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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Rookie glance: S Shelton Johnson

By Paul Gutierrez

How acquired: Undrafted free agent

2013 season: Shelton Johnson, like cornerback Chance Casey, was an intriguing figure to fans in training camp and was rewarded for his hard-hitting style with a spot on the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad. Johnson, who played collegiately at Wisconsin, was promoted to the active roster on Dec. 7 and was active for the Raiders’ final four games of the season. He had three special-teams tackles and recovered a fumble off a muffed San Diego Chargers punt in the season’s penultimate game. In the season finale, Johnson had two tackles, one solo, on defense against the Denver Broncos.

Looking ahead: In getting on the field for actual game snaps, Johnson gave the Raiders something to chew on. Especially with safeties Charles Woodson and Usama Young about to become unrestricted free agents. The wild card in all of this secondary shuffling, though, is the health of strong safety Tyvon Branch, who did not play after breaking his lower right leg in Week 2.

The Raiders’ other 2013 rookies that finished the season on the roster: WR Greg Jenkins, G Lamar Mady, QB Matt McGloin, WR Brice Butler, DT Stacy McGee, TE Mychal Rivera, RB Latavius Murray, TE Nick Kasa, LB Sio Moore, OT Menelik Watson, CB D.J. Hayden, DE Ryan Robinson, CB Chance Casey.