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Role Call: Emany Johnson brings physicality


(Editor's Note: As part of the preparation for training camp, this series will introduce 25 players who are new to the Cowboys' roster, rookies and veterans alike. We continue with Emany Johnson.)

How He Got Here: The Cowboys have made a habit out of finding impactful undrafted free agents going back to the early days of the franchise with players like Drew Pearson and Everson Walls all the way to the 2023 class that saw T.J. Bass and Hunter Luepke make the 53-man roster. Emany Johnson will look to be the next to find a role after the Cowboys made a move to grab the University of Nevada product after April's draft to secure his signing over offers from the Cardinals and Ravens.

What's Next: While the depth of the safety room does have young talent looking to take the next step in players like Markquese Bell and Juanyeh Thomas, there is still an opportunity for Johnson to separate himself with his run-stop ability and his versatility in the box as a hard-hitting safety. His 6-foot-2, 218-pound frame shows up on his college film in a physical nature meaning you may want to keep your eye on No. 39 making a big hit or two in the preseason if given the opportunity. At the very least, Johnson will factor into the new kickoff rules with his short-range physicality and ability to chase down ballcarriers.

Did You Know: After graduating from Nevada, Johnson spent his pre-draft workout season working in Fort Worth, which he says was a big reason why he decided to sign with the Cowboys over other offers.

Quotable: "I do believe I have the same opportunity as everybody else to a certain extent, but I definitely do still have a chip on my shoulder. I do think I should have been drafted, but I had one good year and I still have a lot to prove by having just that one good year. I'm going to prove it this year by getting on that 53." - Emany Johnson on going undrafted

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