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July 28, 2013

Blue-White scrimmage will give Matt Johnson a chance to hit: 'Been a long time since I played real football'

It’s been a long time since Matt Johnson delivered a real hit on a football field. Or did anything on a football field.

Sunday, he should get a chance in the Blue-White scrimmage. It’s only a scrimmage. But it’s tackle football, and it’ll be Johnson’s best chance since last preseason to show what he can do in something close to live action.

“It’s been a long time since I played real football,” the second-year safety said. “I played 15 snaps in a preseason game. But other than that, it’s been since Game 3 of my college senior season.”

Injuries have sidelined Johnson most of the last two years. It was a shoulder in college at Eastern Washington and hamstrings with the Cowboys. The Cowboys showed their faith by sticking with him last year. They like his measurables and the fact that he made 17 interceptions in college. But they need to see him play.

“I’ve said all along I have a long ways to go to prove myself,” he said. “I have to make more plays on the ball, be around the ball more and keep getting better every day.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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He will leave after 5 plays with a sprained vagina...

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