'I'm not going to waste it': One-time NFL WR Charles Johnson takes another shot with Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA — There are always stories of reclamation projects during preseason workouts, where former NFL players, perhaps coming off a serious injury, are hoping for one more shot.

In that regard, Charles Johnson is no different as he takes part in the Eagles’ organized team activities this spring.

Johnson is 30 and he hasn’t been on an NFL roster since 2016 after having knee surgery in 2017. He tried making the Jets roster last summer, but was released.

At that point, Johnson thought his NFL career was over. He had a combined 60 receptions for 834 yards and 5 touchdowns from 2014-16 with the Minnesota Vikings. He figured that was it.

“Once I stop having fun, once I stop loving it, I ain’t going to play,” Johnson said. “There’s no point. I kind of lost that love.”

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