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This isn't so much about Stevie Johnson. It's about his quarterback, whoever that is.
Right now it appears that EJ Manuel is healthy and perhaps ready to start in Week 1, as noted by Will Brinson of CBS Sports, but we won't know for sure until we get closer to Sunday.
The Bills' starter could still be Jeff Tuel, the undrafted free agent rookie from Washington State.
Either way isn't good for Johnson, at least not this week.
Manuel will develop into a solid quarterback, but it's a lot to ask of him, after missing several weeks of preseason, to walk in and face down the New England defense.
This preseason the Patriots generated 13 sacks, tied for the sixth-most. They'll be able to bring pressure, and they are very good at grinding an offense down even when they don't get sacks.
Expect plenty of pressure and different looks as the Patriots keep whichever rookie is playing off balance and unable to make quick reads.
It's going to be very hard for the Bills to get the ball to Johnson this coming week. As time goes on and Manuel gets more comfortable, it shouldn't be as big of a problem.
This week, it's a reason for Johnson to see your bench.