Charles Johnson was a breakout candidate after the 2014 NFL season. Last year, Johnson was injured for most of the year, so he was given a pass by most fans. Throughout the first three games of 2016, however, Johnson has been severely underwhelming and this time there is no excuse.
So far this season, Johnson has been thrown to ten times, but has only hauled in three of those catches for 20 yards. To put that another way, the Vikings have 693 passing yards and Charles Johnson has only contributed on 2.9% of them. That’s unacceptable for a player who is listed as a “starter”. Now, with Adrian Peterson injured and teams starting to pay attention to Diggs, it’s more important than ever for the 2nd receiver to be productive.
There are plenty of young, promising players who are currently riding the bench because the Vikings insist on playing Johnson. The same thing happened last year, and it took an injury for the Vikings to finally sit him and play some guy named Stefon Diggs. With Adam Thielen, Laquon Treadwell and Jarius Wright waiting in the wings, let’s hope it doesn’t take another injury before the Vikings realize they need to make a change.