Detroit Lions’ Recent Signings Have Third Unit Shaping Up To Be Truly Special

March 20, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

On March 19, while most NFL eyes were centered on whether or not Adam "Pacman" Jones worked out (he did) and signed with an NFL team (he didn't), the Detroit Lions announced a smaller but still notable addition.
Landon Johnson, a seventh-year linebacker out of Purdue, signed a one-year contract with the Lions, reuniting him with his former special teams coach, Danny Crossman. Johnson was drafted in the third round by the Cincinnati Bengals and was a tackling machine for them before signing with the Panthers. Since then, his career has been less than spectacular.
The addition of Johnson gives the Lions a backup linebacker who has the ability to play all three LB positions while also being a core player on both kickoff and punt coverage.
Is it a big move?
Is it an important move?
As of late, the Lions have been collecting a certain type of special teams player.
It started in 2009, the team drafted Zack Follett in the seventh round. ...

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