A standout player in college with a rough start in the NFL, Tampa Bay has given running back Storm Johnson a second chance in the National Football League that he is not taking lightly.
As a successful running back during his three years for the UCF Knights, he posted 1,765 rushing yards, 335 carries, and 22 touchdowns. He ended his collegiate career in 2013 with five 100-yard rushing games after rushing for 1,139 yards on 213 carries, with 14 touchdowns, but his introduction to the NFL didn’t reflect those stats. Tampa Bay hopes he brings his UCF talent to the Bucs offense, and his optimism about his own future in Tampa and in the NFL can’t be brought down.
Last Thursday Johnson spoke to PewterReport.com and said “the sky is the limit,” and his passion for the game keeps pushing him towards his goals. Being cut by Jacksonville prior to the 2015 season only fueled that fire.
“It was almost taken away from me and I’m just happy I had the chance to come out here and prove my worth,” Johnson said.
Johnson was drafted in the seventh round by the Jaguars in 2014, but the former Knights standout was released just prior to the start of the 2015 season.
Johnson feels he has even more to prove now in Tampa.
“I always have a chip on my shoulder when I step on the football field.”
Johnson recalls getting in contact with the Bucs and was given a chance to play on the field again.
“They just reached out and asked if I was in shape and had been keeping in shape and ready to go and I said ‘yeah of course’ and so they just sent me on a tryout and it went from there.”
So how is Johnson taking to his new environment?
“I’m meshing with the guys pretty well and the coaches also, so I’m liking it out here” Johnson said. “You know its always different, but just to see how Doug [Martin, RB] works and to see how Chuck [Sims, RB] and all the other guys work and just to follow behind them and how they lead… it really helps me.”
He’ll be seeing some familiar faces soon, though, when the Bucs begin joint training camp practices with the Jaguars. When asked if there was any trepidation on what that may be like for him, he answered with a laugh.
“I’m just trying to get better every day, so I’ll be looking forward to it.”
Johnson had a word of advice for those that may doubt the Georgia native.
“Just keep watching.”
Both my boy’s went to UCF so I’m a fan. Storms a good back, has a lot of mileage from college. O’Leary ran a boring run right at you offense, so it’s tough miles. If the Bucs carry that third back, I’d put my money on Barber.
Maybe a 2nd time around will be a charm. You guys probably wondering what happen to all my comments. Well Iam on vacation in big bad Vegas. I’m too Old for parties and that sort of that! I’m enjoying a couple of great shows and swimming i 6 pools, I’m enjoying myself at age 71. I do like the Bucs turnaround and who they ask to join the NEW BUCS. I can’t wait for the National Games Espically when they play the browns in Aug.Last Year around my birthday I saw those same Browns, I hope this time it will be the Bucs that will sahine-Go Bucs
I believe this is your first article for PR,Welcome Hannah. Well written and hopefully many more from you to come. Second time may be a charm, who knows. We have some good talent evaluators now so I’ll leave it to the Buc’s brass. GEORGE- just got back from Vegas, not too old for the parties…yet. I’ll bet the pool has gorgeous “views” and that is never too old..lol.
I love all the competition at all the skill positions. Will bring out the best hopefully.
Actually, I like competition at ALL the positons.
You might remember I thought Lovie made a big mistake promoting stone hands Dontae Dye from the practice squad when there was a sure handed UCF receiver there, and our UCF Receiver was snatched away by another SMART NFL team. Glad we are giving a second chance to another UCF running back. I hope Barber makes our team as well, but should he get hurt we need another capable back available who knows our playbook.
Well I hope you have a great time out there GeoreHicks.
I think you are being a bit hard on Dye owlykat.
I have questioned his hands as well but don’t think they have reached the point where he should be described as stone hands or even worse, a Michael “Clang” ton clone.
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