It didn’t take the Miami Dolphins long to bring in a body when AJ Edds was lost for the year. According to Mike Beradino with the Sun-Sentinel the Dolphins reached out to Johnson Monday night and Johnson was in camp on Tuesday.
Many fans and experts saw the 6’1”, 255 pound inside linebacker as a mid to late round pick. This was before he posted a 5.01 forty at the combine. However, part of this slow time could be attributed to a reoccurring knee injury he suffered in the Music City Bowl. Johnson went undrafted and was brought in by the Giant’s for OTA’s but was released. Chances are Johnson will be a camp fodder that if he shows a little could be a practice squad guy.
At the University of Kentucky Johnson built a reputation of a solid run stuffer and a physical presence inside. He is very strong against the run, but struggle in pass coverage.
Edds was slated to be one of Miami’s nickel package line backers, his loss could leave Miami playing with different alignments in the defense on defense. In certain passing situations depending on down and distance I wouldn’t be shocked to see Reshad Jones lining up in the box. His size and speed would be a good match-up against TE’s and backs coming out of the backfield, but that same size could hurt him in run blocking. This is just speculation on my part, but we have seen Nolan do things like this in the past.
It should be interesting to see how this shakes out, but I don’t see Johnson making the roster, but would like to see him on the practice squad.