George Johnson’s roster spot could be in serious jeopardy with all the depth the Buccaneers have accumulated. In 2015, Johnson had his best season with the Lions. Johnson played all sixteen games, recorded 6 sacks and 23 tackles. In 2016, Johnson signed with the Buccaneers, played in 11 games before fracturing his hip and being placed on Injury Reserve. Johnson was on his way to having a pretty solid season having a pretty good season with fourteen tackles and two forced fumbles.
In 2016, Johnson signed with the Buccaneers and played in 11 games before fracturing his hip and being placed on Injury Reserve. Johnson was on his way to having a pretty solid season with fourteen tackles and two forced fumbles.
Now in 2017, Johnson is fully healthy and ready to compete for some serious playing time. Johnson has some pretty tough competition to work through if he wants any playing time like Robert Ayers, William Gholston, Noah Spence, and Jacquies Smith (who has recently been placed on the PUP list). All that competition will not stop George for doing everything he can to make the 53-man roster.
Johnson has been working out with Buccaneer Hall Of Famer Warren Sapp this off-season. Johnson said, “It’s a blessing to be able to be training and learning from Sapp.” If Johnson can take just a few things he learned from the great Hall Of Famer Warren Sapp, then he will be exactly what the Bucs thought they were getting when they traded for him back in 2015.
This off-season, Coach Mike Smith had hinted at running the 3-4 defense package more. That could seriously benefit Johnson in his playing time because Spence or Smith could be playing the fourth linebacker and allow Johnson to play DE. Let’s just hope Johnson can stay healthy all year and learn a few tricks from one of the BEST DEFENSE LINEMAN EVER! GO BUCS! P.S. Training Camp for rookies opened up today 7/25/17 and veterans report on Thursday 7/27/17!