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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; What about Eric Johnson? He's UFA correct? He has been very productive in the passing game on a bad SF team over the last few years. Plus they have VD now. Now sure how well he blocks. I would much ...

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Old 01-27-2007, 10:09 AM   #1
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Eric Johnson

What about Eric Johnson? He's UFA correct? He has been very productive in the passing game on a bad SF team over the last few years. Plus they have VD now. Now sure how well he blocks. I would much rather have Graham but this is not a bad option if we can't swing Graham.
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Old 01-28-2007, 03:44 PM   #2
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RE: Eric Johnson

ive been screaming his name since the middle of this year... he would be a great addition to our offense and would probably come alot cheaper then alot of the other TEs out there...
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Old 01-28-2007, 10:43 PM   #3
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RE: Eric Johnson

IF he can stay healthy he'd be a great fit.
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:19 PM   #4
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you know I always seem to pick that guy up in madden. outside of that I never really followed the 49ers , is he any good?
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:34 PM   #5
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82 receptions in 2004
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Old 01-28-2007, 11:39 PM   #6
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Acquired: D-7 2001
Height: 6-3
Weight: 256
College: Yale




CAREER: Looking to return to action in 2006 after a torn plantar fascia forced him onto injured reserve and out of action for the entire 2005 campaign …Returned from collarbone injury in 2004 to have the most prolific season ever for a 49ers tight end after missing all of 2003…Played on an All-Pro level in 2004…His 82 catches and 825 receiving yards are the most ever for a 49ers tight end…Played in 44 games with 39 starts in addition to three starts in postseason action…Has 158 career receptions, 1,508 yards and five touchdowns to his credit…Soft hands and precise route-running skills have helped him develop into a valuable weapon on offense…Brings gritty, determined measure of play to the field…Toughness gives him the ability to make difficult catches in traffic.

ACQUIRED: Originally a seventh round (224th overall pick) draft choice by San Francisco in 2001.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

2005:
• Sidelined with foot injury in training camp and into 2005 preseason play. Injury complicated during week prior to Dallas game (9-25).
• Inactive for first two regular season games vs. St. Louis (9-11) and at Philadelphia (9-18) as team hoped he could return from foot injury.
• Placed on injured reserve list (9-22) after aggravating foot injury and tearing plantar fascia.

2004:
• Played in 16 games with 14 starts.
• Led 49ers in receiving and established CAREER-HIGHS with 82 receptions for 825 yards and two touchdowns. Became first tight end to lead 49ers in receiving since Ted Kwalick, who caught 47 balls for 729 yards and five touchdowns in 1973.
• Was second among NFC tight ends with 22 catches for 237 yards on third down.
• Started at tight end and led team with eight receptions for 86 yards, including 16-yard touchdown vs. Atlanta (9-12).
• Started at tight end and had 10 receptions for 113 yards (11.3 avg.) vs. St. Louis (10-3) to earn first career 100-yard game.
• Started at tight end and set CAREER-HIGHS with 13 receptions for 162 yards (12.5 avg.) vs. Arizona (10-10). 162 yards were the most in NFL by a tight end in 2004. Was second consecutive and second career 100-yard receiving game.
• Started at tight end and led team with six receptions for 71 yards vs. Carolina (11-14).
• Started at tight end and tallied seven receptions for 57 yards vs. Miami (11-28).
• Led team with eight receptions for 73 yards vs. Washington (12-18).

2003:
• Inactive with fractured collarbone Weeks 1-7 after taking sustaining crushing hit from New Orleans CB Dale Carter in preseason action.
• Placed on injured reserve (10-25) with broken collarbone.

2002:
• Played in 12 games with 10 starts and starting nods in both postseason games.
• Finished season with 36 receptions for 321 yards.
• Missed four games due to back injury.
• Started and led team in receiving with seven receptions for 69 yards vs. Denver (9-15).
• Inactive with lower back injury vs. Arizona (10-27), at Oakland (11-3), vs. Kansas City (11-10) and at San Diego (11-17).
• Returned to line-up in limited role vs. Philadelphia (11-25).
• Started at tight end and caught SEASON-HIGH eight passes for 60 yards (7.5 avg.) at Dallas (12-8). Also credited with one special teams tackle at Cowboys.
• Matched SEASON HIGH with eight receptions for 66 yards (8.3 avg.), including long of 14 yards vs. Green Bay (12-15).
• Set POSTSEASON CAREER-HIGHS with eight receptions for 78 yards (9.8 avg.), including 25-yard fourth quarter reception that led to game-winning touchdown in NFC Wild Card Game vs. New York Giants (1-5-03).
• Caught two passes for seven yards at Tampa Bay (1-12-03) in NFC Divisional Playoff Game.

2001:
• Played in 16 games with 15 starts.
• Finished season with 40 receptions for 362 yards and three touchdowns…
• Set 49ers rookie records for tight ends in every category.
• Made regular season debut with four catches for 34 yards, including 12-yard catch during game-tying drive at close of regulation vs. Atlanta (9-9).
• Made first career NFL start and caught three passes for 14 yards (4.7 avg.) vs. St. Louis (9-23).
• Started at tight end and caught four passes for 35 yards vs. Detroit (11-4) including first career touchdown on four-yard pass in second quarter.
• Caught go-ahead touchdown in fourth quarter vs. New Orleans (11-11).
• Caught three passes for 34 yards at Carolina (11-18) and also snagged two-point conversion attempt to send game into overtime.
• Reeled in dazzling 12-yard touchdown reception in back of end zone vs. Miami (12-16)
• Made first career postseason start and caught four passes for 36 yards at Green Bay (1-13-02) in NFC Wild Card Game.

COLLEGE:
• Finished college career with 182 receptions for 2,144 yards and 23 touchdowns at Yale.
• Broke 11 school receiving records, including career receptions (181), career receiving yards (2,144) and touchdowns (23).
• Caught at least one pass in last 24 games.
• Broke school’s single-season mark with 67 receptions as junior and broke own record with 86 receptions as senior.
• Named All-Ivy League as a senior.
• Saw time as team’s punter, amassing 4,233 yards on 68 punts (39.2 avg.)
• Also played on Yale’s golf team.
• Majored/Earned degree in American studies.

PERSONAL:
• Born Eric Maxwell Johnson (9-15-79) in Needham, MA.
• Prepped at Needham (MA) High School.
• Lettered in football, basketball and volleyball.
• Named one of top players in Massachusetts by USA Today.
• Received Scholar-Athlete Award from Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.
• Married to Keri. Couple resides in Emerald Hills, CA.

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