C.J. Gardner-Johnson doesn’t lack for confidence when it comes to his game

Published: Jun. 26, 2022 at 11:43 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Since 2019, C.J. Gardner-Johnson has been bringing the energy to the Saints.

He’s a key piece to what could be one of the best secondaries in the league this year.

Gardner-Johnson says they’ve got to take advantage of all the talent on both sides of the ball this season.

“Gotta capitalize on the opportunity of having all these fellas on the team. Like Tyrann and Jarvis. We gotta just capitalize on the opportunities with people being here. Can’t squander it,” Gardner-Johnson said.

With Tyrann Mathieu bringing his veteran leadership to the team, Gardner-Johnson wants to learn what he can from the Super Bowl champion.

“I just gotta understand, how did he carry a team to the Super Bowl? I had a vet last year with Malcolm, now I got a young vet. He’s a younger vet. Just take some more tools and just get better and get one actually,” said Gardner-Johnson.

Entering his fourth year with the Saints, Gardner-Johnson doesn’t lack confidence at all.

He says he’s the best nickel in the NFL, and that he doesn’t get enough respect from the league.

“I ain’t got no respect here, as in the league doesn’t respect me. They don’t respect me, bro. I’m the menace. That’s what y’all call me. Y’all ain’t never said I was the best nickel in the league yet. I say that more than y’all say that.

“Good Morning Football (the NFL Network’s morning show) put two outside corners in front of me as a slot corner. Last time I checked, Jalen plays outside. So does Marlon. They don’t wanna put me at 1. I don’t care about it. I got a team to take care of. There’s 52 other guys in the locker room right now. We’ll be No. 1 together,” said Gardner-Johnson.

The former Florida Gator saw action in 12 games last season, tallying 46 total tackles, four tackles for loss, and three interceptions.

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