It was so disappointing because in the first game last season the guy actually looked relatively slow. But every week he looked a little bit faster and his production started picking up. That last game he already matched his season high with six catches with a whole quarter left to go.
Then, bam! On what looked like a routine tackle after he caught a screen pass in the red zone, White was hit right on his lower leg as he tried to make a move. Once again, he was done for the season.
It was such a shame because White was starting to look like a legit threat again, going up and snatching the ball out of the air with defenders hanging off of him. He had a catch over Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne like that in Week 3, and Claiborne, when he is healthy like he was last year, is pretty damn good now.
The truth is Johnson has only had one year in his career with more than six sacks and that was back in 2012. Between he and Clarke, there is no question that Clarke is the ascending player. So I would imagine that the Bengals have to be wondering if it’s time to let Clarke take over as a starter and either let Johnson go or keep him around as just a backup.
Normally when you have a situation like that where two guys are pretty even at one position, you go with the younger, cheaper guy so you can build for the future. And I do think Clarke’s film last season as a backup was at least as good as, if not better than, Johnson’s. Hell, they looked like carbon copies against the run for the most part, but Clarke was more active with his hands as a pass Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Kids rusher. With his height and long arms, he was at least as adept at Cheap NBA Jerseys knocking down passes at the line as Johnson.