Every decision counts. No one knows that more right now than Philadelphia Eagles safety Keelan Johnson. Reports came in yesterday about his recent arrest for assaulting a police officer in Tempe, Arizona early Friday morning. One week before reporting to training camp for the 2014 NFL season.
No one in the Eagles camp has hinted about this but it doesn’t look good for the second year safety. It will be a surprise if he is on the Eagles roster at the start of the 2014 NFL Season. I would love to see Johnson given another chance. He was gracious enough to give one of our writers, Giorgos Kasakos an interview a few months ago. In the article he seemed to have his head on his shoulders the right way. This incident could just be a case of a young man excited about his future and got a little carried away.
He came from apparent obscurity in the spring of 2013 by way of the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent and was later waived. In September of that same year he was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles training squad. He impressed the coaches so much he was added to the active roster in December and played the final two games of the regular season and in the playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.
In one year he went from an undrafted free agent to the active roster. That is pretty impressive by today’s standards. Some first or second round picks don’t last a year or two. But he worked hard, had a laser beam focus and got the attention Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. We haven’t seen his full potential yet but Kelly has brought a level of intellect and insight the NFL has rarely seen. And if Johnson caught his eye, there was something there.
But in an instant one decision by Johnson could erase all of last season’s efforts. It is very possible he will not make the squad now. Regardless of the situation, nothing good comes out of an activity taking place at 3:00 AM. Sure, Johnson was excited about the up-coming season and was celebrating but there are other ways to celebrate that will not land you in jail. He had come so far in a short time. The sky, as is said, was the limit.