Stevie Johnson had produced three straight 1,000-yard seasons with 23 touchdown catches as Buffalo's most dynamic player in the passing game when that streak ended in frustrating fashion last year.

His 12-game total: 52 catches, 597 yards and three TDs.

There were injuries, and a tough personal moment with the unexpected death of his mother.

Now he has a chance to start a new streak with his new team, back home in the Bay Area.

The 28-year-old Johnson, who was born in San Francisco and went to high school in Fairfield, came to the 49ers in a trade from the Bills on the second day of the NFL draft in May. In a talented and deep receiving corps, Johnson is confident he can still have a big impact whatever his role.

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