Bucs Get Even Younger On Defensive Line

September 3rd, 2011

Versatile Alex Magee, who had two sacks for the Bucs last year, and sackless Kyle Moore were sent packing tonight, but defensive end George Johnson made the cut.

No, not the legendary NBA shot blocker, last year’s practice squad member out of Rutgers that had a great preseason and beat out a couple of guys with a lot of games under their belt. Joe wonders whether Alex Magee’s weed issues worked against him.

Joe has learned that Johnson and Raheem Morris share the same agent, which never hurts a young man’s chances. And Joe can attest there’s always an extra bond among Jersey guys like Raheem and Johnson. Here’s part of his bio from Buccaneers.com:

Johnson signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on May 3 after impressing in the team’s rookie mini-camp on a tryout contract.  At Rutgers, the 6-4, 265-pound pass-rusher played in 38 games and compiled 132 tackles, 13 sacks, 31.5 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, two interceptions and three passes defensed.  Though his collegiate career was hampered by a string of injuries, Johnson still peaked as a senior in 2009 with 6.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.

Johnson showed a great motor during the preseason, and Joe’s pleased to see the kid get a real shot. Now Johnson can pray Mark Dominik doesn”t go on a “second draft” shopping spree in the coming hours, which could put him out of a job.

3 Responses to “Bucs Get Even Younger On Defensive Line”

  1. Stanglassman Says:

    This guy looked good at practice and all preseason. Congratulations to him he earned it. They have got to slide Gant and black on the practice squad.

  2. Brandon Says:

    Johnson had a sack in each of the first 3 preseason games and had countless pressures. He went the entire way against the Redskins (and the 1st half against their starting OLine and held his own, got a few pressures and penetrations) and did pretty well.

    I think the most important thing he did in the preseason was when he moved inside to DT against the Patriots and got penetration and made plays on most of the snaps he was in there. WIth only 4 DTs on the roster, and seemingly 3 of them are injury concerns, versatility is key.

  3. alpha-tango! Says:

    Seriously with this picture Joe! If I was #67 I would say: “WHAT THE *#!@?!?!)