Coming off a 3-sack performance that helped contain phenom rookie QB Robert Griffin III, DE Michael Johnson also drew one PFF’s highest week-3 grades:
Defensive Ends: Michael Johnson, CIN (+7.2) and Cameron Wake, MIA (+9.5)
Both men did exceptionally well to keep four sack Chris Clemons out of the lineup. But Johnson himself had a four sack day and added an extra four hits as he became best buddies with RG3. Meanwhile the NFL’s nearly man Cameron Wake continued to just keep on picking up pressure and even added five stops in the run game.
MJ also drew high praise from PFF in their ReFocused: Bengals @ Redskins piece:
Few players have the athletic gifts of Michael Johnson, who blew up the combine when he worked out there before being drafted. Unfortunately for him and the Bengals his play has never really reflected the ability he has, and he has usually been relegated merely to situational duty in the NFL. In this game we got a look at the kind of player he can be, and his +7.2 grade came as a result of knocking the quarterback to the ground eight times over the course of the game.
Johnson now has 4 sacks on the year and is coming up big for the Bengals in a contract season, and hopefully when the offseason comes around, Mike Brown will reward him with a big contract, assuming he continues to play at the level he’s currently playing at.