After being the clear first-team fullback through the back half of the 2004 season and into 2005, Johnson had to share fullback responsibilities with Cecil Sapp, who started once while Johnson started seven times.
While Sapp had 47 more yards from scrimmage than Johnson, boasting a 114-67 advantage, it was Johnson who accounted for the only touchdown from a Broncos fullback last year — and it proved to be significant, as it was the game-winning score on a fourth-and-goal pass at Oakland.
Johnson is eligible for restricted free agency; a team must be willing to surrender a fifth-round pick — and have the Broncos opt not to match their contract offer — in order to pry the Syracuse alumnus away from the only team for which he has played a regular-season snap.
FINAL ANALYSIS: His career touchdowns-to-touches rate remains impressive, with one score for every 4.7 times he’s touched the football in his four-season career … An ankle injury kept him sidelined for two games in 2006 … Started in Weeks 2, 5, 8, 13, 14, 15 and 17.
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