It wasn’t that long ago that Dallas Cowboys radio announcer Brad Sham referred to Matt Johnson as the greatest safety to ever play.
In fact, it was in mid-March as the Cowboys were preparing for the 2013 NFL Draft and every mock-drafter had the Cowboys linked to Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro. The Cowboys cut veteran safety Gerald Sensabaugh and decided that Johnson would be their future at safety, which prompted Sham to give his thoughts on the situation while doing an interview with KRLD-FM in Dallas.
“He’s the only guy I’ve ever seen make the team practicing once,” Sham said. “So, he must be the greatest safety to ever play.”
If you recall, Johnson was the Cowboys’ fourth-round pick in 2012, but after battling with recurring hamstring injuries he ended up on injured reserve in mid-November. Johnson acknowledged that his rookie season was a disappointment and said that he believes it was his weight-training regimen that may have been the cause of his woes.
“We’ve done more hamstring work instead of putting on 400 pounds and squatting,” Johnson said. “I don’t need to squat 500 pounds. You don’t need to be a body builder to play football.”
So far he’s been pretty impressive in OTAs, and that’s a good thing because the Cowboys drafted him to be a rangy cover safety. He’s caught the attention of several teammates including veteran cornerback Brandon Carr.
“I can see his range as a safety,” Carr said. “I can kind of see what all the hype was about him coming out of college last year.”