For two seasons, safety Robert Johnson has barely been a blip on the Tennessee Titans depth chart.
The fifth-round draft pick from 2010 was on the roster all through his rookie season, but was inactive for all 16 games.
And when a new coaching regime came in last year with Mike Munchak as head coach and Jerry Gray as defensive coordinator, Johnson's chances of having a long-term role looked bleak. Not only was he stuck behind starters Michael Griffin and Chris Hope, but Tennessee brought in veterans Jordan Babineaux and Anthony Smith to help fortify depth at the position.
So it was no surprise that Johnson was let go in final cuts by the Titans last year, though he was re-signed to the practice squad and spent the majority of the time there. When Smith suffered an injury late in the year, it opened the door for Johnson to get back on the 53-man roster, and he managed to play in three games on special teams.
Now, with Hope and Smith both departed, Johnson's role has expanded, and...