The Cleveland Browns’ wide receiving corps is in bad shape. Josh Gordon‘s appeal hearing for a reported failed drug test is just around the corner, and replacements Miles Austin and Nate Burleson have injury/age concerns. But have no fear Dawg Pound Nation, Charles Johnson is here.
That’s right, the 2013 seventh-round draft choice of the Green Bay who Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi plucked from the Packers’ practice squad without knowing he had a torn ACL, might bring a little sunshine to a position that has been covered with gray cloud since the Gordon news broke in May.
Johson is opening eyes because of his grasp of the offense, in addition to his physical tools. He looks the part of a go-to-receiver, (6-2 1/2, 215 pounds) and he has speed. His fastest 40 times was recorded at 4.38 seconds, according to ESPN Cleveland analyst Tony Grossi.
It’d be unfair forhttp://factoryofsadness.co/wp-admin/post-new.php anyone to expect Johnson to put up Gordon-type numbers, or anything close to them, for that matter.
And that’s OK. Johnson doesn’t need to be Flash 2.0. Johnson needs to be a receiver who can stay on the field, make a few plays, and be a threat.
There’s also unknown element to Johnson’s ability. Nobody really knows what he can do. After reading this feature from Grossi on Johnson, it’s astonishing the Grand Valley State product even made to the NFL.
Cleveland presents an opportuniy to Johnson. What he does with this chance, will depend what happens on the field this fall.
As Ray Farmer put it:
“Nobody knew Miles Austin until Miles Austin got his opportunity. That’s what we’re looking for, guys that compete and then push Miles Austin to make our football team better.”