Matt Johnson ready for "real football"

July, 28, 2013
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OXNARD, Calif. – There might not be a more excited player for today’s Blue and White scrimmage than safety Matt Johnson.

The workout will not be for the veterans, but for the younger guys like Johnson, whose rookie season a year ago was wiped out because of hamstring injuries.

“It’s been a long time since I played real football,” Johnson said. “To be honest, I played 15 snaps in a preseason game last year, but other than that you have to go back to Game 3 of my senior year in college.”

It might have been Game 4, but Johnson is not quite sure. That season was wiped out by shoulder surgery. He has had some injury scares (cramps, knee) early in camp, but nothing that has kept him out for more than a few plays.

“Basically every practice you’ve got to think of it as a game,” Johnson said. “Nothing is guaranteed for you. I’m going to go to sleep thinking of (the scrimmage) as a game, listen to music and get excited for it.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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