6'4'' / 231 lbs
Re-signs with Saints
Johnson and the Saints have agreed on a two-year contract extension, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Johnson is coming off the best season of his young career. He recorded 508 yards and seven touchdowns on 42 receptions. By agreeing to an extension, he will avoid restricted free agency. The 26-year-old projects as the No. 1 tight end for new quarterback Derek Carr.
Fantasy Points by Week 2022
Weekly Stats 2022
|Fantasy Points||Betting||Receiving Stats||Routes Run|
|1 @ATL||Dome 77°||6.3||25th||3.15||-6.0||42.5||5||2||43||0||21.5||16.5||5.0||0%||2||1||0||16%||52%||39%||9%|
|2 TB||Dome 85°||8.0||20th||2.00||3.0||43.5||7||4||40||0||10.0||7.5||2.5||0%||2||1||0||18%||34%||45%||21%|
|3 @CAR||Outdoor 69°||0.0||90th||0.00||-2.5||40.5||1||0||0||0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0%||0||0||0||3%||40%||38%||17%|
|4 MIN||Outdoor 64°||6.3||23rd||2.10||4.0||44.5||4||3||33||0||11.0||9.3||1.7||0%||2||0||0||14%||41%||45%||7%|
|5 SEA||Dome 73°||2.3||39th||2.30||-5.0||45.5||2||1||13||0||13.0||5.0||8.0||0%||1||0||0||8%||23%||68%||9%|
|6 CIN||Dome 78°||8.1||20th||2.03||3.0||43.5||6||4||41||0||10.3||8.0||2.3||0%||1||1||0||19%||25%||68%||7%|
|7 @ARZ||Dome 90°||20.2||2nd||4.04||2.5||45.5||5||5||32||2||6.4||1.4||5.0||0%||1||0||0||11%||42%||57%||2%|
|8 LV||Dome 67°||3.4||35th||1.70||1.5||47.5||4||2||14||0||7.0||4.0||3.0||0%||0||0||0||13%||30%||62%||9%|
|10 @PIT||Outdoor 37°||15.4||4th||3.08||1.5||41.5||7||5||44||1||8.8||6.4||2.4||17%||2||0||0||25%||36%||48%||16%|
|11 LA||Dome 48°||13.7||6th||4.57||-2.5||39.5||4||3||47||1||15.7||11.3||4.3||0%||2||1||0||15%||33%||47%||17%|
|12 @SF||Outdoor 59°||0.0||88th||0.00||8.0||43.5||2||0||0||0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0%||0||0||0||7%||48%||30%||22%|
|15 ATL||Dome 49°||22.7||2nd||5.68||-5.5||42.5||6||4||67||2||16.8||9.5||7.3||0%||4||1||0||32%||25%||61%||14%|
|16 @CLE||Outdoor 6°||1.9||49th||1.90||3.0||32.5||2||1||9||0||9.0||5.0||4.0||50%||0||0||0||14%||37%||37%||26%|
|17 @PHI||Outdoor 54°||11.2||15th||2.24||4.5||43.5||7||5||62||0||12.4||9.6||2.8||17%||4||1||0||30%||46%||41%||13%|
|18 CAR||Dome 62°||3.1||39th||3.10||-3.5||41.5||1||1||21||0||21.0||15.0||6.0||0%||1||1||0||4%||37%||54%||10%|
Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Receiving Averages|
Career Stats by Season: 2020 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Receiving Stats||Routes Run|
Logs last catch of 2022
Johnson hauled in his only target for 21 yards during Sunday's 10-7 loss to Carolina.
Johnson logged less than two targets for just the second time in 16 games. The 6-foot-4 tight end saw a massive increase in usage during the 2022 campaign, allowing him to finish with his best season as a pro. The 26-year-old recorded 42 receptions on 65 targets for 508 yards and a team-high seven receiving touchdowns. Johnson first emerged as a big-bodied red-zone target in 2021, but he became one of the Saints' top receivers this year due to the team's rash of injuries at wideout. He accumulated the team's second-most targets and receiving yards behind rookie wide receiver Chris Olave, as well as the third-most receptions behind Olave and Alvin Kamara. Johnson will now enter the 2023 offseason as a restricted free agent, and he'll likely be back to head the depth chart next year.
Suiting up in Week 18
Johnson (quadriceps) is listed as active Sunday against the Panthers, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.
After opening Week 18 prep as a non-participant Wednesday due to a quadriceps injury, Johnson proceeded to log back-to-back limited sessions before New Orleans tabbed him as questionable for Sunday's game. Taysom Hill also entered the weekend with the same listing, but both tight ends will be available to the offense. In 15 appearances this season, Johnson's snap share has ranged from 45 to 77 percent, and while he's seen 11 red-zone targets this season en route to seven touchdowns, he's surpassed 50 receiving yards on just two occasions (Weeks 15 and 17).
Receives questionable tag
The Saints list Johnson (quadriceps) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
New Orleans will tentatively enter the weekend with just one healthy tight end (Adam Trautman), as Taysom Hill (back) is also listed as questionable for the season finale. Considering both Johnson and Hill closed the week with a pair of limited practices, there's a good chance the Saints could have both players available to fill their usual roles. Johnson has been the Saints' top pass-catching tight end this season, as he enters the Week 18 contest with 41 receptions for 487 yards and seven touchdowns on 64 targets across his 15 appearances.
Increases practice activity
Johnson (quadriceps) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Johnson sat out Wednesday's session due to the quad issue that he apparently picked up coming out of this past Sunday's upset win over the Eagles, during which the tight end recorded five receptions for 62 yards on seven targets. Though the Saints don't have much to play for Week 18, Johnson's return to practice Thursday -- albeit in a limited fashion -- suggests he's aiming to play this weekend against the Panthers. New Orleans will release its final Week 18 injury report later Friday, when it'll be known whether Johnson approaches the season finale with or without an injury designation.
Sits out Wednesday with quad injury
Johnson didn't practice Wednesday due to a quadriceps injury.
Since the Saints' Week 14 bye, Johnson has sandwiched 60-plus-yard efforts around a nine-yard Week 16, totaling 10 catches (on 15 targets) for 138 yards and two touchdowns over that three-game stretch. Now with a quad injury in tow, his status will be monitored as the week goes on to get a sense of his potential to play Sunday versus the Panthers.
Leads Saints in targets
Johnson recorded five receptions on seven targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 20-10 win over the Eagles.
The Saints were able to maintain a run-heavy offense in positive game script, but even so Johnson matched his season high with seven targets. He turned in a few big plays, highlighted by gains of 21 and 17 yards. Johnson was touchdown-reliant earlier in the season, though he's now topped 60 receiving yards in two of his last three contests.