Charles Johnson off to a strong start for Vikings

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In 2014, receiver Charles Johnson went from the practice squad in Cleveland to a key part of the passing game in Minnesota. Last year, Johnson was MIA for most of the season.

Now, Johnson is making a good impression as he tries to re-establish himself.

That’s what I do, I catch footballs,’’ Johnson said over the weekend, via Chris Thomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “It’s no surprise to me, it shouldn’t be a surprise to others. If it’s a surprise to you, that’s fine.’’

It’s not a surprise to offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

“He’s healthy, No. 1,’’ Turner said. “He had a rib issue that was a real issue, and unfortunately, in this league, when you miss some time and a guy steps in like [Stefon] Diggs did, then your opportunities are limited.”

With Diggs quickly becoming the real deal and Laquon Treadwell arriving via round one, it won’t be much easier for Johnson to get on the field and to get the ball in his hands.

43 responses to “Charles Johnson off to a strong start for Vikings

  1. Diggs was inconsistent during after breaking out. Treadwell may never be the athlete he once was after that sick injury. It wouldn’t surprise me to see this guy be a decent producer, it all depends on how much they let Theodore show his arm off and how much he has improved over the last off season.

  2. I liked this guy when the Packers drafted him. Partially they were just too deep at wideout for him to stick around outside the practice squad.

    He was a special build in terms of speed/size and I was hoping to get to see if they could smooth out the rough edges.

    Neat to see him land somewhere even if he isn’t a Packer. Good luck to him!

  3. I’m sure Johnson is also a good golfer on the range, but the problem is that isn’t where the game is played. Let’s pick this story up in week 8.

  4. He’s a guy with good talent but that rib injury really set him back last year. Diggs jumped ahead of him and now Treadwell is there to take his job. If he plays well enough, he could hold the rookie off all season. At worst, he’ll be a very solid #4 receiver.

    Meanwhile, in Green Bay, if Jordy Nelson doesn’t get back 100%, the whole receiving corps falls apart.

  5. “he would immediately be the #1 WR in Wisconsin.”

    I guess that’s why the Packers put him on the practice squad and let him go to Cleveland.

  6. 250dollarnflowner says:

    “he would immediately be the #1 WR in Wisconsin”

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    Lookes like ariani, cody, dahmer et. al. has another new alias.
    Good luck to Charles Johnson. Packers hated to loose him, but it’s doubtful he’d make the 53 now.
    The real question is how the Browns never figured out how to get his talent on the field.

  7. He’s always played this well, so has Patterson. The problem in Minny, and this is coming from a 40+ year Viking fan: Norv Turner does not know how to use the wr/te’s on the roster properly. He somehow managed to take a budding superstar in Patterson, coming off an electrifying 2013 season, and relegate him to unknown, nothing to do with 84’s ability mind you. Last year, to amplify the lack of ingenuity Norv has to incorporate Patterson’s talent, Wallace & CJ were also non factors in this 90’s-outdated scheme. Oh, did you not want a realistic view of the Vikings offense from one in the loop? LOL!

  8. djvh2 says:
    Aug 1, 2016 11:15 AM

    “he would immediately be the #1 WR in Wisconsin.”

    I guess that’s why the Packers put him on the practice squad and let him go to Cleveland.
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    They let him go to Cleveland because they couldn’t diagnose a torn ACL.

  9. revamped Oline in MN is going to give Teddy a lot more time and AD a lot more holes so he isn’t getting hit 1-3 yrds behind the LOS. Teams will have to pack the box and TB will ave 1 on 1 all day with 3-7 seconds to throw instead of 1-3.

    New day in MN. You’re going to see an offense similar to the 2009 team where it is more balanced instead of being a 70/30 run based team. I think it will be more 55/45 run based.

    Good luck NFCC. Vikes are going to be sitting on top of the division for at least 3 of the next 4 years and we’ll sweep the pack this year. GB will go in a death spiral after the beating they will take Week #2.

  10. I think that the Vikings have enough pieces to have a successful passing game this year. They have 2 guys that have shown flashes of being very good, one guy who is a glorified kick returner with potential and a rookie who has a lot to prove. If Rudolph could remain injury free and step up that will be huge for the other WR’s. Lets go!

  11. That injury last year really set him back. He’ll get plenty of playing time as Treadwell gets familiarized with the system, not to mention that an injury-prone position like WR makes depth more important. I have no problem taking grief from cheesers with respect to this Packer cast-off.

  12. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Aug 1, 2016 11:10 AM
    This is pretty typical career progression for Viking WR’s – Packer practice squad to Viking “superstar”.

    Just goes to show how much better any player can be when they get better coaching in MN.

  13. surfnride says:
    Aug 1, 2016 11:54 AM

    revamped Oline in MN is going to give Teddy a lot more time and AD a lot more holes so he isn’t getting hit 1-3 yrds behind the LOS. Teams will have to pack the box and TB will ave 1 on 1 all day with 3-7 seconds to throw instead of 1-3.

    New day in MN. You’re going to see an offense similar to the 2009 team where it is more balanced instead of being a 70/30 run based team. I think it will be more 55/45 run based.

    Good luck NFCC. Vikes are going to be sitting on top of the division for at least 3 of the next 4 years and we’ll sweep the pack this year. GB will go in a death spiral after the beating they will take Week #2.
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    I love the sentiment but let’s not fool ourselves into thinking a revamped offensive line is going to give Teddy 3-7 seconds to throw. Nobody gets that kind of time consistently in the NFL.

    Also, last year the Vikings had 499 pass attempts or sacks and 474 rush attempts, which is a 48.7 – 51.3 run to pass ratio. It just seemed like it was 70-30. The league average seems to be about 40-60 run to pass, so let’s try to get closer to that.

  14. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Aug 1, 2016 2:04 PM
    Johnson had all of 4 receptions for 127 yards last year – TOTAL.

    LOL
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    Johnson was injured last season. But by your logic….

    thats 4 receptions and 127 yards MORE than Jordy Nelson did last year.

    More than Jordy.

    LOL

  15. It doesn’t really matter when you QB is near or at the bottom of all QB’s in the NFL. Until the Vikings find someone that is even mediocre at QB they won’t be consistently a good team, even with a good D.

  16. Another Green Bay cast-off. Looks like another year without a title for the Minnesota Ex-Packers.

  17. surfnride says:
    Aug 1, 2016 11:54 AM
    Vikes are going to be sitting on top of the division for at least 3 of the next 4 years and we’ll sweep the pack this year. GB will go in a death spiral after the beating they will take Week #2.
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    The Vikings will be lucky to finish third in the division. You think one relatively unspectacular but simply OK season suddenly catapults them to the top of the food chain?

    None of the national prognosticators think the Vikings will surpass the Packers this year. They make assessments of this nature professionally. Take your purple colored sunglasses off.

  18. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Aug 1, 2016 2:04 PM

    Johnson had all of 4 receptions for 127 yards last year – TOTAL.

    LOL
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    He actually had 9 receptions, but I guess reading numbers is hard.

    Meanwhile, Jeff Janis had 2 receptions for 79 yards and Packer fans can’t stop talking about him.

  19. stellarperformance says:
    Aug 1, 2016 3:44 PM

    None of the national prognosticators think the Vikings will surpass the Packers this year. They make assessments of this nature professionally. Take your purple colored sunglasses off.
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    Not that I put too much faith in power rankings from media in the middle of summer but I do like bringing up when stellar posts factually incorrect information, which seems to be daily.

    There are some of these prognosticators that have the Vikings above the Packers, SI being one. The Packers are higher in more of these lists, yes. But like I said, big deal. The Packer win the summer media power ranking crown over the Vikings (but are not on top overall of almost any list). Where is celebration parade? This seems to mean so much to Packer fans.

  20. Just goes to show how much better any player can be when they get better coaching in MN.
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    That good coaching that’s caused you guys to not win a playoff game since the Favre days? Since the last time you guys have won a playoff game we have a sb championship and 7 playoff victories. We are also tied with NE for most playoff berths in a row. Talk all you want, it doesn’t make it true.

  21. Where is celebration parade? This seems to mean so much to Packer fans.
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    Packer fans don’t give a crap about rankings, we are just sick of all the Viking fans acting like they won the sb last year when all they did was not go as far in the playoffs as us. You didn’t even win a playoff game but everyone of you talks as if you’re the team to best now. Gets old…like a chihuahua always yapping but with nothing to back it up. You’ve won maybe two games against us this decade.

  22. pkrlvr says:
    Aug 1, 2016 4:53 PM
    Where is celebration parade? This seems to mean so much to Packer fans.
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    Packer fans don’t give a crap about rankings, we are just sick of all the Viking fans acting like they won the sb last year when all they did was not go as far in the playoffs as us. You didn’t even win a playoff game but everyone of you talks as if you’re the team to best now. Gets old…like a chihuahua always yapping but with nothing to back it up. You’ve won maybe two games against us this decade.
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    Bingo. That’s it. Vikings fans. Never. Shut. Up. They should know their place, but they don’t. Deep, deep down, they are envious of the Packers and this makes them unreasonably angry and completely illogical.

    This is why we never get tired of making fun of them.

  23. pkrlvr says:
    Aug 1, 2016 4:53 PM
    Where is celebration parade? This seems to mean so much to Packer fans.
    —–
    Packer fans don’t give a crap about rankings, we are just sick of all the Viking fans acting like they won the sb last year when all they did was not go as far in the playoffs as us. You didn’t even win a playoff game but everyone of you talks as if you’re the team to best now. Gets old…like a chihuahua always yapping but with nothing to back it up. You’ve won maybe two games against us this decade.
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    Hey, if the internet hurt your feelings then maybe the internet is not for you.

    I hear a lot of packer fans are into coloring books. maybe you can wobble into a toy store to get one.

  24. Packers would give anything to have our receivers this year, Jordy is history, toast, and the joke of an offense last year is only going to get worse.
    Your EPIC fall this year is going to be so much fun to watch, followed by your coaching staff getting fired!
    Oh the Rapture and JOY!
    I am going to go one farther and say I wish Minnesota played your Sleeze Bay Slackers EVERY WEEK this season….

  25. Mike Zimmer is 3 chin McCarthys daddy. And it will be that way until 3 chin gets fired. He will get fired after the Packer faithful will watch the slow decline of their team because they live in a fantasy world. The greatest defense in Viking history will come down with no mercy. Good times!!!!

  26. surfnride says:
    Aug 1, 2016 11:54 AM

    Good luck NFCC.
    ———————————————

    It’s not 2002. We’re in the North now, not the Central, lol.

  27. stellarperformance says:
    Aug 1, 2016 3:44 PM

    The Vikings will be lucky to finish third in the division. You think one relatively unspectacular but simply OK season suddenly catapults them to the top of the food chain?
    ————————————————————

    That, but mostly the win against Green Bay in lambaeu on week 17, “when it mattered for all of the marbles”.

  28. There’s all this excitement over Jordy Nelson coming back and making him out to be the Packer’s top WR. before last year Randall Cobb was supposed to be the top WR, coming back from his injury. These two seem to trade off injuries every year. Guessing it’s Cobb’s turn to miss half the season or so.

  29. “before last year Randall Cobb was supposed to be the top WR, coming back from his injury”

    What? Where did this come from? Jordy was clearly number 1 WR before the injury.

    In MN Mike Wallace was supposed to be the #1 with Patterson as #2. Now that’s funny.

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