Wide Receiver – Kevin Johnson
I love Kevin Johnson, I absolutely do, but like with Chubb, there is no way this should be the case that he’s here. Now, unlike Chubb, there is a player who deserves an argument here; Braylon Edwards. Yet, Edwards is clearly not the guy, so let’s tell you why that’s the case.
Firstly, with Johnson, you had reliability. He was a consistent pass-catcher who oftentimes played bigger and faster than he was. He was someone who you could count on to make a play, despite the fact he never had a receiver on the field who was as competent as he was. The closest he got was Dennis Northcutt but he was a slot guy and was physically unable to take on bigger corners.
Quincy Morgan was supposed to be the guy when drafted but he had the same syndrome as Edwards. Which takes us to our second point. Edwards had Couldn’t Catch Syndrome. Somehow, that seems to be the case with big, athletic receivers who can make circus-style catches but can’t catch a slightly off pass to their back shoulder. All of a sudden the hands are the one place they can’t actually catch anything with.
Sound like anyone who played in the Browns 2019 season?
Johnson outplayed expectations, while Edwards underperformed. Sure, Edwards had a Pro Bowl season to his name, but Johnson should’ve had one as well. I’m not going to give Edwards a pass because Derek Anderson was a god in Rob Chudzinski’s system.