Philadelphia Eagles safety Keelan Johnson is back with the team and feeling pretty good about life. Shortly after his arrest on July 20, 2014 in Tempe, Arizona for assaulting a police officer he was excused from training camp. Johnson’s future with the Eagles looked bleak. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, fair or not, has a reputation that he keeps only players with a clean and squeaky record.
Earlier today Kelly proved the ‘conventional wisdom’ on him wrong again. Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) asked him about the status of safety Johnson;
This is great news for the up and coming safety. Last season he started off with the Miami Dolphins, who cut him in September. The Eagles picked him up for their practice squad. He worked his way onto the roster and played in the final two games of the season. Obviously Kelly sees something in him. And if we’ve learned anything from Kelly, it’s that he has en eye for talent.
Keelan Johnson received a lifeline from Kelly. After missing the first few days of training camp, he returned to the team on Wednesday. Johnson was excited the coach kept him around.
I was really blessed that he kept me around. I couldn’t ask for anything more than to be here, and I’m real thankful that he decided to keep me.
Now that Johnson is back, look for him to light the field up. It isn’t impossible for him to not only make the roster but be a starter.
The safety position may not be set yet and Eagles second year safety Earl Wolff hasn’t solidified the starting position for himself. Johnson’s options are wide open.