As he battled rib and knee ailments in the pre-season, receiver/returner Daje Johnson knew he needed to heal and the Ottawa Redblacks would take another look at him.
Now that he has played his first Canadian Football League regular-season contest – he had eight punt returns for 82 yards at Edmonton on Friday – Johnson is hoping to improve quickly and become part of the “big-play” solution for the Redblacks.
“Game 1, I felt like it was an average game for me, it wasn’t up to my standard,” Johnson said Monday. “I feel I can improve on it, just hitting it rather than waiting for something to happen. I need to go out and make it happen. I know what adjustments I have to make. I’m looking forward to the next game.
“This team has a lot of potential: offence, defence and specials teams. We just need some small adjustments. I feel like I can bring spark to the team.”
The Redblacks like the speed that Johnson during training camp on special teams and as a receiver.
“He’s a guy that’s going to get better,” head coach Rick Campbell said. “This game’s new to him. He was hitting it pretty good north and south. We always talk about getting the first down, meaning get 10 yards, then go after the big stuff. He averaged that, which is good. Now we want to go for the big plays, too.”