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Stevie Johnson: We’re All No. 1 Receivers

Posted May 13, 2014

Stevie Johnson brings added credibility to an already deep wide receiver group on the San Francisco 49ers.


Stevie Johnson brings added credibility to an already deep wide receiver group on the San Francisco 49ers.

Johnson recorded three 1,000-yard seasons in a four-year span with the Buffalo Bills, but he found himself traded last week to his hometown team for an undisclosed draft pick, reported to be a conditional 2015 selection.

Johnson happened to be in the Bay Area when news of the trade was first reported.

Despite the change of scenery to a familiar location, the recently-acquired veteran wideout sees all of San Francisco’s returning pass-catchers as equals.

The 49ers currently have a receiving crew of Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, Quinton Patton and Kassim Osgood returning from the 2013 roster, plus the addition of Brandon Lloyd in free agency, among the 11 total wideouts on the roster.

“Right now, we’re all ones,” Johnson told 49ers.com on Tuesday. “The defense has gotta pick their poison, whether they’re going to double-team Anquan, whether they’re going to double-team Crab, Vernon (Davis), me, Q.P. is coming in – you gotta pick your poison.

“We gotta handle our business.”

Trent Baalke sounded eager to discuss San Francisco's upcoming receiver competitions, one that includes Johnson in the mix to be the team’s No. 3 receiver.

“We feel good about all 11 that are currently on the roster,” the general manager said after the draft. “I feel it is going to be a very competitive camp for that group.”

Should Johnson win the upcoming battle to be the No. 3 wideout, he won’t consider himself as a third option.

“Even in Buffalo I never felt like there was the No. 1 receiver or the No. 2 receiver or a No. 3,” the 27-year-old receiver said.

So while Johnson is now playing for the team he rooted for as a child, the play-making receiver only wants to focus on making his seventh season the best of his career in the National Football League.

Jim Harbaugh said the acquisition of Johnson, a receiver with a “long pattern of success” has a chance to be “special.”

Johnson certainly agrees.

“I don’t want to let this opportunity slip past,” the veteran receiver said. “I want to make the most out of it like I did in Buffalo.”