Patriots signing Damaris Johnson to fill return job

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The Patriots showed no patience with the last returner to make a mistake, so the new guy better know where the bar is set.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, the Patriots are signing receiver/return man Damaris Johnson.

He’ll replace Chris Harper, whose muffed punt Sunday night turned the tide against the Broncos and cost him his job Monday.

Johnson, who entered the league as an undrafted rookie from Tulsa, spent two seasons with the Eagles and last year with the Texans. He hasn’t been able to find work this year, but has averaged 25.1 yards per kickoff return and 9.5 yards per punt return.

32 responses to “Patriots signing Damaris Johnson to fill return job

  1. Good. The reason the Pats lost was the muffed punt. The game was in the bag if that hadn’t happened.

    Johnson obviously has some good experience as a returner which can’t hurt.

  2. Sometimes a players stats are better than his play. I can’t remember this guy making a single play in 2 years of being on the Eagles. He was part of the 3 year period before Sproles where I prayed the Eagles would fair catch every punt and take every kickoff return from the 20 yard line because every time they returned a kick we got a 5 yard return and a 10 yard penalty.

  3. Well… Mike Reiss would know, he’s practically a Patriots employee judging by the amount of Patriots propaganda he has spewed about the team’s cheating over the years. But, when it comes to personnel transactions for the Pats he’s a reliable reporter.

  4. harrisonhits2 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 3:19 PM
    “Good. The reason the Pats lost was the muffed punt. The game was in the bag if that hadn’t happened.”

    It sure wasn’t the only reason, just one of many that the pats choked the game.

  5. “Well… Mike Reiss would know, he’s practically a Patriots employee judging by the amount of Patriots propaganda he has spewed about the team’s cheating over the years. But, when it comes to personnel transactions for the Pats he’s a reliable reporter.”

    You have it backwards, the propoganda has been from ESPN as a whole on behalf of its big brother, the NFL, to scream and shout and distract the simple folk like you from real things like science.

  6. “It sure wasn’t the only reason, just one of many that the pats choked the game.”

    True, the 3-4 horrible game-changing calls in the last 5 minutes alone played a significant role, as well. Thank you for pointing that out.

  7. Uncanny the situation that must arise for this team to actually lose a game. It’s quite remarkable really.

    And they STILL almost win.

    With that QB you always have a chance.

  8. Are the Cheariots still crying and can’t get over it?????……let me remind you again Denver 30 – Cheariots 26!!!!!……and this will not be their only loss, there are more coming for the Cheariots….the Jets are gonna get them back…..it’s funny how NE keeps saying: Well, if we had Edelman and Amendola…..blah..blah…..Denver was missing the key defensive players, Demarcus Ware, Sylvester Williams, Sanders was playing with a bad ankle and still smoked NE’s safeties one on one…..if Ware and Williams would had played Brady would’ve been sacked 6 or 7 times…at least, plus all the pressure!!!!

  9. People have been saying we cheat because of the lack of fumbles compared to other teams. Deflategate being these people’s proof (where’s the massive increase in fumbles btw?) Which, both Deflategate and the Pat’s fumble ratio has been disproven.

    The real reason is this. Harper muffed, Harper is gone. Do Your Job, Well!

    In Foxborough last Ice Bowl with the Broncos, Ridley fumbled early, he sat out the rest of the game. He’s also gone. Blunt fumbled as well, he was gone from the game, although a concussion on the hit helped cause the fumble and helped keep him out of the game. Bolden stepped in played great, didn’t fumble. Next Man Up.

    Bill doesn’t suffer incompetence. He’s fair in so far as sometimes turn overs happen, the other guy just makes a great play. In this case, Harper just blew it. So for those non Patriots crying tears for poor Harper, make up your mind, are we cheaters or is it because the organization doesn’t reward failure with a job someone else could be doing? Working in the NFL isn’t a right, it’s a privilege you earn, and continue to earn to keep. Any guy on the practice squad can take over a game day roster spot by continually outplaying some on the game day roster. That my friends, is The Patriot Way.

  10. As an Eagles fan, I promise you Damaris Johnson is NOT an upgrade. He is one of the most clueless return men I’ve ever seen.

  11. If you hate the Pats, you obviously have been suffering at their hand for many years, and you probably also hate your neighbors new BMW.

  12. Patriots are going downward instead if upward for replacing the guy. Human make mistakes but I guess Belichicken never makes one. Patriots are far from perfection and a cheating organization, which is embarrassing.

  13. I love seeing all the venom spewed after a Patriots lss, get it out while you can it cant be good for your health to keep it inside. Purge yourselves haters. The fu tour is about to resume.

  14. One has to feel badly for a young guy like Harper but the Patriots operate on the basis that when you get an opportunity to play you must perform and do your job. Harper has been with the team since training camp and knew the expectations. This game and the league are mean and it’s a short season. One mistakes can cost home field advantage. The coaches and players can all share the blame for this loss, with no running game and failure to set the edge against the run on D they lost a great opportunity.

  15. I love how people call them chokers when they lose their first meaningful game in over a year! They are literally the antithesis of chokers. They are poised, they are clutch and they are Champions. End of Story…for now.

  16. denverdude7 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 3:58 PM
    WOW !!!!!!!

    You mean the Patri*ts stopped whining and crying long enough to actually do something constructive?

    ________________________________
    How many times has Brady and the Pats consistently beat your team?

  17. Well… Mike Reiss would know, he’s practically a Patriots employee judging by the amount of Patriots propaganda he has spewed about the team’s cheating over the years.
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    Reiss is an excellent reporter bar none. He asks good questions, gets good answers and writes good stories.

  18. Patriots are going downward instead if upward for replacing the guy. Human make mistakes but I guess Belichicken never makes one. Patriots are far from perfection and a cheating organization, which is embarrassing.
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    You realize that Harper was only on the active squad because of injuries at his position, no? And that when DA and JE are healthy, Harper (and his replacement) are superfluous?

  19. stupid Amendola. Made of glass he is. My fault for trusting in him. Was good for one game, anyway…

  20. factman66 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 3:24 PM
    Well… Mike Reiss would know, he’s practically a Patriots employee judging by the amount of Patriots propaganda he has spewed about the team’s cheating over the years. But, when it comes to personnel transactions for the Pats he’s a reliable reporter.

    My guess is you don’t read his columns regularly. If you did, then you’d know that Mike Reiss does a tremendous job and is one of the very few intelligent, thorough, and professional writers at BSPN.

  21. oh by the way – check Johnson’s stats…in 3 seasons as returner…

    4 fumbles lost.

    That’s not very good.

    There’s a reason he was unemployed for most of 2015.

  22. Factman66,

    You have got your facts wrong on Reiss. He has both integrity and knowledge. You should not be confusing him with Chris Mortenson and Sal Paloatino.

  23. “hahaicansezbelicheat says:
    Dec 1, 2015 3:38 PM
    True, the 3-4 horrible game-changing calls in the last 5 minutes alone played a significant role, as well. Thank you for pointing that out”

    Only pats fan whine and moan about the officiating. I watched that game and there were calls/no calls on both sides, so I’m not buying that bologna.

  24. How many times has Brady and the Pats consistently beat your team?
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    Tom Brady has a losing record against the Broncos over his eleven starts. So, I’d say not consistently at all. In fact, I’d say he has consistently lost against my team.

    Also, it was clearly the refs and injured players on the sidelines who caused the muffed punt. And allowed over 170 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns. And allowed Brady to be constantly hurried and harassed
    by a weakened defensive pass rush. In fact, everything that goes bad for the Pats is somebody else’s fault.

  25. “denverdude7 says:
    Dec 1, 2015 3:58 PM
    WOW !!!!!!!

    You mean the Patri*ts stopped whining and crying long enough to actually do something constructive?”

    We understand that late season roster moves to the bottom of an NFL roster and the practice squad are a novel concept to Denver fans who are use to Elway only signing big named free agents to large contracts in the off-season.

  26. hahaicansezbelicheat says:
    Dec 1, 2015 3:38 PM

    True, the 3-4 horrible game-changing calls in the last 5 minutes alone played a significant role, as well. Thank you for pointing that out.

    —————————————————————–
    Screw the calls.

    Belichick has not for a minute worried about the calls. He refused to answer when the press wanted him to comment. Releasing Harper was his comment. He felt the game was lost by the team not the refs. And so now he is addressing that. That approach to things is why the Patriots stay on top.

  27. So long as the NFL doesn’t assign a crew to cheat the Pats out of a win at the end, the Pats next month will show Osweiler & Co how it feels to lose a playoff game to the Pats in Foxboro. Eat it, losers.

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