choice to back with your NFL odds this season?
Johnson burst onto the scene in 2010, catching 82 passes for 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He was expected to step up even more this past season, but Johnson was slowed by a groin injury throughout the 2011/12 season. That however didn’t stop him from almost matching his production from 2010 as he had 76 catches, 1,004 yards and seven touchdown grabs.
The injury weighed heavily on Johnson’s mind throughout the season, not allowing him to have full confidence in his body when making plays.
Johnson opted for surgery after the season, but waited until April to get the procedure done. Bills fans were a little wary that he delayed for so long, but it seems all is well for now.
He has been taking part in Buffalo’s minicamp but it’s expected that the team will be extra cautious with their star wideout. They don’t want to take any unnecessary risks and bring him back into the fold too quickly.
One thing’s for sure: the Bills need Johnson at full strength if they want to compete in the AFC East. Wide receiver isn’t exactly the most stacked skill position, with David Nelson, Donald Jones and Brad Smith a few of the other targets on the roster.
If anything happens to Johnson, the Bills are in a bad place. They have a terrific running back situation with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, which rightly so will be the bread and butter of the offense. Still, Johnson’s ability to stretch the field will open up a lot more room for those two to operate in the backfield.
So far, so good for Johnson. He appears healthy and ready for the season to start. Just like us.