It’s a simple question with a not-so-simple answer. Does Charles Johnson have what it takes to make the Philadelphia Eagles’ final 53-man roster?
Newly signed Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Charles Johnson is the epitome of a man who refuses to give up on his dreams. The now 30-year-old wide receiver was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of 2013’s NFL Draft.
Since then, he’s spent time on the rosters of six professional football franchises. He bounced around to five NFL teams before finding an opportunity in the AAF with the Orlando Apollos franchise: the aforementioned Packers, the Cleveland Browns, the Minnesota Vikings, the Carolina Panthers, and the New York Jets.
After the AAF disbanded operations, he signed a one-year deal with the Eagles on April 9th. The question is does he have the stuff to make the final 53-man roster?
Here’s what we know.
Most expect the Eagles to do what is customary and carry six wide receivers on the current roster. Nelson Agholor is a former first-round selection who is in the final year of his deal. He’s been both hot and cold, but most figure he’s in.
Mack Hollins missed last season due to injury, but we all know he can play. He’s probably in too. Then, there are two locks to make the roster, DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery. That leaves us with two possible openings.
Carlton Agudosi, Johnny Holton, Marken Michel, Braxton Miller, and Dorren Miller are there names. That’s a lot of bodies already and there’s a strong possibility Philly takes another wide receiver in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Call us crazy, but that doesn’t give us a ton of confidence that Johnson, the man who led the AAF all season in receiving, will be on the final 53-man roster when the dust settles. Sure, we’ve been wrong before, but it just feels like Philly’s practice squad is the best-case scenario for a man who hauled in 45 catches for 687 yards and five trips to the end zone in the AAF.