Originally posted by RonMexico:
rookie of the year
what a work ethic:
Johnson said he’s routinely been up until 2 a.m. recently cranking out his daily regimen of 300 sit-ups and 300 push-ups (fingertip push-ups to strengthen his hands), studying his playbook (he said he’s written so many notes in it he can barely make out the plays) and playing with his football.
“I like to see how long I can play with it and not let it hit the ground,” he said.
Johnson will throw his football behind his back. He’ll toss it up, let it fall below his waist and practice snatching it by the nose with one hand – anything to make catching it become “second nature.”
He said he’s been constantly throwing a football to himself during practices this week. His teammates have noticed and today, he said, they threw five footballs at him, firing one after another. He caught them all, he said, smiling.
Johnson (5-10, 185), who was projected as a mid-round draft pick, instead fell to the middle of the sixth round, the 24th wide receiver off the board.
He said his disappointing draft experience has only increased his drive.
“It gives me a lot of fuel because I do things right,” he said. “I do what I have to do to be considered the best and I’m not considered up there right now. So I’ll keep doing what I have to do so I can be the best.”