"He's a big body guy that can still separate, create separation," Pagano continued. "He's got a big catch radius. But again, the contested catches that you see on tape. It's very difficult to match up."
Pagano was even more effusive at the NFL Annual Meeting last week, telling reporters that he saw a "dominant guy" and a "force to be reckoned with" on Johnson's 2014 tape.
So whose interpretation is closer to the truth, McNair's or Pagano's?
It's undeniable that Johnson has lost a step. His 2014 production plummeted by more than 20 catches and 500 yards from his 2012-2013 averages.
But how much of that is attributable to subpar quarterback play and a reduced role in Bill O'Brien's new system?
Now set to catch passes from the best quarterback of his illustrious 13-year career, Johnson is a lead-pipe lock for 90 receptions and 1,000 yards if he stays healthy.