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November 6, 2008
Johnson on the hot corner

ALAMEDA - Chris Johnson, beware.

Playing cornerback opposite Nnamdi Asomugha can be bad for your career.

Fabian Washington lost his starting job last year to Stanford Routt and was traded in the offseason.

Routt started 14 games last year, but was demoted when the Raiders traded for DeAngeldo Hall.

Hall's time at the spot led to him being waived on Wednesday after the team deemed he wasn't worth keeping even after giving up two draft picks and having already paid him $8 million.

So what's going to befall Johnson?

It's hard to imagine a player that's on is fourth NFL team would be too worried about anything.

Johnson is definitely confident even though teams will target him.

"I know I'm going to get a lot of balls," Johnson said. "But once we shut both sides down they've got to go somewhere else."

He's not the first to think like that.

Asomugha knows Johnson will be tested and believes he's up for the challenge.

"Chris is a fast player," Asomugha said. "He's the fastest player on the defense, maybe on the team. He's also a quick player. He played well against San Diego. You love his heart and his toughness, and he does study, which you also love about a corner. Stanford has done all those things, but Chris has shown himself ready to play."

Here's a little background on Johnson:

*After being a seventh-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2003 out of Louisville, he did not play in a game until the 2005 season with St. Louis and had one start.

Johnson returned a kickoff for a touchdown that season.

*He was out of football in 2006 after failing to stick with Kansas City. He made the Raiders in 2007 even though he appeared to struggle most of the exhibition season.

Johnson has appeared in 20 games with the Raiders.

*Johnson is the player Raiders owner Al Davis spoke of being deactivated when he shouldn't have been by Lane Kiffin.

*Johnson played a lot against San Diego and had an interception because Asomugha was dealing with an injury.

--Jason Jones

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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