Since the Dallas Cowboys rookie minicamp ended early in May, safety Matt Johnson has only been able to study his playbook – no reps, meetings or advice from veteran players.
Until Thursday, Johnson was still a college student on campus at Eastern Washington, which didn’t finish classes until this week.
Johnson flew in to DFW Wednesday night and was on the sideline during the Cowboys final minicamp practice.
“It was good to get out there. It was different from seeing it in the playbook,” Johnson said. “It was good to get one practice with the vets before camp.”
The Cowboys drafted Johnson in the fourth round of April’s draft. He missed all of the OTA practices and the first two days of minicamp this week.
“I’m doing as well as I can without being on the field,” Johnson said. “It’s totally different seeing it on the field. I feel like I have a little grip on things. At least I’m familiar with it.”
Johnson, who had 17 interceptions in his college career, has also agreed with the Cowboys on his rookie contract. He expected to sign it shortly after Thursday’s workout.
“It’s great,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t worried about it. I just want to play football.”
-- Brent Shirley