Report: Darius Johnson ‘Had Enough With Football’

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Report: Darius Johnson ‘Had Enough With Football’

Postby Pudge » Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:39 am

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Report: Darius Johnson ‘Had Enough With Football’
July 26th, 2014Aaron Freeman

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The sudden waiving of Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Darius Johnson caught many, including myself by surprise Friday morning. While it was certainly a possibility that Johnson would not make the Falcons roster, expectations were that he would at least have the opportunity to compete for the position during the course of training camp. Following Friday’s first practice of training camp, head coach Mike Smith expressed no comment when asked what prompted Johnson’s release.
ESPN’s Vaughn McClure provided the most clarity we have to date, indicating that Johnson told people that he had enough with football and planned to begin coaching at his alma mater of Southern Methodist University.

Reports surfaced recently that Johnson had also been arrested in late May on DUI charges in Fulton County, although McClure’s insight seemingly nixes the idea that it was a significant factor in his departure from the Falcons.

If McClure’s report is true, Johnson’s career as a Falcon lasted just one season. He was an undrafted free agent last season, impressed enough during traininng camp to make the team’s practice squad and was elevated from that unit to the active roster when injuries sapped the Falcons of depth. Johnson managed to work his way from the team’s fifth option at wide receiver to their third by year’s end, finishing the season with 22 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown in 10 appearances and two starts.

Johnson’s departure increases the chances that one of the team’s many undrafted rookies could make the roster. Former Toledo product Bernard Reedy was very impressive during OTAs in May and June.
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Re: Report: Darius Johnson ‘Had Enough With Football’

Postby RobertAP » Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:38 pm

Outside of our top three, this guy was the most promising looking receiver that we had on the roster. I wonder if this is an indication that there's issues with our front office/coaching staff?

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Re: Report: Darius Johnson ‘Had Enough With Football’

Postby DaveWaz » Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:59 pm

Sounds like this guy is going through separation anxiety from college, you can't fix crazy, we will be fine without him.
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Re: Report: Darius Johnson ‘Had Enough With Football’

Postby backnblack » Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:40 pm

I sometimes agree with Darius about having "had enough with football."

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Re: Report: Darius Johnson ‘Had Enough With Football’

Postby The Mattural » Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:35 am

I am pretty sure that DUI he caught had more to do with him getting released than him having enough with football.
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Re: Report: Darius Johnson ‘Had Enough With Football’

Postby dirtybirdnw » Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:52 am

I don't remember which AJC writer said it on twitter but I think they are right. They said you can really read this as Darius Johnson feeling slighted that Atlanta brought in Hester & Roby and he'd have to compete for his job when he thought it was his clear and free.

I'm guessing that was probably more the issue.
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Re: Report: Darius Johnson ‘Had Enough With Football’

Postby FR Chris » Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:08 pm

I wasn't expecting to see Johnson miss the cut, much less get released and say he has had enough with football. When you look behind Roddy and Julio, Johnson seemed to be about the only guy I really saw solid potential in. Then again, I'm not a scout.

Just sucks, I was kind of interested in this guy.
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Re: Report: Darius Johnson ‘Had Enough With Football’

Postby Cyril » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:21 am

Bernard Reedy will take the NFL by storm!!
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Re: Report: Darius Johnson ‘Had Enough With Football’

Postby dirtybirdnw » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:55 am

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