Malcom Johnson Jr.: Player Inquiry
Wide receiver Malcolm Johnson Jr. is one of the more talented receivers of the Class of 2021. A 4-star recruit Malcolm Johnson Jr. at 6’1” 185 lbs. is a pass catcher with the skillset to be a true impact player at the next level. Which is why it was a great opportunity to get in […]
Wide receiver Malcolm Johnson Jr. is one of the more talented receivers of the Class of 2021. A 4-star recruit Malcolm Johnson Jr. at 6’1” 185 lbs. is a pass catcher with the skillset to be a true impact player at the next level. Which is why it was a great opportunity to get in contact with Malcolm Johnson Jr. recently. As I took this chance to pose a few inquiries to the St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes High school product about how he describes his game. As well as, other opinions he has about he position he plays. This article will look to present his responses to the 4 questions I posed to him during our recent contact. Elaborating on the meaning behind each of his answers in terms of defining him as a player.
The first question I presented was, what does he consider the strengths of his game? Johnson responded, “I feel that I am very versatile. You can put me in the slot or outside, I can go deep or short and score, as well as, on jets and motions.” This shows that Johnson believes in his ability to be very versatile in his usage on the field. This skill shows up on film as he does get touches on St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes offense from a variety of positions. Whether it be operating out of the slot, outside the numbers, or in motion into the backfield Johnson’s playmaking ability is used in a bevy of ways. Johnson’s elite speed is a big reason as well for the multitude of ways he is used by his offense. As having the type of game breaking speed is an asset that must touch the ball as many times a game as possible. Which makes it valuable for him to be able to contribute from several positions and areas of the field to best help his team win. Overall, Johnson’s versatility is noticeable and coupled with his tremendous physical gift of elite speed this forms a true playmaker at receiver.
The next question I posed was, what parts of his game does he want to improve the most? Johnson stated, “I feel like I have a lot to improve and have a lot of undeveloped potential.” Johnson continued, “I want to improve on is flexibility. Although I can make people miss, I feel as if I need to work on my lateral quickness.” Johnson clearly wants to improve his elusiveness in the open field to be a bigger threat after the catch as a receiver. He describes his want to better his flexibility and lateral quickness to aid this cause which is understandable. On film he shows ability to make defenders miss and break tackles. The fact though he wants to further improve this part of his game shows his dedication to bettering even good points of his game. Plus, bettering this skill will make him better in tight areas and able to work the sidelines a lot better as a pass catcher. Johnson as a player understands his strengths as a player. He also knows areas of his game he can grow to become the major impact player he can be which is a huge advantage for him.
The next inquiry if had for him dealt with, what he considers the most important task to accomplish at his position of receiver? Johnson stated, “The most important job I feel for a receiver is to get open.” This response was short, to the point, and very understandable as well. The main job for a receiver which is no secret to most followers of football is to get open and catch the football. This task is one Johnson shines at very often as he on film due to both his physical and technical skills flourishes. Johnson uses his frame, strength and strong hands to be very tough to jam in man coverage. He runs good routes and is solid in and out of his cuts and uses his strong hands to high point footballs and make contested catches. Johnson clearly understands the main role of a receiver and excels at this task on the field. Being this type of reliable receiver that is consistently open for his quarterback is an asset that is valuable at all levels of football.
My final question dealt with his opinions on what coverage he considers more important to be able to beat as a receiver. Does he consider being able to beat man coverage or finding holes in zone coverage more important? Johnson responded, “I feel beating either coverage is important. It helps make it easier for the QB if you are tall and or fast.” This response shows the fact Johnson considers it important in general to get open no matter the coverage as a receiver. His strength and ability to get off the press well helps him beat man often. While his speed and quickness allow him to fly and find open holes in zones to be available for his QB. This mentality as a receiver in general is always key for young players becoming impact players. Malcolm Johnson Jr. has this mentality and will with a strong senior season further establish himself as a top receiver talent out of the DMV.