Wednesday, August 18, 2010

St. Louis Rams Sign Safety Brett Johnson

The St. Louis Rams who are having injury problems in the secondary have now released Free Safety David Roach. Shortly after releasing Roach the Rams picked up rookie free agent Brett Johnson an undrafted Free Safety from California University. Johnson signed with the Buffalo Bills following the 2010 NFL draft. The Philadelphia Eagles signed Johnson after he was waived by the Bills. The Eagles released Johnson while he was injured in camp.

Brett Johnson is a small safety at 6'1", 195 pounds from the University of California. At California Johnson was a two-year starter at free safety, he finished his college career with 107 tackles along with three interceptions. In 2009 Johnson recorded a career-high 52 tackles to lead all Bears defensive backs.

Brett Johnson was not invited to the NFL Combine so he performed at a pro day for scouts back in March. Per Johnson posted an eye-popping 43-inch vertical leap, and a 40-yard dash time in the 4.3 range. I like the athletic ability Brett Johnson brings to the table but I worry about his size. The Rams are in need of some hammers and Johnson is not likely to be one.

David Roach has more size at 6'2" and 215 pounds but he has never played well on the Rams. I thought in the 2009 preseason David Roach was often the worst player on the field however the Rams like to use him on special teams. The Rams have more players to choose from for special teams this year so Roach became expendable.

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