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View Full Version : WOW! read this article on newly signed TE/FB Will Johnson...fantastic story



BigRob
03-22-2012, 08:03 PM
Wow, this was a really good read and makes me an immediate fan of the young dude. Check it out.


When I got done running my routes, I was over there talking to [Tomlin] and he wanted me to keep it a secret so the other teams didn't know," Johnson said as he traveled back to North Carolina from Pittsburgh. "They said they liked what I did, they liked how I look and they wanted to bring me up and sign me.

http://www.wvillustrated.com/story/17194177/former-mountaineer-will-johnson-signs-with-pittsburgh-steelers

What dedication. Makes me root for the guy from here on out. Here's to you Mr. Johnson (that's what she said).

Djfan
03-22-2012, 09:41 PM
Very cool! Good find!

BradshawsHairdresser
03-22-2012, 09:56 PM
Maybe he will be able to supplant the OTHER Johnson who plays FB/TE...

focosteeler
03-22-2012, 10:12 PM
Maybe he will be able to supplant the OTHER Johnson who plays FB/TE...

I would hope so. based off of the youtube clips he looks like a very good athlete. I would like to see some better blocking, but he doesnt have to do very well for him to surpass the other Johnson. I hope he can make the roster, looks like a good mismatch guy

D Rock
03-22-2012, 11:46 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouwkrBkagkQ


this kid looks real good. A heck of a lot better than David Johnson catching passes, and he has some experience blocking from multiple positions to build off of. I'm excited to see what he can do, especially if he looked this good before he really got into top physical shape.

Djfan
03-22-2012, 11:56 PM
I liked the way he got the DE into the LBs to block the outside. He also was a good lead block on those runs. DJ likes to run through holes, but this guy likes to hit the first guy in the hole. BIG difference, IMO.

Cool song, too! "Revolution" by Kirk Franklin.

SS Laser
03-23-2012, 12:26 AM
If this kid pans out and Saunders can come back from the 4 game sup the Offense should be getting better. Nice move.:tt1

Oviedo
03-23-2012, 09:07 AM
Johnson (not the sukky one on the team now) and Batch (not the old one on the team now) are the two players I'm most interested to see how they do in camp. IMO Batch had the team made last year until he got hurt. This new Johnson seems like a kid to pull for.

RuthlessBurgher
03-23-2012, 09:29 AM
From the article:


A player who filled multiple roles at WVU, Johnson believes his position coach will be Kirby Wilson, who is in charge of running backs. He has not been told specifically what his spot on the field will consist of, but he is preparing to play an H-back position where he can block for rushers, run the ball or run routes out of the backfield.


I wonder how Kirby's rehab is going? Perhaps he will be ready to come back for this season after all.

steelblood
03-23-2012, 09:39 AM
Johnson (not the sukky one on the team now) and Batch (not the old one on the team now) are the two players I'm most interested to see how they do in camp. IMO Batch had the team made last year until he got hurt. This new Johnson seems like a kid to pull for.

Derrick Williams and Troy Smith could be fun too.

phillyesq
03-23-2012, 12:03 PM
Sounds like he's put in a lot of work, and based on his numbers, he seems to have some interesting raw athletic ability. Seeing him replace David Johnson would be great.

Shawn
03-23-2012, 12:38 PM
I have always liked Troy Smith. I think he wins the back up position in camp.

RuthlessBurgher
03-23-2012, 03:01 PM
I have always liked Troy Smith. I think he wins the back up position in camp.

Unfortunately, Troy Smith will blow out a knee in the first preseason game when first round pick Mike Adams does his best turnstyle blocking technique, allowing the DE a free release into the backfield. :(

NorthCoast
03-24-2012, 09:45 AM
in all the draft talk, the two things that are nearly impossible to measure (at least with a number) are heart and ambition. When I read a story like this, I want to stand up and cheer.

Chadman
03-24-2012, 11:09 AM
Unfortunately, Troy Smith will blow out a knee in the first preseason game when first round pick Mike Adams does his best turnstyle blocking technique, allowing the DE a free release into the backfield. :(

But Ruthless- that's why we signed Johnson! He'll step in front of the oncoming rushers & Chuck Norris them into a screaming hissy fit as they turn & run the other way.

Probably directly into the arms of our 2nd Round pick- Massive Brilliance.

steelersflow
03-24-2012, 02:54 PM
Guy looks like a beast!!