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Danny Johnson signs as free agent with Redskins

Danny Johnson signs as free agent with Redskins

It’s how you show up, not when you’re called! Danny Johnson now has something to prove as an undrafted free-agent.
Former Southern University player and NFL Pro Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams texted Danny Johnson the second day of the NFL draft to tell Johnson that he was in his corner. In fact, Williams has been in touch with Johnson throughout the entire process. Williams isn’t the only one in Johnson’s corner though. He has his family, friends, and the Southern Jaguar fans rooting for him.
As Johnson anticipated the phone call on the second day of the draft, to announce where he would end up for the next phase of his career, he was surrounded by family and friends in Zachary at a watch party. Each time a pick was ready to be announced the family would hush one another to quiet down. Unfortunately, Johnson didn’t get that call Friday.
Although he went undrafted, Johnson did sign a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins Saturday evening.
“I know going in now I have a chip on my shoulders,” said Johnson after not hearing his name called during the draft. “I have to prove I belong.”
Johnson took to Twitter Saturday night saying, “You can’t deny me, if I want it, I’ll go get it.”

The draft didn’t turn out the way Johnson expected or really any Southern football fan. A local reporter asked Johnson about the disappointing night, and he simply replied, “Oh, I’m not disappointed at all… whoever takes me is going to get a good player when my name is called.”
Senior VP of  Redskins Player Personnel Doug Williams, former Grambling University Head Football Coach, clearly felt the same was as he interviewed about his selections during his post-draft pressers  saying, “Doesn’t matter where a guy comes from— Alabama, Grambling, or Southern. If a guy can play— you go get him.”
Johnson tweeted, “All in your hands lord! Thank you for even allowing me to be a part of the process.”

Johnson is joining former LSU running back Darrius Guice, who was drafted no. 59 in the second round by the Redskins. Come May 11 when rookie minicamp starts, Johnson will have his time to prove himself and let the Redskins know how he “plays big.”
During his time at Southern, Johnson has left his mark and made a little history along the way. He was the first Southern player to play in the Senior Bowl in 23 years, and he was one of three players from an HBCU to be invited to the NFL Combine this year. For that Johnson continues to make his alma mater and folks here in Baton Rouge proud.
Johnson was named a third-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-SWAC selection in 2016 after starting 10 of 11 games.

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