Johnson-Patterson is the most intriguing position battle, for the split end spot. Johnson showed enough to keep the job through offseason work, but a 29th-overall pick in Patterson will get plenty of chances to earn his job back. There's no question about Patterson's ability. With the ball, he's a threat to score anywhere on the field. In order to get the ball in less predictable spots, he needs to be in sync with Teddy Bridgewater. Inconsistency in his routes didn't allow chemistry to build as he's still learning the nuances of the position. Patterson had four playbooks in his last four years of football, and some consistency on that end could help him take the next step.
We favor Johnson in this "battle," due to his production down the stretch last season. Johnson started playing significant snaps in Week 11, and over the final seven games of the season, he averaged 3.6 catches for 59 yards and 0.29 touchdowns. He was the #31 fantasy receiver in that span.