Another Andy Reid Endorsement?August 22nd, 2014
When the Chiefs arrived to start the 2014 season this spring, Kansas City boss Andy Reid blessed new Bucs guard Rishaw Johnson as the man who would get first crack at starting right guard.
That’s what happens after you play well as a starter in the 2013 finale, and perform in a playoff game.
So what went wrong for Johnson in Kansas City?
Primarily, it seems the Chiefs struck gold with their sixth-round draft pick in May, University of Tennessee guard Zach Fulton, who is the current starting right guard. (Damn, the Bucs used to two fifth-round picks on offensive linemen.) Johnson’s stock slowly lowered, and he ran with the Chiefs third team a bit in training camp before the Bucs traded backup safety Kelcie McCray for him yesterday.
Johnson, 25, also bounced between the Seahawks practice squad and active roster in 2012, after being undrafted. So that would make two renowned head coaches who saw promise in him. Lovie Smith would make three.
Forget about the messy starting offensive line seen in preseason, the Bucs’ depth at O-line has been at least as troubling.
Jason Licht and Lovie may have found a hidden gem in Johnson, but at the very least they found a young guy with game experience who wasn’t sitting on the couch.
Lovie made it clear how important the endorsement of Andy Reid was to him when it came to hiring Licht. So perhaps Johnson came with the same blessing.