C.J. Gardner-Johnson has all the right stuff, and the Saints want him to 'just be me' (1 Viewer)

  • Thread starter BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer


The first action Aaron Glenn ever took with C.J. Gardner-Johnson was to bench him.

This is long before the New Orleans Saints drafted Gardner-Johnson and turned him loose as a dynamic wrecking ball, before Gardner-Johnson starred at the University of Florida, even. This was at a high school prospect showcase, when Glenn was helping a former pro football teammate, Ray Mickens, coach defensive backs at The Opening on Nike’s Oregon campus.

Glenn could see the potential, the party pack of speed and physicality jammed into a physique that profiled perfectly for a nickel defensive back — “like...

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