Settling In

With just four more "voluntary" workouts remaining before training camp starts at the end of July, second-round draft choice Tank Johnson said his acclimation to the NFL hasn't been too difficult.

"My life hasn't changed much, but the basic thing about this is that football's my job now," said the 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle, who could challenge for a starting job this season. "I don't have to go to class after this. I have to go to rookie school, but I'm not going to have any homework due tomorrow. Everything's the same except now I have a job."

After playing his college football at Washington, Johnson is back near his hometown of Gary, Ind., which he said is a benefit.

"I plan on settling down real soon and getting a place up here," Johnson said. "It's going to be good to see them again. All my cousins and my aunts and uncles and my grandpa, who I don't see very often. They're very happy that I'm close to them and I get to see them at least whenever I want, whenever I get to come down to Gary.

"I've been away on the West Coast so it'll be good to see them and be around them again. And I can get some how cooking away from home. It's a good deal."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"Through practice, through talking, and you show them tape on things. Just so they understand that the biggest thing that can go on for the defense is to create a huge turnover. Give your offense field position or score on your own." -- Defensive coordinator Ron Rivera on how he teaches the importance of creating turnovers and doing something positive with them once they are caused.


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