Monday, November 28, 2011

Johnson can fake shots, can't fake catches

Posted by Nick St. Denis

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson is good at pretending to shoot himself in the leg.

He's also good at dropping passes.

During a touchdown celebration in the Bills' 28-24 loss to the New York Jets Sunday, Johnson mocked Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who spent two years in prison after accidentally shooting himself in the leg in a club in 2008. Burress played for the New York Giants at the time.

Johnson proceeded to do a fake plane crash, mocking a touchdown celebration often acted out by Jets receiver Santonio Holmes. The Buffalo wideout was penalized 15 yards, and the Jets (6-5) scored on the next drive.

"I can't be doing that, I gotta be more mature about the situation," Johnson told the media after the game.

Too late. With the loss, the Bills (5-6) are all but eliminated from playoff contention.

Johnson later dropped some critical passes in the game, most notably a toss from Ryan Fitzpatrick that hit Johnson perfectly in stride late in the fourth quarter. Johnson had plenty of room to run and would have likely scored the game-winning touchdown on the play.

Later on the drive, Johnson failed to adjust to a pass in the end zone that should have been a routine touchdown, as the Jets' secondary was all kinds of out of position on the play.

"It doesn't bother me at all," Burress told reporters regarding the situation. "The result I'm looking at is that we won the football game and he turned around and dropped three wide open balls to lose the game for his team. If I was a player that's how I would evaluate myself."

Burress caught a touchdown of his own and made a great one-handed sideline catch to keep the final drive alive.

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