Lonnie Johnson Jr. made headlines earlier this week when the Texans rookie cornerback tackled Packers rookie Jace Sternberger so laborious his helmet flew off, sending a mob of Inexperienced Bay Packers after him and ultimately getting booted from Monday’s joint follow between the 2 squads.
Following follow, the Packers have been indignant. Particularly on behalf of Sternberger, who’s now being evaluated for a concussion and is listed as questionable for Thursday’s preseason sport. Texans head coach Invoice O’Brien dismissed his eradicating Johnson as “not an enormous deal,” whereas Johnson himself later responded with an Instagram put up — now eliminated — in poor style that confirmed him flexing over a helmetless Sternberger after the hit.
Whereas Packers head coach Matt LaFleur disavowed Johnson’s actions, and Rodgers mentioned he wouldn’t thoughts if the Packers didn’t have joint practices for “one other 14 years,” the battle had fizzled to social media by the tip of Tuesday’s last joint session between the groups. Partly as a result of Johnson was held off form.
However these pissed off with the conclusion would possibly do effectively to recollect it wasn’t so way back that Sternberger was at Texas A&M and humiliating Johnson with one hand throughout final season when the Aggies defeated Kentucky 20-14 in time beyond regulation.
Take a look at the play for your self from a number of angles, courtesy SBNation’s Peter Bokowski:
No Regrets from Johnson
O’Brien confirmed Wednesday that Johnson shall be taking part in in Thursday’s preseason matchup towards the Packers, which places eyes — and perhaps some crosshairs — on Johnson and the way he’ll comply with up the altercation.
After his elimination Monday, Packers ripped the rookie cornerback for his habits. Per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, star large receiver Davante Adams deemed it the hit “pointless,” whereas five-time Professional Bowl tight finish Jimmy Graham known as the play “completely ridiculous.”
However between his Instagram put up and a retweet of a report in regards to the hit on Sternberger, Johnson appears simply as keen as his head coach to brush off the incident and transfer on.
Johnson recorded 64 tackles and one interception in two seasons with Kentucky earlier than the Texans drafted him within the second spherical at 54th general. He signed a rookie deal in Might that is because of pay him $5.2 million over 4 years.
Except Sternberger checks out as 100 % wholesome, depend on the Packers protecting him on the sideline. No sense in risking expertise positioned to make the crew’s last 53-man roster.
As a catch-first tight finish, although, Sternberger holds a sure diploma of significance to the Packers offensive sport plan, particularly in double-tight finish units, which leaves the Packers needing extra flexibility at tight finish.
Not like their operating again scenario, which is kind of determined today, the Packers have veterans to lean on in Graham and Marcedes Lewis, who signed late with Inexperienced Bay late final season and made three catches for 39 yards.
Sternberger’s absence additionally creates extra alternative for second-year professional Robert Tonya, who’s trying to carve out a much bigger place for himself after seeing his first NFL motion in 2018. He performed in all 16 video games final season, beginning one, and making 4 catches for 77 yards. A bit of his yardage, although, got here on a 54-yard landing reception from Aaron Rodgers.
Tonyan survived the percentages final season throughout the Packers’ coaching camp and made the 53-man roster after spending time chipping away on the follow squad. A wider-open race makes it all of the extra probably he’ll capitalize and stay with the crew into the common season.
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