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Chargers Add Versatility in David Johnson
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The San Diego Chargers continued to add pieces to their 2014 roster, bringing the versatile David Johnson into the fold on Wednesday. The tight end is regarded as an excellent blocker with pass catching ability, and has appeared at fullback over his career as well.
Over four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Johnson appeared in 52 games, recording 22 catches for 216 yards and one touchdown in the process. His top season came in 2011 when he snared a career-high 12 balls for 91 yards and a score. He started all 16 games that season as well as the team’s lone postseason game at fullback. Unfortunately, he suffered a season-ending knee injury the following preseason and missed the entire 2012 campaign. Johnson returned to action in 2013, appearing in five games with two starts. He was off to a strong start with four catches for 70 yards, averaging 17.5 yards per catch, before suffering a left wrist injury that once again ended his season.
The 6-2, 260-pounder was initially a 2009 seventh round draft choice (241st overall) out of Arkansas State. He possesses great speed, clocking in a 4.7 40-yard dash prior to entering the league, but he perhaps earns the highest praise for his superb blocking skills. Thus, in addition to being a weapon in the passing game, Johnson will be tasked with opening holes for Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and the newest Charger, Donald Brown. Along with the re-signings of Donald Butler, Darrell Stuckey and Chad Rinehart, Johnson is the fifth significant transaction made by the Bolts in recent weeks.