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Former Texas WR Marcus Johnson turning heads in Eagles’ camp

Posted July 31st, 2017

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Former Texas receiver Marcus Johnson could have easily given up on playing in the NFL. He went undrafted after the 2015 season and sat at home last year.

According to CSN, Johnson may have found new life with Philadelphia.

Johnson hauled in numerous passes from Carson Wentz after receiver Alshon Jeffery left practice with a shoulder injury.

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“Last year, I came in first day of pads and I had an injury with my quad being pulled,” Johnson said, according to CSN. “So for me to come back a year later, first day of pads again and to put my best forward, to have the practice that I did have, I have to keep building.

“It’s the first day, so you can’t get too high, too low on it. You just have to keep chipping away.”

Johnson had 12 catches for 130 yards and scored once as a senior in 2015. He’s about to 23 and may not make the Eagles’ 53-man roster, according to CSN. But Johnson isn’t giving up the dream.

“At one point, I was just training by myself,” Johnson said. “I’d go to a park and just run routes, whatever I could do. A good friend of mine who was a trainer … called me up. Finished up training with him.

“Philly called and I was ready for it. I prepared.”

Said Eagles coach Doug Pederson, “Go back to the first part of OTAs, and he’s made an impact. He’s shown up, he’s making some plays. He’s one of the guys that we’ll continue to give some reps from time to time with that first group and see where he’s at.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

 

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