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New 49er receiver Stevie Johnson has the dropsies


One day after selecting Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills have parted ways with 27-year-old Stevie Johnson.

On the surface it appears to be a decent move for the 49ers. It gives San Fransisco a third receiver to go along with Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree plus frees up the organization to use the draft to focus on other needs.

There is just one problem: Stevie has a severe case of the dropsies.

According to ProFootballFocus, Johnson tied for second highest drop percentage among all receivers lining up for at least 50 percent of their team’s snaps.

Johnson lined up in the slot on close to two-thirds of the 273 routes run last season and he dropped 16.3 percent of the catchable passes thrown his way – the second highest in the league behind wideout Davone Bess (29.0 percent), who is currently looking for work. In 2012 Johnson was seventh worst after dropping 12.2 percent of his passes.

When he did catch the ball on a route in 2013, he ranked 36th out of 43 eligible receivers for 1.56 yards per route run.

Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.
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