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Damaris Johnson lands in Houston on waivers

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The Eagles tried to trade wide receiver Damaris Johnson before making their cuts to 53 players, but no one bit and the team waived him.

The Texans have taken advantage of their top spot in waiver priority to add Johnson to the roster on Sunday. Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News was the first to report that Johnson has moved on to Houston, where he’ll try to earn playing time as a receiver and returner. Johnson had 21 catches in two seasons with the Eagles and returned a punt for a touchdown.

That’s not the only new member of the Texans. Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports that the team has also claimed tackle Jeff Adams and cornerback Darryl Morris. Adams was cut by the Titans this weekend and has also spent time with the Dolphins. Morris played 13 games for the 49ers last season, but couldn’t earn a spot in their secondary this time around.

There may be more moves coming as Bill O’Brien shapes his first roster in Houston as each day’s cuts offer new options for a team trying to rebound from a 2-14 season.

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17 Responses to “Damaris Johnson lands in Houston on waivers”
  1. mrhoban says: Aug 31, 2014 3:44 PM

    He’s going to play well for the Texans. Good luck, Damaris!

  2. ytrappin504 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:50 PM

    Went to high school with damaris. The guy is a burner and what better place to get a chance to start then the texans where every receiver is non existent

  3. ace8842 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:56 PM

    I’m an Eagles fan and glad to be rid of Johnson. As a returner, he fumbled inside his own 20 several times and constantly took big hits. He lights it up in preseason vs. 3rd stringers, but never did much against top competition.

  4. bleedinggree says: Aug 31, 2014 3:57 PM

    Tough LITTLE dude. Really wanted him to stay with the Eagles. Good luck!

  5. mrbigass says: Aug 31, 2014 3:59 PM

    The Texans actually have some decent receivers. The accuracy of their QB’s is the problem but nothing wrong with having more of them.

    As far as getting Mallett, if he was worth anything the Pats would not have drafted another QB. And the Texans would be nuts to extend him so I guess it’s a one year sit on the bench and maybe get in a game and maybe show something and maybe not…….so yeah, there’s that….

  6. h0nkeyshavenolips says: Aug 31, 2014 3:59 PM

    21 catches in 2 seasons? short and skinny? seems like another keyshawn martin. thanks, BoB.

  7. upperdecker19 says: Aug 31, 2014 4:02 PM

    Take Henery with you

  8. lwstarr says: Aug 31, 2014 4:17 PM

    @mrbigass:

    As far as getting Mallett, if he was worth anything the Pats would not have drafted another QB. And the Texans would be nuts to extend him so I guess it’s a one year sit on the bench and maybe get in a game and maybe show something and maybe not…….so yeah, there’s that….
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    The Pats drafted another QB because Mallett was entering his final year and they were not going to give him a big contract. So they drafted another rookie for another four years.

    I think it’s unlikely he’ll sit on the bench, given the fact that Fitzpatrick is the QB right now, and he’s shown to be pretty useless. Mallett knows O’Brien’s system and is familiar with the Godsey, the QB coach. They know how to use him.

    So, yeah, there’s that…

  9. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 31, 2014 4:28 PM

    You get a much better feel for how talented a guy is when he gets a chance to play on a consistent basis, and Damaris never really got that chance in Philly. Outside of his lack of size, I really like what Damaris Johnson brings to the table. He can play both WR and RB, return punts and kicks, and he’s one of those guys that can go all the way any time he touches the ball.

    As an Eagles fan, I look at the receivers that Chip decided to keep around and I’m left scratching my head. Why on Earth do we need 4 TEs when Celek and Ertz will be getting ALL the work? Our 3rd TE James Casey literally stepped on the field like twice last year(a bit of an exaggeration but you get my point), so why would a 4th TE be warranted at all? Than you look at Brad Smith and Jeff Maehl as our 5th and 6th WRs, and while Brad Smith is a solid 5th guy who contributes nicely on Special Teams…Jeff Maehl is not even remotely worth a roster spot. This is an instance where Chip has a very strong personal relationship with a player who he coached in college, and decided he didn’t want to cut a guy who he considers a friend.

    When you compare Jeff Maehl and Damaris Johnson in regards to what they can provide to the team, Damaris is a homerun type player who can go all the way on any play…and he can also effectively return both punts and kicks. Jeff Maehl will get a little work on special teams, and the only other time he will see the field is in garbage time when the Birds are up by 3-4 touchdowns.

    Damaris Johnson should be a Philadelphia Eagle right now, but Chip Kelly and Jeff Maehl are simply too good of friends…

  10. stygiansteel says: Aug 31, 2014 4:37 PM

    Never impressed me as an Eagle. Doubt he makes much/any impact.

  11. gomybirdsgo says: Aug 31, 2014 4:51 PM

    @ captain

    I don’t understand your perspective. You say Johnson can do this or that, but I have seen him do nothing. Not to mention the fumbles and inability to block corners. You call Johnson a “home run hitter” who “can take it to the house” but he never has. I’d much rather have maehl who is a lot like Avant a few years ago in that he makes the ctach and gets the first down, he doesn’t try to do to much.

    While I am not big on Brad Smith at all I understand his value to special teams so we agree there, but on Johnson I think you watch to much preseason my friend. Johnson is just flat out not that great of a player at the NFL level. And more than that because of his horrendous blocking and the system the eagles like to run (keeping a unit on the field for a whole drive so they can keep the hurry up) is a terrible fit.

  12. wydok says: Aug 31, 2014 5:00 PM

    Wasn’t much of a fan of his, but I hope he does well in Houston.

  13. indyeagle says: Aug 31, 2014 5:01 PM

    Captain Wisdom,

    While I’m definitely NOT sticking up for Maehl, because he brings nothing, Johnson also brought nothing. Homerun hitter? Uh, no. He had no second gear and couldn’t outrun linebackers. He was shifty but had no explosiveness. Good luck to him, but neither of the players you discussed should be on an NFL roster.

  14. lbijake says: Aug 31, 2014 6:17 PM

    captainwisdom8888 says:
    Aug 31, 2014 4:28 PM

    You get a much better feel for how talented a guy is when he gets a chance to play on a consistent basis, and Damaris never really got that chance in Philly. Outside of his lack of size, I really like what Damaris Johnson brings to the table.
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    Heard Demaris worked all offseason on getting taller. Hope it works out for him.

  15. rumblefsh9 says: Aug 31, 2014 9:19 PM

    He does not fit the big strong receiver mold that Chip is working towards. Lest we forget “big people beat up small people”…..

  16. captainwisdom8888 says: Aug 31, 2014 11:14 PM

    You have to remind yourself that neither Damaris Johnson nor Jeff Maehl are expected to be starters on this team, so they shouldn’t be evaluated as such. If you were to evaluate Johnson vs Maehl in regards to who would be a better starter, than Maehl would win that battle. They are both situational players, and I believe that Johnson is more valuable than Maehl in their respective situations.

    Simply put: Given the fact that Johnson and Maehl would only see the field in small increments here and there…I adamantly believe that Damaris Johnson has the ability to make more of an impact on the outcome of the game than Jeff Maehl. Backup players are expected to play special teams and being versatile is a huge plus for a guy looking to make the team…and versatility is Damaris Johnson’s middle name.

  17. officialgame says: Aug 31, 2014 11:54 PM

    He has some talent and is a versatile player. He can play wide our, running back, and also is a kick and punt returner. Should be able to help the Texans.

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