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Doug Marrone Excited for Second Year with Stevie Johnson

February 24th, 2014 at 7:07 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Stevie Johnson had a forgettable 2013 campaign, which included an untimely dropped pass against New England in the season opener, a fumble against the Atlanta Falcons in Toronto and a rash of injuries that sidelined him for four games.

'Steve Johnson' photo (c) 2011, Jeffrey Beall - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Still, Doug Marrone is excited to have Johnson back in 2014.

“I’ve been communicating with Stevie about something to that effect,” Marrone said in a press conference reported by Tim Graham of the Buffalo News. “We had a great conversation. I told Stevie, ‘Hey, listen. I’m excited about getting started with you. I’m excited about you coming in and getting healthy and get this team going … and whatever else you’re hearing, it’s not coming from me.’”

Marrone has used the term "excited" more since he became coach of the Buffalo Bills than Tim Tebow when he was traded to the Jets. But Marrone is a passionate coach, who knows what kind of player he could have in Johnson.

Johnson is known for his excellent route running, and while his antics may get him into trouble, he has the potential to be explosive for the Bills, assuming he can get his drops under control. That's the type of option sophomore quarterback EJ Manuel will need, as he continues to progress.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Bills, Football, NFL

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