Stevie Johnson Wants to Contribute Right Away


** Niners Daily spotlights the newest addition to the 49ers WR corps, Stevie Johnson.
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Stevie Johnson is used to being the primary option at wide receiver. But his early goals for training camp are not to stand out as the 49ers new top receiver.

"I want to solidify myself as a contributor to the team." Johnson said Wednesday, the first day of 49ers camp. "I think that is what we all want to do."

The seven-year veteran led the Buffalo Bills in receptions and receiving yards three of his last four seasons. After being traded to the 49ers in May of 2014, he is now expected to be an added piece of an already deep passing offense.

"It feels good to know that you have other guys that can make big plays and it's not all on your shoulders."

Johnson is joining receivers Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin along with tight end Vernon Davis to make up the core of the 49ers passing attack. Other notable players at the receiver position include Brandon Lloyd, Quinton Patton, Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood and rookie Bruce Ellington.

On Being a 1,000-yard Receiver

Johnson failed to reach the thousand-yard mark in 2013 for the first time in four seasons. The wideout feels he has something to prove coming to San Francisco.

"When you come off three-straight 1,000-yard (seasons) and you don't get it the year after that, you feel like you have to get better.

"I know there are people that are saying I can't do it again, and I know there are people that are saying that I can. All I have to do is put my head down and keep working."

On a New Era of 49ers Football

A native of San Francisco, Johnson grew up just minutes away from Candlestick Park.

"We use to throw rocks around the water there. That's right there where home is."

With his deep connections to Bay Area, Johnson understands the significance of the 49ers new home, Levi's® Stadium. "It's huge, " he said. "It's big for the city, for the community. Obviously it is big for the team."

Answering questions in the shadow of the new building, Johnson admitted playing one full season at Candlestick would have been special to him.

"Being able to play there for a season would be sweet," Johnson told reporters. "But look at that thing over there. You can't deny that that's a beautiful stadium right there."


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