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On Friday, John’vi Johnson was declared unemployed and removed from the Dallas Cowboys’ roster. Twenty-four hours later, Johnson was back at work, but with a new employer.
The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Saturday that third-year signal-caller Sanjay Lal, a former Cowboys receivers coach and 6-foot-1, has sworn off.
Johnson was one of four players fired by Dallas just over two months after he signed a reserve/prospect contract. The team also waived WR Chris Lacy, center Marcus Henry and Cole Hikutini, as well as previously fired punter Chris Jones.
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Johnson joined the Cowboys in 2019 as an undrafted free agent. After a disappointing offseason, Johnson recorded a disappointing preseason, finishing with eight catches for 73 scoreless yards. He was placed on the injured list before the start of the regular season because of a shoulder problem.
It’s not surprising because we liked his film, but Jon’Viah’s last two days, his speed and athletic ability and the way he’s smooth showed here – almost a little earlier than we thought, Lal said in 2019, according to the Cowboys’ official website.
His bad luck continued into his sophomore year. Last July, Johnson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, torpedoing his slim chance of making the 2020 squad. Less than a month after his activation, he was removed from the list and placed with the practice squad, where the 25-year-old will remain.
Johnson was an award-winning collegian at Toledo, earning second team All-MAC honors in 2016 and third team All-MAC honors in 2018. He amassed 2,265 yards and 25 touchdowns on 125 receptions in 46 appearances with the Rockets. Leading up to the draft, he was vaguely compared to former Hawks WR Doug Baldwin.
I can’t help but think that Johnson is that great No. 4-5 WR will be for a team that will never be truly memorable, but there’s a chance based on his profile – so he’s definitely worth considering, wrote R.C. Fisher of College Football Metrics.
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In announcing this wave of cuts, the Cowboys also announced that WR Malik Turner has signed a one-year contract to return in 2021. Turner, a restricted free agent, was not introduced by the team. At the time of writing, the terms of his deal are not yet known.
Turner played six games for Dallas last season after being fired by the Seattle Seahawks. A special teams tight end, he had two tackles on 92 snaps (20%) for John Fassel’s team.
Turner (6-3, 200) entered the league at Seattle as a 2018 UDFA. The 24-year-old appeared in 21 games during the 2018/19 season and caught 17 passes on 25 targets for 265 yards (15.6 yards per reception) and a touchdown.
He played at the University of Illinois, where he had 143 receptions for 1,804 yards and 10 TDs in four seasons.
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