The Minnesota Vikings seem to be quite pleased with wide receiver Charles Johnson. After a crazy road that took him from Grand Valley State University in Michigan to the Green Bay Packers and then the Cleveland Browns, Johnson seems to have finally found a home with the Vikings.
Dec 21, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Charles Johnson (12) is unable to make a catch as Miami Dolphins cornerbackCortland Finnegan
(24) defends during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota has made a couple major moves at wide receiver this offseason, trading for the deep threat of Mike Wallace and releasing veteran pass catcher Greg Jennings. However, Charles Johnson was a starter for the Vikings at the end of last season after beating out Cordarrelle Patterson for the job. For now, Johnson seems penciled in for the starting spot opposite Mike Wallace.
Offensive coordinator Norv Turner called Charles Johnson “far and away our best receiver” at this year’s NFL Combine. Since then, Turner has continued to talk about his good fortune in getting Charles Johnson off the Cleveland Browns practice squad. This kind of excitement is still echoing through the Vikings organization and locker room.
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was singing the praises of Charles Johnson according to an article from the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He recalled when the young wide receiver was brought in for a workout with the Vikings and ended up being very impressed with what he saw. Here is what he said:
"“I remember when he came in and worked out before the Saintsgame, you could tell he was a really talented kid and had raw ability. He continued to work, and when he got an opportunity he took full advantage of it.”"
Even the Vikings General Manager got in on the love for Charles Johnson, sayingthat he’s been a pleasant surprise for the team and even talking about his potential in a recent NFL.com article:
"“We’re very excited about his potential, his ability.”"
Now that the quarterback position has been settled for the Vikings and Teddy Bridgewater looks to be the man there, the team’s front office will do their best to surround him with plenty of help to give the young passer the best chance to succeed. If other players on the Vikings roster can step up like Charles Johnson has, this squad’s offense looks like it has a good chance at becoming something for opposing defenses to fear.
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