When Bills G.M. Buddy Nix talks about getting a big-time outside receiver, which would allow Stevie Johnson to spend more time operating out of the slot, an obvious question arises.
What does Stevie think of that?
Stevie, as it turns out, likes it.
“To me, the slot means you got access to go left, you got access to go right, you can work up the middle, you’re not going to be pressed as much — and we all know what I can do to people that press me,” Johnson said, via Tim Graham of the Buffalo News.
“You’ll be going against either the safeties or linebackers or the third cornerback. That’s what I think about when I hear slot. It seems like easy money for me.”
So he definitely doesn’t see a possible move as a slight. At all.
“It’s taking advantage,” Johnson said. “Not to sound overly confident in myself, but I don’t think I can be handled outside. And now imagine me going against whoever I have to go against in the slot.
“I think it’ll only help us out. I don’t see it as a demotion when they talk about moving me anywhere. With the right mentality, I feel we’re just trying to get better as a team.”
That’s definitely the right attitude. The bigger question, of course, is whether Nix will still be the guy calling the shots in Buffalo in 2013.