San Francisco's newest offensive weapon spent his first six NFL seasons playing for the AFC's Bills.
Leading up to the 2014 season at 49ers.com, we'll get to know new and intriguing players. We continue our series with wide receiver Stevie Johnson, whom San Francisco acquired from the Buffalo Bills on May 9.
1. He was a steal in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Johnson was the 224th overall pick in his class, despite his athletic size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds), major university pedigree (Kentucky) and significant production (60 catches and 14 touchdowns in 2007). He was a slow starter in the league, recording just a dozen receptions in 16 games over his first two years, but he came on in 2010, emerging as a fantasy football favorite.
2. He has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in three of his last four seasons.
Johnson's 10-touchdown season in '10 ranked seventh among his NFL pass-catching peers. He averaged 1,041 yards each campaign until '12, his last fully healthy campaign. Last season, he battled back, groin and hamstring injuries toward a 52-catch, 597-yard output.
3. He is a San Francisco native and is cousins with Bay Area rapper Ya Boy.
Johnson, 27, attended Angelo Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, Calif. and only played two years of football there because the program didn't exist until his junior season. He represented the Bay Area well, earning the Most Valuable Player nod at the annual East-West Shrine All-Star Game following his senior season, during which he played quarterback. That last part he has in common with new position group 'mate Anquan Boldin.
4. He is under contract through the 2016 season.
After his third straight campaign of strong performances in '12, Johnson signed a five-year contract extension with the Buffalo Bills. The contract was reported as a $36 million deal. He joins Boldin, who signed a two year contract in March, and Michael Crabtree, who is entering the final season of his rookie deal, among the 49ers veteran wideouts.
5. He has more Twitter followers (1.04 million) than Colin Kaepernick (601,000).
We here at 49ers.com are all about social media – see our Hashtag Blog – and we're glad to see Johnson is active on one of our favorite platforms. @StevieJohnson13's follower count, which was at 1.03 million in the minutes before news of his trade spread, no doubt comes from his popularity as a fantasy option. But he's also respected by his peers. New San Francisco teammates Marcus Lattimore, C.J. Spillman, Eric Wright, Vernon Davis and even Jerry Rice tracked his tweets before they knew he was coming back west.
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