Johnson Ready To Control The Secondary

Posted by cjsiewert on August 3, 2010 – 6:34 pm

With oppressively humid conditions lingering throughout this Tuesday afternoon’s practice, the Vikings were able to complete Day 5 of training camp without any hiccups. As promised, I kept a close eye on the young core of safeties and each individual looked solid once again during 7-on-7 and team drills.

Just as the case was throughout the first 4 days of camp, 7-year veteran Madieu Williams along with youngsters Tyrell Johnson and Jamarca Sanford found most of their time with the 1st team defense by rotating with each other often.

The big play of the day for the group of safeties occurred during 7-on-7 drills. First-year WR Logan Payne ran a deep post route down the middle of the field with CB Antoine Winfield covering the right side of the field. On the deep pass from QB Sage Rosenfels, Payne made his way into Johnson’s zone, but Johnson was able to outrun Payne on the over-thrown pass to make an impressive over-the-shoulder catch for the INT. Even though the play was whistled dead half way through, both Johnson and Payne made an effort on the football with Johnson hauling in the INT.

Once practice was over, Johnson and 4-year veteran Eric Frampton stayed late to get in extra reps on various coverage moves. Staying after practice has been a common occurrence for many of the safeties over the first 5 days of training camp and is a testament to their goals of improving.

After speaking with Johnson on his way to the locker room, the 3rd-year S out of Arkansas State felt that the Vikings secondary, especially the group of safeties, has great depth and experience.

“The more depth, the more things you can do,” Johnson said. “A lot of good players out there. One person go down, another can fill in and be just as good with no drop off.”

In regard to his own play, Johnson credited veteran Williams and former Vikings S Darren Sharper for offering advise to help improve his game over the past 3 years.

“One thing I picked up from Madieu is to be a student of the game,” Johnson said. “I also learned a lot of cover skills from Madieu because of his quickness. Sharp [Darren Sharper], he was a wise, savvy guy. I picked that up from him.”

Defensive Backs Coach Joe Woods was also given credit by Johnson to help him understand the game and progress in the league.

“Just calm down and play football,” Johnson said of Woods’ advice. “Sometimes you worry about too much that’s going on around you, and what’s not going your way and what is going your way. Just reminds me to chill out and play football. Just control what you can control and go out and do your best.”

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10 Responses to “Johnson Ready To Control The Secondary”

  1. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Well he sounds like he is working incredibly hard to better himself and the team hope it works.

  2. By 4eversteve on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    We will have to take a wait and see approach on the third year safety Johnson. He did show some improvement toward the of the year, still kinda worry about his read and react skills should be honed by now. Hopefully that will translate into some interceptions for the kid.

  3. By Person Guy on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    i really like the sanford/johnson duo, i’ve said that for months now. i just don’t think madieu plays with the same intensity as the other two. he may have more experience, but sanford and johnson are definitely better athletes.

  4. By CarterMossReed on Aug 3, 2010 | Reply

    Sanford and abdullah would be my pick for starter highly unlikely.

  5. By Rogerthevikefan on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    The only way that will happen is if williams and johnson get hurt but I want those two also but I think johnson deserves one last shot. While williams was a waste he should have stayed in cinci

  6. By Carl K on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    Sanford and Johnson both play SS. I believe Johnson will get first shot at winning that job because the Vikings invested a higher draft pick on him. It appears the Vikings are already working Abdullah in. I think Williams will slowly be replaced by Abdullah because of his work ethic. Johnson will have to continue to work hard to stay ahead of Sandford.

  7. By Carl K on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    What I would like to know is, how good is Abdullah? Is he looking better than Williams in practice?

  8. By Carl K on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    My quesstion for coach frazier in regards to the safey position is – if williams and abdullah can’t get the job done at FS, will he think about moving someone to that postion like winfield, cook, sheppard or sanford?

  9. By Randy P on Aug 4, 2010 | Reply

    Sanford can play both FS and SS. Seems hes been taking most reps as SS but if Williams continues not to improve i think youll see the switch over there. Abdullah is a special teams ace and i dont think youll ever really see him get much playing time unless some injuries happen. Overall i think Williams struggles in open field tackling and coverage skills while he does excel in stopping the run at the line of scrimmage. I like what i seen out of sanford last year so hopefully he gets that chance to start this year over Williams. I favor Johnson getting another year under his belt, he has shown promise and have seen him on a couple peoples board as being one of the most improved players this year.

  10. By Troy on Aug 5, 2010 | Reply

    Starting Vikings Safeties should be: FS Tyrell Johnson, SS Jamarca Sanford.
    This is the best combo on the roster. Madieu Williams should be traded or released. This guy hasn’t produced since joining the team. Another free agent signing BUST. We lead the NFL in free agent busts. Also, Ben Leber, free agent bust.

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