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Friday, July 26, 2013
Play of the Day: Matt Johnson shows up

By Tim MacMahon

OXNARD, Calif. -- Secondary coach Jerome Henderson described safety Matt Johnson’s first practices of training camp as “solid.”

It didn’t sound like a compliment.

“I think he’s got to show up more,” Henderson said Friday morning. “I think he’s working hard to do that.”

Hours later, Johnson came up with the kind of play the Dallas Cowboys envisioned from him when they used a 2012 fourth-round pick to draft him out of Eastern Washington, where he had 17 career interceptions. Johnson dropped back in a two-deep zone and made a leaping pick of Tony Romo’s underthrown deep ball intended for Dez Bryant.

Then Johnson, who didn’t play a down as a rookie due to hamstring and back injuries, hurt himself while sprinting down the sideline on the return.

“I just jammed my knee,” said Johnson, who returned to practice after getting checked out by the athletic training staff. “I’m fine.”