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San Diego QB Johnson loses grip



   The Bucs really like San Diego quarterback Josh Johnson, whose 4.4 in the 40-yard dash was tops at his position. He also was impressive in the interviews and on the chalkboard, demonstrating a keen knowledge of the pro style offense.

   There's been a lot of hype about the 6-foot-3, 213-pound Johnson, who threw 43 touchdowns and one interception for the Div. II program last season.

   But Johnson erased much of what he had gained with a poor performance in throwing drills Sunday. One pro personnel executive said he was gripping the ball too tightly, causing it to 'come out crazy.'

   Johnson has small hands and was understandably nervous. His performance at the combine did not mirror what scouts had seen on film or at the East-West Shrine Bowl, where he was the game's Most Valuable Player.

   Johnson can overcome his bad performance at the RCA Dome with a good pro day workout. But one scout said the teams that liked him will probably be able to get him much later in the draft. 


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:57pm]


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