Eastern Washington safety Matt Johnson, drafted with the compensatory pick in the fourth round, is a long way from Dallas, but he’s a Cowboys fan.
“My dad was a Cowboys fan, so I remember the first day, watching them with Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin,” he said. “I had the Emmitt Smith jersey growing up. So from the first time I can remember watching football, I was a Cowboys fan.”
He visited Chicago and Philadelphia, also, but was impressed most by Cowboys Stadium.
“The Cowboys probably have the best facilities in all of the NFL, so it’s hard not to fall in love with it,” he said. “I felt at home as soon as I walked through the doors. It was a great visit, and I can’t wait for a minute longer to be a Cowboy.”
Johnson intercepted 15 passes and forced five fumbles in college. He’ll be expected to help on special teams with the Cowboys, which is fine with him.
“I was on the punt team all four years and then on and off of kickoff and punt return,” he said. “I loved being on special teams, then I got pulled off because I was a starter on defense and coaches wanted to save me, I guess. But I’m ready to be on anything coach wants me to be on. I’ll do anything. I’m excited to play special teams, and I want to be there, and I’m really passionate about playing special teams.”
Johnson had a biceps injury and a concussion in college, but he said he’s at top health right now.
-- Carlos Mendez