Rookie review: Matt Johnson

January, 24, 2013
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AP Photo/Brandon WadeInjuries kept Matt Johnson from making an impact, although he was on target to return had the Cowboys reached the postseason.
Matt Johnson

Position: Safety

How acquired: Fourth-round (135th overall), Eastern Washington

What he did: Not much. Johnson battled hamstring injuries the entire season. At one point, he dealt with back problems as a result of a hamstring injury. The Cowboys didn't place him on injured reserve because they figured he would return. Once healthy, Johnson practiced for less than two weeks before re-injuring his hamstring. He was placed on reserve/injured, designated to return on Nov. 17. Johnson said he was healthy toward the end of the season and was on target to practice the week after the regular season ended if the Cowboys had reached the playoffs.

Where he fits in the future: The Cowboys drafted Johnson because of his ability to make plays on the ball. In the time he practiced during the regular season, the Cowboys were impressed with his abilities. That, however, was under former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Now with new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin in place, it will be interesting to see what type of role he has in the new defense.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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