AFC East High Energy Player of the Week

October, 26, 2010
10/26/10
3:12
PM ET
NFC High Energy: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 7.

Buffalo Bills receiver Steve Johnson entered 2010 with one start, 12 receptions, 112 yards and two touchdowns.

[+] EnlargeSteve Johnson
Larry French/Getty ImagesBills receiver Steve Johnson is having a breakout season.
Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, he notched a performance nearly as impactful as his first two NFL seasons combined.

Johnson played an integral role in nearly pulling off the upset of the year. He had a career-high eight receptions for a career-high 158 yards with a career-long 43-yard gain and a touchdown before the Bills lost in overtime at M&T Bank Stadium.

"Individually, that's all good and that's what you want as a player," Johnson said. "If you're a running back, receiver or a quarterback that's what you want. But at the end of the day, you do want to get that win in the win column instead of just the individual win.

"I guess it's a good thing and a bad thing. I did pretty good, but at the same time we didn't win."

Johnson, a 2008 seventh-round pick from Kentucky, never had caught more than five passes or gained more than 66 yards in a game. He had trouble getting on the field his first two seasons, but the Bills declined to re-sign Terrell Owens and Josh Reed, creating room for Johnson to contribute.

He has been consistently involved this year and has scored at least one touchdown in four straight games, the span Ryan Fitzpatrick has been Buffalo's starting quarterback.

"Just seeing him since he came in, all of our receivers have confidence with him back there throwing the ball," Johnson said. "He's spreading it around to tight ends, receivers, running backs. ... We all have confidence in him, and I'm pretty sure he has confidence in us, and I'm pretty sure we can put up numbers with him."

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

Insider

NFL SCOREBOARD

Thursday, 9/18
Sunday, 9/21
Monday, 9/22
WEEKLY LEADERS