Rookie safety has to make quick impression with Cowboys
By Carlos Mendez
SAN DIEGO -- Matt Johnson put a shoulder pad into the pile, and he remembered the feeling.
It had been a long time since he put on pads and hit in practice. Last October, in fact, at Eastern Washington before he finally opted for surgery to repair a biceps injury.
But this week, the rookie safety finally got to do it again when the Dallas Cowboys scrimmaged the San Diego Chargers. It was his first "live," or hitting, work since the Cowboys drafted him in the fourth round in April.
"Same stuff," he said. "You get 10 minutes into practice, and it's like you never took them off. It's like riding a bike."
Problem is, Johnson doesn't have much time to ride that bike before the Cowboys start the season.
Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said it is too late for Johnson to compete for a starting position -- the Cowboys are going into the season with Gerald Sensabaugh and Barry Church -- which the team thought he could do when it drafted him...
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There's no right way to do the wrong thing.
To compete for the playoffs, Dallas has to improve here: Only four sacks against Eli Manning over the past six games!