Stevie Johnson the decoy? 'I'm cool with that'

Stevie Johnson the decoy? 'I'm cool with that'
May 15, 2014, 9:45 am
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If I don’t get the ball then, oh, well, I know somebody else is going to get the ball ... So I’m willing to take that role and be a blocker or, you know, be a decoy. I’m cool with that.
Stevie Johnson

Wide receiver Stevie Johnson is not in Buffalo anymore.

Johnson, whom the 49ers acquired last week from the Bills for a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2015, joins a group of pass catchers that includes:

--Veteran Anquan Boldin, who caught 85 passes for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns in his first season with the 49ers.

--Michael Crabtree, coming off a 1,000-yard receiving season in 2012, had 34 receptions for 487 yards in eight games, including the playoffs. He returned late in the season from a torn Achilles.

--Tight end Vernon Davis added 850 receiving yards with 13 touchdown catches.

“Everybody in the room is a No. 1. That’s how I feel,” Johnson said Wednesday on Yahoo! SportsTalk Live. “I watch these guys work. I watch these guys play throughout their careers. All of them are No. 1 receivers. So I feel good about stepping in with these guys and competing and putting our heart and our passion on the line out there on Sundays and Mondays and Thursdays for our fans.”

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Johnson battled groin, hamstring and back injuries last season to catch 52 passes for 597 yards in 12 games in Buffalo to break a string of three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

With the 49ers, he does not appear to be the team’s No. 1 – or even No. 1-A – option in the passing game. He said he is fine with whatever his role ends up becoming.

“I’m very prepared for that,” Johnson said. “I’ve been through some tough seasons out in Buffalo, where I felt like I put everything on the line, even playing through injury. I felt like I had to do everything.

“I’m not trying to talk down anybody in Buffalo. But being here in San Francisco, you got guys who’ve had production. If I don’t get the ball then, oh, well, I know somebody else is going to get the ball, like Crab or Anquan or Vernon or even Frank (Gore). So I’m willing to take that role and be a blocker or, you know, be a decoy. I’m cool with that.”

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