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hagan714 05-11-2012 06:46 PM

Saints add cornerback Marquis Johnson to the fold
 
New Orleans Saints add cornerback Marquis Johnson to the fold

Nakia Hogan, The Times-Picayune

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In an effort to beef up competition for the backup cornerback position, the New Orleans Saints have added Marquis Johnson to roster, Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis confirmed Friday. Louis Rams defensive back Marquis Johnson (25) defends in the fourth quarter during the game between the St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints at the Edward Jones Dome on Oct. 30, 2011. Johnson on Friday joined the Saints.
Johnson, 5 feet 11 and 205 pounds, is a former 2010 seventh-round pick of the St. Louis Rams out of Alabama. In two seasons, he played in five games, totaling seven tackles. In three games last season, he had five tackles and defended three passes.
Johnson, who is familiar with Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who drafted Johnson in St. Louis, likely will compete with second-year player Johnny Patrick and fifth-round draft pick Corey White for the backup cornerback spots behind starters Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson.
At the moment, the Saints are still thin in experienced depth behind the starters. Veterans Tracy Porter and Leigh Torrence left this offseason in free agency.
While Johnson hasn't found his niche yet in the NFL, he was a key contributor to Alabama's defense his final two seasons, totaling 78 tackles, 22 pass breakups and three interceptions in 2008 and 2009.



New Orleans Saints add cornerback Marquis Johnson to the fold - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com


Marquis Johnson (DB)

Height:5'11"
Weight:192 lbs.
40 Time: 4.67


Positives: Provides a good initial pop to the receiver. Uses his hands well to knock the receiver off his route and leans into the receiver throughout the pattern, pushing him outside. Quick, active hands to knock away the ball. Can supply a physical hit and improved as an open field tackler in 2009. Experienced in man and run and zone coverage alignments.
Negatives: Moderate straight-line speed. Stiff. Struggles in his transition and tends to ride receivers with his hands, which could draw penalty flags in the NFL. Seems to locate the ball late and lacks ball skills. Likes to go for the big hit and too often fails to wrap up securely. Only one year of starting experience.

Marquis Johnson, Alabama, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com


Immediate breakdown: Marquis Johnson to Rams in 7th rd #211 overall

His Game In The NFL
Teams that need depth at corner and recognize Nick Saban trusted Marquis to be on the field in critical situations will have Marquis on their board perhaps higher than what some would think. The coaching he received is a huge plus. Marquis is ultra-confident, competitive, has good ball skills, size and has long arms. Those traits, plus the NFL-style coaching and top level competition he faced in the SEC and beyond, as well as excellent special teams ability gives Marquis a great chance to stick and stay in the NFL.



Immediate breakdown: Marquis Johnson to Rams in 7th rd #211 overall - Birmingham Alabama Crimson Tide | Examiner.com

73Saint 05-11-2012 08:08 PM

Spags bringing in his boys

ChrisXVI 05-11-2012 09:13 PM

The more the merrier. We're awfully thin at DB so bring your A game son and you could be getting a ring in a little less than a year.

QBREES9 05-11-2012 11:00 PM

Thats cool !

FinSaint 05-12-2012 03:07 AM

I was expecting some Rams' DB(s) to jump the ship to follow Spags and Flajole, so this is a welcome addition to the competition over the nickel and dime.

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Provides a good initial pop to the receiver. Uses his hands well to knock the receiver off his route and leans into the receiver throughout the pattern, pushing him outside.
Seems like he would fit right into the press scheme, although it would be nice if he was a little bit speedier down the field, since they won't be getting those 5 to 10 yard bumpers anymore.

FinSaint 05-12-2012 04:06 AM



He seems bigger in stature than 5-11 on this workout clip, but I'm sure it's correct.







SaintFanQ 05-12-2012 04:28 AM

Good to have him with us!

jeanpierre 05-12-2012 09:47 AM

Transition Player...

hagan714 05-12-2012 12:13 PM

i have to admit they are definitely kicking so tires in the secondary

Rugby Saint II 05-12-2012 02:23 PM

He sounds like his faults are all coachable. Not much they can do about his straight line speed though. He could be just the right guy for this system.....since Spags likes him enough to bring him in.


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