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Stevie Johnson out to prove he can still be a 1,000-yard receiver in first season with 49ers

FILE - In this June 17, 2014 file photo, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson (13) catches a pass during NFL football minicamp in Santa Clara, Calif. 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. There were injuries and 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. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

FILE - In this June 17, 2014 file photo, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson (13) catches a pass during NFL football minicamp in Santa Clara, Calif. 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. There were injuries and 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. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)  (The Associated Press)

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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