Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson is no stranger to smack talk, especially heading into a season-opening game against a divisional foe. However this time Johnson has put his foot in his mouth by telling the world that no Patriot can cover him, despite the fact that he doesn’t even know who is in their secondary.
“I don’t think they got nobody that can stop me,” Johnson declared Monday. “I got a lot of respect for Chung,” Johnson said. “I know him personally.”
A statement that oozes confidence despite the fact that there is a good chance his Bills make NFL history by becoming the first team to start an undrafted rookie quarterback to open a season. Projected starter EJ Manuel suffered a knee injury in training camp, and backup Kevin Kolb has perhaps seen the last of his playing days after a devastating concussion. Those injuries leave rookie Jeff Tuel in line to lead Buffalo on Sunday.
The problem with Johnson’s remarks is that Patrick Chung is no longer a Patriot. He left New England for Philadelphia in free agency this offseason.
Perhaps Stevie has been sleeping through film study to this point. Less than a week before week one kicks off, he probably should know who he will be squaring off against.
To give him some credit, he did brush off the laughter directed his way as a result of his slip up on Twitter.
— STVN (@StevieJohnson13) September 2, 2013
Regardless of his confidence, and whether or not he puts in the necessary time in the film room, his team figures to have its hands full against the Patriots. Home field advantage may be their only advantage on paper. New England has won 9 of the past AFC East divisional crowns, and is a huge favorite to do so again this season.
Buffalo is just 2-22 over the past 12 years against New England.
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