Bills WR Johnson puts up big plays on losing team

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 21, 2012
Stevie Johnson's season has gone much like the one-handed catch the Buffalo Bills receiver made last weekend. It looked marvelous: Johnson leaping over the middle to snag the ball with one hand, bring it in and control it before he landed on the turf for a 25-yard gain. Trouble is, the drive stalled and Buffalo lost the game. ''It's a pretty cool catch,'' Johnson said Wednesday. ''I mean, it's just a guy trying to make a big play. But it didn't really lead to too much. So, it's just a play. That's it.'' The best receiver on a perennial loser is sick of the losing but hasn't been pouting or pointing fingers. On the verge of becoming the first Bills receiver to produce three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, the fifth-year pro is instead thinking about the best way to produce a winning culture in Buffalo. ''I don't think it's from maturity,'' Johnson said. ''I think it's just from me wanting to change things, me wanting to bring this team back.'' It wasn't that long ago that Johnson had to balance entertaining plays with embarrassing mistakes, exploding in social media after dropping a game-winning touchdown versus Pittsburgh in 2010 and being benched after a touchdown celebration penalty against the Jets in 2011. He's learned from those errors and is already the first Bills player to get back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Andre Reed didn't do it. Elbert Dubenion didn't do it. Nor did Eric Moulds. Johnson is 109 yards away from doing it for the third time. But it means very little to him without respect for the organization. ''I'm a crucial part of the team and there are other guys who are crucial parts of the team and we feel the same: We want to keep Buffalo relevant,'' Johnson said. ''And it's been 13 years since we've been relevant. We made some noise, but it led to nothing this year, pretty much.'' Johnson, a former seventh-round draft pick, isn't a stereotypical diva receiver. He's grateful to be producing anywhere. ''You never know what's going to happen from this year to the next,'' Johnson said. ''You've got to get the picture fast and I definitely did. I can't say I (immediately) did with the shenanigans that I had going on early in my career. I'm here now and I have to be able to hold it for as long as I can.''
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Sanu: Halftime show played role in Super Bowl collapse

James Dolan is among potential group of investors of new arena for New York Islanders

Report: Rams, Clippers discussing NBA venue in Inglewood

Terrence Jones reportedly interested in joining Celtics

LeBron reverses course, says he ‘always felt good’ about Cavs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Ole Miss tried to implicate Mississippi State in football scandal

Jamaal Charles could be on the roster bubble

Jimmy Butler on state of Bulls: ‘I just want to win at all costs’

Report: Giants will be ‘aggressive’ in trying to sign Jason Pierre-Paul

Report: Porzingis avoided ligament damage in ankle

Brooks Koepka meltdown includes whiff, stomping head off driver

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker