Most players are given a small window of opportunity to shine throughout the first years of their career. The longevity, accomplishments and reputation that follow depend on how they take advantage of the chances with which they are presented. Often times, doors open for players on the outside looking in due to injuries incurred by the stars that precede them, as is the case with Damaris Johnson. Johnson has played a minimal role with the Philadelphia Eagles in his short time with the team, but with the arrival of Chip Kelly in town along with the spread offense, the situation for Damaris seems to be changing quickly.
That being said, with the ACL injury suffered by Jeremy Maclin, another door just opened and should see Johnson filling it. Johnson’s explosive ability to play all offensive aspects of the game make him a perfect fit for the spread offense in Philadelphia. Although the Eagles have many receivers in training camp, Johnson’s skill set fits the type of offense now being run better than any other. Being small in stature, he’s easy to underestimate, but his capabilities far exceed his size. Johnson is the all-time leader in all-purpose yards in NCAA history and his most notable play in Philadelphia was his franchise long 98-yard touchdown punt return last season. There is plenty more that the Eagles can do with a weapon like Damaris, and knowing Kelly it won’t be long before the rest of the league can see what Johnson is capable of.
Look for Johnson to have a breakout year in 2013, being given more responsibility in both aspects of the return game as well as seeing more reps at the wide receiver position. Damaris played in 14 games in 2012, catching only 19 passes. With the injury to Maclin and the change in offense, it is definitely in the cards for Johnson to take the reins and become the impact player the Eagles hoped for when they signed him as a rookie free agent last season.