FLOWERY BRANCH – Running back Gartrell Johnson III has the locker across from Michael Turner.
He was understandably nervous before his first practice with the team on Wednesday.
“I got the call on Monday to come in a take a physical,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t sure if they were going to sign me or not.”
He was drafted by San Diego is 2009, but was later released.
“I was picked up on waivers by the New York Giants,” Johnson said. “I played there on special teams last year. I got a few carries. I’m just trying to move forward and become an NFL player.”
He was in training camp with the Giants, but was released. He was working out in Atlanta and living with his father.
He doesn’t know what his role will be yet.
“Pretty much, I played against the Falcons last year,” Johnson said. “I was on special teams so we had a feel for each other. I just know this is a good opportunity.”
Johnson played on the kickoff, kickoff return, punt and punt return units for the Giants last year.
FLOWERY BRANCH – One of our commentators – James Ray — found this website and shared the link.
You can go here to meet new Falcons running back Gartrell Johnson III, who’s listed as the No. 4 running back on the roster. I will update after we talk to him during the opening locker room session later this morning.
He’s been assigned No. 27. Here’s the Falcons bio.
Written by Gartrell Johnson July 30, 2009
I’ve been working out twice a day getting ready for my first training camp. I’m really anxious to get started. You hear some horror stories about how tough training camp is, but I’m ready for it. Everyone I talk to says it’s all business and that I should catch any naps that I can during the day because they say you might not get much sleep with all the stuff going on.
I got to talk to Jacob Hester a little bit since he was a rookie last year and just went through it. He talked about the fact that camp is just a grind. It’s good to know that I can go to him with any questions.
It’s hard to explain to people how much I love playing football. I just can’t wait to put the pads on and do it. The grind is actually what I’m looking forward to the most. I want to get motivated every day and see myself get better. My goal is to work hard and show everyone that I go all out every play. I think that if I show that I will find my way on to the field in some way during the season.
I’m also curious to see what camp life is all about in terms of the guys. I’ll have to get a feel for everything. I’m curious to see how everyone acts around each other. I’m sure the PlayStation will come out at some point too.
I signed my first NFL contract the other day and it was a dream come true. I have wanted this for a long time and I am really excited to officially be in the NFL. I view it as a stepping stone in my career. It’s one of those goals that you achieve before anything else. I signed my contract during the day then boarded a plane to my first training camp that night. It was a good day all around.
Camp started Monday for the rookies here at our training facility. I’m ready.
Gartrell Johnson is a rookie running back with the San Diego Chargers. His blog for www.playerpress.com runs at www.gartrelljohnson33.com. Follow him on Twitter as gartrelljohnson.
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