10 Aug

Titans’ Marcus Johnson continues to impress, gets praise from Todd Downing


Few on the Tennessee Titans have impressed the way wide receiver Marcus Johnson has in training camp — and that goes for both sides of the ball.

Johnson has been about as consistent as they come, which was spelled out by ESPN’s Turron Davenport after practice on Tuesday.

“To no surprise Marcus Johnson continues to shine,” Davenport wrote. “He made a jumping catch across the middle. Then snatched a pass that was behind out of the air. Also made a contested catch with Kristian Fulton in coverage.”

Positive reviews of Johnson’s showing like that are an everyday occurrence.

As Ben Arthur of the Tennessean recently pointed out, it’s hard to imagine Johnson not making the roster out of training camp with how well he has done.

“Outside of A.J. Brown, Marcus Johnson has been the most consistent WR and it’s increasingly become hard to imagine him not on the 53,” Arthur wrote on Saturday.

But beat writers aren’t the only ones praising Johnson. After practice on Tuesday, the former Indianapolis Colt received some recognition from offensive coordinator, Todd Downing. Downing says Johnson has even seen some action with the first-team offense.

“I think Marcus has been an example of someone who has taken advantage of his opportunities to go out there and get some runs with the ones,” Downing said. “And I think he’s really done a nice job of kind of playing it out and being consistent, both at X and Z out on the perimeter.”

Johnson was included in our last 53-man roster projection, and we continue to feel confident about that prediction.

When it’s all said and done, Johnson could find himself as the No. 4 receiver behind Julio Jones, A.J. Brown and Josh Reynolds, and there is thought that he could even challenge for the No. 3 role.