Now he's predicting a bounce-back season, even if it's Oprah Winfrey who's under center for the Miami Dolphins.
"This season is going to be a monster year," Johnson said, according to the Miami Herald. "I don't care who's playing quarterback. I'm going to have a great year. The first day I get to camp, everybody's mouth can drop the [expletive] open. My game is at the point where it doesn't matter who starts at quarterback. Oprah can play quarterback and we'll be all right."
It won't be hard for Johnson to have a "monster" year, at least by comparison to his 2011 season. The former Cincinnati Bengal was a total non-factor in his first and only year with the Patriots, catching just 15 passes in 15 games with one touchdown for the Pats.
In Johnson's defense, he wasn't able to be himself which is what led to the struggles. That's what he says at least.
"My personality was controlled last year," he said, according to the paper. "You didn't hear me at all last year. Zero. Zilch. When my mouth is running, it forces me to perform. It's never been vindictive. I never got anybody in trouble.
"One of the things I like about being here, that's so refreshing, and is such a weight off my back, is I can be me, whatever that entails. When I can be me, I am loose. Everything just flows for me. Whether it's the style of play, the way I learn."