Titans got 'what we needed to see' from WR Marcus Johnson

Titans wide receiver Marcus Johnson came into the game with four catches for 60 yards on the season, but Julio Jones‘ trip to the injured reserve list opened up an opportunity for him to make an impact. Johnson turned a short slant into a 50-yard gain to set up a field goal in the first quarter and finished the day with five catches for 100 yards to lead the Titans in both categories.

Head coach Mike Vrabel said it was a “huge” performance and “what we needed to see” from a receiver who has flashed in practices without making a big impression in games.

Related players: Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Chester Rogers, A.J. Brown

Fantasy Impact: 

Jones is going to miss two more games at least so Johnson has a chance to continue to make his mark in that span. With no Derrick Henry, the Titans will likely throw the ball more than they have with Henry in the lineup, so Johnson could have some fantasy value at least for the short term. Both Westbrook-Ikhine and Rogers have flashed fantasy numbers this year so it remains to see if Johnson will take over the WR2 role. Johnson, himself, flashed for the Colts last year, including a 5-108-0 game but mostly fizzled out after that.

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