The 49ers play the Bills at Candlestick on Sunday. In the meantime, I’ll break down a couple of key matchups every day.
Split end Steve Johnson (6-2, 210 pounds) vs. Right cornerback Tarell Brown (5-10, 193 pounds)
Brown has struggled in his second season as a starter. He’s been targeted 18 times and he’s allowed 15 catches for an average of 14.7 yards per catch according to Pro Football Focus. Quarterbacks have a 117.8 rating when they throw into Brown’s coverage this season.
Steve Johnson is a big, fast receiver who’s gained more than 1,000 yards two years in a row. He’s Ryan Fitzpatrick’s favorite target – Fitzpatrick passes to Johnson about 10 times a game. And Johnson’s already having a productive start to the season – three touchdowns through four games.
Johnson will be the toughest matchup Brown’s faced this season.