Two weeks ago he made national headlines for pulling up his jersey to reveal a T-shirt scrawled with the words, "Why So Serious?" poking fun at ultra-intense peers Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco of the Cincinnati Bengals. Johnson scored three touchdowns in Buffalo's 21-point comeback win.
On Wednesday, Johnson walked to the podium on media day sporting a T-shirt for all to see that read "It's all good." It was his way of advertising that he's moving past last Sunday's devastating dropped touchdown pass in overtime that would've give Buffalo an even bigger comeback win over the heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers.
Buffalo (2-9), one of the best two-win teams the NFL has seen in a while, lost to the Steelers 19-16. It heads to Minnesota this week to face a 4-7 Vikings team clinging to slim playoff hopes.
"Yeah I've been able to put it behind me," Johnson said of his drop that left him inconsolable after the game. "I haven't forgotten about it, but I'm ready to move on from it. It'll be behind me. I'll be back to my same old self, fighting with my guys."
Johnson, Buffalo's leading receiver with 59 catches for 796 yards and nine touchdowns, was as down as an athlete could get after his drop — a perfect pass laid into his hands by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. But he made things worse for himself by seeking refuge on his Twitter account, asking God why he was challenging him this way. He seemed to blame a higher power for his drop, something Johnson said he didn't mean to imply.
Johnson's tweet made national news.
"I didn't expect it to be (interpreted) how it was," Johnson said. "It's still on my page; I'm not going to delete it. I didn't mean it how they put it; I was simply asking why and it blew up. I'll move forward from it and take it in stride. We're an Internet generation and maybe I shouldn't have done it. But I don't regret that I did it."
The experience of the last few days in fact has been surreal, with talk-show hosts commenting coast-to-coast and complete strangers offering support (or criticism).
Two notable ex-NFL players reached out to him, quarterback Kurt Warner on Twitter and ex-Bill Andre Reed, whom he talked to.
"He just said it happens to the best of us," Johnson said.
Fitzpatrick, who has made Johnson his favorite target — he threw in his direction 15 times against the Steelers — said there's one way he can show his support.
"Just keep throwing him the ball," Fitzpatrick said. "I think the best way to get somebody's spirits up is to continue to give them a chance to make plays. I have 100-percent confidence in him. I think everybody else on this team has 100-percent confidence in him. It's happened to all of us. I've thrown plenty of bad interceptions at the end of the game and didn't make plays that I thought I should have. So, it happens to all of us. You just have to move on. It's part of the game and you just have to know that everybody has your back in the locker room."
Johnson made it clear he'll keep tweeting, he'll keep praying — and with any luck — he'll keep producing.
"God is everything and I feel he is the Creator and is 100 percent good. Simply, I just asked why?" Johnson said. "I wasn't blaming him or anything like that. Why would I? It happened and the way people took it is the way they took it. They can say what they want, it's fine with me. But I'm still going to do what I have to do to maintain my position here and be a good receiver."
SERIES HISTORY: 12th regular-season meeting, Vikings lead series, 7-4. The Bills have won the last two meetings, including a 45-39 overtime victory in 2002 in Minneapolis and a 17-12 win in 2006 in Orchard Park. NOTES