Teams Now Targeting Leonard Johnson

December 2nd, 2012

Just a few weeks ago when Bucs rookie undrafted free agent cornerback was pressed into duty, Johnson seemed to shine. His pick-six, game-winning touchdown against Philip Rivers being Exhibit-A, and he should have officially had three picks in two games.

But with injuries and Adderall infractions rising among the ranks of the Bucs cornerbacks, Johnson has been asked to play more, and to start, and it appears opponents have decided to target him.

It all began with a bomb he gave up against San Diego. Then, in the words of former Bucs defensive lineman Steve White, Julio Jones “baptized” Johnson last week for Johnson’s second 80-yard touchdown given up in as many games.

Today it was clear that Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas were targeting the pride of Largo High School. And it worked. Two egregious plays were a pass interference Johnson gave up against Thomas (Joe would prefer a pass interference as opposed to six points) and then, when Joe thought surely Johnson was in position for an interception, Manning threaded the needle to Thomas for a key touchdown.

Now don’t get Joe wrong. Joe likes Johnson and thinks he has promise and will be around these parts for a while. But he’s a rookie. He’s learning… in some cases the hard way.

And the NFL is a copycat league. Until Johnson begins stopping some of these passes and doesn’t get whistled for interference or holding, teams are going to continue to target him.

12 Responses to “Teams Now Targeting Leonard Johnson”

  1. SensibleBuc Says:

    We’ve got a bunch of guys who will be excellent nickel & dime back candidates next year…and that’s all of the nice things I have to say about them right now 🙂

  2. J-VillesBuc84 Says:

    Our Cb’s can’t play in the nfl.

  3. Dave Says:

    JOhnson will be a good 3rd or 4th CB. He was in good position a few times but grabbed or did not get his head around. I think he will be decent … as 2nd stringer

  4. Pruritis Ani Says:

    Yes… They are horrible..If I had to describe them,I can’t think of any words that I could type and expect to be published without using symbols like #*$&.

  5. stimpy Says:

    We all new this was coming. We are beat up on both sides.

    I hoped for the best but new that eventually the injuries would be too much. From now on bank on all teams tagetting EJ and LJ, take your prick.

    Its goin to be a long rest of the season.

  6. Macabee Says:

    For all the future upside that Leonard Johnson has, today he can’t play man CB which this defense calls for. In order to play bump-and-run, you must be able to bump and jam the WR at the LOS, then release and have the speed to recover as the WR goes downfield.

    LJ lines up 5 to 10 yards off of his man and takes off downfield for fear of giving up the deep ball. His lack of speed may not allow him to ever be a #1 corner on the outside. Too early to be sure, but QBs are going to single him out every time!

  7. tha truth is... Says:

    Double down time. If only we had a Strong side LB that can blitz tha QB like Von Miller.

  8. FreemanBomb5 Says:

    Sure looks like that forth rounder for Talib will pay huge dividends *rolls eyes*

  9. Andrew Says:

    Can he be moved to safety and put Rhonde back to corner?

  10. FloridaGirl Says:

    No surprise here……he’s whiffed multiple tackles, two of which have been returned for touchdowns. Until he demonstrates that he can defend against them they’re going to keep coming.

  11. Legarrettes Blunt Says:

    While Leonard has been struggling, I gotta say he at least competes on all of the passes thrown his direction way better than EJ Biggers. Teams always target #31 and always will. Why dont you write something about that Joe? Ask Drew Brees who his favorite Bucs corner to throw agaisnt is. Its Biggers

  12. SacBucs Says:

    I agree Legarrettes Blunt totally..

    I will eat a fat crow sandwich on this one. A real man can admit when he is wrong. I called him Johnson island. He needs to be coached up..I WAS WRONG!