Every week, George Johnson provides anybody who’s paying attention just how far he’s come.
Sometimes it’s loud and in your face, other times it’s subtle. But every week for the past eight, Johnson has made at least one solo tackle. He’s consistently contributing in the NFL, which is something no other JMMA winner can claim.
George Johnson has gone from Camp Body No. 68 to rotational defensive end. He’s gone from more transactions (12) than career tackles (7) to four sacks in eight games, the second highest on the team, a mere 0.5 behind Ezekiel Ansah, who was a No. 5 overall pick in the NFL Draft. He’s gone from anonymous to JMMA winner.
I’m just not sure where he goes from here. His story seems done. He had his low period. He had his turning point in training camp and rise through the preseason. He had his rousing Lions debut, with 1.5 sacks against the Giants. He likely reached his climax. Facing one of his former teams, the Vikings, he had 1.5 sacks, six total tackles, two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits.
If that’s not the pinnacle, then December 7 against his other former team, the Buccaneers, will be. I guess a big play in the playoffs or Super Bowl is possible, but a lot of things out of his control would have to go right.
Barring those latter two scenarios, we’ve reached the black screen with the white text: “Johnson played every game for the Lions in the 2014 season. He finished with XX sacks the X most on the team.”