|08-19-2005, 09:25 AM||#1|
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Raylee Johnson Answers Your Questions
Raylee Johnson Answers Your Questions!
Success on the field is nothing new to Raylee Johnson. He earned all-state, all-county and all-district honors at Fordyce High School in Fordyce, Ark. He was named the league's MVP as a senior in 1988.
In his career at the University of Arkansas, he rang up 16 sacks and 91 tackles after not playing his freshman year and standing as a reserve defensive end as a sophomore. As a senior in 1992, he was a first-team all-conference selection by the NFL Draft Report after recording 11 sacks and 17 tackles-for-loss. He also received the Chasm Reed Award for outstanding senior leadership.
The 13-year defensive end who spent 11 years with San Diego is now in his second year with the Denver Broncos. He was signed by Denver on March 22, 2004, and was used mostly as a reserve in the 2004 season. He played 14 games, including one start, and posted 18 tackles.
In 1999, 2001 and 2002 with the Chargers, he totaled 26.5 sacks and shared the Lineman of the Year honors with defensive tackle Norman Hand in 1999 after posting a team-high 10.5 sacks. That marked the highest total by a Charger in 13 seasons.
Johnson missed the entire 2000 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee, but returned in 2001 to ring up 9.5 sacks and start all 16 games.
Johnson's looking forward to a solid 2005 season, but he took time out from a busy training camp to answer your questions.
Luke; Windsor, Colo.
What was the first thing you bought when you got your first paycheck?
I bought myself a car. I got a Jeep Chrysler. I really needed transportation.
Tom Davidson; Nixa, Mo.
How good do you think our defense and more importantly our defensive line will be?
I think it will be better than last year, for sure, especially if we can keep everybody healthy and youíll see. Weíll definitely be better than we were last year.
Danny Bowles; Chesterfield, Va.
What was it like playing in Super Bowl XXIX with San Diego and what can you tell the younger guys about playing in a Super Bowl and how much it meant to you?
The Super Bowl is something you canít put into words. Itís such a great feeling. I wish I could put it into words, but you just have to be there to know the experience.
Douglas; Centennial, Colo.
Do you enjoy playing your former team two times a year or is it just another game?
I enjoy playing them a couple times a year. Itís good to see the old guys and beat up on them!
Orlando; Pueblo, Colo.
Do you feel with the new players added to the teamsí defensive line in the offseason that there will be more takeaways and sacks this year?
Weíve definitely have a lot of depth and with that depth, the guys have been playing 150% for a whole game. You know they guy behind you will give you a breather. The good thing about this team is we have three groups and they all play like starters. We get a great effort from everybody.
Mac Miller; Boise, Idaho
Do you think the addition of Courtney Brown, Michael Myers, Gerard Warren, and Ebenezer Ekuban makes the Broncos defensive line one of, if not the best in the NFL?
Itís a great deal. I call them the Four Horsemen. They came in and they picked up the defense pretty fast. Theyíre doing a great job. Theyíre having a good time out there and theyíre good guys.
Greg Hoppal; Laramie, Wyo.
How has your game preparation changed from high school, college and the NFL?
Itís more mental in the NFL than it was in high school. In high school you just line up and close the gap. In the NFL you have to do the right things so the team can win.
Calvin; St George, Utah
Which quarterback that you have played against has been the hardest to sack?
Thatís easy. Michael Vick. Itís hard for anybody to sack that kid.
Tyler; Wichita, Kan.
What has been the most memorable moment of your career?
The Super Bowl, for sure. I had a couple of sacks in that Super Bowl. We did lose, but I was there. Iíll never forget that for as long as I live.
Korey; Denver, Colo.
Since youíve been in the league for quite a while now, does training camp get any easier?
Over the years, it has gotten a little easier. You know what to expect and the coaches pretty much know what to expect.
Peter Gibbons; Austin, Texas
How do you feel training camp has gone for you?
I feel healthy, I feel like Iím consistent and Iím having fun. Thatís the most important thing. If Iím having fun, Iím in good hands.
Ray; Verdun, Canada
Were you pleased with your performance in the game against Houston?
I was, but Iíll also get better. For the first game it was pretty good. I only expect to get better from there.
Carl Carlson; Springfield, Ky.
Did the play of Drew Brees last year surprise you?
No, not at all. I knew it was just a matter of time before he found his niche in the game.
Bob Norton; Watertown, Mass.
How is this year different with Andre Patterson working with Jacob Burney working with the ends and Andre Patterson working with the tackles along the D-line?
Oh wow. Thatís a real good question. Itís a good cop, bad cop situation right there! And they know how to work it. They do a good job playing good cop, bad cop. I love them both to death. Theyíre both really good coaches and I wouldnít trade them for anything.
Brick Tamland; San Diego, Calif.
Do you miss San Diego at all?
No. Iíve found a new home in Denver and these guys are great. I wouldnít change it for anything.
Candice Nolan; Denver, Colo.
How did it make you feel to see the team you left win the AFC west last year?
I knew weíd get a chance to see them again if weíd have won. I was just looking for that one time. Itís all good. I enjoy seeing anybody do good. I have no hard feelings.
Joe Swanson; R.I.
Who's the best coach you've had at the pro level?
Definitely Mike Shanahan. He knows every position down to a tee. Itís unbelievable. He knows what the kickers do, what the offensive linemen do and what the linebackers do. Youíre not supposed to know all that!
Reggie; Arvada, Colo.
What's your outlook for the AFC West this year?
Definitely Super Bowl. I want a ring. Itís all the reason to do it. If youíre not going for the ring, why play?
Allison; Gary, Ind.
When you were with San Diego, what do you remember about Steve Atwater as a player?
Heíd come and knock out quarterbacks and running backs. He was fun to watch. I always looked forward to watching him play, especially playing football with him in Arkansas. Itís always good seeing a guy like that do good.
Nikki Smart; Castle Rock, Colo.
How do you feel about Bradlee Van Pelt as the team's No. 2 quarterback?
All the quarterbacks out there look really good. That kid can run though. He can run. Your eyes do get a little watery when he steps out there because he can either throw it or he can out-run you. Which one heís going to do, you donít know.
Michelle M., Laramie, Wyo.
What do you think of the whole Terrell Owens situation?
Iím not paying too much mind to it. I donít really watch that much TV. I have training camp to worry about.
Sandy Dover; Jupiter, Fla.
How does Mike Anderson look to you thus far?
He looks pretty good. He looks strong, fast and definitely powerful. Shoot, heíll run you over in a heartbeat. I like him. I liked him when I played against him and I definitely like him now.
Robin Sanders; Denver, Colo.
Is Courtney Brown going to be able to help our defense?
I think he will come in and make an immediate impact on defense. Heíll be fresher and stronger since he wasnít beat up in the preseason.
|08-19-2005, 09:31 AM||#3|
Ring of Famer
Join Date: Apr 2005
too bad raylee wont be around (at least with the Broncos) to see the superbowl. Now watch whatever team picks him up goes to the bowl, just because I said that
|08-19-2005, 09:37 AM||#4|
RIP Darrent Williams
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Glendale, AZ
i agree he will probably be cut this year with the depth we have up front now.
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