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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; what do u guys think about Landon Johnson. i think he would be an upgrade over scott shanle. Height: 6-2 Weight: 232 lbs. Comment: Johnson finished the 2006 season with 113 tackles and saw additional playing time due to the ...

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Old 03-01-2008, 11:38 PM   #1
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Landon Johnson

what do u guys think about Landon Johnson. i think he would be an upgrade over scott shanle.

Height: 6-2
Weight: 232 lbs.

Comment: Johnson finished the 2006 season with 113 tackles and saw additional playing time due to the numerous injuries of Cincinnati's linebacker corps. He had a very steady season. He is versatile enough to play either outside linebacker spot and is well-suited as a nickel linebacker as well. Johnson also has experience in the middle, but isn't a real good fit inside. He is tall with a lean athletic build. He is very tough and played with pain quite a bit in 2006, refusing to let it hold him back. He is a very hard worker, both on and off the field and is a high character person. Johnson has never missed a game in his career. His motor is certainly a plus to his game and he doesn't quit on the play. He is a solid special teams contributor with the ideal skill set for coverage teams. Although not overly sudden or explosive, Johnson is a smooth athlete who runs and changes directions well. He sees running plays develop well and is also very aware in coverage with good range on his drops. He is intelligent and should continue to improve because of his intelligence matched with his work ethic. He is a sound, but not explosive, wrap-up tackler who shows no fear to insert. Johnson is cut high and probably never will be a great take on player, as he lacks the lower-body power and overall strength to continually battle much bigger blockers. Johnson isn't massive, thick or particularly strong. He struggles to shed once linemen get into his body. He doesn't offer much as a pass rusher. Although he is versatile, he is clearly best on the weak side, where he can be protected. Johnson is still quite young and still has a lot of upside to further develop. In the meantime, he is an adequate starting outside linebacker who offers a lot on special teams.
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:47 PM   #2
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Re: Landon Johnson

Didn't we just cut this guy? Oh wait, no, my bad, this is the poor man's Brian Simmons.
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