Jeremiah Johnson and Jaison Williams: Will They Find a Roster Spot?

Jeff KneisSenior Analyst IIIApril 27, 2009

CORVALLIS, OR - NOVEMBER 29:  Jeremiah Johnson #24 of the Oregon Ducks runs for an 83 yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Corvalis, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The Oregon Ducks had great representation in this year's draft with six Ducks chosen. Patrick Chung, Jarius Byrd, Max Unger, Fenuki Tupou, Rashon Harris and Nick Reed were all picked between the second and seventh rounds of the draft.

However, two former Ducks stars were not chosen, but were signed as free-agent rookies shortly after the draft. I am going to look at the chances of both of these players making the rosters for their respective teams.

Jeremiah Johnson - RB - Houston Texans

Career Stats: 2,336 Yds Rushing, 30 Rushing touchdowns

The Texans currently have running backs Steve Slaton, Ryan Moats and Chris Brown returning and did not use any draft picks on a running back. They also have Vonta Leach on the roster, but he is strictly a fullback.

It was an interesting move by the Texans to also bring in Arian Foster, the former running back from Tennessee as a rookie free-agent. It looks to me that they will have Jeremiah and Arian battle for the third or fourth running back position.

Jeremiah looks to have a good chance of making the roster, if he works hard and can show more promise than Arian Foster, he should have a shot at making the team at the start of the season.

Chris Brown has suffered a ton of injuries in his career and Steve Slaton/ Ryan Moats are not the biggest, most durable running backs either. It looks as if the Texans will need at least four running backs, depending on injuries.

40 Percent Chance of Making the Roster, 90 Percent Practice Squad

Jaison Williams - WR/H-Back/TE - Washington Redskins

Career Stats: 2,546 Yds Receiving, 21 Receiving touchdowns

The Redskins currently have; Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle-El, Devin Thomas, James Thrash, Marko Mitchell, Malcolm Kelly and Anthony Aldridge. At tight end they have; Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, Mike Sellers, and Todd Yoder.

At wide receiver, I don't see anyway he could make the roster this year. They have far too many veteran, experience receivers and already are going to have to make some cuts from their roster.

Jaison's best chance is to beat out one of the aging tight ends on the roster for the third spot on the team. Both Mike Sellers and Todd Yoder are in their 30's and don't have many more years left in the league.

Although he strictly played wide receiver at Oregon, at 240-plus pounds, the best chance for Jaison to make the roster is at tight end.

His blocking has improved and if he puts on more weight could provide some real match-up problems with linebackers or safeties on him. It looks like his best case scenario is to make the practice squad and get a chance to develop into a tight end.

10 Percent Chance of Making the Roster, 40 Percent Practice Squad