Where safety Matt Johnson is concerned, it must be beginning to feel like Groundhog Day for the Dallas Cowboys. But the team remains committed to giving the Eastern Washington product a chance whenever he’s back healthy.
"Our attitude is to try to give him an opportunity to show us what he can do," said head coach Jason Garrett, per ESPN Dallas.
Drafted in the fourth round in 2012, Johnson missed his entire rookie season due to hamstring issues. A year ago, after coming in as a legitimate candidate for the starting free safety spot, he injured his foot in the Hall of Fame Game and ended up missing the season.
Which brings us to now. Johnson is hurt once again, once again dealing with hamstring issues. Garrett says the team’s commitment to Johnson comes from a belief that, if he can stay healthy, he can be pretty good.
"The interesting thing about Matt is that every time we've given him an opportunity, he seems to do a pretty good job, whether it's in practice or some of the scrimmage situations that he's been in," Garrett said. "He just needs time on task. He needs to get out there. It seems to me that he's got a real good approach mentally. He continues to work. He doesn't seem outwardly frustrated. I'm sure he is, but he's just got to continue to work through it, get himself healthy. We're going to try to give him every chance to show us what he can do.”
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