Johnson Passes Myron Lewis’ Career NumbersOctober 27th, 2012
Congrats to undrafted rookie cornerback Leonard Johnson for accomplishing Thursday what Myron Lewis hasn’t done in three seasons: start a game and play pretty damn well.
Hell, Johnson now has more career inerceptions (1) and official passes defended (4) than Lewis has in his career.
Johnson, the former Largo High QB, revealed to veteran Tampa Tribune scribe Woody Cummings that he knew he would get the nod against the Vikings but sat on the information like a KAOS agent.
Johnson started at left corner when the Bucs moved regular starting left corner Eric Wright into the slot as a replacement for Brandon McDonald, who injured an ankle against New Orleans.
“I didn’t want to say anything because I didn’t want to psyche myself out or say anything to my mom or anyone else and have them all excited and put more pressure on me,” Johnson said. “I just wanted to stick to what I knew.”
The low-key approach worked rather well. Johnson recorded two tackles, three pass breakups and had his first NFL interception when he sealed the victory by picking off Vikings QB Christian Ponder on Minnesota’s last offensive series.
In addition to Johnson’s late pick, he likely got jobbed by the zebras on another.
Yeah, it’s one game. But Johnson has earned a lot more playing time. And given that Aqib Talib remains sidelined for putting a funny pill in his Pez dispenser, Joe suspects the Bucs will go to Johnson again in Oakland.