John Johnson III “Made My Presence Felt” as Vocal Leader in New Browns D Look
Prepare to hear the voice of John Johnson III a lot in 2021.
The fifth-year security who joined the Browns via free agency isn’t afraid to speak up, and it was evident to the rest of the defense at the start of the offseason volunteer OTAs. Johnson is in Berea to learn more about how his new teammates are playing – and also to give them comfortable barking orders as one of the unit’s new leaders.
“I think it’s just natural and my personality,” he said. “I feel more comfortable now talking and making my presence felt. I love to talk, talk about trash and compete. I’m just here to have fun.”
Johnson has the CV that orders people to listen when he speaks.
He recorded 32 defended passes, eight interceptions and 350 tackles in his first four seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. He didn’t manage a Pro Bowl appearance, but many people in the NFL felt he should have been nominated last year when he was one of only four goaltenders in the league to play all. defensive. With Johnson wearing the green helmet sticker and calling the games, the Rams created the highest-ranked defense in the NFL, and Johnson recorded 105 tackles, one interception and eight passes defended.
Johnson’s leadership and consistency made him one of the best free agents available in 2021. The Browns quickly rushed in and signed him as the first player in a free agent transport that included six new ones. defensive additions, all of which could be in line to win week 1 startup jobs.
“It was definitely, I feel, a heavy defensive vibe,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s what it is on paper, but that’s the vibe I have. I think it’s good. Bring in some guys who you know can play. and help grow a team. I think that’s what the Browns were attacking. ”
The pieces for a good defense are on the table, but there’s still a lot of work to be done to create an end product that can stop quarterback skills like Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Lamar Jackson or Kyler Murray – all quarterbacks that the Browns are. ready to face this season.
Defensive coordinator Joe Woods and the rest of the coaching staff have expressed confidence that they will have the tools and plans in place to do so. Johnson, as well as almost every other free agent, are versatile players capable of playing multiple roles within their position. Johnson has experience playing in the box around linebackers, near the line of scrimmage as a slot player, and in the usual safety point in the deep third on defense.
Woods expects to turn players on all levels of the pitch and create confusing looks for their opponents, but the defense will need a lot of practice together to avoid confusion on calls.
“It’s definitely something you need to be proactive about,” Johnson said. “That’s why a few guys have come this week to stay on top of things before minicamp, and then going into training camp we’re going to shoot and be more comfortable. We can build that base so that we can really start working on this beautiful house that we are about to build. “