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Safety Michael Johnson's New York Giants summer questionnaire


July 2, 2009

By Mike Garafolo



William Perlman/The Star-LedgerSafety Michael Johnson had two interceptions last season, but he's hoping to grab more in 2009.

He came into the NFL two years ago as a seventh-round pick at the back end of a crowded draft class. Now, safety Michael Johnson is a second-year starter and a key member of the Giants' secondary. He's the latest installment of our Giants summer questionnaire series:

What are your plans for the break?
"I'll be working out back in Arizona with my strength coach from college. He's a real good trainer. All the exercises I've been introduced to here I'd already done them with him, so I was able to transition into the workouts at this level real well. Everything has been like second nature to me."

What are your individual goals for this upcoming season? "Last year, I was second on the team in tackles. This year, I want to push A.P. (Antonio Pierce) and everybody else and try to lead the team in tackles. Personally, I want to grab more interceptions. I want more than the two I had last year. Basically, I want to up all the stats this year."

Excluding yourself, who's going to be the breakout player on this team this year? "I think it's going to be (Aaron) Ross. His style of play is less by the book. Some breaks he makes or plays he makes, it's unorthodox the way he breaks sometimes. It might look funny, but he gets there. He's a playmaker, and that's what I say."

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