Rookie Safety Johnson Excited To Be Healthy

IRVING, Texas --Fourth-round safety Matt Johnson couldn't wait for last weekend's rookie minicamp -- and not just because he was participating in his first pro workouts.

Johnson hadn't gone through a real practice since last October. A torn biceps limited him to five games as a senior at Eastern Washington, and he was only fully healthy for one game. His twin brother and teammate, linebacker Zach Johnson, also was sidelined with a season-ending knee injury.

Matt had to answer questions about his injury throughout the pre-draft process. He says he's been healthy for "a while" and had no limitations during the Cowboys' minicamp.

"To actually be healthy and running around is a great feeling," Johnson said. "And obviously being with the Dallas Cowboys is a dream true."

Johnson was a takeaway machine in college, finishing second all-time at Eastern Washington with 17 interceptions despite his shortened senior year. He had an interception in the afternoon practice Saturday at Valley Ranch.

It remains to be seen if Johnson can push Brodney Pool for a starting job this summer, but the Cowboys are excited about his versatility in coverage and against the run.

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