The Cowboys said they were going to bring in help at safety and did so in the form of journeyman backup Jeron Johnson.
Kris Richard’s impact on this preseason continues to be felt as Johnson is a former Seattle Seahawk who has played parts of five seasons under Richard.
However, Johnson isn’t exactly Earl Thomas. His career high for tackles in a season is 13, which he notched in 2014 in Seattle. He played 15 games in the regular season and one in the postseason as he helped the Seahawks reach the Super Bowl.
After four seasons in Seattle, Johnson signed with Washington and played in 14 games, starting two, in 2015. He returned to the Seahawks in 2016 and played in four games.
“I think scheme familiarity and just the personal familiarity that Kris Richard has with him,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said in explaining why Johnson was an attractive option. “(Richard) had him for four years in Seattle and (Johnson) was a role player for them but did a lot of good things.”
So Johnson is experienced, but he’s not a shoo-in to be a contributor on this Dallas defense. He’ll definitely help in practice and might see some action until Xavier Woods (pulled hamstring) returns from injury.