Matt Johnson is presumably going to start at safety for Dallas to start the year despite missing almost all last season due to hamstring injuries. In a recent interview with Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News, Johnson explains what might've led to the injuries.
Johnson believes the squatting of so much weight could be the reason behind his 2012 hamstring woes. He has since changed his lifting approach, telling George:
We’ve done more hamstring work instead of putting on 400 pounds and squatting. When I was in college, I did that some. When you get to the pros, and playing at safety, I don’t need to squat 500 pounds. We did more position specific and more dynamic work.
The Cowboys are expecting big things from Johnson after passing on Eric Reid and Matt Elam in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft. The team also cut ties with Brodney Pool before the regular season last year due to Johnson's offseason performance.
Johnson needs to show that same offseason promise he did in 2012, but this year he needs to remain off the injury report. The fact that the safety looked into how to lessen his chances at re-injuring his hamstring is certainly what Dallas wants to see.