Danny Johnson makes play of training camp with crazy one-handed interception
By Jerry Trotta
With Week 2 of preseason on the horizon, the Washington Commanders are approaching the end of training camp. On Tuesday, the team was forced to trim its roster from 90 to 85 players, so that was the big talking point.
The Commanders released guard Deion Calhoun, cornerback De’Vante Bausby and special teams ace Troy Apke. Additionally, they placed tight end Sammis Reyes and fullback Alex Armah on injured reserve, effectively ending their season.
Those moves didn’t do much in terms of providing clarity to the 53-man roster, but that’s what the second and third rounds of cuts are for.
In the meantime, however, Washington is practicing leading up to Saturday’s preseason fixture against the Kansas City Chiefs.
At Tuesday’s session, the top takeaways included Jahan Dotson snatching two red zone touchdowns, Jamin Davis having his best practice of camp and the defense intercepting Carson Wentz for the first time since pads came on.
Speaking of interceptions, Danny Johnson made an incredible one-handed grab during red zone drills that he returned to the opposite end zone.
Commanders CB Danny Johnson made the play of training camp with his one-handed interception on Tuesday.
Are you serious?!
We almost wish Washington’s social team showed the real-time version followed by the slow-mo replay. The slow-mo version takes away from how impressive that Johnson snatched the ball out of the air at full speed. The pass would’ve landed right in Dax Milne’s breadbasket if not for Johnson. What a display of athleticism.
Johnson didn’t have to run it back for a pick-six, but you would’ve done the same thing after authoring a highlight of this magnitude. And if this was a game setting, it probably would’ve counted for a near 100-yard return.
Johnson isn’t the most well-known player on the Commanders’ roster, but he’s managed to stick with the team for four straight years as a former UDFA in 2018. The 26-year-old struggled Saturday vs Carolina but he’s popped at camp for several weeks running and feels like a lock for the 53-man roster.
Credit to Johnson for bouncing back from his rough preseason debut and delivering maybe the highlight of Commanders camp thus far.