The Atlanta Falcons have signed former Indianapolis Colts cornerback Terrence Johnson, just one day after the Falcons placed injured cornerback Brent Grimes on the injured reserve list, ending his season.
Johnson appeared in 10 games as a member of the Colts in 2011, registering 37 total tackles with no interceptions.
The folks over at The Falcoholic, SB Nation's Falcons blog, have some details on Johnson:
Terrence Johnson is fast. Johnson is fairly young (26 years old). Johnson has experience playing cornerback for an NFL team. Outside of that, you'd be hard-pressed to mount a strong case for this signing, being reported by the reliable Adam Caplan as imminent.
Johnson was an undrafted free agent who bounced around practice squads during his first season in the NFL. He wound up being pressed into slot duty for a while with the Colts' woeful secondary in 2011 before landing on injured reserve in late October, where he showed a penchant for being able to catch up with and tackle guys but not necessarily to stop them from catching the ball.
Johnson is fast -- but he'll apparently need to improve on his defensive skills if he's going to be an asset to Atlanta's secondary.
If nothing else, the Falcons appear to making a legitimate effort to improve their secondary depth. We'll see the Falcons have any other moves up their sleeves, and how this signing works out in the coming weeks.
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