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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Stevie Johnson Says Miscommunication, Not Dropped Pass, Reason for Loss

Stevie Johnson had himself a textbook day to forget on Sunday.  For starters, his mocking of Plaxico Burress shooting himself in the leg was completely uncalled for.  Then, he went to the ground pretending to be a plane going down, which cost his team 15 yards and quite possibly enabled the Jets to erase the touchdown he had just scored.  At first Johnson apologized and said the celebration cost his team the game, but shortly thereafter he took to twitter and made it clear that he doesn’t regret being himself.  The boneheaded end zone dances weren’t the only thing that cost the Bills.

With less than a minute remaining in the game and Buffalo trailing by four, Johnson found himself wide open over the middle of the field.  Had he caught the ball, he might have sprinted all the way to the end zone.  Instead, Fitzpatrick put the pass right on the money and Johnson flat-out dropped it.  As Stevie indicated on his Twitter account after the game, that’s not the way he saw it.

“Haha wow I can’t believe you guys really telling me I ‘dropped’ the GWinner,” he wrote. “Smh. Pitt was a drop. This was QB&WR not on the same page.”

There was, indeed, one play in the end zone where Johnson and Fitzpatrick got crossed up and Fitzpatrick made a bad throw.  As for the pass over the middle, I don’t see how that can be interpreted as anything but a horrible drop.  Even if there was some sort of trouble communicating, the ball hit him directly in the hands and no one was around.  In more ways than one, No. 13 contributed to a tough loss for the Bills.

Chest bump to Pro Football Talk for pointing out the tweet.

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