Inside The Bills

Stevie only fueled by critics

Posted by Chris Brown on December 4, 2013 – 5:57 pm

The backlash Stevie Johnson experienced in the wake of his late game fumble might discourage a player of lesser stature, but that’s not the case with Buffalo’s top wideout. If anything the criticism has been used as fuel.

“It makes me work harder.  It wakes me up,” said Johnson. “I feel like sometimes things may happen. I appreciate that the fans, the fans that saw the game, they’re real for the most part. It’s just a wakeup call.”

Johnson said he didn’t need a wakeup call, but is ready to rebound from it.

“I take it for what it is. I’ve been there before,” he said. “I’ve touched the ground before.  You’ve just got to climb and get back up.”

After Sunday’s game Johnson said he got himself straightened out and is focused on improving his play moving forward. He was again getting extra pass game work in with EJ Manuel after practice Wednesday.

Johnson met with head coach Doug Marrone this week, who wanted to check in on him to make sure he had moved past his late game miscue.

“Yes, we did have another meeting,” said Marrone. “Again, you guys have to appreciate and respect that my meetings with the players are private, but it’s the same thing.  What I’m trying to do is push this team forward, okay, making sure that when we look back that we learn from those mistakes, whatever they may be, and I’m not talking about just Stevie Johnson, I’m talking about all of us, so we can keep pushing this team forward and keep plugging away, so we can still have progress even though we’re disappointed with the season, numbers, win‑loss.”

“I’m good,” said Johnson. “I was good then. Can’t knock a guy making a play, he’s the NFL also. I’ve got to be better in that situation.  There are things I could have done to secure the ball in that situation, knowing that we just need a field goal.  But I’m cool. The fans send their shots, which is necessary and the climb continues, I just have to get back on top.”

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