Johnson was released by Houston during training camp, but he certainly fits the traits Colts GM Chris Ballard looks for in offensive linemen. Johnson is an exceptional athlete for the position, plus he has a long wingspan to stymie pass rushers.
A former 5th-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Johnson is only 25 years old. There still could be some untapped upside with Johnson, and he could fit right in as a swing tackle in Indianapolis.
The Colts acquired Matt Pryor from the Philadelphia Eagles via trade, but he could be viewed more as a guard. Pryor started six games at right guard for Eagles last season. Johnson can be another backup tackle alongside Julien Davenport, the Colts’ projected Week 1 starter while Eric Fisher’s Achilles rehab continues.
This is definitely something to monitor, because Johnson’s arrival would mean a lineman is likely cut. The most obvious candidate is rookie Will Fries. If Johnson signs with the Colts, Indianapolis would likely have no issue getting Fries back onto their practice squad through waivers.
Here’s the Colts’ current offensive line depth chart:
Starters = Eric Fisher, Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly, Mark Glowinski, Braden Smith
Depth = Julien Davenport, Chris Reed, Danny Pinter, Will Fries, Matt Pryor