By Steven Gorrell
Johnson Bademosi has done a tremendous job filling in as a starting corner and should absolutely have a role after Gilmore and Rowe return. In the small sample size he has been ranked as the #42 CB by PFF on the season which is categorized as average.
Since coming into the league as a undrafted free agent in 2012, Bademosi has called a couple of places home. Where he started in Cleveland for 4 season,. He was a special teams standout in 2012 being voted to the Pro Football Writers All-Rookie Team. He led the Browns in special teams tackles each of his 4 seasons there.
Prior to the 2016 season Bademosi signed with the Lions. He was still used as core special teams player but he was given the opportunity to play CB more than he had with the Browns. He recorded a interception and a career high in pass deflections (5) in limited playing time.
After being traded for a 2019 6th round pick no one expected Bademosi to take many snaps on defense if any at all for the Patriots. With Gilmore, Butler, and Rowe as the top 3 there wouldn't have been any need. After being strictly on special teams for the first 5 weeks he made his way to CB2 behind Butler and has exceeded everyone's expectations.
Bademosi probably won’t and shouldn't get a prominent role as the season goes on and as the secondary gets healthier but he should get at least a small role in the CB rotation going forward. There is no denying he has done a serviceable job filling in, especially against the Falcons. Belichick was asked about Bademosi Wednesday and made the comment ‘The guys who play the best play the most”.
Maybe Bademosi is a little better than people were first giving him credit for when he first got slotted in as the starting CB. After all, there is one other corner on this roster that was undrafted and started SB 49 as the 5th CB on the depth chart. I’m not saying Johnson Bademosi will become a Pro Bowl cornerback in the future but like Troy Brown said “Don’t assume a guy can’t play because you don’t know his name”.