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Micah Johnson will sign with Giants

Post  Pizan on Sun May 02, 2010 4:06 pm

Former Kentucky linebacker Micah Johnson says he's signing with Giants
By Jenny Vrentas/The Star-Ledger
May 02, 2010, 3:45PM

The Giants had space on their roster to sign one tryout player from their rookie minicamp this weekend. Looks like that spot will be used on a linebacker.

Former Kentucky middle linebacker Micah Johnson posted on his Facebook page Sunday afternoon that he will sign with the Giants Monday, after his tryout this weekend.

"Killed mini camp!" Johnson wrote as his status. "The coaches are excited about me..or so dey say! Lol...but yeah its offical [sic] I'm a Giant! Gettin signed tommorrow [sic]! Thankin god every second for givin me dis opportunity! So u know imma go hard!"

The team hasn't confirmed the signing yet.

A three-time all-SEC selection, Johnson led the Wildcats with 105 tackles his senior season. He injured his MCL in the team's bowl game against Clemson and ran a 4.99 in his 40 at the Combine, which likely caused his stock to slip.
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Post  Big_Pete on Sun May 02, 2010 11:42 pm

great news, I have heard he did well in minicamp
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Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Mon May 03, 2010 7:23 am

Cool. I don't think the giants will regret.

on a side note; It sounds like Dillard had a great mini camp as well from some stuff I read.
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Post  Big_Pete on Mon May 03, 2010 8:22 pm

some info on Johnson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dc7RoALOZfM

Overview
A three-time all-SEC honoree, Johnson leaves Kentucky as one of the most
productive defenders in school history. The highly touted prep prospect
made an immediate impact for the Wildcats, posting 29 tackles to earn a
spot on the all-SEC Freshman team in 2006.

Despite splitting time, he had 48 tackles, including five tackles for
loss in 2007. Though he missed two and half games with recurring knee
sprains in 2008, Johnson enjoyed his most consistent season as a junior.
He finished second on the team in tackles with 93, but led the 'Cats
with 13 tackles for loss and was recognized as a first-team all-SEC
performer by league coaches.

Johnson strongly considered leaving after his junior campaign, but
returned after only receiving a mid-round grade from the NFL Advisory
Committee. Johnson again struggled with recurring knee injuries as a
senior, but posted the finest numbers of his career.

His 105 stops (including 6.5 tackles for loss) earned him second-team
all-conference honors. Unfortunately, Johnson suffered a torn MCL in his
right knee in the waning moments of the team's loss to Clemson in the
Music City Bowl.

Teams are intrigued by Johnson's size and athleticism, but the recurring
knee injuries are a concern. His latest injury kept him out of the
all-star games, but did not keep him working out for teams before the
draft. When healthy, he's a legitimate run plugger in the middle that
can help a club immediately.

Analysis

Read and React: Highly aggressive run defender. Can be beaten with effective play-action. Typically diagnoses run plays, showing the burst to slice through the line and stop the back for a loss. Feels blockers coming and protects himself from cuts. Sniffs out screens and draws. Rarely out of position against the run.

Pass defense: Only marginal
straight-line speed and is stiff when asked to change direction in coverage. Shows at least adequate instincts for zone, but isn't a natural in this area.

Pass rush: Good size and strength to rush the passer. Typically relies on a simple bull rush, but can get under the pads of the blocker and push him into the pocket. Times his blitzes well and shows a closing burst when the ballcarrier is near.

Run defense: A decided strength in his game. Reads the action and shows a good initial burst to slice through the gap and close to make the tackle at or near the line of scrimmage. Good size and strength to take on and shed blockers, though he needs to be more consistent. Has a tendency to play too upright and can get locked up by blockers, but has good strength to disengage when he keeps his pad level low. Flashes the strength to pull down the ballcarrier with arm tackles while engaged with blockers. At his best playing in the box, as he has only moderate speed to beat the back to the sideline. Protects his knees from the cut block by sprawling and keeping his head on a swivel.

Tackling: Typically a strong, secure tackler in tight quarters and in space. Forceful hitter who has shown the ability to force fumbles, but could do a better job of wrapping up securely, as he'll launch himself into the ballcarrier (but also the potential to miss tackles). At least moderate lateral quickness and balance to break down in space and make the reliable open-field tackle on elusive ballcarriers. Good hustle laterally and downfield to make the play.

Intangibles: Has had multiple knee injuries, including one that required arthroscopic surgery in 2007 and twice losing time in 2009 to MCL injuries. Suffered his latest MCL injury in the final moments of the loss to Clemson in the Music City Bowl. Suspended in the spring of 2007 due to academics.

Career Notes
Went through the National Football League evaluation process but chose
to return to Kentucky for his senior season in 2009 Developed into an
All-Southeastern Conference linebacker during the 2008 season Has made notable progress each season of his career Team's starting middle
linebacker Displays noteworthy lateral speed in getting to the ball
His experience as a high school offensive star has helped him play effectively in pass defense Has appeared in 36 career games, earning 14 starting assignments Has 180 tackles in his career, including 17 for loss Brother of current Wildcat Christian Johnson, they will go through their senior seasons together.
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