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Lunch Break, 12/8: Johnson A Reliable Target

Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson has emerged as the Vikings outside deep threat as this season hits the final stretch. Johnson has overcome a lot to become a consistent option for the Vikings.

Brian Murphy highlights Johnson's consistency and rise to reliable playmaker:

*Charles Johnson assumed his position in front of his locker at TCF Bank Stadium, a media semicircle peppering the Vikings' suddenly popular wide receiver about seizing the moment yet again. *

*The cat is totally out of the bag on Johnson. Cleveland's practice-squad castoff and Green Bay's seventh-round flameout has become Minnesota's most reliable playmaker in the passing game. *

His 56-yard touchdown reception highlighted a career-best 103-yard performance in Sunday's 30-24 overtime victory over the New York Jets.* *

Jarius Wright stole the headlines with his game-winning touchdown sprint in overtime, but Charles Johnson is trending in a Vikings passing attack that is maturing under quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

"I'm not surprised at all," he said. "I come out every day to work as hard as I can. Get an opportunity, you take advantage of it."* *

Johnson has been repeating that mantra the past four weeks as he stockpiled receptions, yards and chemistry with Bridgewater.

Johnson has started three consecutive games and has proven to be a consistent playmaker and should continue to get looks in the final three games.

Quick Hitters

  • Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune: Bridgewater is starting to get it.
  • Via Craig Peters of Vikings.com – Notebook: Hodges Splashes In Win.
  • Jerome Felton's first TD is an odd one via Ben Goessling of ESPN.
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