“We’re interchangable It’s a safety position. We’re both going to be playing down [close to the line of scrimmage]. It’s not really that big of a deal,” he said.
“You don’t know who’s going to be playing the post or who’s going to be down in the box. I think it’s going to help the defense out a lot. A lot of times, the quarterback is focusing on the safety, who’s coming down and who’s going to the post. When you don’t know, it’s a good deal [for the defense].”
Colts add linebacker
The Colts acquired outside linebacker Cam Johnson in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers Monday in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
Johnson (6-3, 268) was originally a seventh-round selection of the 49ers in the 2012 NFL Draft. Last season, he spent the first 14 games of the year on San Francisco’s practice squad before being elevated to the active roster on Dec. 22. Johnson saw action in the final two regular season games.
He played in 42 games (34 starts) at the University of Virginia and registered 130 tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
As a senior in 2011, he started all 12 games and led the team with 4.0 sacks and 11.0 tackles for loss. In 2010, Johnson was named an All-ACC third-team selection after totaling a career-high 53 tackles, while leading the team in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (14.5).
“He can play either, he can play the rush or strong [linebacking position]. Good edge-setter, got some pass-rush ability. We feel good about that acquisition,” Pagano said.
The deal that brought Johnson to Indianapolis was the 14th trade made by general manager Ryan Grigson during the year-and-a-half that he has been on the job.