SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- This is what Colin Kaepernick had to say about his limited offseason work with new receiver Stevie Johnson: "It was pretty easy. He's another guy that's easy to throw to because he creates so much separation. Very quick, very deceptive, and I'm happy he's on our side of the ball."
Thursday, in the 49ers' first training camp practice, we could see why Kaepernick was so pleased that the 49ers' traded a mid-round pick next year to Buffalo for Johnson. He was all over the field and he was one of the bright lights of Day 1 of the 49ers' training camp.
Johnson was limited in the offseason by a minor injury. He looked in mid-season form Thursday.
Johnson could be a huge key for the 49ers as Kaepernick tries to take their offense to the next level in 2014. Johnson is set to be the No. 3 receiver behind Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree. We recently looked how Johnson's addition could change the 49ers' offense.
No matter what Johnson's effect will be on this offense, this receiver group is much deeper in 2014. And the depth starts with Johnson. That is already obvious.