2014 preview: High expectations for QB Kaepernick, rookie RB Hyde
AUG 8, 11:46a ET | Natalie Venegas
Rotowire: Jul 5 / 5:49p ET
News: With Antonio Gates suspended for the first four games of the season, there should be plenty of slot snaps available for Johnson, NBC San Diego reports.
Impact: Antonio Gates and Eddie Royal were the Chargers' main slot threats last season, with Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd doing most of the work on the outside. Royal jumped ship to sign with the Bears, and Gates was talking about a reduced role even before he was suspended. Johnson is unlikely to match his production from the days when he was Buffalo's go-to option, but this is the best situation he's been in since 2012. He'll get most of the slot snaps in three-wide sets and has the size to work outside.
Rotowire: Jun 3 / 9:47a ET
News: Johnson, who sat out three games for the 49ers last December with a bad knee, is looking explosive in camp, the San Diego Union Tribune reports.
Impact: Johnson is said to be shaking loose from defenders with sudden zig zag moves and has caught a few red zone passes from Philip Rivers. Needless to say, being able to make quick change of direction moves while getting comfortable with Rivers is a great sign for Johnson. At worst, he will be a solid number three receiver in San Diego, but he has an outside chance to push Malcolm Floyd for starting time opposite Keenan Allen this season.