Eagles Rookie WR Damaris Johnson Trying To Make The Best Of A 2nd ChanceBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Wide Receivers Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
Eagles head coach Andy Reid and General Manager Howie Roseman are looking at players, who have made mistakes in their lives but learned from them a little differently nowadays. They want make sure they’re avoiding guys with real problems, but not turning down talented players, who may have made a youthful mistake, but aren’t bad kids.
“Yeah, we have a couple guys that we’re giving a second chance to,” head coach Andy Reid said when camp ended Monday. “They goofed up and we felt through our evaluation process that they’re not bad kids and we’ll give them a chance. They know they goofed up, and that’s important. And they admitted they goofed up, which is really important. We’ll see if there’s a change that takes place.”
The most talented of those youngsters this weekend seemed to be rookie free agent wide receiver Damaris Johnson. He was very impressive during the rookie camp. He did a good job of getting open and he caught the football nearly all the time it hit his hands.
This young man is as quick as a cat. His quickness and speed jump out at you. Johnson’s got a tremendous burst when he comes off the line of scrimmage plus as I pointed out previously he can catch the football.
Johnson is only 5’7″ and he told me yesterday that he weighed 175 pounds. He’ll have to prove he can take the poundings that are dished out on this level or as he told me, “he’ll need to prove he can avoid the poundings that are dished out on this level”.
Remember that Johnson broke the record for the most all-purpose yardage gained by a player in NCAA football history and he did this without playing his senior year. From the moment I saw him on the Youtube video I could tell that he’s the type of player, who catches the eye of Andy Reid.
Johnson ran for over 1000 as a running back at Tulsa, caught passes for 1000′s yards, while returning punts and kick offs. Any time you put the ball in his hands, he makes things happen.
Johnson talked about the big mistake he made which cost him his senior season at Tulsa University. The rookie received about $2,600 of goods from the Macy’s store in Tulsa where his girlfriend worked, but he paid only about $13 for it. He received a felony embezzlement conviction and has the chance to have that conviction expunged from his record, if he does a certain number of hours of community service.
To say the least, the young man is thrilled about the Birds giving him another chance and he’s eager to show that he has learned from his mistake.
“I’m very thankful for the Eagles giving me the opportunity”, Johnson said after the workout yesterday. “That’s why I go out every day and try to show them everything I got. I couldn’t be in a better place.”
I could see him giving Chad Hall a run for his money. Johnson has to prove he’s big enough to play on this level. Can he learn this offense and will he hang onto the football?
I can guarantee you that he’s fast and quick enough to make tacklers miss.
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