Patriots roster dark horse #4 – Anthony Johnson
Against the Chicago Bears a few weeks back, Johnson put on the best game of his underachieving NFL career, and his chances of making the final roster immediately skyrocketed as a result. After two poor seasons in the league since entering the NFL as a former LSU star, Johnson lost 50 pounds this offseason and is playing with renewed focus as a 275-pound defensive lineman. The Pats like Johnson because he can be used on the outside and the inside, and he generates no shortage of power regardless of where he lines up.
Additionally, it should be noted that Johnson had been outperforming offseason signee Terrance Knighton all preseason. It’s no coincidence that Knighton was cut before Johnson. Not that the too can be compared all that easily, as Knighton weighs a full 75 pounds more than Johnson, but the fact remains that the Patriots valued Johnson as a defensive lineman more than Knighton.
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