In the first game of the season, on Monday Night Football against the Baltimore Ravens, Johnson scored the game's first touchdown on a 39-yard pass from Carson Palmer. This gave him a career total of 7,229 receiving yards, breaking the Bengals franchise record previously held by Isaac Curtis.
Following the touchdown, he grabbed a jacket that resembles the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees' jacket that said, "Future H. The very next game against the Seattle Seahawks, he totaled nine receptions for 138 yards as the Bengals lost again.
He went on to amass 190 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns in a 31-16 win over the New Orleans Saints in the following week.
This gave him an NFL record of 450 receiving yards in back-to-back games (currently in 2nd behind Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns who had 498 yards in back to back games in 2013), breaking the previous record of 448 set by San Francisco 49ers receiver John Taylor in 1989.
In the following week, he gained 123 yards receiving, breaking the three-game receiving record since the NFL–AFL merger in 1970 and coming within 40 yards of the all-time record.
Johnson finished the 2006 season with 87 receptions for a league leading 1,369 yards and 7 touchdowns.
In Johnson's rookie year, he saw moderate playing time, catching 28 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown.
A CT scan performed to detect nerve damage came back negative, and he did not miss any games from the injury.Over his next two games, Johnson did not score any touchdowns or gain more than 86 yards.But he had a breakout performance in a November 25 win over the Tennessee Titans, catching a career-high 12 passes for 103 yards and 3 touchdowns. He played college football for Santa Monica College and Oregon State University, and played eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, and the Miami Dolphins.He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL) in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft, and played for the Bengals for 10 seasons.