Colts Beat: WR Marcus Johnson makes big plays

Five of Marcus Johnson’s nine catches so far have covered 20 yards or more, and unlike some boom-or-bust deep threats, Johnson is a reliable target down the field. Despite a career average of an impressive 16.5 yards per catch, Johnson has caught 75 percent of his targets with Rivers and Andrew Luck at quarterback for the Colts; the only time his percentage has dropped was last season, when he caught 51.5 percent of his targets.

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Despite Philip Rivers' struggles, and the Colts thought of as a running team, the story said six weeks into the season, the Colts rank eighth in the NFL in passing plays of 20 yards or more, and fourth in big-play percentage. Johnson played a key role in those numbers even before Sunday’s five-catch, 108-yard performance to lead the Indianapolis comeback against the Bengals. Johnson's issue has been his health, he's battled hamstring and concussion issues over the past couple of years but if healthy it looks like he could make an impact in the Colts offense.

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