Stevie Johnson not frustrated by lack of playing time


In last week's Snap Report, Around The NFL's Chris Wesseling noted that Stevie Johnson has been the most effective San Francisco 49ers pass catcher this season, despite receiving a comparatively minuscule portion of the snaps.

A three-time 1,000-yard receiver when he was all about the Bills in Buffalo, Johnson is currently buried behind Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd at the receiver position, playing just 20 percent of snaps.

The lack of playing time, however, isn't getting to the veteran wideout.

"No frustration at all," he said, per CSN Bay Area. "(The) only sense of frustration is being a competitor, you know, wanting to do more. But it ain't like there's a bunch of pansies in front of me.

"It's cool to a certain extent. When we get in those situations, in the heat of the moment, of course, I'm a warrior. I'm ready to go out there. We got great guys out there on the field. You can't be frustrated. It's not going to look right."

Johnson is coming off back-to-back five catch games prior to the team's Week 8 bye. How coordinator Greg Roman and Jim Harbaugh deploy their offensive weapons following the off week will be something to watch Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

The latest Around The NFL Podcast previews every Week 9 game and recaps the Saints' one-sided TNF win over the Panthers. Find more Around The NFL content on NFL NOW.