CJ Gardner-Johnson: 5 things to know about Eagles’ new safety

The Eagles sacked Anthony Harris earlier this week, followed by a trade for Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. There have been some predictions about his safe transition from nickel cornerback, but Howie Roseman has done a great job of getting talented players in the positions they need at a relatively cheap price. .

To learn more about Philly’s new defensive back, we thought it would be beneficial for Bleeding Green Nation readers to get an insider’s insight into him.So I contacted Chris Danells from Canal Street ChronicressA representative of SB Nation’s New Orleans Saints blog commented:

1 – How are Saints fans reacting to this deal, and how do they rate it from a New Orleans perspective?

It’s safe to say that the overwhelming majority of Saints fans aren’t happy with the deal. It often blinds fans. CJ Gardner-Johnson was quickly loved by his Saints fans for his energetic play and tremendous confidence from his slot/nickel corner his position. He sparked modern meme culture in Who Dat Nation with his social slaps on and off the field in his media.

Trade rewards are certainly lower than I originally expected. Giving his office a little bit of doubt and piecing together various stories from the local media, it seems the Saints were in a position to be compelled to trade a talented young slot his corner. The problem, however, was that Gardner-Johnson wanted to be paid not only as Nickel Corner, but as first-class safety. According to reports, he attended training camps essentially with physical attendance only. Given the trade compensation going from Philadelphia to the Saints, there simply weren’t many NFL teams willing to offer the type of contract Gardner Johnson was asking for, as the Saints were. I have to believe This effectively forced the Saints to take whatever they could get from a team willing to pay for Gardner-Johnson’s services.

I still owe the Saints front office equal responsibility for how things got to this point in the first place, so I give the deal a C+. It would have been ideal to work together to be able to play . However, there is clearly an opportunity cost involved as well, and we could look at this trade differently depending on what we get out of Gardner-Johnson’s new deal and the two picks the Saints received in this trade. I have.

2 – How would you summarize CJGJ’s time with the Saints?

“High energy” is a word I keep repeating over and over again. As with most of his NFL defensive backs, he’s quick to point out factors unrelated to his coverage if an opposing receiver catches him. But if for some reason the receiver isn’t holding on to the ball, even if it’s something like a capsize, CJGJ can jump up and celebrate and his teammates can replenish that energy. He never hesitates to get in the face of an opposing receiver (check out the Javon Wims incident in the 2020 postseason) or an opposing quarterback (Tom his CJ meme looking down on Brady is priceless). there is no.

3 – What are his strengths and do you think these will help him transition safely?

4 – What are his weaknesses?

I will summarize the pros and cons in my answer.

That energy mentioned above is his strength. That, coupled with his ability to play decent but not great coverage and to be a decent but not great tackler, means he usually uses his physical abilities to push slot receivers or tight ends to guard. It was perfect for slot play that could be done. of row.

Can he transition safely to full time? I’m kind of unsure.

He has below average coverage and is often fooled in the eyes of opposing quarterbacks. you will not get Free security would not be his forte. He is much better suited for the role of strong security. But I think the most important takeaway about CJ’s long-term potential for safety is the series of moves the Saints have made this offseason.

The Saints lost both starting safeties this offseason, with Marcus Williams Baltimore Ravens At free agency, our mutual friend Malcolm Jenkins retired and cut it. Despite this, the Saints, who knew CJ had been with the organization for the past few years, decided to replace Marcus May and Tyran Mathews with Gerder-Johnson, instead of trusting him to handle either spot. decided to bring in two outside veterans of the company as safety on the first full-time base.

The Saints front office has been above average in draft and defensive back development over the past decade. Marcus Williams, Marshon Lattimore, Von Bell, CJ Gardner Johnson, PJ Williams, Paulson Adebo… none of these players, except Lattimore, who was the future Defensive Rookie of the Year. Couldn’t join the round. If there’s one position I tend to give the Saints’ reconnaissance department the benefit of doubt, it’s defensive back. It’s entirely possible they’re wrong, but smart money says otherwise.

In essence, moving Gardner-Johnson to one of the safety positions full-time seems like a situation that could take the top 5 slot corners of the game and turn him into a top 15 strong safety. . We don’t know how the rest of the Eagles roster is shaping up so that could be an improvement for the team, but I think his floor would be much lower if he shifted to full-time safety. .

5 – What do you know about him off the field?

He has great media chemistry and great chemistry with fans. Eagles fans will love him. I can think of two things he worth telling that Eagles fans might not know. First, he repeatedly “changed” his name, or rather the name he would like to be called. He was ‘Chauncey Gardner-Johnson’, ‘CJ Gardner-Johnson’ and most recently ‘Ceedy Deuce’.

“Ceedy Deuce” brings me another point to hit. He’s not a terrible rapper and usually goes by the name “Ceedy Deuce”.

BLG’s opinion: Chris makes an interesting point about how the Saints moved CJGJ to safety and chose not to. At least I don’t think so. CJGJ isn’t entirely different from how the Eagles once used Malcolm Jenkins, and will likely line up in various places. Especially since CJGJ doesn’t have a lot of time to get used to a new defense, I think there may be a learning curve that needs to be explained. It was easy for him to take a chance. It’s not unreasonable to bet on his talent winning. I think the Methinks CJGJ will be a fun player to watch.

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