It’s no secret that the Detroit Lions have had troubles on Special teams for many years.
Just as the Lion have finally found their return man in Ameer Abdullah, two of their best special teams players decided to leave town for new teams. Travis Lewis signed with the Vikings and Isa Abdul-Quddus signed with the Dolphins. That didn’t stop the Lions from going out and getting special teams ace Johnson Bademosi from the Cleveland Browns.
For Lions fans, not much is known about the former Stanford Cardinal safety who went undrafted back in 2012. Fear not Lions fans. Today I come with the information in the first installment of our 4 Questions series. I’m no Sherlock Holmes, but I figured if I wanted to learn about a Cleveland Brown, I’d go directly to the guys that inhabit the city of Lebron and the Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame. I got in touch with the guys over at Dawg Pound Daily to get to the scoop on Bademosi. Here’s what we got.
SLR: Johnson is considered to be one of the leagues better special teams players. Do you see his ceiling being any higher?
DPD: “In a nutshell, no. Johnson is a talented and dedicated special teams player, but that is all he is. For reasons that remain unclear, the Browns put him on the field as a defensive back at times during the 2015 season with disastrous results. That’s not a knock on Johnson in any way, it’s just that he’s not a defensive back at the NFL level and should never, under any circumstances, be asked to cover an opposing wide receiver.”
SLR: What should excite Lions fans about Johnson?
DPG: “His work ethic and attitude. Johnson comes in every day, does his job and never makes trouble. He’s only missed two games in four years and always gives everything he has. He’s a player that the Lions will plug into the special teams lineup on Day 1 and never have to worry about him again.”
SLR: What should concern them?
DPG: “That the coaching staff doesn’t look at game film from 2015 and puts Johnson in a role where he has no hope of success. As long as they keep him on special teams, everything should work out fine.”
SLR: Did the Lions make a great move here?
DPG: “Great may be a bit of an overstatement for a player who is confined to special teams, but it is a solid move and one that will make the Lions better. And isn’t that the goal of free agency?”
There you have it Lions fans. Hopefully now you know a little more than you did before. I would like to thank Dawg Pound Daily for helping out today. Be sure to come back this week for part two of 4 Questions where we learn about Stefan Charles.