Buffalo Bills: Stevie Johnson May Suffer Due to Quarterback Inconsistency

By Ryan Heckman


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For the past three seasons, Stevie Johnson has quietly flown under the radar of most NFL experts as a highly underrated wide receiver. The former 7th-round pick out of Kentucky has without a doubt established himself as the number one option in the Buffalo Bills‘ passing game over the last couple of years.

From 2010-2012, Johnson has put up a total of 237 catches for 3,123 yards and 23 touchdowns while playing with less-than-admirable quarterback play. There is no question Johnson is a gem, especially because of his durability. He has not missed a game for the past three seasons.

In 2013, Johnson may end up producing less than stellar numbers. With the two new quarterbacks in town, the Bills could likely have a controversy either in training camp or midway through the season.

Rookie E.J. Manuel has a lot to prove as the Bills reached on him in the first round of the draft this spring, but may not be ready to contribute in his first year as a pro. Bringing in Kevin Kolb was the organization’s idea of solidifying the position. Unfortunately for Bills fans and Johnson, I don’t see Kolb working out too well.

For the love of God, Kolb couldn’t even find a way to get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald while with the Arizona Cardinals. What makes anybody think he can change that around with Johnson in Buffalo?

I love Johnson and think he will be one of the top wideouts in the NFL soon. But, that will only happen with a quarterback who can consistently get him the ball. I highly suspect that 2013 will be a year of transition as the team finds out what direction is best in terms of the quarterback position.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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