Oct. 14, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver (13) Stevie Johnson against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bills defeated the Cardinals 19-16 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Stevie Johnson will have to 'clearly' win the No. 3 receiver job

The San Francisco 49ers struggled through the air on offense last year. Their 186.2 yards per game ranked 30th in the league and that part of the offense got a big boost late in the season when Michael Crabtree returned from injury.

The 49ers addressed it in the offseason though, drafting Bruce Ellington and trading for Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson during the draft. There is no guarantee that Johnson gets the No. 3 spot on the depth chart though, and he’ll have to earn it.

From CSN Bay Area:

Then, the 49ers lacked a No. 3 wide receiver, though.

…The 49ers’ No. 3 producer at wide receiver was Kyle Williams, who was cut at the midseason mark after catching just 12 passes for 113 yards.

…Johnson is the front-runner for the No. 3 job, but he will have to clearly win the job due to his scheduled $3.925 million pay for the season.

That is a big role change for Johnson who was the No. 1 wide receiver for the Bills for so long. Johnson had three 1,000 yard seasons with the team before being traded away.

If Johnson takes it as a slight and channels it into a chip on the shoulder motivational, he could certainly have a bigger role and climb the depth chart with his play.

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