Week 5 Position Battle #2: Stevie Johnson vs Carlos Rogers
Both Buffalo Bills Stevie Johnson (pictured above) and San Francisco 49ers Carlos Rogers (pictured below) received sizable contract extensions this past offseason. Stevie received 5 years 36.25 million dollars, and Carlos received a 4 years and 29.3 million dollars respectably. This game isn’t based on contract values, it’s how about how they play the game and both of these guys play with a chip on their shoulders.
These two guys took two drastic different paths to the NFL as Carlos was a ninth overall draft pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. and played solid for the Washington Redskins by helping them become a solid pass defense, including intercepting 8 passes. In turn, Stevie was a 7th rounder (224th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft, and in fact Stevie wasn’t even the first wide receiver taken by Buffalo that year, as they took giant and later considered a major bust 6′ 6″ James Hardy. The following year, Stevie had to play second fiddle again due to the Bills bringing in controversial star wide receiver Terrell Owens.
I like this match up a great deal because I think these guys compliment each other nicely as they are the physical type more so than straight line speed demons. If Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick can lead Stevie properly, and in conjunction with a solid running attack, maybe it would be possible for the Bills to squeak out an upset special tomorrow evening.
Let’s look at the tale of the tape between Stevie Johnson and Carlos Rogers:
Stevie Johnson Carlos Rodgers
Age: 26 Age: 31
Height: 6′ 2″ Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 207 lbs. Weight: 192 lbs.
Years Pro: 5 Years Pro: 8
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