Falcons sign speedy cornerback Terrence Johnson

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive back Terrence Johnson (23) during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is tackled by Indianapolis Colts defensive back Terrence Johnson (23) during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

FLOWERY BRANCH – In order to fill Brent Grimes’ spot on the 53-man roster, the Falcons signed cornerback Terrence Johnson on Tuesday.

Johnson, 26, played in 10 games and made two starts with the Indianapolis Colts last year. He was used primarily as a nickel back before he suffered a forearm injury and was placed on  injured reserve.

Johnson, 5-foot-9, 195-pounds,  played collegiately at California, Pa.

Johnson was originally signed by the New England Patriots as a college free agent on April 29, 2010. He was waived by the Patriots and signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad on December 23, 2010.

Falcons coach Mike Smith said the Falcons planned to look at the entire spectrum of players available as free agents, but they elected to go with a young developing player over a veteran like they have in the past when they signed Brian Williams and Kelvin Hayden.

However, they could not sign cornerback Darrin Walls, who reached an injury settlement with the team. Under the terms of the agreement, Walls can’t be re-signed within six weeks of his release.

Walls played with the Falcons last season and saw action in five games.

Some of the available veterans were Bryant McFadden, Lito Sheppard and Andre Goodman.

McFadden, 30, has played in 96 games and made 52 starts, mostly with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He spent one season in Arizona.

Sheppard, 31, started seven games last season in Oakland after playing seven seasons in Philadelphia and one each with the Jets and Vikings. He’s played in 126 games and made 79 career starters.

Goodman, 34, started 16 games last season with Denver. He’s played in 127 games and made 95 starts.

Chris Carr, 29, started 16 games for the Baltimore Ravens in 2010. He’s more known for his punt and kickoff return skills, but has played in 103 games and started 27.

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Seen This B4

September 11th, 2012
4:12 pm

cb

September 11th, 2012
4:21 pm

Seen, what is going on men.

GeraldLaZ

September 11th, 2012
4:22 pm

Hearing the team signed Terrance Johnson formerly of Indy….can you confirm?

Falcon James

September 11th, 2012
4:23 pm

So there are still some decent backs out there. Whoever is brought in is going to be behind the curve.

mountain_jim

September 11th, 2012
4:29 pm

Appreciate the Walls info – I did not know how long he could not be resigned for… Does anyone know what the extent of his injury was?

Juliooooo

September 11th, 2012
4:38 pm

what about aaron berry? i know he’s a headache but might be the best on that list

Justin

September 11th, 2012
4:46 pm

BRYANT MCFADDEN!!!

dean

September 11th, 2012
4:50 pm

Thanks DLed.

But….how did we sign him tomorrow when it’s today? :)

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 11th, 2012
4:56 pm

Aaron Berry has some issues!!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 11th, 2012
5:00 pm

dean — Original note was about workouts on Wednesday. Then things changed.

Grape Nuts are neither grapes or nuts

September 11th, 2012
5:02 pm

Enter your comments here

Big Ray

September 11th, 2012
5:08 pm

Blog monster

SirReal

September 11th, 2012
5:10 pm

Wow Dled. Guess you guys didnt like what I first said. All I said was that there didnt seem like much was out there.LOL Whats the scoop on this player? You think he ccan come in and contribute immediately or do we have another Ty Hill situation on our hands?

Nique

September 11th, 2012
5:12 pm

D-Led

Does bringing in Johnson rule out Bryant McFadden? He’s the guy I want!

Big Ray

September 11th, 2012
5:14 pm

Still can’t believe the Panthers lost to the Bucs.

Yeah, the Panthers have the best RB tandem in the NFC South, but still couldn’t run the ball. Well, we’re going to crush them if they can’t get it going. Still, they lost to the doggone Bucs?

I’ll tell you why, for those who want to say it wasn’t Cam Newton’s fault, it was because they couldn’t run the ball.

First of all, we didn’t run the ball worth anything, but we ran up 40 points. So how does that alibi for Super Cam and the division winning Panthers look now? Ooops…

Here’s the deal…let’s say Matt Ryan threw for over 300 yards but only one touchdown and got intercepted twice . Most of us would be very critical and rightly so. Some would go to extremes, but we know who those clowns are.

Yet I’ve heard some a$$ clowns say Cam wasn’t the problem. Really? What kind of football do you watch? Last I looked, if your team isn’t running the ball, then your defense needs to be stout and your QB needs to get the job done. It’s a QB-driven League. So when your QB gives the ball directly back to the other team twice then he IS the problem. It won’t matter if your running backs get 200 yards apiece…if your QB throws a pick the next play, it’s all for nothing.

So give Super Cam the same treatment you give Ryan. Call it like it is. Cam is still learning the game, he makes a lot of mistakes. He gets a lot of yardage, sure. But makes a LOT of mistakes.

Msta Smif

September 11th, 2012
5:18 pm

@ Big Ray. What does your post have to do with the Falcons signing a replacement for Grimes? You lost me man,

Pro Bowl Julio

September 11th, 2012
5:20 pm

Willing to bet good money that some idiot with three initials is one of the clowns you speak of

Dalton ATL RISE UP

September 11th, 2012
5:20 pm

Is there still a chanse we get a proven vet corner dled?

Big Ray

September 11th, 2012
5:24 pm

Not one thing, meester smith. That post is in response to some of the silly stuff one reads on these blogs, prior blog to this one.

But if you want an opinion on the Grimes replacement, here it is:

Terrence Johnson might be this year’s Kelvin Hayden. We seem to like poaching the Colts. Don’t know why, but if Johnson can play as well as Hayden did last season before injury, then he’s worth the bother. If not, then we didn’t lose anything.

I’d rather his signing provide adequate depth and we see either Franks or Owens step up. Franks should be particularly motivated after being cut and then re-signed only because of an injury to a UDFA that we probably only signed to return punts…clearly WR depth wasn’t an issue or it would have been Drew Davis that we signed to the 53 man roster, and not Franks.

But we will see. Gonna be a tough outing against Peyton. He’s the most cerebral QB in the game and he just destroyed the Steelers. Kinda scary if you ask me.

Big Ray

September 11th, 2012
5:25 pm

But don’t worry. When the trolls get off work (assuming they work), they’ll give you some “real” knowledge on all of this, I don’t doubt.

:roll:

Can't Wait for Monday Night

September 11th, 2012
5:28 pm

Look for me in Section 312 again this year.
But don’t expect the same olf lethargic Bob from years past.
I know, I know. It’s always the same story. I come stumbling in for kickoff screaming and yelling all the way through the National Anthem and player introductions, and even through a couple of offensive series.
Then by halftime I’m slouched in my seat like some bobble-head version of myself mumbling barely inteligble things about wanting J.P. Wilson to get more playing time and “Willy Mo Betta” something or other.
Well, that’s not happening this year. Because I just got back from a road trip to Arkansas, where I picked up a season’s supply of bath salts.
So, look out Secton 318. I’m doing the wave, chopping, barking, and doing the Hammer dance . . . and that’s in the shower getting ready for the game.
SO, I’m ready for Monday night, and I’m prepared to bring the noise for four strong quarters.
But please don’t sit near me if your face is made out of candy corn. I LOVE that stuff!!!!

aint hater

September 11th, 2012
5:33 pm

The trolls don’t work they are too busy trying to figure out how to swim home.

Gas is just Saints fans leaving the body

September 11th, 2012
5:35 pm

Saints fans know more than anyone about swimming home. Thanks, Katrina.

UGA_Columbus

September 11th, 2012
5:37 pm

I think Roderick Hood is available. You wont find another CB with more heart.

Chance

September 11th, 2012
5:40 pm

I want walls back. Why do you have to wait six week to resign a player? Dosent make sense to me

Esquire

September 11th, 2012
5:42 pm

I love these pictures where Rothlsiberger is getting hit and his face is all cotorted and grimaced. Thankfully for him I am not Millegeville Millie’s Daddy.

JSS

September 11th, 2012
5:49 pm

@ _ _ _ Ray…
“hey’ll give you some “real” knowledge on all of this, I don’t doubt.”

Stay away from Vegas, that assumption would keep you poor…

Stupid

September 11th, 2012
5:53 pm

Can’t Wait for Monday Night – No one will be looking for you at the next game. You are irrelevant.

JSS

September 11th, 2012
5:53 pm

Msta Smif
September 11th, 2012
5:18 pm
“@ Big Ray. What does your post have to do with the Falcons signing a replacement for Grimes? You lost me man,”

It’s called “scorched earth blogging.” Instead going back to the blog where a subject may have been touched on, you try to bring it forward to another blog even if it was a matter addressed towards you…

Getaway

September 11th, 2012
5:54 pm

Ya gotta give the Falcons credit for consistency. They love their midget cornerbacks.
I don’t know anything about any of these guys but surely one of them was over 6′.

Esquire

September 11th, 2012
6:00 pm

He’s so fast you forgot to mention his 40 yard time: 4.56 seconds

Swoosh………………there he went………..!!!

Tampa-1

September 11th, 2012
6:01 pm

Enjoy 2nd place while it last ’cause by week 4 you’ll be tied for 3rd with the Panthers

LOL at the Aints

September 11th, 2012
6:07 pm

Well,, JSS has alot to say today,, and none of it has anything to do with football,, what a surprise LOL

LOL at the Aints

September 11th, 2012
6:08 pm

You need some new material JSS,, that dont go to Vegas thing is about 4 years old now LOL,,

JSS

September 11th, 2012
6:11 pm

and it is still true… PSAs are like that…

Larry

September 11th, 2012
6:13 pm

A tampa fan talking smack…now that’s funny right there!

old man

September 11th, 2012
6:17 pm

Rx for Denver:

Blitz off the nickel package.

Play Antone Smith >10 snaps at RB.

Run >3 RB screens.

LOL at the Aints

September 11th, 2012
6:17 pm

So JSS,, whats your take on the corner the Falcons signed since you seem to be in the know about every.

Michael M.

September 11th, 2012
6:20 pm

Grimes will be missed but Atlanta Falcons will come up with the right solution as to who to play in Grimes spot before Monday arrives ……………………………………

JSS

September 11th, 2012
6:24 pm

Said it on another blog, they need an outside technique corner not another slot… He’s (Johnson) been let go by two teams begging for good cover corners. They are saying they trust Owens (too stay healthy and not have to play inside in the slot when they go nickel or dime… The same goes for Franks, it is their calculated risk that teams like Denver, NYG, and receiver or TE rich teams won’t spread them out and motion to draw them out of zones…

P Rose

September 11th, 2012
6:24 pm

I see Matt Ryan had the #1 highest QB rating in the league at 97.5 in week 1, ahead of Peyton, Sanchez, RG III and even – yes, Joe Flacco. Where is that Matt “Choke” Ryan character today?

Chris Johnson

September 11th, 2012
6:26 pm

I like Semaj Moody who lead the Chicago Rush(Arena) in tackles. His video on youtube is really good. Semaj is hungrey and would take someone’s head off, but do you go with a guy with Steelers knowledge like McFadden that is older and slowing down.

Michael M.

September 11th, 2012
6:29 pm

ha ! ha ! ……….P Rose, I think that guy is ” all choked up” ……………..ha ! ha ! ha !

RunninWithTheDawgs

September 11th, 2012
6:29 pm

California, Pa. Just where is that anyway ? GO FALCONS

The Big Fat Blogger

September 11th, 2012
6:30 pm

I was on the Lito Sheppard train for a while after Grimes injury, don’t know much about this guy (Terrence Johnson) but I glad the Falcons added some much needed depth at the CB position.

JSS

September 11th, 2012
6:30 pm

On the Schutlz blog…
“Where is that Matt “Choke” Ryan character today?”

JSS

September 11th, 2012
6:31 pm

“California, PA” is between Pittsburgh and Morgantown WV

Michael M.

September 11th, 2012
6:32 pm

Kudos to Ryan ……………….so much for the deer in the headlights crap…………ha ! ha !

LOL at the Aints

September 11th, 2012
6:32 pm

He’s around,,, he’s always around,,,

Tampa-1

September 11th, 2012
6:33 pm

I’m seeing a lot of smak talking from fans of a second place team . Must feel good to matter if only for another week or two !