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Who Stevie is reminding me of

Posted by Chris Brown on August 6, 2011 – 10:38 pm

Stevie Johnson was flat out dominant in practice Saturday night. He had some teammates that turned in some nice plays as well, but the defensive backs really had their hands full with him. He had six catches on the night, two of which went for touchdowns during red zone work. He reminds me of another former Bills that had a dominant camp en route to a dominant season and a Pro Bowl nod.

In the 1998 training camp at Fredonia, there was a wide receiver entering his third year in the league and had done virtually nothing in the league at the position. But that summer it was evident that he was going to change that in a hurry. Former first-round pick Eric Moulds was literally unstoppable in camp practices making big plays each and every practice session.

Come the regular season Moulds was a monster and went to his first Pro Bowl after he put up 1,368 yards receiving on just 67 catches to average over 20 yards per reception (20.4) and nine touchdowns.

Now Saturday night was just the first practice where Johnson looked to be too much to handle, but in this shortened offseason he may just be hitting his stride now after a week of getting back into the swing of things. And he seems more focused than ever.

“I’m at a point where do you just want to be a one-year wonder or do you want to be one of those guys that everybody remembers around the league,” Johnson said after practice. “I’m just learning from Lee really, checking out what Lee’s doing and checking out his patterns and just trying to build off my last year and be better.”

All I know is tonight I watched a performance that reminded me of those Moulds’ camp practices from ’98. Let’s hope they lead to a similar kind of regular season.

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