Four of his other completions over the middle went to backs with Chandler accounting for a second completion, which was also the longest (25 yards). The only incompletion targeted
Adding Johnson to the mix in the middle of the field could serve as a valuable security blanket this Sunday against a Dolphins defense that should be able to ratchet up their pressure this week with the anticipated return of top pass rusher Cameron Wake from injury.
Lewis looks very comfortable throwing to the middle of the field and looked very accurate in hitting targets in between the numbers.
Being forced to watch the game last Sunday, Johnson’s first absence from the lineup in more than three seasons, provided the receiver with a different perspective on the offense and how he fits into it.
“It was a good thing and a bad thing,” he said. “I always want to be out there on a Sunday. Just watching it as a fan of the game you see little things you probably would’ve missed if you were playing because you’re so locked in. I feel like I took some good things out of watching the games.”
Johnson has been a reliable target on quick slants, which the Bills have made use of to stay in manageable down and distance situations. He’s also made some plays on the boundary, but his work out of the slot could prove to be the most fruitful for Lewis and the offense. With
“I feel like that’s a big element for our offense throwing the deep ball,” Johnson said. “T.J. caught one early, Flash (Goodwin) caught one for a touchdown and now I’ve got to do my part work, work the middle and the outside a little bit and (Robert) Woods can do the same thing. So we should be cool.”